Amma's Pacific Northwest Region
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Amma's 65th Birthday Celebrations
With Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya

Save the Date - Sunday, Sep 23 at Bellevue Hilton, WA
 
Please save the date for our beloved Amma's 65th birthday celebrations with Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya on Sunday, September 23rd at the Bellevue Hilton (Map). Details will follow. All are welcome. Invite family and friends.
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Q&A with Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya
Amma Patience
Swamiji, how do we develop patience in our lives?

Part 1
During our lifetime we need patience for many things. As a child lying helplessly in a crib, as a young adult wanting to change and conquer the whole world or as a student working to earn a Ph.D., we need patience. Similarly, when we go to a government office or to the lawyer or a doctor, we need to have a lot of patience. When we go to watch a movie (especially in India), or when there is a new release of an i-device/gadget, people stand in lines for hours together with patience.
 
With our spiritual practices, too, we need to have patience as the results of the practices are not immediate. Many people stop their practices saying, “I am not getting any results; why I should continue my sadhana?" These days people are promised instant moksha, "realization in 10 days," etc. Even our prayer is - “Oh, God, give me patience, and right now." We must understand that results are not quick to come and will take a long time.
 
Patience is an indicator of maturity. When we are young adults, we hardly have any patience, but slowly we build patience. Children and youngsters are impatient but as we grow older and maturity dawns, we become more patient through the tough lessons in life.
 
The reward of patience is indescribable. Look at the life cycle of a tree – it sprouts, flowers, and gives fruit; and that fruit contains the seed which gives birth to another tree. The whole cycle is a lesson in patience and is beautiful. The height of patience is seen in a mother carrying a child in her womb. She suffers various discomforts and problems, but the reward is a new life. The peak of patience is seen in the Guru. The Guru is the Mount Everest of patience. The Guru has infinite patience for His/her disciples. It is through this patience of the Guru that the disciple matures. When we go to Amma, even though She has been sitting for hours giving Darshan, She does not asks us, “Why did you come today? Don’t you see that I have hugged thousands of people and don’t you understand that I am feeling tired, why can’t you come tomorrow?” Amma does not say that. She sits patiently until everybody gets Darshan and even calls out in the end to those who have not yet come for Darshan.
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Integrated Amrita Meditation in Seattle
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a powerful meditation technique created by Amma. IAM®-20 is a unique integration of gentle yoga stretches with an effective and easy to practice meditation technique. It can be comfortably performed by anyone in just 20 minutes daily. There is no charge for learning IAM-20, however there will be a small donation requested to cover the costs of the facility, snacks and class materials. Typically, the amount is $10 - $15.
 
IAM®-20
When: Saturday September 15, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Seattle Holistic Center, 7700 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Map)
To Register Contact: Jagati at ammasjagati@gmail.com or 206-650-7798
 
IAM® 20 Refresher Course
Need a tune up? If you have already taken the IAM-20 Course you are eligible to attend the Refresher Course, offered concurrently at the same location on:
Saturday September 15, 3pm - 4pm
Pre-registration requested to: Jagati at ammasjagati@gmail.com or 206-650-7798
 
2-day IAM®-35 Course and Refresher
When: Saturday October 20th & Sunday Oct 21st, Seattle Area.
The 2-Day IAM-35 Course is offered for those people who are deeply interested in spiritual practice. This is the IAM Course that has been offered at Amma’s spiritual retreats for the past 14 years. Specific schedule and location to be confirmed.
 
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