French Ambassador’s remarks at Amritavarsham’62
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Kollam - Kerala, September 28th, 2015
Her Holiness Mata Amritananda Mayi Amma,
H.E. Governor of Kerala,
Hon’ble Chief Minister,
Mr Amit Shah, President of BJP,
Other dignitaries on the dais,
It is a great honour to be among you today for the birthday of our beloved Amma. It is also very special for me as this is probably the first time a French Ambassador participates to this event, and I am delighted and honoured to be the first.
I thank Amma for Her multiple social and humanitarian initiatives. If we look at Amma’s life, we can see it as an entire gift. Amma is not only taking care of the poor and needy, but those who suffer in their hearts.
Amma’s voice and wisdom have indeed since long reached France. A huge number of citizens gather in France every time to receive her message of love, compassion and selflessness. In France, Amma represents India’s spirituality. France has already strong linkages with the Ashram. Some French universities have cooperation with Amrita’s University. Around 35 French people live permanently at the Ashram, and hundreds of them visit the Ashram every year. I salute my French fellow citizens who are present today to this ceremony.
Two months ago, President of France François Hollande gathered spiritual leaders of all faiths to reflect on the preservation of the planet. Amma kindly deputied Swami Amritaswarupananda to participate in this important event because She could not attend Herself. I want to thank Her for this. Amma will visit France in October and, as always, thousands of French citizens will gather to welcome Her.
Amma’s thoughts and wisdom enlighten us on key issues of our time, be it building peace among countries or peoples, and also on critical issues that concern us all such as education and climate change. This guidance is an inspiration for us. Amma is a strength to society and her birthday celebrations served to spread the message of goodness and peace to the world.
I wish you all the best for your birthday, for your well-being, and may your life continue to help us in restoring light, peace and harmony in this world.