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Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is lovingly known as Amma, which means mother in her native language of Malayalam. Born in 1953 in a poor fishing village in the southern state of Kerala, she is now the Chancellor of a university rated by the Government of India in 2022 as the country’s fifth best overall. How did such a transformation happen in her life? As a little girl, Amma witnessed first-hand the stark inequality in the world and wondered about the meaning of suffering. Her search culminated in a decision to dedicate her life to giving love and compassion to as many people as she could.
She began to embrace all who came to her, and as of today, has given that motherly care, known as her darshan, to more than 40 million people around the world. Through her extraordinary acts of inner strength, compassion, and self-sacrifice, Amma also began her international humanitarian mission known as the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Her key focuses include providing people in need with food & water, shelter, healthcare, education, training for livelihood, and disaster relief.
In 2005, the UN conferred Special Consultative Status to the Mata Amritanandamayi Math for its outstanding disaster relief work and other humanitarian activities. In 2008, the UN also approved it as an associated non-governmental organization. Shape Through her extraordinary acts of inner strength, compassion, and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions and inspired thousands to follow in the path of selfless service. Truly a citizen of the world, she travels the globe to hold free public programs and meets all who arrive, from some of the world’s most powerful leaders to the poorest of villagers from rural India.