A group of Chinese citizens has reached Kollam to take part in the birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi and listen to her teachings, underlining the real impact of the spiritual leader’s call for unity.
The group, consisting of 16 youngsters, is here on a spiritual pilgrimage and to imbibe Amma’s message of love and peace. Amma’s appeal has been accelerating the process of people to people interaction across cultures since the 80s and the latest visit of the Chinese team stands testimony to the ongoing process of mutual discovery and exploration of cultures across nations.
The new government’s initiatives in establishing cordial relationships with neighbours are consonant with the path charted out by Amma. The team’s visit and their mission assume significance in the wake of the redoubled efforts of India and China to establish more cordial relationships.
Ms Xumin, a 28-year-old in the group, said she had been a ‘staunch devotee’ of Amma for the past three years and it were Amma’s teachings about life that had made her a true disciple.
‘Amma has taught me that the only way to have a peaceful life is to have patience and sympathy for others,’ she said. The Chinese team was all praise for the spiritual moorings of the people in India. ‘Amma’s presence in this country is a big plus point for its people and has helped develop a better spiritual culture in India. In China, motherly care of this kind is not always as strong as it is here,’ said Mr Yunan, a member in the team.
He said that although China has seen more development in material terms, India is a better place for spirituality. The team, which arrived on September 25, will be at the Ashram until September 30. They will participate in all spiritual sessions organised by the Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt.