"Amma is not afraid of death"
Press Conference After Devi Bhava
4:30 a.m, Monday August
As Amma gave darshan, the leading press agencies
from around the world descended on Amritapuri
to find out what had really happened earlier
in the night. (NEWS)
Since the news was already appearing in the media,
devotees from around the world began calling
the ashram to inquire about Amma's wellbeing.
Reporters from the leading news agencies, like
Reuters, NDTV, Sahara TV, Aajtak, Star News,
ANI etc., were waiting for hours to interview
As soon as the darshan finished, Amma came straight
from the stage and met all the waiting reporters in
One of the reporters asked, "What is Amma's reaction
to this incident?"
Amma smilingly replied, "I don’t have any reaction
to this incident. Amma doesn’t have any
fear of death. There have never been any security
measures taken here in the ashram, and if anyone wants
to kill Amma, they can do it anywhere at any time. Amma
is not afraid of death at all."
Amma continued by referring to the swamis. "They
are afraid that Amma can be harmed. There was
a police intelligence report passed on to the ashram
officials about 2 weeks back that stated there may
be a threat against Amma."
She went on to say, "Amma doesn’t know all the
people staying here. Many come just to get darshan
and don’t leave the ashram afterwards. They may
hang around and sleep on the balcony or on the beach
somewhere. Amma doesn't even know where all the
residents in the ashram come from. If Amma were
really afraid of death, the first thing she would have
done is check the background of everyone staying here
at the ashram."
Amma continued, "Whatever is meant to happen
will happen when the time comes. I just want
to do what I have to do. Anyway, one day we all
have to die. Therefore, it is better to get worn
out than to rust away."
The next reporter asked, "How should Amma's children
respond to this?"
Amma answered with a question of her own. "What
is the use in reacting? Forgive. The past
Amma was then asked, "Hearing this news,
devotees around the world will be very anxious. What
is your message for them?"
Amma advised "They need not worry at all. Nothing
will happen to Amma. He didn’t attack Amma; he
simply came onto the stage with a knife. Amma
wants all her children to be patient and calm. They
should not create any problems in the name of this
incident. That is Amma's
only fear. When Amma was informed about what
happened, she said, 'No one should worry about this;
there is no reason to panic. Even if there were
policeman and security here, if someone wants to kill
Amma, they can kill me. My path is this (hugging
people)… till the end. Amma will continue to
give darshan. Anybody can dress up as a brahmachari. If
someone want to kill me, they can simply dress up like
The last question was asked, "Would you like
to meet the attacker?"
Amma replied, "I don’t have any problem meeting
him. Amma will meet everyone. Amma has
overcome much worse situations than this in the past. Amma
doesn’t give much importance to this incident."