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Mata Amritanandamayi Math

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Mission: The M.A. Math was founded by the renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). The M.A. Math exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through meeting each of their five basic needs: food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood. We believe that having these needs met is the fundamental right of any human being, and that it is the responsibility of each of us to strive hard to ensure that one day, every human being can live in dignity, safety, security and peace. We also believe that everyone - rich or poor - has the power to make a difference in the life of another, and that no selfless gesture is insignificant. Rather, it is the selfless actions we perform for one another that hold the keys to true peace - peace in the individual, peace in the community, and peace among diverse cultures, nations and faiths.

Geographic areas served: India

Community Stories

492 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen in India the results of much of the Maths work. I have recorded on film and have been touched by the help given to the poorest of the poor receiving food, shelter, medicine, surgery as well as a spiritual uplifting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMMA AMMA's compassion and Divine Love emanates from her being, as if she is transparent and one can see clearly her beautiful heart. She is omni present and she is real, a wonderful combination. Not only of my own direct experience, but that which I am privileged to witness, the affect of AMMA in people's lives is amazing - she is the embodiment of a being's personal love transposing in concentrated Universal Love. From there one can actually trace her rivers of love - to her unlimited and perhaps unparallel humanitarism; from the state of the art Hospitals that give free treatment to those that would otherwise be denied, to schools, universities and beyond - AMMA has become something more than a mere being - she has become a vehicle to so many, transporting them from destitute to providing relief when needed. For instance, when the Tsunami hit, where was AMMA? She responds quickly and effectively, supporting emergency crews to go out immediately, without delay, and at the same time has the ability for long-term benefits to the people. Houses were built and donated to those that lost their homes; widows who survived the sad state of suicide when their farming husbands could not provide - AMMA responded with given widows a means in which to take care of themselves and their families, she provided pensions; children that were orphaned from this tragedy were adopted by AMMA and housed in her loving orphanage(s) are taken care of - sent to school to learn not only their own cultural history and customs, but also provides them with a wide scope of learning opportunities - the children are given the experience of education, to learn, thrive and grow from a point where otherwise they might all contract and give up or become impoverished and embittered, instead AMMA and her organizations create 'space' for all to see and be part of the light, to be a contributing faction of their communities and thus when one benefits, we all benefit. AMMA, in my opinion, but not limited to just to myself - IS an INSPIRATION to the rest of the world, she is a global light that illuminates and activates humanity's compassion worldwide. Simply put, AMMA is one of the best embodiments of compassion, with intelligence and ability ever, and the fact that she is living in our time can count our selves blest. AMMA engenders such trust that people are confident to send donations from all over the world - this is something to be remarked upon. AMMA is a sat guru, a present day living saint without boarders. One of many examples or exemplification of AMMA’s far reaching charitable actions would be when the tragedy of Katrina hit the US shores - AMMA sent, I believe, a million dollars to the American government to help its own people, as the aid and response in this situation seemed to be slow coming from their own government. AMMA did this out of her desire to help and originates from her true pure heart. Not saying that AMMA is perfect, yet she is certainly something that is to aspire towards. She is in all ways an effective iconic figure that moves beyond words, her actions speak for themselves. She does not ask anyone to change their ways, their religion or anything, she is just present and there for any and all that reach out for her. AMMA is one of my eternal role model, one of my of my favourite force of love, an immeasurable fabric of true compassion - her love is the essence, a golden thread that weaves together and strengthens the goodwill in the fabric of humanity that already exists. AMMA may not be doing anything new, but she doing it well, doing it lovingly and doing it for no merit - she and her organizations and all the people in it are doing all that they do, with consciousness and deliberate acts of loving-kindness. AMMA is not just one person, her whole being has long ago merged with all sentient beings, and you can see this in all of her interactions, even with animals and especially with children, but with all of us. AMMA has allowed all of us to become part of her, connected with her and you can feel that she acknowledges every person for doing their part - it is not a one being show. We all have a unique and special relationship with her - even before my first hug, I knew she was real, in the spiritual sense, that she is of service to one and all and is a direct link to that of all that is right and good in this world. Of course once AMMA hugged me - a deeper, more sacred connection has been forged between us, without ownership of anything, just pure Divine Nectar (AMRIT) of Love that holds and melds all of us together. It is so easy for me to embrace such a being that actually actively embraces all of us, all of the world. Heart felt, in Divine Respect and Friendship, Lulu & Paisley

