I had AMMA'S first durshan in Jan 1990 in HER Ashram in Kerala, India and it was a tiny place with only a few huts. After a span of 20 years, the growth is unimaginable - there are at least 4 thousand permanent residents called renunciates and another 2 thousand transients from all over the world staying temporarily to experience Divine Bliss. The number of Charitable Projects AMMA has undertaken is beyond anybody's comrehension and is still expanding due to urgency that keep cropping up due to natural calamities etc. Although HER work is mainly in India, it has been expanded to USA, Sri Lanka, Kenya, many parts of Europe and Australia. The tremendous impact SHE has made to Humanity cannot be quantified and cannot be described in a few words. However, an attempt is made to highlight a few benefits below. ECONOMIC BENEFITS: AMMA has been travelling every year to Europe, USA and Australia from 1987 onwards. Purely from the economic point of view, these countries have benefited in terms of business being generated by air travel, car rental, gas consumption, resturant business, grocery supplies, merchandise etc. EDUCATION BENEFITS: It is due to AMMA'S influence many children both in India and abroad have been inculcated with apptitude to complete their high school education and then have been able to go to College and University studies. They are better equipped for competetive jobs. SPIRITUAL BENEFITS: Children and society in general have been made aware of the importance of being better citizens in that they are taught not to smoke, drink, take drugs which are injurious to health. Children and adults have been taught to exercise daily following AMMA'S IAM (Integrated Amrita Meditation) Technique which will help reduce National Medical bills. IAM technique has been taught in some prisons, Army and in many schools. CONCLUSION: It is due to AMMA'S love,compassion and generosity, millions of people all over the world have benefited in times of dire need due to natural disasters and forced circumstances. Former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam has sais: " AMMA keeps on giving, more and more." It is HER Divine mission to uplift humanity so that there is Peace and Harmony throughout the world.
The work experience at this organization has been really pleasant and fruitful. Most of the people in this organization do not sit and talk. They walk the talk. I had the opportunity to serve in a soup kitchen organized by this organization and that's how I got involved. The people were really friendly and got to know them better. I was amazed to find out that this organization took part not only in one particular activity, but many including disaster relief, protection of environment, children's education,women's rights etc. The founder Mata Amritanandamayi, a woman is exceptional. Truly enjoyed working as a volunteer and as a board member.