Amma — Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Many people wonder how a little girl from a simple South Indian village came to be known throughout the world as “Amma, the Mother of All.” Motherhood, in its ultimate sense, has nothing to do with bearing a child, but with love, compassion and selflessness. It lies in totally giving one’s self to others.
If we look at Amma’s life, this is what we see—someone who has offered her every thought, word and deed for the benefit of others. Giving is the essence. It’s just that when the homeless come crying for shelter and Amma gives them a house, we call her a “humanitarian.” And when the sorrowful come crying for emotional solace and she gives them love, we call her a “mother.” And when those thirsty for spiritual knowledge come earnestly seeking and she gives them wisdom, we call her a “guru.” This attitude of selflessly serving all creation, knowing others to be extensions of one’s own self, Amma refers to as vishwa matrutvam—universal motherhood. And it is to this pinnacle of human existence that Amma is trying to awaken the world through her life, teachings and darshan [divine embrace].
- Until the inner Guru awakens, one needs an external Guru
- Sannyas is a state of total renunciation beginning and ending in compassion
- When we renounce the heaviest burden of our ego, we will rise to the plane of Shiva
- Amma visits Rajbhavan
- We begin to grow when we give more than we take
- If we all become fireflies, it becomes a great light
- If we awaken divine qualities within, the path to immortality will be wide open
- Begin to consider the needs of others before our own