To me spirituality is helping others. Especially in a country like India where there is so much poverty, very least help is available. More money is spend on building temples with gold tops,marble flooring etc. Amma on the other hand helps converting slums into houses, pensions,vocational help for women. Most importantly it is so easy to help. For $2000 you can help build a house for someone.
I have been personally involved with the MA Math in two ways. 1) We raised $250,000 for the Tsunami from Michigan and I toured S. India and personally saw the work that was being done. I actually took slides and interviewed people and have videos. I came back and showed it to the people who donated the monies. 2) I have helped the AIMS hosptial a heavily subsidized hospital in Cochin, India achieve an ISO 9001 quality certificate. I personally saw the work being done there to help and subsidize the poorer sections of the population. I am very impressed with the large amount of volunteer staff they have actually doing the work both in the Tsunami area and also in the hospital. There are a large number of Americans involved including the Medical Director Mr. Ron Gottsegen. There story and the huge amount of charitable work will inspire you. Chad Kymal 734-604-6552 email@example.com
I have been involved in this for the past few years and have been contributing regularly. The money given for charities have been used for building hospitals, providing health care to millions, providing free food, clothing and homes for the needy, care homes for the elderly, jobs for widows to mention a few. MA center has also donated millions to Katrina relief fund, Asian Tsunami relief in 2004 and other disaster reliefs such as Bihar relief fund in 2008 and Mumbai floods in 2005. They provide education scholarships for kids from low income families. MA Center's humanitarian services are expanding and giving solace to more and more people everyday all over the world. I believe that service to poor is service to God and will continue to contribute regularly to MA center.
I've been to one of Amma's orphanages. The children are well cared for and loved. They are learning academically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. They are happy.
The scope of Amma's charities is breathtaking. Even when she builds homes in India for those who have lost theirs in earthquakes, she makes sure that tarps are placed on the ground to collect the mortar from the bricks so that none is wasted. Most of the work is volunteer, so all money goes towards the projects.
Matha Amritanandamayi Math is a charitable organization headed by the spiritual saint Matha Amritanandamayi. Although it is headquartered in the southern state of Kerala in India, every nook and corner of the world is touched by its humanitarian activities. It has made stellar contributions to ameliorate various types of suffering in the world. Specific examples include earthquake disaster in Gujarath, India and Tsunami disaster. It is worth noting that the organizations pledge of support to Tsunami victims far exceeded the initial contribution pledged by US federal government! It is an organization with a dedicated volunteer force enabling it to be one with an extremely low over-head cost. Therefore, most of the contributions end up directly at the place or hands where help is needed the most. That is one of the main motivating factors to make donations to this organization. Importantly, it dispenses help to anyone in dire need irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. Its leader and director Her Holiness Matha Amrithanandamayi is the embodiment of love, humility, and wisdom. The loving hug of this "hugging mother" has touched and soothed millions of lives all over the world.
I am always amazed by the quantity and variety of work that the MA Math accomplishes, from building homes for the poor, giving pensions to elderly widows who have no other way to support themselves, to teaching people how to make a living and helping them get started, to a massive charitable hospital, to helping indigenous tribal people, to helping with tsunami and Hurrican Katrina relief, feeding the poor, the list goes on! I have no doubt that the money that I have given them over the years has been used in the most effective and efficient way humanly possibly, since that is how Amma is. And so many of the people working with the MA Math are volunteers so the money donated goes even further. All that in addition to the example that Amma herself provides for us all to serve the poor and needy with an attitude of love, as if we are serving God him/herself.
I have followed Mata Amritanandamayi’s work since 1998. In those days I donated towards homes She build and gave to the poor. I employed an engineer from India at the time and he confirmed to me that the houses build by Mata Amritanandamayi Math cost about one third of what they normally would cost. This is because most of the work is done by volunteers. How refreshing to be able to donate where $1.00 becomes $3.00 once it reaches the poor. Normally it is the other way around. Since then I have donated yearly and watched with amazement on what scope Mata Amritanandamayi developed her charitable work. Really, She has to be an extraordinary being. I am in total awe looking at her charitable activities unfold. With best regards, John Bastian President Veba-Dev Inc. 90 Morgan Rd. Montcalm, QC JOT 2V0 Tel: 819/687-9021 Fax: 819/687-9926 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fermemorgan.com
I knew about Amma about 10 years ago and have been following the Math's activities keenly. Where ever there's a need, they try to fill it. And the need is taken care of with so much love and attention that it makes everyone involved in the whole process happy. For instance, their vidyamritam scholarships, give out scholarships to poor children of farmers and see them through school and college. They recently brought all the children to the Math and conducted camps and gave them a feeling of belonging and happiness. All the children said that they had the happiest time of their lives. That is so touching.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math is one of the most amazing nonprofits functioning on this planet! I am continually astounded by the number of humanitarian aid projects that they are able to take on, especially since no one on the staff is paid! All of their projects in India, including free medical care to the poor, building homes for the poor, free weddings for the poor, an orpanage, an elderly care home, and so many more, are all run under the guidance of Amma, with 100% volunteer work. So amazing!