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October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I met Mata Amritanandamayi at a small convention center in Chicago IL program on July 3, 1995. I came as a skeptical observer and to placate some friends who had talked about this 'Ammachi' lady for years. I stood away from the crowd and tried to be as unbiased a witness to her darsan or hug as possible. Quite frankly I couldn't imagine why these people were waiting in line for so many hours to see her. Quite frankly, I hate crowds and to make matters worse,the air conditioning wasn't working. As I watched her, I was amazed that she could greet each person with the same warmth and energy as she'd done to the last person she'd embraced. Hours passed and she hadn't taken a break or a drink - I had needed hourly breaks because of the terrible heat- and I wondered how this was humanly possible. Needless to say, I was awed and deeply touched by the self sacrifice I saw that unforgetable evening. It was life changing on so many levels, but specifically her example had me question what I had been doing in my own life for others. At the very least, I began to see Amma as an amazing role model for how we should be to other people: attentive to others, embracing their differences without judgement and with a loving and accepting heart. Amma inspired me to open up to things I'd always wanted to do, but been afraid of. Since meeting her I've been inspired to volunteer at hospice, to work with severely disabled children and brain-injured groups, all while finishing my R.N. degree. I can only thank dear Amma for the inspiration and encouragement to make the leap of faith from a self-centered to an other-centered life. I had the opportunity to travel to Amma's ashram in 2003, and see her charitable activities and institutions for myself. AIMS Hospital in Cochin was amazing - our American health care experts would do well to study how Amma's organizations stretch resources to care for so many poor. Monthly, I saw the poor widows line up at the ashram to get their pension checks. In a country that has no social welfare network, Amma has taken on that role for countless poor families, especially women and children. I also witnessed Amma's announcement at that time that she would take on the educating of exploited women and girls forced into prostitution - quite a high risk enterprise. This was all pre-tsunami, an event that accelerated Amma's charitable resources beyond what we imagined was possible. With our local ACM group (Amma Center of Michigan), we joined forces with others worldwide who've been moved by Amma's example of selflessness, to raise money in whatever small way we could, to help with this and other disasters. Our family and friends find it an enjoyable Saturday activity to help cook lunch at a local homeless shelter as part of the Mother's Kitchen project. When I look back at almost 15 years since I've met Amma, I've had the privelege to meet and work with so many talented and devoted volunteers from all over the world, it truly amazes me. Amma encourages all of us to fearlessly do our part for each other and for our earth; to treat everything and everybody with respect and gratitude.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increasing my management and communication skills through coordinating the flower shop charitable sales for Amma's yearly Michigan program. I've had the opportunity to travel, interact and learn new skills with other diverse volunteers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Six years ago, I didn't know much about Amma or the M.A. Math. After my wife met Amma in 2003 I used to accompany her as it was a long drive from our house. Slowly I started to see Amma's service attitude, her compassion for all human beings, her perseverance and her relentless pursuit of providing comfort for the needy. She never gets tired of serving the needy, and has instilled the same spirit in a number of her followers. Her organization was one of the first one to pledge support for the Tsunami victims in India. The organization also gave a large sum of money to the victims of Katrina in Louisiana, USA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal life as well as in the lives of few close friends and family. The service attitude Amma brings in everybody and her insistence on taking care of the environment has been of great impact. As a result of this we have started to recycle more.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding. There is a lot of love and respect in all the people I see here. They are more adjusting, accommodating and strive to be of service

