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International Forum

Amma is regularly invited to address major international organisations. Jaipur 2008

“The Infinite Potential of Women”
2008 Interfaith Summit of the Global Initiative of Women:
Jaipur, Rajasthan

“Man is not better than woman, nor is woman better than man. The fundamental truth is that in creation, no one is superior to anyone else. Attributing supremacy to God alone, women and men can become instruments in the service of the Almighty. It is from this approach that true equality between them can emerge."

“What we are seeing today is a clash between past and future. The male community that stands unwilling to compromise is the emblem of the past. If the future is to be a beautiful, fragrant, fully blossomed flower, women and men must join hands in all spheres.”

Paris 2007

"Compassion: The Only Way to Peace”
Cinéma Vérité’s 2007 Film Festival, Paris, France
“We should learn lessons from history, but we should not live there. The fusion of science and spirituality will help us come out of the dark corridors of the past and into the light of peace, harmony and unity. "

New York 2006

Amma receives the James Parks Morton Interfaith
Award in New York.

Barcelona 2004

"May Peace & Happiness Prevail
Parliament of the World's Religions, Barcelona, Spain.
“If in the future, there is a Third World War, let it not be a war between countries, but rather a war against our common enemy poverty.

In today´s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter; and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion.

Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first - because, if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.”

Amritavarsham50 2003

In honour of Amma's 50th birthday, people from all around the world come together in Kochi, Kerala, to participate in Amritavarsham50, an international gathering for peace and harmony.

Geneva 2002

The World Movement for Non-violence confers upon Amma the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence at the UN in Geneva.

Geneva 2002

"Awakening Universal Motherhood "
Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious & Spiritual Leaders at the UN, Geneva.
“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is inherent in both men and women. It is an attidude of the mind. It is love, and love is the very breath of life.

Today, when competition and animosity are the norm everywhere, it is feminine qualities – the patience and tolerance of women – that create whatever harmony there is in the world. Just as a complete electrical circuit depends on the presence of both positive and negative poles, life flowing in all it’s fullness depends on the presence and contribution of women as well as men.”

New York 2000

"The Real Change Must Happen Within "
Millennium World Peace Summit, UN General Assembly,
New York.

“We have stepped into the new millenium with great hopes and expectations of change. But though the numbers denoting the year are different, essentially nothing has changed. The real change must happen within us. For only when conflict and negativity are removed from within can we play a truly constructive role in establishing peace.

Simply transferring the world’s nuclear weapons to a museum will not in itself bring about world peace. The nuclear weapons of the mind must first be eliminated.”

New York 1995

Amma addresses the Interfaith Celebrations at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, New York.


The international journal Hinduism Today confers upon Amma the Hindu Renaissance Award.

Chicago 1993

Amma addresses the Parliament of the World's Religions' 100th Anniversary in Chicago. The Parliament elects Amma as a "President of the Hindu Faith."

“If, in the future, there is a Third World War,
let it not be a war between countries, but rather
a war against our common enemy, poverty."

Amma enters the Parliament of the World’s Religions
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