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Matha Amritananda Mayi Devi’s birthday celebrated

Sat guru Matha Amritananda Mayi Devi’s 62nd birthday was celebrated with pomp and piety at the Amritapuri ,Kollam. Early this morning the stage was filled with traditional Kerala dancers in full regalia as well as ladies dressed up in the traditional costumes from all 29 states of India to welcome Amma. The loud, Panchari Melam, traditional music of Kerala created festive mood and a celebration in the hearts of everyone

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Amma in her birthday speech, said  that India was suffering from a split personality–success when it comes to technological advancement and failure in terms of poverty, illiteracy, health sanitation and crimes against women. However, she said the condition could be remedied if the nation overcame segregationist attitudes and worked in unity.

 

“A split personality is never a sign of sound health,” Amma said. “If we want to see India become powerful and healthy again, we need to merge these two faces into one beautiful face.”

 

“If we can bring our collective knowledge, compassion and talent together, it will not be so long before we see India rising and thriving with peace, harmony and prosperity,” she said. “When this dream of India burns in us so strongly that not even a single Indian wants to sleep until it’s realized, then it will become a reality.”

 

“External success is impermanent. Along with external success, we need inner victory- victory over our mind and senses.”

 

“It is said that 22,000 children are dying daily due to poverty. We hear about such deaths so regularly that our ears have become desensitized. We say, “So sad,” but we forget it later. Just words of sympathy are not what is needed for the world. What we need are hands that are ready to serve selflessly.”

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Amma ended her talk by asking everyone to stand and chant Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, once again praying for world peace.

 

With the help of several dignitaries on the dais, Amma then proceeded with the inauguration of numerous charitable initiatives for the poor in areas including healthcare and housing, as well as the provision of clothing, potable water and electricity

 

Free marriages at Amritavarsham

 

Each year on Amma’s birthday, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math helps couples having financial difficulty to have a traditional Indian wedding by providing all the requisite clothing, gold jewellery and feast, etc.

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Sri. Ashok Singhalji, former president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and Sri. Vellapalli Natesan, the General Secretary of the SNDP Yogam, helped to give away the gold wedding jewellery to the women

 

130 houses and 2 intermediate colleges

 

Over the past two decades, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has built more than 45,000 homes for the homeless in more than 75 locations throughout India. Today, the Math extended this program by presenting keys to 130 homes and two inter-colleges in various locations throughout India.

 

Keys were given by: Sripad Yasso Naikji, Minister of AYUSH, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, N Shakthan, Speaker of the Kerala Assembly and Ramlalji, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party

 

Solutions for sustainable development in adopted villages

 

Amma has adopted 101 villages throughout India in order to help them become self-reliant models of sustainability, two years ago on her 60th Birthday. The Amrita SeRVe program focuses on uplifting all aspects of life: housing, education, hygiene, food and water, employment, infrastructure and general connectivity.

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Sri. P.J. Kurien, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and Sri. Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced MAM’s provision of potable water systems for the village of Harirampur in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, as well as a smart-irrigation system for Periyar Pathoor (Ettimadai, Tamil Nadu), and the provision of electricity via hydro-solar means in Komalikudi, Idukki, Kerala.

Smt. Najma Heptulla, the Honourable Union Minister for Minority Affairs, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Guptapada Village, Jala Kurda, Odhisha.

 

His Excellency Francois Richier, the Ambassador of France to India, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Komalikudi, in Idukki, Kerala

 

100 Crore commitment to sanitation in Kerala

 

Amma added to her Rs. 100-crore donation to the Namami Gange campaign by making a pledge that MAM will dedicate a value of Rs. 100-crore in toilet construction and other sanitation efforts. A plaque commemorating the pledge was given by Amma to Sri. Ooomen Chandy, Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala during Amritavarsham celebrations.

 

Oommen Chandy, thanked Amma for her Rs. 100-crore commitment to building toilets and other sanitation projects in Kerala, saying, “Amma has removed the pain of thousands of people. She has contributed Rs. 100 crore to the poorest people—those who cannot even afford a toilet. She is one of the greatest people to ever serve Kerala society

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