Words of Wisdom: Mātā Amritānandamayī

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Mātā Amritānandamayī Devī, often known as Amma (“Mother”), is an Indian Hindu spiritual leader and humanitarian. Her followers call her “the hugging saint.” She said, “I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don’t see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.”

Mata Amritanandamayi accepts the spiritual practices of all religions as different methods toward the same goal. She emphasizes the importance of meditation, selfless service, and developing patience, compassion, self-control, and forgiveness. Amma said these practices get our minds out of the way so we can perceive that we are not really our bodies or minds.

She refers to this understanding as jivanmukti (liberation while alive). She said, “Jivanmukti is not something to be attained after death, nor is it to be experienced or bestowed upon you in another world. It is a state of perfect awareness and equanimity, which can be experienced here and now in this world, while living in the body. Having come to experience the highest truth of oneness with the Self, such blessed souls do not have to be born again. They merge with the infinite.”

Below are more words of wisdom by Mata Amritanandamayi.

“Fill your hearts with love and gratitude. Life gives us what we need and not necessarily what we want. It follows its own wisdom, which is often incomprehensible to our gross minds. We should learn to accept situations in life. This attitude of acceptance is the secret to happiness.”

“Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone.”

“Most people are concerned only with what they can get from the world, but it is what we are able to give to others that determines the quality of our life.”

“Happiness depends on how you accept, understand and surrender to situations.”

“Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity-and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature-is the true goal of human life.”

“Love is the only medicine that can heal the wounds of the world.”

“Many of us may have watched the waves at sea. They rise, then fall, then rise again, then fall again… and this cycle continues endlessly. It is the same with our experience of the world and its objects and relationships. We may find happiness, but this happiness will soon turn to sorrow. The sorrow that we feel will subsequently turn back to happiness but this oscillation continues endlessly. In order to maintain inner balance, we need to find peace within instead of depending on the external world.”

“Happiness is within everyone, but we are not able to experience it because of our ego’s likes and dislikes.”

“Instead of “I love you,” it would be better to say “I am love-I am the embodiment of Pure Love.” Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only Love. It is as if Love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one – and that is Love.”

“Learn to be thankful to everyone, to the entire creation, even to your enemy and also to those who insult, because they all help you to grow.”

“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”

“Pure love removes all negative feelings. Destroying all selfishness, it expects nothing but gives anything. Pure love is a constant giving up- giving up of everything that belongs to you. What really belongs to you? Only the ego. Love consumes in its flames all preconceived ideas, prejudices and judgments, all those things which stem from the ego. Pure love is nothing but the emptying of the mind of all its fears and the tearing off of all masks. It exposes the Self as it is.”

“Don’t be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.”

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