Mata Amritanandamayi (1953 – ) better known simply as Amma [“Mother”], is a Hindu spiritual leader and guru, who is revered as a saint by her followers. Amritanandamayi seeks to love all people, once stating that, “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.” Amritanandamayi has a global network of charity organizations, in 40 countries around the world, which provides food, housing, education, and medical services for the poor. This network has built and/or supported schools, orphanages, housing, and hospitals throughout India
Mata Amritanandamayi described “The Path of Bliss” that she experienced, trying to make understandable the mystical union that is beyond the mind or intellect:
“Once upon a time, my soul was dancing
In delight through the Path of Bliss.
At that time, all the inner foes such as
Attraction and aversion ran away hiding
Themselves in the innermost recesses of my mind.
Forgetting myself, I merged in a golden dream
Which arose within me. As noble manifestations
Clearly manifested themselves in my mind
The Divine Mother, with bright, gentle hands,
Caressed my head. With bowed head, I told
Mother that my life is dedicated to her.
Smiling, She became a Divine Effulgence
And merged in me. My mind blossomed,
Bathed in the many-hued light of Divinity
And the events of millions of years gone by
Rose up within me. Thenceforth,
Seeing nothing as apart from my own Self,
A single Unity, and merging in the Divine Mother,
I renounced all sense of enjoyment….
Today I tremble with bliss
Recollecting Mother’s words,
‘Oh darling, come to Me
Leaving all other works.
You are always mine.’”
Quoted from Mata Amritanandamayi by Swami Amritatma Chaitanya.
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