Timeline

27
Sep
Amma was born in a poor fishing village in Kerala, Southern India, in 1953. Her father [Sugunanandan] sold fish to make a living. Her mother [Damayanti] relates that the child wasn’t born crying as babies usually are, but with a beaming smile on Her face. She was given the name Sudhamani (Ambrosial Jewel). Even as […]
26
Jun
Sudhamani charmed and delighted everyone around Her. But as She grew, Her divine moods, including frequent meditative states, singing, and ecstatic dancing beside the seashore, began to annoy Her family. At the early age of five Sudhamani was already subjected to severe scoldings. As part of Her work She had to collect food for the […]
28
Jun
When Sudhamani was nine, Her mother became ill. Although Sudhamani was the brightest girl in Her class, She had to leave school and take care of Her entire family. It was a grueling task, with seven brothers and sisters to feed and clothe, and animals to tend. She virtually became the family servant, working from […]
26
Oct
By Her late teens, Sudhamani was abiding in the experience of inner bliss. By 1975, at the age of 22, She was fully established in the state of Supreme Love. A significant incident occurred in September 1975 that lifted one veil from Her divinity. One day, as Sudhamani was walking home, holding aloft a bundle […]
26
Oct
Sublime as it was, Krishna Bhava was not the culmination of Sudhamani’s sadhana (spiritual practices). One day, soon after the advent of Krishna Bhava, She had an unforgettable vision of Adi Parashakti (the Primordial Power, or the Divine Mother). So enrapturing was the vision that Sudhamani yearned with all Her being to become one with […]
26
Jun
Amma sings about Her experience in the mystical song, ‘Ananda Veethi’, The Path of Bliss. It was the moment of eternal bliss (Ananda); the moment of Her realization of the Universal Mother. From that moment onwards, Sudhamani became ‘Amritanandamayi’ (one who is full, filled with eternal bliss). When She was Sudhamani, She was full of […]
28
Apr
After this experience, the Universal Motherhood that was awakened within Her made Her spontaneously embrace everyone who came to Her, experiencing each one as Her very own child. Hundreds of people were coming each day to spend a few moments in Her arms. Amma would listen to their sorrows and console them. She also began […]
28
Apr
When Amma first started Krishna Bhava beside the beach road, Her father became very anxious for Her safety. Adjoining his house was the family’s cowshed. He made space for Amma to give the Bhava darshans there. That cowshed was eventually converted into a temple (Kalari), which still adjoins the house and is used for pujas. […]
28
Apr
In 1979, Amma’s first monastic disciples came to reside permanently by Her side. It was they who named Her Mata Amritanandamayi (Mother of Immortal Bliss). As more and more young men and women felt inspired by Amma’s selfless compassion and began coming to Her for spiritual guidance, an ashram was founded.  
07
Oct
United Nations General Assembly Hall (Palais Des Nations), Geneva In 2002, Amma was presented with the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence, given in recognition of Her lifelong work in furthering the principles of non-violence. The Gandhi-King Award is a joint initiative of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders and the World Movement […]
08
Mar
Amma addressed a gathering of women religious and spiritual leaders at a summit in Jaipur today: “Making Way for the Feminine for the Benefit of the World Community.” The event was organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women and held at Clarks Amer Hotel. In her address, “The Infinite Potential of Women,” Amma called […]
25
May
25 May 2010 — Buffalo, New York The State University of New York (SUNY) presented Amma with an honorary doctorate in humane letters at a special ceremony held on May 25 at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus. Dr. John B. Simpson, the President of State University of […]