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the organization for almost 15 years. During these 15 years, I have seen the number of humanitarian activities increase by leaps and bounds. The number of activities are too many to list here. To name a few, the organization is one of the first to respond when there is a natural calamity. The organization provides food, clothing, shelter, medical consultation, medicines, etc. Moreover all of the services are provided by volunteers who genuinely love doing the service. Many of them work long hours and do it with joy. I haven't seen any other organization provide this level of service and be so committed to the cause. During other times, the organization is involved in providing food, free housing, medical and eye clinics, etc. The organization is also involved with increasing awareness of the environment by planting trees and motivating others to do so. Other activities include training youth to devote a small part of their time towards social service. I have been involved in many of these activities and have been closely associated with many others who are closely involved with these activities as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MA Math is an organization that welcomes one and all with open arms. It's one and only aim is to help others. People from all walks of life, several countries and different ages come together and work as one under the guidance of AMMA to uplift humanity, protect mother earth and for their own personal spiritual growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MA Math is an amazing organization with a membership that spans scores of countries around the world. 100s or 1000s of volunteers from around the world take part in numerous humanitarian projects/activities that include free housing, free education, free medical/hospital facilities for poor/needy people affected by natural and various other calamities and other nature-friendly projects. People with all kinds of background, from all cultures work together, forgetting their differences and truly attracted ONLY by their love for mankind and nature.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simple down to earth Organization for the people run by people under the great guidance of Shri Mata Amritananadamayi popularly known as " AMMA ". It reaches & Serves the needy irrespective of Nationality, Religion, Language, Culture & financial position.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi, the founder and cornerstone for MA Math is truly a living saint. Her foundation is involved with every aspect of humanitarianism needed in India and the World today. She has founded hospitals, schools, orphanages, built homes for the homeless and feeds the hungry every day. She helps widows and other poor women to make a living for themselves and their children. She has also started a program to help the families of farmer-suicide and suicide prevention. They are involved in disaster relief of all kinds, most famously after the Tsunami in Southern India. It is impossible to do justice to this invaluable organization in this short story. I personally have given many hours of my time here the US to sorting donated medical supplies to ship to India for her hospitals and clinics and for disaster relief. Working with them is a wonderful feeling, full of love and devotion to helping our fellow 'man'. Mata Amritanandamyi herself is pure love and it pervades every aspect of the organization. Peace! Carl Bruce

