Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kollam District : Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Vallikavu

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) is an international charitable organization aimed at the spiritual and material upliftment of humankind, without regard to caste, creed or religion. It was formally founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi on May 6, 1981,[1] with its headquarters in Paryakadavu, Alappad Panchayat, Kollam District, Kerala. Along with its sister organization, the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Trust, MAM conducts extensive charitable work including disaster relief, healthcare for the poor, environmental programs, fighting hunger and scholarships for impoverished students, amongst many others. It also runs the five-campus university known as Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and conducts classes in yoga, meditation and Sanskrit.

MAM is a volunteer organization, basing its activities on the principle of karma yoga [work as an offering to the divine]. Its headquarters are home to more than 3,000 people, a mix of householders, monastics and monastic students. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to MAM every day in order to have receive the blessings of Mata Amritanandamayi.
MAM, along with Amritanandamayi's other centers and organizations throughout the world function collectively under the umbrella title of Embracing the World.

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