Meet Your Instructors

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

Amma's Senior Disciple

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri is the foremost Sanyasi disciple of Amma. Swamiji is also the Vice-chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and President of Amrita Vishwa VidyaPeetham, Deemed University. He is also the president of AYUDH International.

He has reveled in Amma’s divine presence for the past 40 years and more. An erudite speaker, a philosopher, and author of many books, he has addressed many from all over the world. His talks are replete with knowledge and a love gleaned from living with Amma.

Swami Dayamritananda Puri

M.A. Center San Ramon

Swami Dayamritananda Puri is one of Amma’s senior monastic disciples. He met Amma more than 37 years ago and is now the Executive Director of MA Centers. Over the past 25 years, Sw. Dayamritananda has traveled extensively to different cities in the US, Canada and South America giving spiritual talks, counselling Amma’s satsang members, and answering their questions.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Physics and a masters degree in Film Technology. He tours tirelessly in order to inspire all of Amma’s satsang groups to better serve their communities and keep alive the flame of selfless service that Amma has illuminated in their hearts

Swami Shantamritananda Puri

M.A. Center Chicago

Born and raised in the USA, Swami Shantamritananda Puri met Amma in 1990. He became a Brahmachari (monk) in her Indian Monastery in 1993 and has been engaged in Amma’s social, educational and spiritual activities around the world ever since. He was based in Tokyo for ten years as Director of M.A. Center Japan, primarily active in East Asia, the Pacific Rim and Africa until 2012.

Since then, he has been based in MA Center Chicago, conducting regular spiritual and social service programs there, and inspiring spiritual seekers throughout the central US with his heartfelt talks.

Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya

M.A. Center Eastern North America

Br. Rāmānandāmṛta Chaitanya met Amma at the age of three. He is a monastic disciple who was fortunate to grow up at Amma's ashram from a very young age. He directs the MA Centers and their activities in the eastern US and Canada. He also travels, conducting satsangs in various cities and talks at universities, sharing Amma's message of selfless service and love.

He has written and composed many devotional songs (bhajans) and can often be heard singing alongside Amma during many bhajans. Br. Ramanandamrita is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Reflect on the Past and Prepare for the Future

  • Lead by Amma's Senior Disciples

    Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, Swami Dayamritananda Puri, Swami Shantamritananda Puri, and Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya lead an all-day pre-recorded virtual retreat.

  • On-Demand and Self-Paced

    Take in the comfort of your home in a single day, or throughout the month at your convenience. Replay and enjoy the practices as often as you like. Support your daily practices at home!

  • Guided Practices

    Chanting, guided meditations, questions and answers, a devotional singing class, home, bhajans, chanting, and more. Follow the practices to get inner clarity to prepare for a cleansing guided self-reflection based on Amma's teachings.

  • Special Homa

    The retreat concludes with a very auspicious Sarvaishwarya Homa (sacred fire ceremony) with Shantamritananda Swamiji, Dayamritananda Swamiji and Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya all together!

  • Welcome to the Vault!

    Note: This retreat was originally streamed live from the USA January 1, 2021 and is now available anytime at your convenience. Cherish special programs thoughtfully put together by Amma's disciples. These programs are evergreen.

  • About the Retreat

    There are many chances throughout the year to look back on the past year and reflect. This is a great practice to do at the turn of the seasons, on a full or new moon, on your birthday or other important anniversaries like when you moved to a new location, started a new job or you met your spiritual guide.

    Get inspired by thoughtful talks from Amma's senior disciples. Spiritual practices include: Archana, Satsang, Guided Meditation, Bhajans Class, Questions and Answers, Guided Self-Reflection and a Homa.

  • Benefits

    Spiritual practices override our mental conditionings and patterns and produce positive tendencies in our conscious and subconscious mind.

    They increase the positive vibrations in the body, mind and even surrounding areas.

    All spiritual practices have the ultimate goal of quieting the mind.

  • How Does it Work?

    The retreat is designed so that you could have a similar experience to those who take retreats conducted live in a single day. At the same time, you could also split it up and enjoy each part separately as per your convenience.

    You have the videos for 30-days to watch and replay in any way you like.

  • After Enrollment

    Check your e-mail for a welcome letter and sign-in to your Amrita Virtual Academy account.

  • Materials Needed

    - Reliable internet access
    - Asana or comfortable, firm chair
    - Sacred space for practice
    - Notebook and pen

  • Enjoy Your Retreat!

    You have 30-days to enjoy these guided practices! The timing is flexible and self-paced.

Questions?

E-mail us! sadhanaretreats@amritavirtualacademy.com

Our efforts to remove hatred and indifference from the world begins by trying to remove them from our own mind.

- Amma -

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