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since me an my husband have become devotees of Amma,all the hurdles in our life big or small have been overcome without any troubles. We never went to Amma with any expectation but it seemed that Amma took care of all our needs without being asked. Seeing Amma's humanitarian activities and her dedication towards serving all human beings has motivated us also to engage in selfless service which gives us immense satisfaction and peace of mind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Amma's Mother's Kitchen in collaboration with our church for over 7 years has been a life changing experience. The homeless are no longer invisible - we see ourselves reflected in them - and we can be change we want to occur in the world in the world one meal at a time. Amma's message is to serve each meal with love. We are a kitchen, we are a community of diverse faiths spanning the generations all called to answer the voice of hunger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to offer selfless service under the auspices of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. While in India, I served by preparing vegetables for the western canteen which served people, free of charge, who were participating in MA Math activities. I also transcribe for publication from cassette tapes of satsangs by one of Amma's first and main swamis. I spent many hours in this service. The organization is efficient, comprehensive in their scope of services, carefully managed with direct oversight by Amma. There is a high level of accountability instilled in volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's organization Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been giving a helping hand to millions across the world. Amma's compassion has won many hearts, wiped the tears of many people who are suffering. Still i recollect the sounds of tragedy during Tsunami, the efficacy of M.A.Math was undoubtedly proved during that time. I realized the importance of time, hardwork and selflessness after i got more and more involved with the organization. This organization is a living example of the saying 'Hands that help are holier than lips that pray!' . The volunteers in this organization not only pray for the world peace but put them in action by selflessly serving others. I just feel, i am so blessed to be part of this organization and what more..my life is to serve amma and her charitable works.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's humanitarian efforts are so far flung I find it a challenge to do them all justice. Amma is my teacher. She has taught me about unconditional love and selfless service to others. Her disaster relief efforts have aided people in the United States (Katrina victims), as well as tsunami victims in India. Her undying support to starving farmers in India who feel that their only resort is suicide is inspirational in how she holds hope out for others who have given up. Her work with poverty stricken children all over the world moves me to tears. Her care homes for children, the orphanages, hospitals, homes and slum renovations truly show her commitment to making a better life for all beings. Her teachings are based in love and respect for all peoples which causes a huge ripple throughout the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma is amazing! She encourages everyone of all ages and races to be involved in all kinds of service for the world, being an active role model for everyone through her tours and Embracing the World. She is the epitome of love and expresses it in everything she does. What more is there to say?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Mata Amritananda Math (M.A. Math) and it's founder, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (better known as Amma), in 1988. In the beginning my interest was more of a personal nature. Over the years, as I kept attending Amma's yearly U.S. programs I saw that here was a person who exemplified selflessness and service to others in a way I had never seen demonstrated before. Every year the charitable outreach programs have grown exponentially in a way that I can barely fathom. Amma's ability to reach and inspire thousands of people to imbibe the message of compassion and selfless service and put it into action is incredible and amazing. I have had the privilege to participate in volunteer projects of the M.A. Math, here, in the U.S., and abroad. This has provided many opportunities to witness and experience first hand the far reaching effects of the Math's mission and it's message to the world. One thing that deeply impresses me is that people from vastly differing backgrounds from around the world can come together so harmonisously and work toward a common goal for the welfare of others. One year I was able to go with the Math to Bhuj, India, where severe earthquakes had devasted entire villages. The Math adopted three of these villages and rebuilt them entirely. There was a group of Japanese students there, who were staying over a number of weeks, to help the rebuilding process. The group I was traveling with was multi-national. Then there were the villagers themselves, who had suffered such great loss. We all pitched in and helped in whatever way we could during the couple of days I was there. Who cares that we didn't all speak the same language! For some reason we were able to understand each other and get the work done. It was a language of the heart, motivated by a desire to serve in whatever way we could. Here in the U.S. I have helped with inventoring medical supplies to be shipped overseas to the Math's nonprofit super-speciality hospital, AIMS (Amrita Institute of Medical Science). This whole endeavor is done completely by volunteer effort. On any given day you can find people in the warehouse meticuously going through every inch of supplies and recording it on lists and packing it carefully in boxes to prepare for shipping. They do this of their own accord, on their own time, when perhaps they could be home doing something else. These are only two small examples. Times it by however many charitable projects the M.A. Math is involved in at any given time, add up the volunteers that help make it happen, and the figures are astounding. The fact that an organization can inspire and motivate people, not only in India, but across the globe, to give of their own time like this and instill in them a desire to serve, is awe-inspiring. On a personal level, my contact with Amma and the M.A. Math over the years has, I feel, changed me as a person, and is continuing to change me. I can no longer think of just myself. I find that on a very practical level I am able to apply this example of compassion and service and bring it in to other aspects of my life, including the workplace. It has made me more aware of the suffering of others and to be kinder and more caring. It has caused me to be more self-aware of how I conduct myself in my daily affairs. And I have learned that although we all may be from different places and speak different languages we are all intrically connected and part of one human family. Compassion and service to others has no boundaries. If I can be affected even in this small way, imagine the magnitude of this message of selfless service and the profound effect it has had on the millions of people that Amma and the M.A. Math have reached. All the M.A. Math's charitable projects are generated and sustained by volunteer efforts, both in time and in money. How is this possible? Only if the message of selfless service is being awakened in these millions of people around the globe. I have never seen an organization do this before on such a massive scale. The M.A. Math's message and mission is truly a universal one and is reflected in the vast breadth and effectiveness of it's endeavors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed 1st hand the inspiration pouring forth from the works of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Never on the face of the Earth has cooperation and selflessness blossomed with greater beauty and abundance!!! Service and love are the guiding lights of this UN recognized Not for Profit. Seeing the unity in all of the children of the Earth, Mata Amritanandamayi Math will surly continue in its quest to lessen the suffering of human beings all across the world. Om Namah Shivaya May All Beings be Happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Mata Amritanandamayi Math for the past 15+ years. It has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life to engage in supporting the humanitarian activities of the M.A. Math. What attracted me was the total selfless volunteering practiced at the organizations and how the organization in totally volunteer driven thereby reducing overhead costs to a minimum. The message of love, compassion and selfless service exemplified by Mata Amritanandamayi Mayi, the founder of the organization is a great inspiration. It is really a gratifying experience to be part of the many humanitarian projects like free food and medicine to the needy, homes for the homeless, orphanages, scholarships for needy students, health care, disaster relief, environmental preservation etc etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi Math provides a wide range of charitable services to a wide range of people, both in India and abroad. I have been deeply touched by the generosity of their work, and by how much they do! The humanitarian efforts of Mata Amritanandamayi Math are helping millions of people worldwide through education, building houses for the poor, building environmental awareness, and cultivating compassion. I have participated in raising money for this charity and have volunteered writing letters to less fortunate and sick people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma’s Amazing Charities I’d like to say a few words about Amma or Mata Amritanandamayi in regards to her amazing and totally thorough charitable contributions to this world. The list of her charities and charitable works is mind boggling. From hospitals, schools – lower, higher education, trade, technical and tribal schools for those who live in remote villages, orphanages, homes for the homeless, disaster relief help – with medical support, food and shelter, for tsunami, flood and earthquake victims. Amma has pensions for the poor, food and soup kitchens throughout India, Europe, and the United States and elderly care homes in India. Amma's Circle of Love program is another one of her practical examples of universal compassion. Its whole purpose is to provide a network of compassionate service between those who are in need of assistance and those who would like to help them. Amma also is very concerned about the preservation of nature she says: “One of our priorities should be to preserve nature. We must put an end to the practice of destroying the environment for money, for our selfish short- term needs. Each family should grow trees and plants in their yard.” Thus, there are many environmental projects Amma is sponsoring through the “Green Friends” network. One project I work on a lot is Amma’s housing project. Every week we have a bake sale to earn money for building the many thousand homes which are so badly needed for those who are homeless and or have lost their homes to some disaster. It used to take $750 to build a home in India, but with all the disasters Amma wants us to build very sturdy homes and now it takes $2000 to build a home. We make about $400 per bake sale, so it takes at least 5 bake sales to make one home. It is so simple to make something for this sale and in doing so we are truly bringing great joy to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Probably the most awe inspiring aspect of Amma is her ability to give and give of herself so infinitely to this world and thus she in turn inspires thousands and thousands of us to try and do the same. She says, "We can never close our eyes to the world in the name of spirituality. As a result an unfathomable amount of charitable contributions are made to this world in the name of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Most Respectfully, Adarsa Whitney

