I serve Amma during Her tours of North America (Summer and Fall). My job is to run Amma's raw food store named "Nature's Joy." Amma started this store through us (a team of 4 disciples of Amma) to meet the need of Her devotees who were having trouble eating cooked food. Over the last five years (2004-2009) we have served Amma joyfully amidst back breaking schedules and intense tour work. But there is so much joy and satisfaction in contributing to Her worldwide charities (by raising funds through Nature's Joy) as well as attending to the immediate need of Her children in USA (serving the raw food through Nature's Joy). There have been amazing real life stories of selfless contribution by Nature's Joy team. And they have been inspired by Amma's selfless demonstration of reaching out to all those who come to see Her. Her tireless efforts without caring for Her own needs have motivated many of us to go beyond our comfort zones and put forth our unimagined best. In the process many wonders have come forth. In Amma's organization, most of the work is contributed by volunteers. So when we donate one dollar, it's value increases way beyond one dollar because of the volunteers. Nothing gets deducted from the dollar due to almost negligible overhead and management expenses. Instead, the intense efforts added by each volunteer adds much more to a dollar donated. This is one of the secrets behind so many projects being accomplished by Amma's organization. Amma is a saint beyond comparison who inspires by walking the talk. They way She touches the hearts of Her children, inspires them to give back to the best of their abilities. The result is amazing and unimagineable synchronicity and success in reaching out to those in need :).
It is very difficult to put in words the enormous effort this organization is doing for Human Kind. From infants to adults, to all the poor and the orphaned, they are there for everyone. When the Tsunami hit both in India and in the US, this organization went day and night without rest to get people's life back on it's feet. Provided houses in India and shelter and food until the houses were ready to move into. All of them were trained in new fields to help them start life fresh. Their state of the art Hospitals cater to the poor and the underdog.
I first heard about Mata Amritanandamayi in 1995 and went to see her on the same evening in a hall where she was hugging people. Ever since then I have been devoted to her and have participated in the activities of Amma's Centre and later, her Ashram in Melbourne. My small contribution has been the buying and selling of flowers when Amma comes to Melbourne to donate to the charitable activities of the Amritanandamayi Math. I also started propagating plants and selling them to raise money for Amma's charities. In 1998 I accompanied an Indian lady on a tour of Southern India, On the way from Caimbatore to Cochin we passed the beautiful Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (the Institute of Technology)while leaving Coimbatore and then we passed the site of the AIMS Hospital where construction had aleady started. In 2003 I attended Amma's 50th birthday celebration.Then I had the opportunity to visit the hospital. I am a doctor and I was very impressed with what is being done there for the impoverished members of society in India who would otherwise have no medical help at all. It is a marvel that Amma was able to inspire so much compassion that such a hopital could be built and be fully functional in such a short time when it was funded by charitable donations and the work of so many volunteers. I also delivered to Amma the Melbourne community's gift to her, which was the funding of 207 pensions for her pension scheme for widows and disabled people. I saw many of the pink houses that Amma had built for the homeless. Most of all I was impressed with the gratitude and love for her that was shown by the people living near the ashram in Amritapuri. To me that was convincing proof of Amma's and the ashram's respectful and helpful attitule to those people. Everytime I read about Amma's new charitable initiatives I realize that there probably is no otherh charitable not for profit organization that has a broad agenda as Amma's. Her vision embraces everything from the communication satellite, to an India wide television station aimed at giving a good values education, to environmental concerns, her project for preventing suicide in farmers, disaster relief , education, medical help, upliftment of women and so forth, too numerous to mention here. Amma is also very thrifty and the whole enterprise is likely to be the most cost effective NGO in the world. The disaster relief when the Tsunami struck impressed me not only with it's extent and swiftness of response, but also with the work that was done to help the survivors to regain some acceptance and peace of mind. NOtable here was the fact that Amma started taking children to swin with her in the sea to help them overcome their fear. also, the use of poetry and music therapy to help the people to create moving songs about their experience so s to facilitate emotional agreaction. I am a psychiatrist and Amma's work in this direction really impressed me. I am so glad that I came to know about her and though I donate to several charities, Amma's is always first on my list, as I know that each dollar that I give will go further.
I have been devotee of Amma since year 2000. I have been really touched by numerous Humanitarian projects run by Mata Amritanandamayi Math. For years the organization has been helping poor, needy, orphans, elderly, widows and so on in India. Her selfless work motivated me to help poor and needy people
I have followed the works of the M.A. Math for about 10 years now and am still discovering new and amazing ways that this organization is serving directly the poorest of the poor. I just visited the mountains of Wyanat where an M.A.Math tribal hospital gives free health care to the farmers and their families.
This is a wonderful organization. I have read about all the charities in India and listened to Amma's words that we all should be doing selfless service. I was particularly inspired hearing about the Indian orphanage projects over the years. This inspired me to start a foundation to start a girl's home in Tijuana recently (with Mexican partners). I never would have thought about doing this and making the sacrifice and effort without seeing the example of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. So not only are children in India helped but it is spreading to other countries.
The great mahatma known as Amma has through her charitable organization touched milliions of people in India and elsewhere. No one person has such a broad scope of institutions and programs that help the people of India ranging from orphanages, soup kitchens, colleges, widow's pensions, job training programs, home building. The help after the tsunami in 2004 was immediate, massive and effective, ranging from medical services, shelters for the homeless, counselling, to feeding the homeless and rebuilding homes and fishing boats. All of this done only with volunteer workers.
In this organization, literally thousands of volunteers give of their time, their resources, and skills to make a difference throughout the world. Those in administration are unpaid devotees, who will give up their own food, even their bed, to help those who come to them for assistance. It is one of the most amazing organizations I have ever known. Amma, the spiritual leader, spends time every day making bricks to help build homes, rather than meeting with famous people, even though she has been honored by many of them. I willing donate to them every month, because I know it goes directly to those in need.
Every penny of money donated to my great Guru's charities goes to the needy. She truly is amazing. Ever Hers, Jagadeesh Dev
I traveled to India a few times over the last nine years and each time I am so moved to see how much progress has been made with the money that is donated. The first time I went I wanted to see what was being done with money I had personally donated. I wanted to make sure there was no waste. I was so impressed to see the multiple schools, orphanages and colleges. I expected so much less and instead it was truly amazing to see the magnitude of the number of schools - 17 at that time (2000). I was equally impressed to see the commitment of the volunteers, workers, staff and everyone who was involved in making sure the schools were running smoothly. I even traveled on my own to some of the locations to see how they would look if Amma was not present. The students and staff were really great, the children at the orphanage were happy as can be! I became a true believer. It made me more committed to giving and to do volunteer work. I feel like I wish I could do more each time I go. The last time a few of us went on our own to visit the houses that were built after the tsunami. They were small by American standards but totally complete and efficient. Better than an efficiency apartment. I realized how much we have and don't need. Most important was the giving that I saw with no expectations from the families. The best was the joy of the children and how they were being educated, clothed, and fed. Can we have more organizations like this around the world.