Amrita Bala Kendra (ABK)

Every Saturday at 3pm
Next event (Weekly): Feb 24, 2024 3:00pm-4:30pm 

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 recommended 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
Feb
24
1:00am - 2:00am
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
Feb
24
10:30am - 12:00pm
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 necessary. "The purpose of Yoga is for our inner well-being. It does not belong to any... more ›
Saturday
Feb
24
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
Feb
24
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
Feb
24
4:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a satsang with Swamini Ambikamrita Prana, starting with group archana at 4PM CT. Swamini will lead a meditation at 5PM, followed by bhajans, arati, and the distribution of prasad. A vegetarian meal will be available after satsang for a modest donation.  Masking is now recommended in... more ›
Sunday
Feb
25
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
Feb
25
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
Mar
02
10:30am - 12:00pm
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 necessary. "The purpose of Yoga is for our inner well-being. It does not belong to any... more ›
Saturday
Mar
02
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
Mar
02
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us Saturday for satsang, starting with group archana at 4PM CT, followed by bhajans, arati, and meditation from 5PM onward.  Masking is now recommended 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... 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