M.A. Center New England

About Us

Welcome to the M.A. Center of New England!  This Center has been established by Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) to bring Her children together in a spirit of love and service.  Please visit us and get involved!

Twice a month (1st and 3rd Saturdays) we meet for satsang, which means ‘to gather in truth.’  During this time we chant Sanskrit prayers, honoring Amma and the Divine Mother, sing bhajans (devotional songs), and listen to Amma’s teachings being read.  Frequently, we have special satsangs and day-long retreats led by Amma’s senior disciples.  Each program offers an opportunity to share a vegetarian meal and socialize with others.

There are many activities that take place at the Center.  We are committed to seva (selfless service) as part of our spiritual practice and gather together frequently to do various seva projects.  Some of these, such as leaf-clearing day in the fall and gardening throughout the spring and summer, involve maintenance of the Center and its grounds.  Other seva activities serve the community and those in need.  For example, Mother’s Kitchen meets the first Saturday of each month to prepare a nutritious, hot meal for the residents of Abby’s House, a homeless shelter in Worcester, MA.

Our goal is to offer a place of peace, goodwill, and support to each other and to the surrounding community.  Amma is a great humanitarian leader and we participate in some of the many initiatives that She has encouraged all over the world.  All of these “Embracing the World” sevas center around serving others.  Some of the Embracing the World sevas that we engage in at the New England M.A. Center are:  Mother’s Kitchen, Amma’s Hands, Circle of Love Inside, Community Circle of Love, etc.  You can find additional information about Embracing the World activities on the Projects page.

The M.A. Center of New England also serves as a place where an individual can maintain a schedule of spiritual discipline and practice on a daily basis.  Arrangements can be made to live at the Center on a long-term or short-term basis.

We look forward to meeting you and encourage you to learn when events are occurring so that you can join us in devotional practice and seva.

~ Om Amriteshwaryai Namaha! ~

Brahmachari Ramanand

We are extremely fortunate to have a long term disciple and renunciate, Br. Ramanand, to be amongst us in New England. He not only guides us in various spiritual and organizational matters but also leads the Satsangs and events on most occasions.

Brahmachari Ramanand, a long time disciple of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) met Amma at the tender age of 3 and has had the good fortune of being with Her, in the Amritapuri ashram in India, from a very young age. He has written and composed many devotional songs (bhajans) and his melodious voice can often be heard alongside Amma’s during many bhajans. One can feel the divine grace flow through his soulful singing.

Presently, Br. Ramanand oversees the activities of M.A. Center in the eastern US and Canada. He travels to many cities in order to inspire the different Amma satsangs to better serve their communities and keep alive the flame of selfless-service that Amma has lighted in their hearts.

Br. Ramanand is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from University of Maryland and his talks, usually conveyed humorously, are very inspiring and uplifting.
We are blessed to have Br. Ramanand share his melodious voice and his insightful spiritual views with us.

Regular Satsang gatherings

Regular Satsang Schedule on 1st Saturday and 3rd Saturday of Each Month

4:00 PM: Archana -Chanting of Lalita Sahasranamam
5:00 PM: Satsang – Chants, Devotional singing, Mahishasura Mardini Stotram, Amma Stories, Concluding prayers and Arati
7:00 PM: Dinner – A Vegetarian Meal

Seva/Volunteer Opportunity at the New M A Center of New England

Seva is a Sadhana (spiritual practice). Amma also reminds us that Her ashram (spiritual center) is an extension of Her body. So here are some upcoming seva needs:
POST Satsang CLEAN-UP: Please consider taking part in clean-up after Satsang this Saturday, if you can. Let us all share the responsibility and have fun! List of things to do will be provided.
FOOD DRIVE IN THE COMMUNITY: Kindly consider bringing a non-perishable item such as a box of dry noodles, cereal, canned vegetables, etc. with you to the Satsang to contribute to the local food bank. Special request from the Boylston Food Bank:
The Food Bank is very much in need of Tuna and Spaghetti Sauce. Other items we are running low on: canned peaches & pineapple, applesauce, soup (not tomato), toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, deodorant, razors, laundry detergent and dish soap. Even if it’s just one item, every donation is greatly appreciated and goes toward helping those in need.

Venue/Address

245 Linden St, Boylston, MA 01505 {Location on Google Maps}
Directions from Boston Logan Airport to the Center using public transport. It takes us to Solomon Pond Mall in Boylston, MA using public transport. The last 7.5 miles it recommends car/taxi.
The ashram is on Linden St in between Cross St <-- 0.5 miles --> M A Center <------ 1.5 miles --------> Mile Hill Rd. If you drive from Cross St towards Mile Hill Rd it will be on the left. There is sign board on the left which says MA Center.

Contact

Phone: 716-226-6223 or easy to remember 71-MA-AMMA-CEN (with extra N at the end)
Email: ammanewengland@ammagroups.org

Parking

Since parking space is limited, kindly try your best to carpool. Please do not park at the top of the drive, it will be used for turn-arounds, drop-offs and handicap parking as needed. Instead self-parking should be done in the lower lot. In particular, sevites/volunteers coming earlier in the day please park in the lower lots. There will be parking volunteers to guide you.

Ashram Visiting Hours

Currently the Center is open to all on Satsang, Seva and other event days. As we finalize more visiting hours we shall publish them here.
Where are most Devotees Driving From? Click for Map

Living at the Ashram

For temporary overnight accommodations please email us at ammanewengland@ammagroups.org