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Amma Chi

  • The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is an attitude of the mind. It is love — and that love is the very breath of life. No one would say, 'I will breathe only when I am with my family and friends; I won't breathe in front of my enemies.' Similarly, for those in whom motherhood has awakened, love and compassion for everyone are as much part of their being as breathing.

    • Amma Chi,
    • speech given at the Global Peace Initiative of Women's Religious and Spiritual Leaders (2002), in Utne ()

Amma Chi, Indian guru, humanitarian

(1954)

Also known as Ammachi or as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi