"I want to share with you what I have learned
from Amritapuri: Giving. Go on giving. You can
give. It’s not only money. You can share knowledge.
You can remove the pain. And you can
even go to the person who is suffering. Every
one of us—the rich and poor—can give. That is the message
I get from Amritapuri. There is no greater message than
Amma’s giving to all the people of this region, and Kerala,
and India, and to the world."
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, December 2006, Amritapuri
"I was very struck by ... how much of the money that is
mobilized actually goes and benefits directly those in
need. This is remarkable. It was very striking for me
how she managed to get that formula right. She acts
on the spontaneous and instinctive. And that has given
a lot of speed and momentum, cut out the bureaucracy, and made it
possible to inspire people and to move with them to actually provide
timely and quality support to those in need. ... I think international
NGOs and UN agencies have something to learn from the work of
Amma and what she has been able to build."
Olara A. Otunnu, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Special
Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict
"I feel it's a great honour to share a platform with a woman who is so remarkable, and who is the very embodiment of goodness. She believes that God does not discriminate between the sexes, and I believe she stands here in front of us, God's love in a human body."
Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned British primatologist and recipient of
the 2001 Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence
"The world today needs proof that our human values are useful, that such qualities as compassion, selflessness, renunciation and humility have the power to create a great and prosperous society. Amma's work provides us with the much-needed proof."
Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, speaking
at the inauguration of AIMS, Amma's charitable hospital
"What I cherish most about Amma is that she not only talks the talk, and is an embodiment of unconditional love, but she expresses that love in action. She walks the talk! Amma is the change she wishes to see in our world."
Ms. Yolanda King, Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Center , USA, speaking
"The principles that Amma teaches can be applied in all countries. With her embrace she is bringing solace to multitudes of people everywhere."
Mrs. Riitta Uosukainen, Finnish Councillor of State
“Humankind needs every possible voice for
peace, mutual understanding and unselfish
work. Amma’s charitable activities are good
examples of this.”
Ms. Tanja Saarela, the Honourable Cultural Minister of Finland
"Amma, your embrace has become a worldwide treasure sought by princes and peasants, women and men, babies and frail elderly. Your embrace is not just to comfort the suffering, but is a gift of strength and spiritual energy to all who work to embrace the world-the world of work, the world of government, and the world of family."
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former Executive Director of the United
States Office of the World Council of Churches