I became severely ill, to the point of being unable to care for myself for a couple of years. The group in Dallas, TX, connected with Mata Amritanadamay Math, adopted me under their Circle of Love program. They asked to make a list of my needs, and then announced my needs in their regular group meeting. Several people volunteered to help me. One woman began to read to me on the phone once a week. Another woman shopped for me at a specialty grocery store, which I could not go to. another man offered to shop for me at Walmart and Costco. He also met me (sometimes driving 20 minutes each way on his lunch break) to put gas in my car once I was able to start driving again. They poured their support out on me in all kinds of ways, a small group of people each doing a little piece, in order to meet my needs. This lasted for three and a half years. As my needs changed, and I got stronger, their involvement with me changed as well in terms of errands that they did for me. All of it was voluntary, and all of it was free. I could feel their hearts and compassion in how they treated me and what they did for me. The woman who began reading to me has become a friend, and we still read together approximately once a week (it's been seven years almost); it has become a prayer between us. Their help cut through the deep isolation that came with my illness and helped me get back into the world, and gave me the strength to do my rehab, and stick with it.
MA organization is amazing. It has transformed my life and given me an outlet to serve others. It has motivated me in many ways.
Amma is pure love, a blessing to anyone who has the chance to be in her presence. Receiving darshan from her is an experience everyone should allow him/herself to have. There are no word to describe, only to say that each time on recieves a blessing from Amma it is like marking a before and after point in his/her life. Amma's amazing grace, warmth, kindness reaffirms all that is good in the humanity and in the world. She greets each person as if he/she were the only person in the world and she is the most happy to see you. This after hours and hours of seeing people. What a wonderful place it would be if we all greeted each other that way. She is reminder that with love and peace in your heart, all things are possible and yes, each one of us has what it takes to make the world a better place.
Ammachi has changed my life!! Just being around the power of her awakened self helps begin to awaken me. . I find myself more open and loving and energized. . hopefully to be able to give more and more to the world too, inspired by her example!
I cannot put words to the worthwhile nature of Amma's work. In 2003, having studied with many healers and spiritual masters, I found Amma. For 5 summers in a row, I crossed the United States with her group, receiving incredible assistance from Amma and the group of swamis around her. By assisting my spiritual journey, I am able to turn and help others in my city. Not only that but I have found peace at last. I really have no criticism because I was treated so well compared to my earlier experiences studying with spiritual teachers. I truly believe that Amma models and expresses a level of love that the world so needs at this time, if we are to survive. (I am a university graduate, a former journalist and teacher and mother of two grown up sons.)