Many thanks to Bill & Satya, Lauren Bond, Julie Amisano and others who brought me clothes, vitamins and goodies during Amma's visit to New York July 4th-6th.
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Amma's visit to New York brought many surprises. One being that I had the opportunity to place a flower garland over her as she arrived on Tuesday morning. The other being our move from the shelter.
Russel Simmonds got his hug and Doug E Fresh performed again as he did last year.
I saw many old friends. As coordinator of the family table, I had my hands full making sure the children in the program stayed safe. Luckily, there were many volunteers who assisted me during the three days. Thanks to them I was actually able to go home and sleep!
Excerpt below from: http://www.amritapuri.org/9385/un-ny.aum
The United Nations & The Hip-Hop Nation
Welcome Amma to New York 5 July, New York City–2010 USA
"The hip-hop community also paid its respects to Amma. Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records and founder of the clothing company Phat Farm, came for Amma’s darshan on July 6th, and rapper and “Human Beat Box” Doug E. Fresh performed in the wee hours of July 7th. Speaking with Amrita TV after his darshan, Simmons said, “I’ve been a great fan of Amma for many, many years. I am practicing yogi. And it’s been my path—the yogic path. And every friend that I have that is part of this movement, the consciousness movement, through yoga, in America, has been to see Amma. So, I’m kind of the last one. Honestly. I’ve been inspired by her for many years. … Being around her, it’s like after the most beautiful yoga practice, after the most beautiful meditation; it’s during the most present moments. It is kind of a blissful experience. Being around her is like that. You feel connected. And from her, it just flows. She exudes this kind of consciousness that, most of the day, we just hope for, and every so often a second will come by and we will be awake. Being around her gives you that feeling of being awake. So it was very beautiful.”
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Here is the video from May 2010 when Amma visited SUNY
Thanks to Linda Kardos (A.K.A Radha), Andrew and I were able to participate in a family retreat (held a week after the NY program) hosted by Amma!
The first day we got there in time to put our things in the hotel room and off to the program hall to get our hug! That was followed by dinner and we went to sleep very happy that evening...or should I say morning (around 1am)!
The second day we were up and at em' early as breakfast was 7:15am-9:00am. At 10am we got another hug! Before I knew it lunch time had come. We spent some time at the hotel arcade and found the Children's room and the the Arts and Crafts area. The whole second day was all about Andrew and all the new friends he was meeting. After lunch, I left him in the children's room and went to an outdoors meditation with Amma.
As soon as the meditation was over I ran back to the children's room to help prepare them for Dinner. At dinner the children sing a special song for Amma's entrance and she hands us all our dinner plates herself (children first).
As a parent assistant we guided the children to the dining hall as they held hands in a line. Then we really just had to keep them in line and entertained until Amma came (easier said than done!). After hugging Amma in the morning it was hard to believe that it was her who would be serving us dinner!
After dinner she fed the children (from her hand to their mouths) a special crispy Indian bread. Andrew was in heaven! There was one little crying moment for Andrew. He had never eaten at such a large place setting. There were at least 60 children all eating at the same few tables with parents on the outer tables. Andrew ran out of the children's area and to the parents table crying. I said "Honey what's wrong?" and Andrew replied with a howl "Which cup is miiiine!!!" It was sooo funny! Poor baby had never eaten with so many people at one table before!
The 3rd day brought yet another hug! Three days in a row! No wonder they call it a retreat!
After the retreat Andrew and I got a ride to my friends place in Long Island where I am now writing this.
My mom is still trying to get us to Florida for a visit in August. For now we are happy to be out of the shelter and happy to have had so many hugs from Amma!
For New York http://www.ammany.org/
Reverend Billy and The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir are in West Virgina next!
Coal River Revival at the West Virginia State Theater!
Reverend Billy and the Mountaintop Gospel Choir celebrate in West Virginia!
Saturday, July 24, 2010 8:00pm
Our last Mountaintop Revival in New York City was a call to action against Chase and it's financing of Mountaintop Removal. Now, in Charleston WV, the heart of coal country, we're planning a Revival of a different kind.
We'll celebrate JP Morgan's quiet retreat from financing MTR operations. We'll celebrate the freedom of Marsh Fork Grade School from the threatening coal slurry lake poised above it. We'll celebrate the lives and work of Mountaintop Removal activists. We'll give them thanks and praise, invigorate them, REVIVE THEM. We can end Mountaintop Removal in 2010.
Tickets $10, NO ONE TURNED AWAY
We're passing the plate!
There it is, right under your nose! Help us go to West Virginia for our Shamanic Mountaintop Coal River Gospel Revival on July 24th.
Please give what you can: http://www.razoo.com/story/Coal-River-Revival
We are a 501(c)(3) and your donations are tax deductible. Your generosity funds a no frills, bare bones trip across two states for Rev and The Choir. Vans, gas, and food for thirty - it adds up!
Can't give money? Contribute another way! Send an email to Volunteer@revbilly.com and let us how know how you can help. And at the very least please send your West Virginia friends to the show.
Norman L Fagan WV State Theater
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
*I will not be performing in this show. Here's a video from Reverend Billy's TV's show...
Andrew's homeschooling is going well. When we went to the family retreat Andrew was the only kid there his age who could read. Those kids are not behind...Andrew is just ahead. Today I went wish list shopping at the Store of Knowledge
Here is a poster I saw that I know Andrwe will love since he is so fond of doing this himself!
Thanks to David T. Dines, to Bob W. for driving us from Boston to NY, to Jamoal for helping us with our bags to the chineese bus and for helping us move from the shelter, to Uncle Bob and Aunt Audrey for helping pay for the van for the shelter move, Mike Lesser and Yolanda Mercado for supporting my future development and being patient. Kathleen Rouleau, Mi Mi/Joyce and all of the parents who kept and eye on the Boston retreat kids, Samantha Whynes, Swati Shaw and Sreya and all my homies!
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