New Year's Eve Satsang

The MA Center Chicago entrance sign lit at night, with fireworks in the background
Dec 31, 2022 5:00pm to Jan 1, 2023 12:30am (ended)

Ring in 2023 with a special New Year's Eve satsang at MA Center Chicago with Swami Shantamritananda Puri.

The satsang will including chanting, a talk by Swamiji, bhajans, arati, and meditation. Here's the tentative schedule (updated 12/29/subject to change):

5:00PM – 6:00PM - Archana

6:00PM - 6:30PM - Special New Year Eve Satsang by Swamiji
6:30PM - 7:45PM – Short Bhajan Session led by Swamiji
7:45PM - 8:15PM - Arati, Meditation and Prasadam

8:15PM - 9:15PM - Dinner

9:15 – 10:15PM - Lalita Sahasranāmam
10:15 - 10:30PM - Mahishāsuramardini Stotram
10:30 - 10:40PM - Short Break
10:40 - 11:30PM – Bhajans
11:30 - 11:45PM - Break
11:45 - 12:05PM – Welcome the dawn of 2023 with a chant for universal peace

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. MA Center Chicago residents should notify a member of the Covid Preparedness Team to request help obtaining food/other supplies.
For those returning after international travel, please test 3-5 days after arriving back in the US. If negative, you may attend MA Center Chicago gatherings. If you have had Covid 90 days prior to arrival, and have no symptoms, quarantining is not necessary.

If you have any questions, please email macenterchicago@ammagroups.org

Sunday
May
26
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 ›
Monday
May
27
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 ›
Saturday
Jun
01
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
Jun
01
10:30am - 8:30pm
Join us Saturday for a day of community, seva (selfless service), and satsang, starting with seva at 10:30 am (lunch will be provided for all volunteers). Group archana will be held at 6 pm, followed by bhajans, arati, meditation, and dinner.  We are thrilled that Amma will visit MA Center Chicago... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
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
Jun
01
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... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
4:00pm - 5:00pm
"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 ›
Sunday
Jun
02
8:00am - 2:00pm
Inspired by Amma's teachings, Mother’s Kitchen groups in North America prepare, cook and serve 150,000 meals for the homeless and hungry each year. At MA Center Chicago, on the first Sunday of every month, we prepare food in the MACC kitchen starting at 8AM and then serve it at a local shelter. If... more ›
Saturday
Jun
08
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
Jun
08
10:30am - 8:30pm
Join us Saturday for a day of community, seva (selfless service), and satsang, starting with seva at 10:30 am (lunch will be provided for all volunteers). Group archana will be held at 6 pm, followed by bhajans, arati, meditation, and dinner.  We are thrilled that Amma will visit MA Center Chicago... 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