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About Mata Amritanandamayi

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (born Sudhamani Idamannel; 27 September 1953), better known simply as Amma ["Mother"], is a Hindu spiritual leader and guru, who is revered as a saint by her followers.
 
Mata Amritanandamayi is an Indian Guru from Parayakadavu (now partially known as Amritapuri), Alappad Panchayat, Kollam District, in the state of Kerala. Born to a family of fishermen in 1953, she was the third child of Sugunanandan and Damayanti. She has six siblings.
 
As part of her chores, Amritanandamayi gathered food scraps from neighbours for her family's cows and goats, through which she was confronted with the intense poverty and suffering of others. She would bring these people food and clothing from her own home. Her family, which was not wealthy, scolded and punished her. Amritanandamayi also began to spontaneously embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. Despite the reaction of her parents, Amritanandamayi continued. Regarding her desire to embrace others, Amritanandamayi commented, "I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don't see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering."
 
Amritanandamayi rejected numerous attempts by her parents to arrange for her marriage. Her life took a different path instead. In 1981, after spiritual seekers had begun residing at her parents' property in Parayakadavu in the hopes of becoming Amritanandamayi's disciples, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), a worldwide foundation, was founded. Amritanandamayi continues to serve as chair of the Math. Today the Mata Amritanandmayi Math is engaged in many spiritual and charitable activities.
 
Amritanandamayi's form of giving Darshan The term means the vision of the divineis hugging people. As to how this began, Amritanandamayi said, "People used to come and tell [me] their troubles. They would cry and I would wipe their tears. When they fell weeping into my lap, I used to hug them. Then the next person too wanted it... And so the habit picked up." Amritanandamayi has embraced more than 33 million people throughout the world for over 30 years.
 
When asked, in 2002, to what extent she thought her embraces helped the ills of the world, Amritanandamayi replied,
 
I don’t say I can do it 100 percent. Attempting to change the world is like trying to straighten the curly tail of a dog. But society takes birth from people. So by affecting individuals, you can make changes in the society and, through it, in the world. You cannot change it, but you can make changes. The fight in individual minds is responsible for the wars. So if you can touch people, you can touch the world.
 
Amritanandamayi's darshan has been the centerpiece of her life, as she has received people nearly every day since the late 1970s. Given the size of the crowds coming to seek Amritanandamayi's blessings, there have been times when she has given darshan for more than 20 continuous hours.
 
 

 
 

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