Ashram celebrates Amritahandamayi`s 57th birth day

The spurt in economic development triggered by globalisation would fail to reach the entire humanity unless every one in the world overcame greed, selfishness and fear, Mata Amritanandamayi observed here today.

Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 21:01 PM IST

Kollam: The spurt in economic development
triggered by globalisation would fail to reach the entire
humanity unless every one in the world overcame greed,
selfishness and fear, Mata Amritanandamayi observed here
today.

The Mata was giving her 57th birth day message at the
Amrithapuri Ashram near here in the presence of Union
ministers Sriprakash Jaiswal, Gurudas Kamat and K V Thomas
and a large gathering of her devotees from different parts of
the world.

Though globalization brought in its trail material progress
its fruits failed to reach entire due to the failure to pay
enough attention to uniting the hearts and minds of all, the
spiritual leader said.

"Today globalization is becoming a reality.Alongwith this
we have lot of expectations. All our lives will become more
easier. More countries will become free from poverty.
Expectations of education and health will rise and
environmental protection would improve," she said.

"However, not only are we failing to achieve these goals but
in many areas conditions are deteriorating," she noted.

Voicing concern over environmental degradation caused by
human greed, the Mata said "we are indebted to protect Mother
Nature just as would our mother."

On the dangers posed by alcoholism and drug addiction,
especially referring to Kerala, she said "there is no poison
more evil than alcohol which transforms human into demon."

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of State for Home,
Sriprakash Jaiswal,said the entire humanity is deeply indebted
to Amritahandamayi since her love and compassion always
reached the pepole hit by natural disasters like the Tsunami
of 2004.

Also, the life and work of `Amma`, as the spiritual leader
is referred by her devotees, is a source of inspiration and
solace to millions, Jaiswal said.

"What Amma is aiming is not just the well being of the
people around her but that of the entire humanity", he said.

Union Minister of State for Information Technology, Gurudas
Kamat, launched the "Amritashree" social security scheme for
women who are members of the Amritha slefhelp network.

Union Minister of state for Agriculture, K V Thomas, launced
the improved "Amrithanidhi" welfare scheme for economically
weaker women.

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Oommen
Chandy, former Union Minister and BJP leader O Rajagopal,
Major Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church Mar Chrysostam also
spoke on the occasion.

PTI