Mangaluru, Jan 9, 2016 : "Sincere and selfless service towards society and mankind is the only way to achieve salvation," said Matha Amritanandamayi, popularly known as `Amma’ and Hugging Saint among her followers.
She was addressing the thousands of people who have converged at the Amrita Vidyalayam grounds at Bolur on January 9, Saturday as part of the Amrita Sangama.
Amma further said there is a need for each and everyone in the society to sympathise with the suffering and help in mitigating their hardships.
"We need to improve our mental health by acquiring knowledge and by imbibing good thoughts and also practising meditation," Amma said adding spiritualism is the answer to the problems posed by the materialistic life which man is leading today.
Stressing the need to protect environment, Amma said development and conservation of environment should be complementary to each other. "Respecting nature is the most important duty of everyone," she said.
The programme was earlier inaugurated by Dr. D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Heggade said Amma enjoys great reverence and love from her followers who are overwhelmed by the motherly affection and care she showers on all of them. Service is the path through which one can attain salvation, he said and added service was the only way through which one can come closer to God.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, Dakshina Kannada MP, H Kumar, Managing Director of MRPL, Srinivas Deshpande, PRO of Karnataka Bank, Yogish Bhat, former MLA, Shruthi Hegde, President of Matha Amritanandamayi Seva Samithi, Dr Jeevaraj Sorake, Honorary President and others were present.
Scholarships were distributed to 51 students, while medical aid was also disbursed among the needy. As many as !0 government schools received benches and desks on the occasion.