'Patience leads to Love'
6 - 7 October 2000, Helsinki,
We were a total of 40 devotees receiving Amma at the airport. When
She arrived, She gave us a long beautiful darshan. Although all
the travelling group was tired after 48 hours of travel, Amma was
fresh like a rose - as always. We felt Amma's visit this year stronger
than ever. We had prepared Mother's room with 'Navaratri' in mind.
The right flowers with right colours were put near Her bed. There
were flowers all over the house.
Mother met the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, Mrs. Riitta Uosukainen,
on the day of the first program. The meeting was intimate although
there were journalists and photographs present. Amma said, amongst
other things, how much a person who holds a high position and has
an understanding heart can influence and help others. Uosukainen
was clearly impressed by how Amma is awakening goodness in the heart
of people. Upon leaving, Uosukainen said that she had to give up
all her prejudices before 'such a person who is so expansive and
has such a power of love'.
The hall, began to fill from early in the morning. A total of 4000
people attended the first day's program. In spite of that, Amma
gave long darshans to everybody, and was very gentle and cherished
the devotees in all kinds of ways all the time. Amma was enormously
sweet during the Devi Bhava darshan. Many were amazed when She spoke
to them in Finnish or called them by their name. The hall was decorated
beautifully with three huge mandapas (of Shiva, Kali and Shri).
Combined with the windows they gave an impression of a temple with
pillars. There were lotus flowers, made of plastic, paper, wood,
etc. all over.
The coverage of Amma's programs by the media was a real breakthrough.
More than 10 newspapers wrote about the visit. Also TV 1 (the main
TV channel in the country) talked about the event in the news. 'Apu'
and 'Anna', two weekly magazines, wrote good articles. There was
also a very good article in the evening newspaper 'Iltasanomat'
about Riitta Uosukainen's meeting Amma.
Amma continued to shower Her Finnish children with love, until
Her departure time at the airport. She gave long darshans and prasad.
Everyone was so much intoxicated by Her presence and energy, that
many stayed at the airport for a long time after She had left. Some
stayed there for more than an hour.
Here are some excerpts from Amma's conversation with Mrs. Riitta
Uosukainen, Spokesperson of the Finnish Parliament
"If you have patience, then you'll also have love. Patience
leads to love. If you forcefully open the petals of a bud,
you won't be able to enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Only
when it blossoms by following its natural course, will the
beauty and fragrance of a flower unfold. Today people live
to work rather than work for a living.
They have forgotten their true goal in life. Subsequently they
have forgotten their dharma. There is no communication between hearts,
there is no sharing. Having lost contact with other's hearts, we
become totally isolated. But in truth we are not isolated islands,
we are links that form one chain."
"The heart does not talk, it is the intellect that does all
the talking. All dealings are at the intellectual level. We have
become like machines; our very lives have become mechanical. Life
has lost its naturalness - like a garland of plastic flowers. There
is no heart in life anymore. Only when hearts come together does
true life blossom. Amma doesn't say that the approach of the intellect
is not necessary; it is also necessary. But the intellect is like
a pair of scissors - it can only cut. Whilst the heart is like a
needle and thread - it mends, it brings together. Both the scissors
and the needle are required; with the scissors you cut, with the
needle you stitch - This is how you can make a garland or clothes
"Changing the world is like trying to straighten a dog's tail.
However much you may try, you won't succeed. But although the tail
won't straighten, if you keep trying every day, at least you will
put on some muscle. Similarly, even though it is difficult to make
a change, our effort to do so in itself brings positive results.
It will help us change. Without waiting for others to change, if
we change ourselves first, that will make a difference. Instead
of worrying about results, focus on doing our best in what we are