Inspiration & Founder
Amma — Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
"My Desire: 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. There should be at least one day when hospitals see no one admitted due to violence."
Love, compassion, empathy and tolerance – under the pressures of modern life, these qualities have all but disappeared. Through her loving embrace and charitable activities, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (affectionately known as AMMA or Mother) is healing the heart of the world, rekindling love and mutual respect, and awakening people to their fundamental oneness.Through her extraordinary acts of love and self sacrifice, AMMA has endeared herself to millions. Tenderly caressing everyone who comes to her, holding them close to her heart in a loving embrace, AMMA shares her boundless love with all. Be they young or old, sick or healthy, rich or poor, everyone who comes to her receives the same unconditional love. AMMA is teaching that the Divine exists in everything, in every person, plant and animal. Perceiving this unity is the essence of spirituality and the means by which to end all suffering.
It is through this simple yet powerful message that AMMA is transforming our world, one embrace at a time. In the past thirty years, AMMA has physically embraced more than 21 million people.AMMA’s teachings are universal. Whenever she is asked about her religion, she replies that her religion is Love. She does not ask anyone to believe in God or to change their faith, but only to inquire into their own Real Nature.
AMMA had a vision of creating a hospital in Kerala where the poor could receive free advanced medical care, such as heart operations and kidney transplants, in an atmosphere of love and compassion. She saw that while the poor did receive basic medical care through various charitable clinics, advanced care was something beyond their dreams. This led to the birth of a highly sophisticated, 1,300 bed tertiary referral and teaching hospital, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital). Amrita Hospital exemplifies AMMA ’s use of science and technology to maximize health services for the poor, offering medical care in cardiology, oncology, neurology and other specialties. Approximately one third of the treatments are free, a third are subsidized, and the rest are provided at the prevailing rate for those with adequate incomes. Amrita Hospital has grown to be a prominent superspecialty teaching and research hospital with an accredited degree program in medicine. Doctors and researchers from the U.S. and other countries participate in a number of its programs.