Who is Amma?

Through Her loving embrace and charitable activities, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, affectionately known as Amma, is healing the heart of the world, rekindling love and mutual respect, and awakening people to their fundamental oneness.

Amma's compassion crosses all barriers of nationality, race, caste and religion. She has initiated a vast network of charitable activities, which is drawing attention throughout the world. At the root of these services lies Amma's teaching that the Divine exists in everything—in every person, plant and animal. Perceiving this unity is the essence of spirituality and the means by which to end all suffering. It is through this simple, yet powerful message that Amma is transforming our world, one embrace at a time. Over the past 40 years, Amma has physically embraced more than 33 million people. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, Amma says "Where there is true love, everything is effortless." 

Known as the “Mother of Compassion”, she attracts crowds that get larger year by year. Every year Amma visits Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Mauritius, Reunion Islands, and various parts of India.  

Since 1993, Amma has been increasingly recognized by the international community as a treasured repository of practical spiritual wisdom, who has the capacity to guide the world towards a better, brighter future.She has addressed the General assembly of the United Nations on special occasions such as the millennium summit (2000), the conference for women in Geneva (2002) and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Shanghai (2012).

In 2002, she was presented the prestigious Gandhi-King award for Non-violence at the United Nations assembly hall in Geneva in recognition of her lifelong work in furtherance of the principles of non-violence. The previous recipients of this award are Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, and Jane Goodall.

Amma’s every thought, word and deed resound with that greatest of truths: Everything within and without is divine. Accordingly, Amma oversees a massive matrix of humanitarian activities. Hospitals for the sick, homes for the homeless, disaster relief, orphanages, hospices, free pensions, suicide-prevention, employment programs… the list is endless. Amma’s charitable social services cross all barriers of nationality, race, caste and religion, and have drawn the attention of the world community. In 2005, Amma’s organization, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, was given special consultative status by the United Nations.

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