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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MA Math has been a great instrument of transformation and awakening to me. Amma's first Darshan and unconditional love kindled the first spark of love and service in me. The dramatic transformation and healing She brings about in all the people around her and away from her is remarkable and inspiring. The love and spirit of service she kindles in each individual spreads like fire across her organization. A good example is the MA math support for the Tsunami victims and the Suicide farmers in India. Inspired by Amma, thousands of people across the world reached out to contribute thier share, some left their jobs to be physically there to help, while others sent in their contributions in cash or kind. The organization is a role model in commitment to humanitarian activities, while Amma is the inspiration behind it, spreading the message of Love, Compassion, and Self-less service.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If MA math has more funds, it could reach out to and uplift more people across the world and would give the volunteers more opportunities to serve and express their love to all people across the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Amma is the most amazing person in this Universe. She does SOOO much for everyone from hugging millions to building towns for earthquake victims to starting huge hospitals and schools. She's a mother to millions and is so compassionate and loving. YAY MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI!!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I studied in one of the schools this organization started for 9 years. Now im back there, but this time im a voluntary teacher!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everyone is accepted equally here. There is no discrimination between anyone. Amma just gives, gives, gives. She provides healthcare, education, job trainings, house building, love and care, all basic needs, food distribution and a lot more.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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It is great to serve the poor and work for the humanity. Amma's organization are always leaning towards the weaker section of the society and put all effort to uplift them in all ways they can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life and in other life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love and dedication. Also sincerity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ALl very dedicated, loving and goal oriented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help manay many poor people to get p roper health, food, shelter and education

Ways to make it better...

All people in the world can join and work as a part of this orgnaization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

None.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization seems to be best in the world interms dedicating the volunteers life to the cause of humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have enjoyed volunteering with the MA math over the last five + years. Amma is a great inspiration to all the activities and Her tireless efforts sets the bar very high for all of us volunteers and staff. The Math is very focused on providing support to the needy and the selection of projects (like Tsunami Relief, etc.) are a reflection of this focus.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- Tusnami Relief project, - Mother's Kitchen - Meditation Classes - Trade Show participation

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- Amma's involvement in all aspects of the various projects - Dedication of the staff and volunteers to the work at hand - The incredibly low administration costs of the projects - Timely project selection in response to a genuine socioeconomic need

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Volunteers and staff are from all over the world and their passion and dedication to the projects is inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

- use the money to in the Farmer Suicide Project and the Tsunami Relief activities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Here in the USA I have helped with many of the Math's activities like planting fruit trees, visiting the sick and elderly, "Katrina relief" both money as well as clothing and food.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The satisfaction of knowing the poor were helped with the "ALL" the money raised, and it was not used to pay the salary of managers and other employees in the organization...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Good hearted!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide 20 million dollars of relief, because all the work is volunteer based, and their are no salaries.... We have engineers, doctors, phd's, a wealth of people who donate their time & skills for the Math's projects...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Ammaji has brought immeasurable love and compassion into our lives. The charitable work she does for suffering communities in India and the world has had a tremendous impact on assuaging the suffering of the poor and those who have been victims of calamities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is non-judgemental toward all religions, cultures, races. It brings out the best in all people, and helps them understand the oneness of humankind. It also conveys the importance of helping the poor and suffering.

Ways to make it better...

we can bring more people to experience the love and unity of Amma's work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Being with Amma is a blessing in itself. And to get a chance to serve Her is the biggest blessing. Amma always stresses on how nature is not taken care of and insists on doing good to the nature and not harming it. With Ammas go green projects not only did I the chance to become close to nature but also an opportunity to do something for the society!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its was amazing

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is perfect

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That everyone who is a part of it, truly feels for the cause

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, loving and compassionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Only do good for the society!

Ways to make it better...

if we got more support from the government

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

external factors

One thing I'd also say is that...

Amma is the best :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Being around Amma and the volunteers who work tirelessly to alleviate suffering wherever possible is one of the most heartening experiences of a lifetime. She and her volunteers are profoundly rare humanitarians. Suffice it to say that if a greater percentage of the world's population emulated this example, then the world would be a far improved place. The commitment to social service comes from a very deep and sacred place at the Math or at the MA Center in the U.S. One can know that any donation given to these charities will not be wasted on administrative expenses. Instead it will be used to buy indispensable materials such as cement, from which volunteers will build something like a house for the homeless, or a free medical clinic in some disaster zone. The list of charitable causes grows all the time. To volunteer personally promises to be a life transforming experience. A+++

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

October 2009

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inspiration behind it all.. the commitment to service

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unusually commited and sincere

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do much more

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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