Mother Meera has opened a school for small children in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India. The school will provide a home and an education for children who would otherwise have no means to obtain it.
Opening of Mother Meera's school, Madanapalle, India
Mother Meera with the children, Madanapalle, India
dard se mera daaman
This is another of my alltime favorates. Origianly sung by Lata Mangeshkar
it is from a Movie called Henna. This version I somehow like also, its from a songcontest which Sanjeevani won. I heard this music first when I was visiting Lucknow 15 yrs back. The tune reminded me of a slow indian train. It is very touching, and the lyrics are reminiscent of Hari Tum Haro. The song is composed by Jagjit Singh, and the album is Sajda. Another song I lked on this album was Allah janta Hai
dard se mera daaman bharde, ya allah
phir chahe deewana karde, ya allah
(Fill my lap with pain, and make me insane if you desire)
maine tujh se chand sitare kab mange,
roushan dil, bedaar nazar de, ya allah
(I never asked you for moon or stars, But give me a heart that is enlightened and eyes that are lit)
suraj si ek cheez to hum sab dekh chuke,
sachmuch ki ab koi saher de, ya allah
(We have all seen the sun, But show us now a dawn that is for real)
ya dharti ke zakhmon per marham rakhde,
ya mera dil patthar kar de, ya allah
(Take away the pains of this earth, Or make my heart into a stone)
This is music from the famous Meera movie of 1945, where M.S. Subbulakshmi played Meera and sang all the songs.The first is a new recording of a Hindi version, the second and third are from the original Tamil film. Meera or Mira respectively was a Rajput princess who lived in the 16th/17th century and was an ardent Krishna devotee. She left innumerable lyrics of songs she had composed to Krishna. It is said that she finally merged with Krishna, in one of the famous temple statues. She lived in what is today Rajasthan and Gujerat. MS Subbulakshmi died 2 years ago
Hari Tuma Haro
"Gandhi particularly wanted to hear "Hari Tuma Haro" whose haunting refrain translates, "Oh Lord, take away the pain from mankind." Not knowing this bhajan she suggested another singer, but he refused, saying he would rather hear her speak the words than another sing them."
"SUBBULAKSHMI learned and recorded the song the night of September 30th, finishing at 2 a.m. The disc, sent off by plane, was played on what was to be Gandhi's last birthday. Three months later he was dead by an assassin's bullet. When the announcement of his death was reported over the radio, it was followed by the playing of SUBBULAKSHMI’s recording of "Hari Tuma Haro." Hearing her own voice singing his favorite bhajan was unnerving and SUBBULAKSHMI finds to this day that "Hari Tuma Haro" brings a flood of memories of that tragic time."
One of my favorite Bollywood songs. You could say my soundtrack of the last half year, while jogging, while driving
Source of Lyrics:http://www.bollywhat.com/lyrics/taal_lyr.h
To see children in India is always a joyous experience. These was taken with my cellphone on Ganesh Chaturthi, there was a natural atmosphere of celebration.
This is what I heard from Mothers office: There will be Darshan until 15 October 2007 in Germany. Then Darshan continues from 2 November to the 7th January 2007. From the 8th January - 28th February 2008 there will be a break. There is continuos Darshan every day from 21st December - 31st December, but reservations are necessary. This is all regarding Germany.
Now I have a little more time to write again. First of all give you a little feedback from London and Edinburgh (where I haven't been, but I will soon leave for India) Darshans have been a huge success from all what I hear. Since I have more time, I have been running more. I am not sure how many kms exactly, but I guess, from my experience of running with a friend, that my latest route is about 10 kms. Not every day, but at least every second day now, and when Ma is back 2 x a week. Quite a chellenge if I think just how much I could run only a year ago when I started. And its all going uphill downhill all the time.
'Much has happened over the past few days and boy did I need a cleansing! and a cleansing I got! We went to see Mother Meera yesterday, got there at 2pm and had darshan at around 5! Hundreds of people, young, old, sick, healthy, people from all over the world queued and waited to be touched and glanced upon by Mother Meera. It was a special occasion for me, I heard about Mother Meera when I was in school, picked up a book in the local library and heck some 10 years later I end up kneeling before her being immersed in a silence I could not comprehend. She just sits there for hours on end seeing hundreds of people, there is no money involved just her blessings and know matter how sceptical you are there is no room for doubt about her willingness to give and give and give...
Some people see various lights etc around her and some have some far out experiences, for me I just thought to be open and receive her blessings without the need for sight and sound stuff. I've been thinking more about her ever-since and to have a darshan just a week before my b(earth)day was great! I also prayed to receive darshan for my entire family both past, present and also for possible little (me's) in the future.
A very enthusiastic person writes in a TM related forum:
I just got back form seeing Mother Meera for the first time in New York. I waited 10 years to see her and she was incredible as well as the way the whole operation of the Darshan. Finally, there is a teacher that can have at least 400 people at a time sitting in silence for up to three hours. I have been told by St. Anthony that she is a seventh dimensional teacher. Very rare...The times are changing and I believe that Mother Meera along with other teachers are providing the opportunity of changing with the present times... It is time to gather in groups that are working with the present calling. Bringing people together in silence. If you haven't seen Mother Meera yet and experienced her darshan along with the group darshan of silence I highly recommend it. Without a work spoken she delivers the message of wisdom.
Here's another Blogentry from NY (basically very positive, even though it doesn't sound so at the beginning)
She has some amazingly intense and beautiful eyes.
While her hands were on my lobes untying the knots in my white strings (google this for an explanation, not sure I quite get it) I did feel a release in my lower back. Of course, I was trying to be really open, so I likely was just getting relaxed. The gazing was kind of intense but relaxed. I wanted to smile, but I thought I shouldn't. Afterwards, I had a splitting headache, but still felt very relaxed.
All in all, it was a very relaxing and pleasant experience. Her followers were older and more conservative looking than I am used to at these things (her website says to dress normally). Also, I was surprised at how few people there were, given how much I've read on her. Of course they do limit the crowds, as you have to have a reservation for darshan.
Anyway, my headache is gone, and I am glad I went. Let's see what happens next.
I just put my my new Mother Meera Photo Gallery online. Lot of work, I had to scan everything in, often from offset print copies. Explore and enjoy!