About Amma

A renowned humanitarian leader, Amma is the guiding light of Amrita University. Amma's words for the youth, her thoughts and values for education and research, have helped shape the university's mission and vision. 

Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 32 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her physical embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World.® When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: "Where there is true love, anything is effortless."

While Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.

Everyone in the world should be able to sleep without fear, at least for one night. Everyone should be able to eat to his fill, at least for one day....»»

Kerala, 2013: Amma receives the first-ever Vishwaretna Puraskar (Gem of the World Award), bestowed by the Hindu Parliament...»»

Amma has done more work than many governments have ever done for their people... her contribution is enormous. ~ Prof. Muhammad Yunus ..»»

Amma was born in a remote coastal village in Kerala, South India in 1953. Even as a small girl, she drew attention with the many hours ...»»

News

June 23, 2014
Stanford University hosted a rare event in which, world renowned humanitarian leader and our...
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August 11, 2013
Invited speakers and guests at Amrita Bioquest had the opportunity to meet with Chancellor Amma...
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August 11, 2013
The Amrita School of Biotechnology organized its first ever international conference titled...
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July 19, 2013
Chancellor Amma meets US Congress people at the Capitol Building. Amma met the Congress members on...
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March 15, 2013
The cultural association of the Amritapuri Campus, Samskriti, organized a panel discussion titled...
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March 8, 2013
Thousands of students, faculty and staff of the Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham...
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September 27, 2012
The Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham came alive with myriads of lights and colors...
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August 17, 2012
        August 21, 2012 Amritapuri Campus   “Indian religion has never shied away from science; on...
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Amma on Education

Youngsters need to understand the purpose of life. They need courage and wisdom to face the challenges of life. With that understanding they become the light of the world. If we care for them responsibly, moulding their whole character with love, then the future of the world will be safe
Our Chancellor Amma
There are two types of education: education for a living and education for life. When we study in college, striving to become a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer, that is education for a living. But education for life requires an understanding of the essential principles of spirituality; it is about gaining a deeper understanding of the world, our minds, our emotions, and ourselves.
Our Chancellor Amma
Love and compassion are the very essence of all religions. What, then, is the need for us to compete?. Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations such as religion, race, nationality, or caste. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love.
Our Chancellor Amma
The main purpose of education should be to impart a culture of the heart.
Our Chancellor Amma
Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace.
Our Chancellor Amma
If we are able to develop the right attitude, we can drastically reduce the burden of our sorrows.
Our Chancellor Amma
We all know that the real goal of education is not to create people who understand only the language of technology; the main purpose of education should be to impart a culture of the heart, a culture based on spiritual values. Viewing religion only outwardly creates more and more division. We need to see and understand the inside, the essence of religion, from a spiritual perspective. Only then will the sense of division come to an end. Where there is division, there cannot be any real spritual experience; and where there is true spritual experience, there will be no division - only unity and love.
Our Chancellor Amma
To awaken this unity and to spread the love that is our inherent nature to others - this is the true aim of human life. Indeed, love is the only religion that can help humanity rise to great and glorious heights. And love should be the one thread on which all religions and philosophies are strung together. The beauty of society lies in the unity of our hearts.
Our Chancellor Amma