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Mata Amritanandamayi Quotes

Indian guru and saint, Birth: 27-9-1953 Mata Amritanandamayi Quotes
1.
Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Adopt the attitude of a honeybee, collecting only sweetness wherever you venture. Seek out the benevolence inherent in all individuals.
2.
Many of us may have watched the waves at sea. They rise, then fall, then rise again, then fall again... and this cycle continues endlessly. It is the same with our experience of the world and its objects and relationships. We may find happiness, but this happiness will soon turn to sorrow. The sorrow that we feel will subsequently turn back to happiness but this oscillation continues endlessly. In order to maintain inner balance, we need to find peace within instead of depending on the external world.
Mata Amritanandamayi

3.
Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity-and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature-is the true goal of human life.
Mata Amritanandamayi

4.
Most people are concerned only with what they can get from the world, but it is what we are able to give to others that determines the quality of our life
Mata Amritanandamayi

Most individuals are only interested in what they can acquire from the Earth, but it is our capacity to bestow upon others that decides the worth of our life.
5.
Fill your hearts with love and gratitude. Life gives us what we need and not necessarily what we want. It follows its own wisdom, which is often incomprehensible to our gross minds. We should learn to accept situations in life. This attitude of acceptance is the secret to happiness.
Mata Amritanandamayi

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When humanity serves Nature, Nature serves humanity. When we serve animals and plants, they too serve us in return.
Mata Amritanandamayi

7.
Make a firm decision: 'Whatever happens, I will be happy. I will be strong. God is always with me.'
Mata Amritanandamayi

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Happiness depends on how you accept, understand and surrender to situations.
Mata Amritanandamayi

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9.
There is no short cut to God; sadhana must be performed regularly and with devotion. It is our own effort which will enable us to experience the grace of God which is being showered on us all the time. Therefore, whatever spare time you get, use it to seek God. If you create peace in your own heart by doing sadhana, then that will have a positive effect on your family, your work and so on. The peace and love of God will overflow out of your heart and encourage others to move on the right path.
Mata Amritanandamayi

10.
Learn to be thankful to everyone, to the entire creation, even to your enemy and also to those who insult, because they all help you to grow
Mata Amritanandamayi

11.
Our attitude should be: Whatever happens I will remain strong, courageous and happy.
Mata Amritanandamayi

12.
We should forgive and forget the faults of others. Anger is the enemy of every spiritual aspirant. Anger causes loss of power through every pore of our body. In circumstances when the mind is tempted to get angry, we should control ourselves and resolve firmly, 'No.' We can go to a secluded spot and chant our mantra. The mind will become quiet by itself.
Mata Amritanandamayi

13.
The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.
Mata Amritanandamayi

14.
Whether we laugh or cry, the days are going to pass by. So why not choose to laugh?
Mata Amritanandamayi

15.
When thoughts are reduced, power of the mind and its subtlety increases, tunes with the Universe. Then you can see the realms beyond the common understanding. When the mind is pure and quiet it becomes one with the universal mind. That mind is like a mirror. The secrets of the Universe will be revealed there.
Mata Amritanandamayi

16.
Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.
Mata Amritanandamayi

17.
Those that have an attitude of service towards others are the beauty of society.
Mata Amritanandamayi

18.
When we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.
Mata Amritanandamayi

19.
In this universe it is Love that binds everything together. Love is the very foundation, beauty and fulfillment of life.
Mata Amritanandamayi

20.
Pure love removes all negative feelings. Destroying all selfishness, it expects nothing but gives anything. Pure love is a constant giving up- giving up of everything that belongs to you. What really belongs to you? Only the ego. Love consumes in its flames all preconceived ideas, prejudices and judgments, all those things which stem from the ego. Pure love is nothing but the emptying of the mind of all its fears and the tearing off of all masks. It exposes the Self as it is.
Mata Amritanandamayi

21.
Love one another without any expectations. Then, there is no need to go anywhere in search of heaven.
Mata Amritanandamayi

22.
Many people meditate in order that a third eye may open. For that they feel they should close their two physical eyes. They thereby become blind to the world. But the fact is that the third eye will never open. We can never close our eyes to the world in the name of spirituality. Self-realization is the ability to see ourselves in all beings. This is the third eye through which you see, even while your two eyes are open. We should be able to love and serve others, seeing ourselves in them. This is the fulfillment of spiritual practice.
Mata Amritanandamayi

23.
Nowadays everybody wants to become a leader. No one wants to become a servant. In reality, the world is badly in need of servants, not leaders. A real servant is a real leader.
Mata Amritanandamayi

24.
The intellect always cuts and divides like a pair of scissors. The heart sews things together and unites like a needle. The tailor uses both.
Mata Amritanandamayi

25.
Love is the only medicine that can heal the wounds of the world.
Mata Amritanandamayi

26.
We are not isolated islands, we are connected links in a chain. Each kind word, each smiling face, each good action, benefits our neighbor, nation, world. Let us pray and meditate together and we shall reach the shore of peace, spreading the sweet holy fragrance of love and vibrations of unity and harmony. Tuning our minds to the supreme consciousness, let us open our hearts and chant the words, "May everyone everywhere be happy."
Mata Amritanandamayi

