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Mata's service highly valuable: Chandy

By Our Staff Reporter

KOLLAM, SEPT. 27. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, today inaugurated the Amrita Ayurveda Medical College and Research Centre, at a function organised at Amritapuri, near here, to celebrate the 51st birthday of Mata Amritanandamayi.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Chandy said the new college would be a boon to the medical sector in general and the Ayurveda sector in particular.

He said the life of the Mata was a confluence of spiritual values and social service. She travels all over the world to spread the message of love.

In the field of social service, her contributions are highly valuable.

The Chief Minister presented this year's Amritakeerthi Puraskar to poet Akkitham Achyuthan Namboodiri.

The Health Minister, K.K. Ramachandran, declared open the Amritakripa Charitable Hospital at Kalpetta, on the occasion. The hospital will provide free medical care to the needy.

The keys of 5,000 houses built under the Amritakuteeram project for the homeless were distributed to the beneficiaries. Under the project, one lakh houses are being built for the destitute.

A mass marriage for 30 couples hailing from economically weaker sections was organised by the Amritanandamayi Math as part of the birthday celebrations. Addressing the newly weds, the Mata said family life would succeed only if couples learn to adjust between themselves. The expenses for the wedding were met by the Math. Five thousand saris were distributed to women from the weaker sections of society.

The Speaker, Therambil Ramakrishnan, the Health Secretary, K. Ramamoorthy, the Karunagapally MLA, Rajan Babu, the Kollam Collector, B. Sreenivas, and the Ayurveda research scholar, Raghavan Thirumulpad, spoke.

Mata's address

Delivering her customary address after the `pada' pooja ritual on the occasion of her 51st birthday, the Mata said the world was facing a severe scarcity of love and compassion. Selfishness and pride rule the world. The cultural base of the nation is getting eroded and people are not prepared to share anything.

The Mata said she was sad to see the present global situation. Even innocent children are massacred. How many are being killed in the name of war and terrorism!

The tragedy is that today's massacres are more cruel that the human sacrifices of the past. There appears to be a race in inflicting cruelties on one another.

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