BENGALURU: Addressing hundreds of devotees on her two-day visit to the city, spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) expressed concern that due to rampant religious strife, political enmity and crime, mankind had become a walking disaster.
She was speaking at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math at Jnana Bharathi. She attributed mankind’s state to a selfish mind that does not allow one to see the sorrows of others. The solution, she said, is divine love — “When we understand that god is an indivisible oneness fully present in every atom that exists, we start loving ourselves and everyone around us.”
More than 5,000 sarees were pledged to be distributed and Kannada translations of two books on Amma’s sayings were launched. A new Amrita Charitable Clinic and Amrita Vidyalayam (school) would be opened in Bengaluru in near future, it was announced.
Krishna Kumar, one of Amma’s followers, was a software engineer at a firm in Bengaluru. However, after he met Amma in 1991, his life underwent a transformation.
In accordance with her teachings, he began to strive to serve others, and ended up quitting his job and became a full-time devotee in 2003.
Among the guests were D V Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, R V Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Industries, H K Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, M Krishnappa, Minister for Housing, Subhash Chandra Khuntia, Chief Secretary, Karnataka.