27.
Our efforts to remove hatred and indifference from the world begin by trying to remove them from our own mind.
Mata Amritanandamayi

28.
The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God's favorite place.
Mata Amritanandamayi

29.
Transcending the cycle of death and rebirth is the real purpose of this life in human form.
Mata Amritanandamayi

30.
Life is like a garden. Quite naturally, leaves wither and flowers fade. Only if we clear the decay of the past then and there can we really enjoy the beauty of the new leaves and flowers. Likewise, we must clear the murkiness of the past bad experiences from our minds. Life is remembrance in forgetfulness. Forgive what ought to be forgiven; forget what ought to be forgotten. Let us embrace life with renewed vigor. We should be able to face every moment of life with renewed expectation, like a freshly blossomed flower.
Mata Amritanandamayi

31.
What meaning do our lives have if we cannot set aside at least one hour a day out of 24 for thinking about God? Think how many hours we spend reading the newspaper, gossiping and doing various useless acts! Children we can definitely set aside an hour for sadhana if we really want it. That is our real wealth. If we cannot spare a whole hour at a stretch, keep apart half an hour in the morning and again in the evening.
Mata Amritanandamayi

32.
Real love is the complete absence of any negative feelings towards anyone.
Mata Amritanandamayi

33.
Surrender and living in the present are one and the same.
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34.
Our compassion and acts of selflessness take us to the deeper truths.
Mata Amritanandamayi

35.
There are thousands ready to die for their religion, but only are few willing to live by its principles. Because of their narrow vision and envy, they have missed the true essence and message of religion which is love and compassion.
Mata Amritanandamayi

36.
It should be for satsang that we go to spiritual centers. By going there, people who are involved in the world can attain peace and concentration. The concentration gained when one goes there cannot be achieved if one sits at home. Even though the breeze blows everywhere, coolness will be felt more if we sit in the shade of a tree. In the same way, although God is all-pervading, this presence will clearly shine in certain places more than others. That is the greatness of satsang. Satsang is the best thing for spiritual advancement.
Mata Amritanandamayi

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We must remember that man is not an island, totally isolated and disconnected from others. We are all part of a universal chain, or the universal consciousness. What happens to one happens to all.
Mata Amritanandamayi

38.
The change will only happen outside once we change within ourselves.
Mata Amritanandamayi

39.
Pray to God: It's all right if you don't love me, but please let me love you!
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40.
Children, we can grow spiritually only if we see the guru as the manifestation of God. We should not accept anyone as guru before we are fully convinced personally that he is authentic and truthful. Once we choose someone as guru, we should surrender completely to him. Only then will spiritual development be possible. Devotion to the guru means total surrender to him.
Mata Amritanandamayi

41.
Amidst sorrows, the only thing that enlivens us is optimistic faith. Never lose that faith.
Mata Amritanandamayi

42.
Children, not a grain of the food we eat is made purely by our own effort. What comes to us in the form of food is the work of others, the bounty of Nature and God's compassion. Even if we have millions of dollars, we still need food to satisfy our hunger. Can we eat dollars? Therefore, never eat anything without first praying with humility.
Mata Amritanandamayi

43.
Up to the age of five, children should be given a lot of love. From the age of five to fifteen they should be brought up under strict discipline especially regarding their study. It is at that time that life's foundation is formed. Love without discipline will only spoil them. Above the age of fifteen children should be given maximum love otherwise they may go astray.
Mata Amritanandamayi

44.
Grace is openness. By remaining open, you let go of your ego and narrow-minded views, and allow divine grace to express itself through you.
Mata Amritanandamayi

45.
Children, pray for the good of everyone. We should pray to God to give a good mind even to those who harm us. One cannot sleep peacefully when there is a theif in the neighborhood. Likewise, when we pray for the well-being of others, it is we who gain peace and quietude. Children, the mantra 'Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu' should be chanted at least once daily.
Mata Amritanandamayi

46.
Look carefully at what is of value in others and respect that.
Mata Amritanandamayi

47.
Keep a constant awareness and a conscious effort to say good words, perform good actions, and to practice patience and compassion.
Mata Amritanandamayi

48.
Whatever action we are doing, we should be sure to keep the thought of God alive within. Whenever we sit or get up, we should prostrate in that place. It is good to cultivate the habit of considering our pen, books, clothes, vessels, and the tools of our job as imbued with divine presence and use them with care and respect. This will help keep the thought of God alive throughout our body, mind and atmosphere.
Mata Amritanandamayi

49.
Every night, contemplate: What good did I do today? How can I do better tomorrow?
Mata Amritanandamayi

50.
Remember to set apart at least one hour every day to do some service for others. While the food we eat nurtures our bodies, it is what we give in charity that nurtures our souls. If time is not available daily, reserve at least a few hours every week for some worthwhile act of charity.
Mata Amritanandamayi