INDIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN
TSI | Issue Dated: August 26, 2007
To console, to wipe away tears through selfless love, compassion, and service.’’ That sums up Amma’s life and mission.
Better known as the “Hugging Mother’’ (She individually hugs over 50,000 people in one day!), Amma was born on September 27, 1953, in a poor fishing village, in Kollam district of Kerala and named Sudhamani.
She is the embodiment of the Himalayan heights a human being can reach. Above all her socio-cultural works, the consolation she gives to the tormenting minds of millions is unparalleled. She was presented with Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence in 2002, and the UN award of Special UN consultative status in 2005 for tsunami relief and humanitarian efforts in India.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Centre in the US handed over $1 million to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to aid hurricane recovery efforts.Her contributions in the field of disaster relief, healthcare, education are voluminous and legendary. At present, there is no area where Amma and her activities have not reached.
The big deal
Born in a fisher man’s family as Sudhamani at Kollam (Kerala) in 1956, she had mystical powers since childhood. Teaching spiritualism since 1971, she also runs scores of educational and charitable institutes world over.