Mata Amritananda Mayi Devi (Amma) India 1953-
Als vierjarig meisje ontfermde Amma zich al over oude en zieke mensen maar haar intentie van liefde werd vaak voor ongehoorzaamheid aangezien. Ze werd mishandeld en later zelfs verbannen uit haar dorp. Op twintigjarige leeftijd begon Amma mensen te zegenen met haar omhelzingen. Nu heeft Amma over de hele wereld al meer dan drieëndertig miljoen mensen omhelsd en zij runt de grootste liefdadigheidsinstelling van India.
Mātā Amṛtānandamayī 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, Amṛtānandamayī 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. Amṛtānandamayī also began to spontaneously embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. Despite the reaction of her parents, Amṛtānandamayī continued.Regarding her desire to embrace others, Amṛtānandamayī 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.”
Amṛtānandamayī 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 Amṛtānandamayī’s disciples, the Mata Amṛtānandamayī Math (MAM), a worldwide foundation, was founded. Amṛtānandamayī continues to serve as chair of the Math. Today the Mata Amritanandmayi Math is engaged in many spiritual and charitable activities.