Amma’s mystical poem Ananda Veethi describes Her transcendental experience of attaining union with the Divine. “Seeing nothing as apart from my own Self “— this was Amma’s vision, that everything in creation was part of Her own Self. At that time the Divine Mother also imparted to Her a mission— to ask the people to fulfil their human birth through the message “Oh man, merge in your Self!”
Seeing nothing as apart from my own Self,
A single unity, and merging in the Divine Mother,
I renounced all sense of enjoyment.
Mother told me to ask the people
To fulfil their human birth. Therefore,
I proclaim to the whole world
The sublime truth that She uttered,
‘Oh man, merge in your Self!'”
This message lies at the heart of all of Amma’s institutions and charitable activities. Amma’s children manage Her projects with the faith that they will be transformed through their service to the world, gradually transcending their personal likes and dislikes and becoming more compassionate and selfless; more closely identified with the Universal Self, the Atman.
May we see others’ pain as our pain and their happiness as our happiness. Just as one hand spontaneously reaches out to soothe the other hand when it is in pain, may we all console and support others as we would ourself. – Amma
Amma has never sought to convert anyone; Hers is not a sectarian mission. But Amma has always stressed that along with a new home, a pension, an operation or a meal, the beneficiaries of Her charitable projects receive a compassionate smile and a kind word from those who serve them. In this way those who give, those who receive, and those who look on—all are transformed by the selfless love and sense of universal kinship, blossoming in an experience of essential unity amid apparent diversity—the oneness in the Self.