If you wish to serve, if you have compassion for people, if you have any love for the world, step forward bravely. – AMMA
Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia was formed with the blessings and approval of our Beloved Amma as the official representative of M.A Math in Malaysia. AFM was officially registered on February 2006 under the Companies Act, 1965. A Board of Directors who also function as Trustees are personally endorsed by Amma to organise, coordinate and manage the functions and activities as reflected in the Memorandum of Articles. AFM warmly welcomes all to participate and be part of the Amma family in Malaysia. Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia was officially launched by Prof Dato V. G. Kumar Das in the presence of AMMA, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on the 23rd of April 2006.
AFM Community Centers, popularly known as Amma Centers, have been set up in various parts of the country to serve as a link between local devotees and Amma’s Ashram at Amritapuri (MA Math). These centers serve as an avenue for local communities to carry out activities related to Amma. Activities like prayers and social gatherings are organised based on the local needs and requirements. Apart from this they also carry out various projects and other activities to serve the needy.
Some of their regular activities are described below:
- Satsang (which literally means being with good/righteous companions)- Amma devotees gather to have a session where mantra(invocation) like Lalitha Sahasranamam (the thousand names of the Goddess Lalita Devi or Goddess Durga in the form of Shakti), Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Ashtottara Shatanaamavali (108 Names of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), and Sri Lalita Trishati Stotram (Three Hundred Names Of The Divine Mother – a hymn in praise of the female aspect of the Divine). Paduka Puja (worship of Paduka or symbolic representation of the feet of the Guru) is also regularly carried out. Apart from this bhajan (devotional songs) are sung, as well as Amma’s messages are disseminated. There would also be discussions on aspects of Amma’ teachings.
- Kartika puja – a satsang held to coincide with Kartika, Amma’s nakshatra (birth star). Apart from the hymns and mantra, sometimes a vilakku puja is also performed. The vilakku (diya) that is lit by each of the participant is worshipped as the Goddess during this ritual.
- Guru Purnima – this day is reserved for Guru Puja or Guru worship, where devotees offer puja or pay respect to their Gurus. In Amma Centers this is usually celebrated with chanting of mantra, paduka puja, bhajan as well as discussions on Amma’s teachings.
- Amma’s birthday celebrations – Amma’s birthday falls on 27th September and is usually celebrated like a special satsang with paduka puja as well as other events.
Amrita Kutumbam’ or ‘Amrita Family’ is a smaller unit comprising several households that gather and hold prayers regularly within a certain vicinity. Weekly prayers are held on rotation among the participating households. AFM encourages and provides total support for Amrita Kutumbam activities. Those interested in participating can contact the respective centers or Amrita Kutumbam coordinators.