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ABOUT AMMA

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, globally recognised humanitarian and spiritual leader

WHO IS AMMA?

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi is a globally recognised humanitarian and spiritual leader, known throughout the world as 'Amma'. She has served the world-community for decades, sharing her wisdom, strength and inspiration. Through her extraordinary acts of love, inner strength and self-sacrifice, Amma has inspired tens of thousands to follow in her path of service to humanity.

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Amma has travelled the world for more than 30 years, bringing love, hope and peace through her talks and her darshan - her signature embrace that is a powerful symbol of unconditional love. Accessible to everyone, she has hugged an estimated 38 million people worldwide, and inspired a global volunteer-based humanitarian movement, Embracing the World (ETW).

Honouring her contributions to the effort in spreading world peace and harmony, Amma has received many international awards including the Gandhi-King Award for non-violence, at the UN headquarters in Geneva in 2002.

Amma regularly tours the US, Asia and Europe, and visits the UK as part of her Europe tour in the autumn. It is also possible to see her when she is at her centre in Kerala, India.

For Amma's early life and the inspiration behind Embracing the World, watch Amma's story in this short video.

 

 

"My father and Amma
are kindred spirits."

Ms. Yolanda King
Daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

AMMA'S STORY

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RECOGNITION

Amma is regularly invited by international organisations to address the issues of religious differences, the environment, education, and peacemaking. In 1995 her address was a highlight of the Interfaith Celebrations at the UN 50th Anniversary in New York. In 2000 Amma led the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit giving her vision for the millennium.

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In 2002, she was presented with the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, where she also gave the keynote address at the Global Peace Initiative of Women and Religious Leaders. In 2004 she addressed Parliament of World's religions held in Barcelona.

In 2012 she addressed the UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations) in Shanghai and in 2014 Amma joined Pope Francis in the Vatican and 10 other world religious leaders in signing a declaration against human trafficking and slavery.

In 2015 at the UN Academic Impact/Amrita University Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development, Amma gave the keynote address asking world universities to combine ancient spiritual wisdom and modern technology for societal transformation.

 

Amma signs the Faith Leaders' Universal Declaration Against Slavery, December 2014

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Websites to Explore
Embracing the World
Amrita University
Amrita Yoga
Amritapuri
Amma Europe