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's organizational preparedness and rapid response in various global disasters, from earthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes is remarkable. Her endless compassion for ALL people is her sole driving force, and has led to the creation of so many institutions to help humanity. Her lack of politics and bureaucracy enables her organization to get to the heart of the problem and find immediate solutions. So many are devoted to her teachings and work that they will come from all over the world to help with an emergency. Her model should become standard practice for all governments.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma [Mata Amritanandamayi Devi] is an incarnation of pure love in human form. Each and every being getting an opportunity to have Darshan from Amma will definitely have experiences. So do I. In fact, experiences cannot be expressed as it is. One has to go through it. Me and my wife had very bad time in different occasions and it was Amma saved us both. In January 2000 my wife accidently fell down hitting her back head and went into coma. There was no hope and I was sitting near her bed at the emergency ward crying/calling out Amma. After sometime I fell unconsciously, but later I felt somebody was calling me. When I woke up I see my wife was crying and calling Amma Amma pointing towards bed corner; she said Amma is standing there, but I could not see anyone in the room. She went into sleep again. When she woke up she was in total bliss and told me that she could see Amma in the very room and She was consoling her and chant a mantra in her ears. Doctor came for check up with no hope, but could not believe seeing my wife sitting in the bed having tea. They could not believe their eyes. Only myself and wife know the reason being. She was discharged after routine tests. In the month of July this year I had been admitted in the hospital due to food poison. As I am working in the gulf keeping away from my family there was nobody to take care of me in the hospital. By the time pass by the poison spread all over and I lost my consciousness. Though I was in the unconscious state I could feel Amma's presence and smell Her fragrance; I saw somebody in white saree standing near my bed. I don’t remember anything what happened later. I woke up in the morning; there was no problem - complete fit - and discharged very next day. The treating doctor and nurses were in wonder. Later last month I had a big escape from an accident. When one has full faith with the Supreme Doctor why worry. Amma Sharanam