We went down to Osaka on the 6th May and hung out with a bunch of Amma devotees who had all come together from mostly Kansai.
It was fun. Made new friends. Ate nice food. Sung mostly hindi bhajans. The event seems like a bit of warm up for Amma's visit to Tokyo later this month. It is interesting to see this type of transnational gurubhakti in Japan. The apotheotic hagiographies were seemingly inspirational for many who sat around after dinner and talked about being in India, wanting to go to India or how they want to meet for the first time or again, their guru. This denominational yoga was bereft of any explicit discussion of hatha yoga, apart from categorising it as something distinctly different from a more, perhaps, authentic spiritual path.
For many people there tonight, there was an interest in the yogascapes project, however, the genuine and earnest seekers were a joyful sangha of likeminded individuals looking for community.
For more information about Amma's visit to Tokyo, click on the link below: