Speeches from Birthday

Let Amma live more than a century to lead us

Sri. M.V. Rajasekhar, Honourable Union Minister of State for Planning, upon the inauguration of MAM’s Vidyamritam Program of 30,000 scholarships for children of poor farmers

“This land has been known for centuries for spiritual advancement. This land is led by spiritualism and knowledge. This is the land that made Buddha, Mahaveeri, Shankara, Basavanna, Narayana Guru, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. This is the land where Swami Vivekananda was born. And this is the land where sacred Amma was born.”

“It is Amma’s contribution that has enhanced and given solace to lakhs and lakhs of poor people. It was Amma who responded as the tsunami struck India in December 2004. It was Amma who brought solace and peace to the thousands of fishermen. It was Amma who provided shelter to that community that has suffered from tsunami. Amma’s contribution in the field of education, in the field of providing livelihood to the thousands of women who are downtrodden and who need support. It is Amma who is always in the forefront, providing help and relief to such people who have been suffering from either natural disasters or various problems. So, therefore, on this occasion, I would like to take this opportunity to pay my reverence to Amma and then pray to God, ‘Let Amma live more than a century to lead us and provide light, prosperity, peace and harmony in this world.”

These children without parents are no longer orphans

Sri. S. Sharma, Honourable Minister for Fisheries & Registration of Kerala, upon the inauguration of MAM’s program for the vocational training of 5,000 groups of women from impoverished agricultural families

“People without support, people who are suffering and people who are poor—many such people are there in our society. In that society, understanding their complaints, problems and difficulties, helping them and consoling them with love and compassion and service. This is Amma. When one works like that, one becomes adorable and respected by the whole world. The breadth of Amma’s humanitarian service is too vast to recount. Amma’s tsunami relief work was so perfect that has attracted world attention. These children without parents are no longer orphans. They have a mother in Amma. Time will prove it. On Amma’s birthday, in my name, in my government’s name, in the name of the people, I offer all best wishes. With love, I offer it to you.”

Tantra Vidya will always remember Amma

Sri. Paravur Sreedharan Tantri, Chairman and founder, Sri Narayana Tantrika Research Vidyalayam,
upon his acceptance of the 2007 Amrita Keerti Puraskar

“My prostrations to the Para-Shakti [Supreme Power] who has taken the form of Amma.
“Even though I have received many awards, but I consider this as my spiritual award.
“In this time of Kali Yuga, to save us from all sorrows, the Lord of the Universe has taken human form. That is Amma.
“The pratishtha (installation) that Amma has performed [Brahmasthanam Temples] no other acharya has done. That should be written in golden letters in the Tantra Scriptures or in the Pratishtha Vidhanam [Science of Temple Instillation] or Vedic Scriptures. The school of Tantra Vidya will always remember Amma.”

Happy birthday to Amma

Some celebrities and leaders who wished Amma ‘happy birthday’

  • Her Excellency Pratibha Patil, the President of India
  • Former US President Bill Clinton
  • His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway. Jens Stoltenberg became Prime Minister of Norway for the second time on 17 October 2005.
  • Amartya Sen is an Indian economist, philosopher, and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998, for his contributions to welfare economics, and now is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University.
  • Robert Rubin served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both the first and second Clinton Administration. He is currently on the board of directors for the New York Stock Exchange, Ford and about 15 other firms. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee, Citigroup, one of the largest banks in the world.
  • Dr. Mohammed Yunus: is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,
  • Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, founder of the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, spends her time and efforts to help children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, along with philanthropic activities with Harvard Graduate School of Public Health. She resides in France, in her castle.
  • Dr. Jane Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.
  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Professor at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, and in 2006, Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He has tackled and solved most of the very difficult problems with infectious diseases, including Tuberculosis. He also was named one of 25 US Best leaders by the magazine U.S. News and World Report
  • Peter Sands was appointed Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank. Standard Chartered India’s executives and 81 branches report in to Peter and the rest of the Board of Directors.
  • John Castimaditis is a business tycoon in the areas of oil, real estate, and aviation. His company, the Red Apple Group ranked 84th on Forbes list of largest private companies with revenue of $3.3 billion and 7800 employees.
  • Eileen Fisher is an American women’s retail clothing designer. Her clothing is known for simplicity. Begun in 1984, the company now consists of 25 retail stores in the USA.
  • Dikembe Mutombo, is a basketball superstar. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time. He is 7′ 2″ and weighs 260 pounds.
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson, During the 1980s, he achieved wide fame as an African American leader and as a politician, as well as becoming a well-known spokesman for civil rights issues. According to an AP-AOL black voices poll in Feb 2006, Jackson was voted “the most important black leader” in the world
  • Ann Veneman, Executive Director UNICEF, United Nations. Ann M. Veneman assumed the leadership of UNICEF on May 1, 2005.
  • Allan Rosenfield, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Professor of Public Health and Ob/Gyn and Dean School of Public Health, Columbia University.
  • His Excellency Hamid Ansari, the Vice-President of India
  • Sri. Shivraj Patil, the Honourable Home Minister
  • Sri. P. Chidambaram, the Honourable Finance Minister
  • Sri. P.R. Dasmunshi, Honourable Minister of Parliamentary Affairs &
  • Information & Broadcasting
  • Smt. Sonia Gandhi, the Honourable President of the Congress


Amma’s 54th Birthday celebrations

Amma’s 54th Birthday Celebrations in Amritapuri
27 September 2007 — Amritapuri

The celebrations on the day of Amma’s 54th birthday began at 5:00 a.m., with the performance of Maha-Ganapati Homa at the celebration grounds on the Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, just across the backwaters from the Ashram. The puja was conducted by renowned pujari Brahmasri Surya Kaladi Jaya Suryan Bhatathiripad.

At 7:30 a.m. Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri gave a satsang, discussing many of the experiences and insights he has imbibed during his 30 years as a disciple of Amma.

Amma came down from her room in Amritapuri at 8:45, whereupon she was driven to the backwaters. There she entered a boat and was taken across. Thousands of devotees and ashramites watched as Amma as she crossed the river, watching her as she took in the sites to the north and south.

When Amma arrived on the dais, 150,000 people were waiting for her. The pandal was overflowing with people of all ages and nationalities.

Swamiji then performed Sri Guru Pada Puja as he chanted Amma’s 108 names. 150,000 people chanting “Om Amriteswaryai Namah” in response after he said each name. Upon the ceremony’s completion, Amma was garlanded by all of her senior disciples, as well as by her mother and father.

It was then time for Amma’s birthday address. Amma’s talk focused on how to attain real happiness in life, and pointed out many problems society is currently facing and how to remedy them.




Mata Amritanandamayi Math is an example for the entire world

27 Sep 2007, Amritapuri — Amma’s 54th Birthday celebrations

With the conclusion of Amma’s talk began the official public program. Many dignitaries were present, including Sri. M.V. Rajasekhar, the Honourable Union Minister of State for Planning; Sri. S. Sharma, the Honourable Minister for Fisheries & Registration of Kerala; and Swami Prakashananada, the chairman of Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha. Upon seeing Amma, Swami Prakashananda immediately embraced her like a child and placed a shawl around her neck.

Swami Amritaswarupananda delivered the Welcome Speech. Speaking about Amma’s love and compassion and how these were the sole source of the Ashram’s success in the field of social welfare. Swamiji said, “One’s compassion can only be as big as one’s love. And in Amma, we see a love as big as the cosmos—even bigger. It is ‘A Love Beyond.’ In fact, Amma’s heart is so big that the entire universe fits inside it—the people, the animals, the trees and flowers, planets, moons, constellations…. This is what is meant by ‘Jagad-amba’—mother of the universe—a mother who loves all of creation as her own child. … With all of Amma’s humanitarian works, compassion has been Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3. There is no ‘calculation’ with Amma. In her own words, ‘Amma sees a need and she just flows to fill it.’ That is how compassion works.”

The two main new social-welfare projects inaugurated by the Ashram were those aimed at fighting the epidemic of farmer suicide through education and the reduction of financial strain placed upon impoverished agricultural families. The first project, Vidyamritam, is providing 30,000 full scholarships for children of farmers living below the poverty line. Thousands of 10-to-15-year-old children enrolled in the program were in attendance, having come by train and bus from locations in Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Twenty-five of the children received their first education financial aid stipends onstage from Amma and Union Minister M.V. Rajasekhar. These were symbolic of the 30,000.

The second farmer-suicide prevention program is providing vocational training and start-up capital to help 5,000 groups of women from agricultural families to form home-based businesses. This was inaugurated by Kerala State Minister S. Sharma. “The social service being rendered by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is an example for the entire world,” Sharma said from the dais. He then thanked Amma on behalf of the Kerala Government for her financial assistance to the children of agricultural families living below the poverty line. At this point, Vijay Tulsidas Jadav, an MLA from Maharashtra, handed over financial-aid checks to five self-help groups from Maharashtra, symbolic of the 5,000.

Next came the awarding of the Ashram’s Amrita Keerti Puraskar. This year the award went to Sri. Paravur Sreedharan Tantri for his perpetuation and contributions to the traditions of Vedic astrology and temple tantra. Union Minister M.V. Rajasekhar bestowed the award. In his acceptance speech, Sreedharan Tantri applauded the noble works of Amma and her ashram.

The Ashram released a total of four new books: Pray & Serve: Amma & The Tsunami, a 300-page hard-cover picture book detailing the Ashram’s 200-crore tsunami relief-and-rehabilitation program; Eye of Wisdom by Swami Ramakrishnananda; Amrita Teertham by Swami Turiyamritananda Puri; Amrita Prayana by Swamini Krishnamrita Prana; and a commemorative birthday supplement from Matruvani, the Ashram’s monthly spiritual magazine.

As part of the Ashram’s long-term tsunami relief-and-rehabilitation program, Amma handed over keys to nursery schools built by the Ashram in Alappad Panchayat to Sri. Rajadas, the panchayat’s president. Office-bearers of Karya Yogams from Alappad and other coastal regions then came in procession and offered Amma purnakumbha out of reverence and gratitude for the Ashram’s tsunami-relief service.
This was followed by the distribution of sewing machines to impoverished women by Swami Prakashananda.
The public program ended with Amma conducting a mass marriage of impoverished couples, with the Ashram sponsoring all the tradition wedding items, such as wedding saris, dhotis and gold ornaments.

By 1:00 p.m., Amma had begun giving darshan. Students from all of the Ashram’s Amrita Vidyalayam Schools and from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham performed various cultural programs.

Free food was provided for one and all.

Other dignitaries present on the dais, included former Central Minister Sri. O. Rajagopal; former State Minister Sri. C.V. Padmarajan; Swami Rithambharananda, general secretary of Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha; KPCC President Sri. Ramesh Chennithala; Bharatiya Vichara Kendra Director Sri. P. Parameshwaran; poet and film-director Srikumaran Thambi; poet and writer P. Narayana Kurup; State General Secretary for the Deevara Sabha, Sri. V. Dinakaran; SNDP General Secretary Sri. Vellapally Nateshan and former Kerala MLA Rajan Babu.


Sreedharan Tantri received Amrita Keerti

Sri. Paravur Sreedharan Tantri was awarded the Amrita Keerti Puraskar {news} on 27th September, the birthday of Amma, for his meritorious contributions and perpetuation of India’s Kshetra Tantric and astrological traditions.

Sri. M.V. Rajasekharan, the Honourable Union Minister of State for Planning, handed over the award to Paravur Sreedharan Tantri.

Sreedharan Tantri is the founder and chairman of Sri Narayana Tantrika Research Vidyalayam, a charitable institute in North Paravur, Ernakulam District that trains children, irrespective of caste and creed, in Kshetra Tanta Vidya. The institution also trains adults and conducts periodic reference courses for those already in the field, as well as conducts research and analysis into special ingredients and materials used as offerings in homas and kalasas. Furthermore, he is being honoured for his role as social reformer, standing as one of the main forces behind the opening of Hindu priesthood to all sections of society.

He is the author of an important book on Kshetra Tantra called Deva Yajana Paddhati. He is also the author of Pitru Dharma Vidhi, a book on rites performed for deceased ancestors, as well as many articles on Tantra and astrology.

Sreedharan Tantri studied under the ancient gurukula system of education, guided by Sri. Pazhampilly Kandachan Asan and Sri. Sankaran Bhattathirippadu (Pazhur Padippura) and Nambiat Karnakara Pillai.


Birthday preparations 2007

Amma’s 54th Birthday Celebrations

September 2007, Amrita Vishwa Vidhya Peetham, Amritapuri Campus, photos of the birthday preparations




September 2007 — Amritapuri
On Amma’s Birthday, 30,000 children of farmers living under the poverty line from Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will receive the gift of free education as part of a new social welfare program called Vidyamritam. The program is part of the Ashram’s new multi-pronged fight against the rising epidemic of suicide among India’s debt-ridden farmers.

According to a government census, there are more such suicides in Kerala than in any other state in India, with Idukki being the worst district. For years now, Smt. Mercy Matthew, the headmistress of S.N. UP School in Karunapuram, Idukki, has watched helplessly as dozens of her students have been forced to discontinue their educations due to their family’s financial strain. One such student is Rahul Raj, currently studying in the 6th standard. Some years ago, his father and eldest uncle committed suicide. He was being supported by another uncle, but then that uncle also died. Furthermore, his elder sister then died from cancer. His mother, Omana, was struggling to keep him in school. When Mercy Matthew saw the Ashram’s request for applications for Vidyamritam, she informed Rahul Raj’s mother, and they applied. He was accepted, along with 20 others from SNUP School.

Tomorrow, Mercy Matthew and her 20 students will come to Amritapuri for Amma’s birthday celebrations, when they will officially be enrolled in the Vidyamritam Program. Some 75 other students are coming by train from Maharashtra, as well as nearly 200 from Andhra Pradesh, among others.