On Thursday 26th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended the 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Amritapuri, Kerala. In a deeply motivating and inspirational speech, Shri Modi lauded the rich contribution of the Saints and Seers in building our nation, saying there in every corner of the country there are Saints and Seers who are doing noble acts of social service. Shri Modi stated that the real spirituality is living the Mantra of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ and that it was our forefathers who taught us that more than everything else, we should wipe the tears of the poor.
Shri Modi praised the noble initiatives of community service being done by Mata Amritanandamayi. He affirmed that our Rishis talked about everyone’s happiness and Amma is showing the way to achieve that happiness for everyone. He went on to say that leading spiritual lights such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a glorious India and it is respected leaders like Amma and other Saints who are carrying forward that mission.
Narendra Modi ji said that India is a land that has given the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and that we have lived this Mantra for ages. Referring to the unfortunate attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and in Jammu this morning Shri Modi said, “There are two images that come to the mind. One of the attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and Jammu and the other here. One side there are rivers of blood but here there is a Ganges of love.”
Congratulating Mata Amritanandamayi for the innovations in healthcare under her guidance Shri Modi noted that it was a big thing to see professionals and experts leave their respective careers to make a difference in the lives of the people. “Through Manav Seva, Mata Amritanandamayi is inspiring people towards Madhav Seva.” Shri Modi said he looked forward to attending Amma’s 100th birthday as well.
Shri P Parameshwara, the President of the Vivekananda Kendra delivered an inspiring address. He called the gathering a national celebration where people from all over the people are attending. He described Shri Modi as the nation’s pride, strength, hope and future.
Noted intellectual Shri S Gurumurthy described the gathering as a wonderful blend of science and spirituality. He said that when he saw Amma for the first time he felt how many would have felt on seeing Ramakrishna Paramhansa ji for the first time.
Others dignitaries who were present on the occasion were SNDP General Secretary Shri V Natesan, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Lee Hartwell, one of India’s most decorated police officers Shri Ajit Doval, Nivedita Didi ji, Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Shri V Satish, Shri Ram Lal, Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi and Shri SS Dhindsa.