About Mata Amritanandamayi
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is one of the most loved and most respected
spiritual leaders in India. Fondly known as Amma, she has only one aim
in life, which is to provide people with her supreme guidance and lead
them on a path of sadhana (meditation) and service of the mankind. She
is also called the 'Hugging Saint', since she hugs each and every
individual who comes to attend her discourses. Read on to explore the
biography of Mata Amritanandmayi further
Amritanandamayi Devi Life History
Amritanandamayi Devi was born as Sudhamani in September 1953, in a
small fishing village of Parayakadavu, Kerala. Unlike other newborn
infants, Sudhamani did not come into this world crying. Even at that
time, she was smiling and there was a serene glow on her face. Right
from her childhood, Mata Amritanandmayi was deeply inclined towards
spiritual practices. She could be frequently seen engrossed in deep
meditation, totally unaware of her surroundings.
Sudhamani was always deeply attached to her fellow human beings. She
was quit affected by the suffering of others and went out of her way to
alleviate their pain. Today, the little girl has grown-up to become Mata
Amritanandmayi Devi, one of the most revered spiritual leaders of her
time. Since the past 35 years, she has been working relentlessly towards
easing the sufferings in this world.
Mata Amritanandamayi Mission
Her sole mission in life is to "love and serve one and all".
She is totally devoted to the well being of the mankind. Her soothing
words, her calm voice, and her calm and composed personality easily
makes one forget all the miseries in life.
Mata Amritanandmayi Ashram
Mata Amritanandmayi Ashram is situated in Amritapuri, amidst the
backwaters of Kerala. For all those people who have become tired with
the pain and suffering in life, the ashram serves as a welcome retreat.
The peaceful and serene ambience of the ashram, combined with the
simplicity of Amma's discourses, provides a welcome relief from the ill
will so widespread in this world.
Recognitions to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
In 1993, Mata Amritanandamayi was elected as one of the presidents of
the assembly of global religions, which was held in Chicago. At the same
time, Hinduism Today, an international journal on Indian culture,
honored her by giving her the 'Hindu Renaissance Award'. She even spoke
at the Interfaith Celebrations in New York, held in commemoration of the
50th anniversary of the United Nations. In 2002, she was invited as the
central speaker at The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and
Spiritual Leaders, held in Geneva. In the same year, she was also
presented with "Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence", by The
World Movement for Nonviolence.