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Amma is regularly invited to address major international organisations.

Buffalo 2010

Amma Receives “State University of New York“
Honorary Doctorate

SUNY awarded Amma on the University at Buffalo (UB) Campus, the Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, for her tireless efforts on behalf of world peace, for her commitment to education, and for the far-reaching impact of her charitable organisations in relieving human suffering. 'Mata Amritanandamayi's personal example and leadership demonstrate the critical importance of international and cross-cultural cooperation, exchange and dialogue, and it is that spirit we honor her with the conferral of the SUNY Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters ', said UB President John B. Simpson.

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'Knowledge is like a river. Its nature is to constantly flow. Wherever it can flow, it does so, nourishing culture. On the other hand, the same knowledge, if devoid of values become a source of destruction for the world. When values and knowledge become one, there can be no more powerful instrument for the welfare of humankind' said Amma in Buffalo. 'It is Amma's prayer that we develop the expansive-mindedness to embrace both scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom. We can no longer afford to see these two streams of knowledge as flowing in opposite directions.'

SUNY and Amrita University offer a joint degree in the Management of Information Technology Enables Services (MITES). This programme is designed to provide much needed skills in the management of India's IT technology sector. 'It strikes me that MITES strives to develop leadership skills which mirror several of the basic values of Mata Amritanandamayi. Like the need to integrate humility in one's leadership style', said Professor John M. Thomas from SUNY at Buffalo while visiting Amrita University in India.

At Amrita University Amma emphasises that science should serve society, such as the development of low price medical devices. The students enrol in human values classes and they do volunteer work such as cleaning up slum areas.

Jaipur 2008

“The Infinite Potential of Women”
2008 Interfaith Summit of the Global Initiative of Women:
Jaipur, Rajasthan

“Man is not better than woman, nor is woman better than man. The fundamental truth is that in creation, no one is superior to anyone else. Attributing supremacy to God alone, women and men can become instruments in the service of the Almighty. It is from this approach that true equality between them can emerge."

“What we are seeing today is a clash between past and future. The male community that stands unwilling to compromise is the emblem of the past. If the future is to be a beautiful, fragrant, fully blossomed flower, women and men must join hands in all spheres.”

Paris 2007

"Compassion: The Only Way to Peace”
Cinéma Vérité’s 2007 Film Festival, Paris, France
“We should learn lessons from history, but we should not live there. The fusion of science and spirituality will help us come out of the dark corridors of the past and into the light of peace, harmony and unity. "

New York 2006

Amma receives the James Parks Morton Interfaith
Award in New York.

Barcelona 2004

"May Peace & Happiness Prevail"
Parliament of the World's Religions, Barcelona, Spain.
“If in the future, there is a Third World War, let it not be a war between countries, but rather a war against our common enemy poverty.

In today´s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter; and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion.

Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first - because, if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.”

Amritavarsham50 2003

In honour of Amma's 50th birthday, people from all around the world come together in Kochi, Kerala, to participate in Amritavarsham50, an international gathering for peace and harmony.

Geneva 2002

The World Movement for Non-violence confers upon Amma the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence at the UN in Geneva.

Geneva 2002

"Awakening Universal Motherhood "
Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious & Spiritual Leaders at the UN, Geneva.
“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is inherent in both men and women. It is an attidude of the mind. It is love, and love is the very breath of life.

Today, when competition and animosity are the norm everywhere, it is feminine qualities – the patience and tolerance of women – that create whatever harmony there is in the world. Just as a complete electrical circuit depends on the presence of both positive and negative poles, life flowing in all it’s fullness depends on the presence and contribution of women as well as men.”

New York 2000

"The Real Change Must Happen Within "
Millennium World Peace Summit, UN General Assembly,
New York.

“We have stepped into the new millenium with great hopes and expectations of change. But though the numbers denoting the year are different, essentially nothing has changed. The real change must happen within us. For only when conflict and negativity are removed from within can we play a truly constructive role in establishing peace.

Simply transferring the world’s nuclear weapons to a museum will not in itself bring about world peace. The nuclear weapons of the mind must first be eliminated.”

New York 1995

Amma addresses the Interfaith Celebrations at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, New York.

1993

The international journal Hinduism Today confers upon Amma the Hindu Renaissance Award.

Chicago 1993

Amma addresses the Parliament of the World's Religions' 100th Anniversary in Chicago. The Parliament elects Amma as a "President of the Hindu Faith."

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