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Amma Amritanandamayi : “Hugging Saint” is not the saint of the media like Mother Teresa


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Mata Amritanandamayi was born in a remote coastal village in Kerala, South India in 1953. Even as a small girl, she drew attention with the many hours she spent in deep meditation on the seashore. She also composed devotional songs and could often be seen singing to the divine with heartfelt emotion. Despite her tender age, her compositions revealed remarkable depth and wisdom.

When she was nine years old, her mother became ill, and Mata Amritanandamayi was withdrawn from school in order to help with household tasks and the care of her seven siblings. As she went door-to-door gathering food scraps from neighbors for her family’s cows, she was confronted with the intense poverty and suffering that existed in her community, and in the world beyond it.

Where Mata Amritanandamayi encountered people in need, she brought them food and clothing from her own home. She was undeterred by the scolding and punishment she received from her family for doing so. She also began to spontaneously embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. Responding to her affectionate care, they began to call her Amma (Mother). Amritanandmayi maa  Revered as a powerful guru, and a saint  the 60-year-old South Indian woman born as Mata Amritanandamayi is now better known throughout the world as Amma, or “mother.” She has hugged more than 32 million people, all with the goal of spreading “selfless love and compassion toward all beings,” 

Amma “inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her physical embrace, her spiritual wisdom, and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World.” And Amma weighs in there about her source of energy: “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.” She provided free treatment to 5.1 million and built a 10 million sqft 2600 bed, 64 OT, 81 specialties hospital employing 800 doctors. 

 Amritanandamayi Devi believes advanced and high-quality healthcare should be affordable for all, and a hospital should value compassion as much as technology.   Until now when Amrita Hospital, Faridabad will open as one of India’s largest private hospitals there was very less recognition given to her. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the hospital on August 24th. Welcoming patients from across the globe, it will have 81 specialties, 64 fully-networked modular operation theatres, and smart ICUs with 534 critical care beds. 

Teresa was far from a saint. Because she was at the forefront of the Roman Catholic Church’s vigorous conversion efforts in India, the Vatican is fabricating her sainthood. It’s also for church favors since Teresa’s firm attitude on abortion and contraception agreed with Pope John Paul II’s.

During his 26-year pontificate, the archconservative pope canonized 483 people. That is more than any previous Pope. As a result, the present Pope is only finishing a process started by the Vatican.

Teresa was also not a supporter of the poor. On the contrary, the Albanian nun glorified poverty and suffering by refusing to offer medications to the inmates in her care, causing them to perish in agony.

A 2013 study by Canadian researchers backs up what rationalists and neutral observers – like Britain’s Christopher Hitchens – have long held: Teresa only cared about poverty and not the poor. Researchers Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa argue that Teresa was a saint of the media, not the gutters.

Teresa had established almost 600 missions in 123 countries before her death. Visiting physicians have described some of these missions as “homes for the dying.” The medics saw a considerable lack of sanitation, even improper circumstances, as well as a lack of genuine care, little food, and no painkillers. “There is something wonderful in seeing the impoverished accept their lot and suffer as Christ did. According to Hitchens, her response to criticism was, “The world gets enormously from their pain.”

It would be pertinent to mention here that each time Teresa herself fell sick she sought the finest medical care. Despite the fact that medical tourists from the West travel to India for treatment, Teresa reckoned India wasn’t good enough for her. She was admitted to California’s Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

One mother forbade medicines to the dying, converted them, then laughed at the death count; the other mother provided free treatment to 5.1 million and built a 10 million sqft, 2600 beds, 64 OTs, 81 specialties hospital employing 800 doctors. Yet The first mother got the Nobel Prize.


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