Amrita Bala Kendra (ABK)

Every Saturday at 3pm
Next event (Weekly): Apr 13, 2024 2:30pm-4:00pm 

Amrita Bala Kendra (ABK) passes on Amma’s teachings to children through fun and engaging activities such as stories, bhajans, arts and crafts, celebration of festivals and service projects. ABK focuses on values, multi cultural traditions, and spiritual practices.  ABK is held in-person in the MA Center Chicago South Lodge (Room 102) and online through Zoom on Saturdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm CT. The last Saturday of the month is skipped.  For more information call/text Lorena at 312-978-0499 or email at macc.abk@macenters.org.

Masking is now optional in group gatherings and spaces at MA Center Chicago. Keeping the health and safety of all who wish to attend uppermost in our minds, please abide by the following COVID guidelines:

If you have any COVID symptoms, test immediately. If you test positive, isolate for 5 days after symptom onset. You can end isolation after 5 days but should wear a high-quality mask for 5 additional days around others. If you have severe symptoms for 5 days, please isolate for an additional 5 days. MA Center Chicago residents should notify a member of the COVID Preparedness Team to request help obtaining food/other supplies.

No testing is required after international travel, unless you present symptoms.

If you have questions, please contact us at macenterchicago@ammagroups.org

Saturday
Apr
13
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Get Growing Book Club 2024, sponsored by MACC GreenFriends: Learn How to Grow Organic Vegetables Easily and Successfully “Each family should plant a vegetable garden that can provide food for at least one day per month. Even apartment residents can grow vegetables in window boxes and on terraces... more ›
Saturday
Apr
13
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Amma says, "Bhajans are prayers in the form of songs, rich in meaning and full of devotional content." The MACC Bhajan Class meets virtually on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 2:30 to 3:45 pm. This class is offered for those who wish to learn bhajans and study devotional songs and... more ›
Saturday
Apr
13
3:00pm - 4:00pm
"A river that flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›
Saturday
Apr
13
4:00pm - 8:30pm
"Vishu conveys the message of the unbreakable interconnection between man, nature and God. The word vishu means “equal.” Vishu is the day on which day and night are equal. This signifies accepting both comfort and hardships in life equally." - Amma Archana will start at 4 PM, followed by yoga,... more ›
Sunday
Apr
14
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a group viewing of a Rama television series in the MA Center Chicago satsang hall every Sunday at 2 pm CT (except the first Sunday of every month, which is dedicated to... more ›
Sunday
Apr
14
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Join the MA Center Chicago knitting and crocheting group to help people in need of warm hats, scarves, and more. The group meets from 3PM to 5PM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month in the South Lodge Community Room.  All skill levels are welcome, and if you are unable to attend the... more ›
Saturday
Apr
20
10:30am - 12:00pm
Please note: there will be no Amrita Yoga class on March 16th, 23rd, 30th, and April 6th. Location: South Lodge Community Room at MA Center Chicago Join us Saturday mornings for an open yoga class with simple, gentle Amrita Yoga postures/asanas. No prior experience or training in Amrita Yoga is... more ›
Saturday
Apr
20
2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Amrita Book Club of North America gives participants an opportunity to dive more deeply into Amma’s teachings. The club meets twice a month on the first and third Saturdays from 2 pm to 3 pm via Zoom to explore Amma’s books and books written by Amma's senior disciples. All are welcome to attend... more ›
Saturday
Apr
20
4:00pm - 8:30pm
Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Sri Rama, the anniversary of his marriage to Sita, and his coronation. Sri Rama is said to be the embodiment of dharma, or righteous action, and there is a lesson for us to learn how he faced every trial that arose in his life.  Join us for a special Ram Navami... more ›
Sunday
Apr
21
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a group viewing of a Rama television series in the MA Center Chicago satsang hall every Sunday at 2 pm CT (except the first Sunday of every month, which is dedicated to... more ›

Our daily spiritual practices include:

WHITE FLOWER MEDITATION
Daily* at 6:00 pm

Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Satsang days, which are generally every Saturday) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85858112151?pwd=SVllVHVZS1BIU050Uy8xRHpqcUZpQT09

Meeting ID: 858 5811 2151

Passcode: 549947
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The White Flower meditation at 6 pm CT is preceded by a 10-minute silent Ma Om meditation, so please feel free to join the Zoom early (at 5:50 pm CT) to participate.

A photo of the MA Center Chicago altar, including Amma's picture

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 6:30 pm (in-person only)

  • Guru Stotram Chanting
  • Bhajans (devotional singing)
  • Closing prayers and Arati