Such qualities as love, compassion, empathy, and tolerance… under the pressure of modern life, have become rare. Infinite compassion is the nature of God. The Creator doesn’t reject anyone. His heart is like the vast heaven embracing the universe with all its beings. The never-ending stream of His love and compassion embraces every being in the world.
All the great saints and sages of the past and the present are incarnations of divine Love and Compassion. Anyone who meets Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (affectionately called Amma, or Mother) can experience this all-consuming and all-embracing love of God. This Divine woman heals people’s hearts with her loving embrace and compassion. She awakens people, directing them to their fundamental unity.
In this article, I want to share with you my favorite Amma quotes that I believe can inspire people to be more loving and compassionate. In our crazy world, we must learn to find time to take a pause for a moment and think: “Am I too involved in the games of my Ego? Have I forgotten to act from the heart?” Amma quotes are a great tool to get yourself back to the heart point and remember the love and compassion that should always be the main driving force in our lives.
There are no barriers to Amma’s compassion. All people are equal to her no matter what nationality, race, caste, or religion they belong to. Amma’s philosophy is simple: a divine nature resides in everything – in every person, plant, and animal. The perception of this unity is the essence of spirituality and the means of ending all suffering.
Through this simple yet powerful message, Amma transforms our world with every embrace. Over the past 33 years, Amma has physically embraced more than 24 million people (wow!). Amma’s teaching is universal. Whenever she is asked about her religion, she replies that her religion is Love. She does not ask anyone to believe in God or change their faith, but only to explore their own true nature and believe in themselves.
Let her divine life serve as a guiding star for all those who seek to realize the transcendent Peace and Bliss of self-realization.
“When love becomes divine love, compassion also fills the heart. Love is the inner feeling and compassion is its expression. Compassion is expressing your heartfelt concern for someone — for a suffering human being. Therefore, love and compassion are two sides of the same coin; they coexist.”
“Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace.”
“Compassion is Consciousness expressed through your actions and words. Compassion is the art of non-hurting. Compassion cannot hurt. Compassion cannot hurt anyone because compassion is Consciousness manifested. Consciousness cannot hurt anyone. Just as the sky cannot hurt anyone and space cannot hurt anyone, the manifestation of Consciousness, compassion, cannot hurt anyone. One who has compassion can only be compassionate.”
“For me, everything in creation is God, there is nothing but God. Every single object is a wonder for me.”
“Compassion does not see the faults of others. It does not see the weaknesses of people. It makes no distinction between good and bad people. Compassion cannot draw a line between two countries, two faiths or two religions. Compassion has no ego; thus there is no fear, lust or passion. Compassion simply forgives and forgets. Compassion is like a passage. Everything passes through it. Nothing can stay there. Compassion is love expressed in all its fullness.”
“Love can accomplish anything and everything. Love can cure diseases. Love can heal wounded hearts and transform human minds. Through love, one can overcome all obstacles. Love can help us renounce all physical, mental and intellectual tensions and thereby bring peace and happiness.”
“There are three types of people in this world. There are those who have nothing; then there are those who are just scraping by, and the third type is those who have far more than they need. Now, if those who belong to the third category don’t do anything to help those of the first two categories, then Amma would say that those who belong to the third category, who are supposed to be rich, are, in fact, the poorest of the poor. Those who have far more than they need should have eyes with which to see the suffering of others; they should have ears to hear the distressed calls for help; they should have a loving heart with which to feel compassion towards those who suffer, and they should have willing hands with which to lend their assistance to those in need.”
“We have to regain our original faces rather than wearing masks. … We go more and more after the external world and we miss the inner self.”
“Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do. Then you will feel and experience beauty and love in every field of work. Love and beauty are within you. Try to express them through your actions and you will definitely touch the very source of bliss.”
“True worship of God is rendering help to those who are suffering.”
“This little world of ours should evolve until it becomes the whole universe. As it grows, we can see our problems slowly dissolving away.”
“The first step in the 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.”
“Loving others is always good.”
“If we penetrate deeply into all aspects and all areas of life, we will find that hidden behind everything is love. We will discover that love is the force, the power and inspiration behind every word and every action. This applies to all people, irrespective of race, caste, creed, sect, religion or of what work people do.”
“Whether it is spiritual love or worldly love, love remains love. The difference is only in-depth and degree.”
“There’s no practical use of getting upset.”
“When there are no desires, there are no sorrows. We must be able to love without expecting anything in return, or without expecting anything from anyone else. We must always be thinking that we are the servants of all.”
“No one is completely bad in this world. However bad someone is said to be, there will be something good in him. One of you could see the good in a murderer, a robber, and a prostitute. If there is goodness in us, we will also see it on others. Those are the kind of eyes we need.”
“The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realize, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’”