What People say about Amma
His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam President of India
(talking to students at one of Amma's colleges)
"You are all blessed because you are constantly showered with the blessings of Amma. The ambience of her colleges is sufficient to instil in you the values of life. Her divine mission should be your inspiration to make right use of life and add value to society."
His Excellency Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Vice-President of India
"Several of her schemes reflect her bondless love for every soul. Amma's work has refined the lives of millions; she is a woman of action and not just words."
Sri. Atal Bihari VajpayeeHonourable Prime Minister of India
''The world today needs solid proof that our human values are useful, that such qualities as compassion, selflessness, renunciation and humility have the power to create a great and prosperous society. Amma's work provides us with the much-needed proof."
Sri. L.K. Advani, Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of India
"There are people who can expound eloquently on all the scriptures and explain all their nuances, but rare are those who live the life described in these scriptures. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi belongs to this rare category of enlightened souls."
Sri. Brijesh Misra National Security Advisor of India
"She is a great person. She has done tremendous work for the poor and downtrodden, which most Mahatmas do not do. Most are going for big people. Amma is going for small people, the common people. This is a great thing. She is effecting jobs, effecting education—this is God's work."
Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi Honourable Minister for Human Resources of India
"We are fortunate enough to live in a century when a divine personality like Amma is moving about in the globe. Divinity is manifested in the person of Amma. The Indian concept of Jagadamba [Mother of the world]—this is what Amma embodies."
"While the governments lag behind in providing these facilities, Amma has worked wonders. Amma's service to the entire humanity is fast-expanding, and it is wholehearted and selfless. She expects nothing in return. Divinity Herself has come to help humanity."
Riitta Uosukainen Head of Parliament of Finland
"Her hug has a wonderful power... Amma's teachings can be put into practice in every country, and with her hug She brings consolation to many people."
Mr. Simon Crean Member of Parliament of Australia
"At a time when security and peace issues dominate the international agenda, her actions and activities are a beacon of light and inspiration to Australians and people all over the world."
His Excellency Shri. Madanlal Khurana Governor of Rajasthan
(explaining to Amma how She was the inspiration behind his distribution of Rs. 250,000 each week to his state's poor and suffering).
"Amma, you showed me the path."
Sri. V.S. Rao Honourable Union Minister of State of Home Affairs of India
"The foreign philanthropists and devotees, they are giving every year, more than 4055 laks of rupees ($8.6 million, US). to touch the substratum of society of this country. I have only come across only this math [M.A. Math] which is touching the substratum of the society, providing houses and all other benefits for the destitute, women, and handicapped."
Sri. Narendra Modi Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat
"Amma is a very, very transparent personality. She is in the real sense a "mother." And as a mother, she loves all of the universe. She blesses us all. She gives strength to the individual, to the system and to the spiritual. That is how I feel!"
Sri. A.K. Antony Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala
"There is no field of humanitarian activity where Amma's ashram has not been involved."
"This is from my own experience. Amma has a special power to sponge up one's pains. Her presence has brought values of love and compassion back to a strife-torn society..Till date, Amma has not uttered a single word that has hurt anybody. She has always been kind to everyone, even those who have hurt her."
Smt. Uma Bharati Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
"We love Amma not because of who She is, but because of who we become in Her presence."
Sri. Pon Radhakrishnan Honourable Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs of India
"Mata Amritanandamayi is the cultural ambassador of India."
Smt. Amisha Beagun Mirza Honourable Mayor of Ahmedabad
"Amma does fantastic work for communal harmony. She does great service to human beings, without any difference of class, creed, religion or nationality. I was really moved by Her work. I was overcome by emotions when I met Her. I was moved! She is wonderful!"
Sri. Sarad Pawar President of the Congress Party in Maharashtra
Member of the Parliament of India
"Amma's approach is to totally remove the suffering of the people. Amma's mission is to comfort and uplift humanity by developing and upgrading their skills."
Ms. Tanja Karpela Honourable Cultural Minister of Finland
"There are things, that you cannot... The hug was heartfelt and warm."
"Her humanitarian work is incredibly extensive."
MSuperstar Mohanlanalayalam Film
"My chosen profession is very demanding and hectic. Apart from professional pressures, you have to deal with quite a lot of issues in everyday life. And in moments of crisis, I find solace in my deep faith in Amma. The fact that Amma’s love is permanent and infallible help me face any difficult situations. Even when all the odds are against you, Amma's love and support give me the confidence to live on, forgetting all the tensions".
A.K. Antony, Chief Minister of Kerala
"I am not a believer of God. I have no particular loyalty towards any religion nor do I condemn any. In that sense you can quite call me an atheist. But surprisingly, I was deeply inspired by Amma. She has been able to strongly influence atheists like me. I am not attracted by any divine miracles, but by the simplicity and values she instil in others. It is her commitment to humanity and her untiring spirit of service towards the poor and the needy that attract me".
Swami Amritaswarupananda, Head of Mata Amritanandamayi Math
"Each time I see Amma, I realise that God is not in the heaven, but among us. Perhaps it is in answer to the devotees' undying desire that God has decided to be with his disciples. Amma, simple and humble, very much like any other person, is the common man’s God. She symbolises all that I search in my God".
Union Minister O. Rajagopal
"Amma teaches that love is the foundation of all great religions and our devotion to God should be commitment to the poor and needy. If we accept these two simple principles in everyday life, Kerala will truly become God’s own country".
Senior Congress leader K. Karunakaran
"I am a believer of God, I don’t have any faith in demi-Gods or sanyasis. But Matha Amrithanandamayi is different from other sanyasis. She does not pretend to be a God. But she is a universal mother. And how can a son not like his mother?"
VHP leader Ashok Singal
"Amma, in all sense of the word, is as sweet as Amritham (honey). Her ability to put the great philosophies of spirituality and religion in the simplest of language that could be understood even by children is miraculous."
Eminent novelist Dr. M. Leelavathi
"In this age of evil and calamities, she is like Mother earth - tolerant, loving and compassionate. She is the Universal Mother".
Ms. Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King JR
"What I cherish most about Amma, is that she not only talks the talk but she walks the talk"
**** For more quotes on Amma, visit www.amritapuri.org/amma and then go to the qoutes section