M A Centre, a new branch of the ‘Amritanandamayi Centre’ was inaugurated at Illinois, Chicago, by the Governor of the state Patrick Quinn.
Launching the centre, Governor Quinn said,”I think it’s so important that the state of Illinois is home to an M A Centre.
It’s important that we understand feeding the hungry and taking care of the poor is a mission that all of us should have.
I think all of us have learned, from the example and life of Amma, a life of service - a very important way of life indeed.” He presented Amritanandamayi with a plaque applauding her works as a spiritual leader and humanitarian.
The Governor also extended an open invitation to her to stay whenever she wanted at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, specifically offering her rest in an antique bed that belonged to former American President and Illinois native, Abraham Lincoln.
The inauguration was part of the five-day programmes conducted by Mata Amritanandamayi in Elburn.
The Mayor of Elburn David Anderson, and Kane County board member Drew Frasz were also present.