Mata Amritanandamayi (also called as Amma or Ammachi)
About Mata Amritanandamayi
A girl child Sudhamani was born in Parayakadavu in the Quilon district of Kerala on 27th of September 1953. She was born to simple and pious parents Sugunanandan and Damayanthi. She became Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma or Ammachi) also known as the modern-day Incarnation of Sri Kali Ma of Hindu mythology. She does not affiliate with any religion herslef and she says, "My religion is love and service. I realize my purpose is to console - to personally wipe away tears through selfless love, compassion, and service."
Ashrams of Mata Amritanandamayi
An ashram was founded in San Ramon, California in 1989 to practice her teachings and since then several ashrams and centers in N. America, Europe, Australia, S. America and Africa have been established.
She follow the supreme motherhood in her behaviour. She welcomes every person who comes to her, listens to his or her problems, offers advice and guidance, and brings reassurance to a troubled heart. He is also known as the "hugging saint" as she has been known to individually hug over 50,000 people in one day, sitting sometimes for over 20 hours. She is said to have hugged at least 21 million people over the past three decades. Through these, she intentionally instills spirituality into each person she meets therby evoking the divinity within each person.
Her International Presence
She has been regularly invited by the international organizations to address the issues of religious differences, environmental issues and for establishing peace. Her talk titled, " Unity is Peace" was highly recognized and appreciated during the United Nation's 50th anniversary that was held in New York. In 2000 She addressed the UN Millennium World Peace Summit. In 2002, she was presented with the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence, given in recognition of her lifelong work in furthering the principles of non-violence. During the same event, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, she gave the keynote address at the Global Peace Initiative of Women and Religious Leaders. In 2004 she gave the closing plenary address to a thunderous standing ovation on the final evening of the ten-day gathering of the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions at Barcelona, Spain.
Now, many thousands come to Amma as their last hope, and She answers their prayers. She initiated a number of charity programes for the poor and needy. Every branch ashram across India has a free medical dispensary. Her Amritapuri ashram houses a charitable hospital which treats thousands every week. There is a cancer hospice near Mumbai and an AIDS care centre is under construction in Trivandrum. Community outreach programmes range from house calls for the terminally ill to neurological care camps and free treatment for epilepsy and diabetes. Her 800-bed superspeciality hospital in Kochi, which is dedicated to providing quality care to all, regardless of their ability to pay is a famous hospital in Kerala.
Mata Amritanandamayi Math (also called M. A. Math)
Kollam Dt., Kerala
India 690 525
Official Amma Sites