we offer ourselves to the Paramatman, our mind and
become purified, our sorrows come to an end, and our
becomes a festival"
- The Abode of Peace
by AK Antony
the outset, I wish Amma a very happy birthday. I am
a stubborn child who wishes to see Amma whenever possible.
Everyone comes to know about these trips for there
is nothing clandestine about it. I never do anything
secretly. Some of my friends frequently ask me why
I am doing something
that is totally alien to my nature, why I am taking
such an interest in Amma? Of course, I reply to all
these queries. I wish to reiterate that reply here.
I first saw Amma during a flight fromochin to Delhi.
I was drawn by the aura of love and peace radiated
by Amma, and by Her enchanting gaze. Thereafter, I
visited Amritapuri, for the first time, in 1996. Sri
O. Rajagopal, the Honourable Union Minister for Railways,
was with me on that day. That created a lot of controversy.
What does one do if the public feels that we cannot
stand together on the same platform for a good cause?
Let people talk or criticise. We should act according
to our conscience.
I was the Chief Minister of Kerala then also. I arrived
at the ashram on a day when my morale was at its lowest,
as far as my public life was concerned. I cannot express
my anguish I suffered that day; I was completely shattered.
I moved about mechanically - I had come to distribute
the keys to the first 1,000 houses of the Amritakuteeram
After participating in the function and spending some
time in Amma's presence, I returned a totally different
person, one who was completely at peace. Earlier,
whenever I got upset, I would go to Chertalla to see
my mother. Ours was a strange relationship. We never
spoke much. We would sit looking at each other for
a minute or two, and exchange a few words. And then
I would leave. But that was enough for me. All my
troubles would vanish. But I lost her too soon. She
was my support and mainstay through all my troubles,
sorrows and inner conflicts. After that, whenever
I experienced some inner conflict, I would visit Amma,
either in Amritapuri or at the Koimanam ashram (in
Trivandrum, Kerala). And when I left, I would be totally
at peace.This is what I tell people who ask why I
go to Amritapuri or why I visit Amma. This is what
I told the sceptics then and this is what I have to
These are troubled times. War is imminent and humanity
is living in the shadow of fear. A war somewhere in
the world is not an isolated event. It is a threat
to people all over the world. As such, it is essential
for everyone to strive to avert a war. Violence is
not good for anyone. I read Amma's remarks on the
war in today's Mathrubhoomi (a newspaper published
in Kerala). Each word is pregnant with meaning. Anger
and the desire for revenge cause destruction - of
individuals and society.
Amma is the pride of our country. We feel honoured
that someone in our midst, someone from a poverty-stricken
milieu at that, is being respected all over the world.
Amma is not only the guiding light of believers or
the spiritually oriented; She is also the support
and solace of the poor, suffering and downtrodden.
Amma's life is not merely for being worshipped and
venerated. Her life and all the activities She has
initiated are for the sake of suffering humanity.
That is why more and more people are being drawn to
The building of homes for the homeless is one such
activity. Similar activities have been undertaken
under Amma's guidance all over the country. When I
met Amma in Kaimanam, She mentioned that She was planning
to build a hospital for AIDS patients. I also understand
that the M.A. Math is also going to start a medical
college and an engineering college. Amma is thus turning
Her attention to various areas of service. With Amma's
blessings, I have no doubt whatsoever that these institutions
will develop into the finest, not only of Kerala but
of India as well.
I only request Amma not to stop here. Today, a person
without education cannot survive. Having property
alone is not sufficient. Even the poorest of the poor
want to educate their children, even if they have
to beg, borrow or starve.
The education acquired in the past is no longer adequate
to meet the challenges of the present times. Earlier,
it was enough if one knew only typewriting. But times
have changed. Educational institutions should cater
to the needs of the hour. Hence, it is imperative
that we give up our stubborn, dog-in-the-manger attitude
of not only not doing things ourselves, but also not
letting others do it. I feel institutions that will
benefit our children can be started by Amma. My Government
will give its unstinted support to such initiatives.
I guarantee that. I pray that many such institutions
are developed in and out of Kerala, institutions that
not only foster spiritual development, but which also
nurture love, peace, fraternity and amity among people.
I pray that the M.A. Math also makes inroads into
hitherto unexplored areas of service activities.
I express my heartfelt gratitude for being given this
opportunity to be present here on Amma's birthday.
I humbly offer everyone in the ashram my best wishes.
Salutations and prostrations to all. Jai Hind.
speach was delivered by AK Antony, chief minister
of Kerala state, on the occasion of Mata Amritanandamayi's
from Matruvani, a monthly publication of
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