The AYUDH Australia Project
In 2001 a youth organisation called “AYUDH” was founded as a wing of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. AYUDH groups have now spread all over the world and are particularly strong in India and Europe.
AYUDH stands for Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara, a Sanskrit term which can freely be translated as “the youth which perpetuates the wheel of Dharma (Righteousness).”
We have started an AYUDH movement in Australia. This is an exciting venture and we hope to soon see young people from all over Australia come together to share in enriching spiritual and social activities in which they can selflessly serve humanity and the environment, while developing the qualities that Amma encourages such as love, compassion, tolerance and humility.
Here is an excerpt from the Amritapuri web page about AYUDH:
Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara (AYUDH) heartily invites you to join countless youth from all over the globe to create a new world of courage and dynamism, love and a buoyant humanitarian spirit, spiritual awareness and a burning quest for Truth. Today, when negative elements are threatening the very fabric of our culture, AYUDH provides you the vision, spirit, and opportunity to realise your innate strength and stand up to the challenges of the times.
If you would like to be involved in this exciting movement of inspired young people and you are between the age of 15 – 30, please email your details to email@example.com so that we can put you on our contact list and keep you updated on local meetings and events.
We are also looking for people to act as local AYUDH leaders from each city to take a more active role and help organize events. Amma encourages participation in Her organization at all levels so this is a wonderful way to increase your seva and be close to Her.
More detailed information about AYUDH is set out below. We hope to hear from you soon!
In Amma’s love,
Arathi and Amrita Sri
What is AYUDH?
We are a movement of young people who want to lead a life based on universal values. Starting with ourselves, we want to help in generating a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of spiritual principles.
AYUDH in Australia
In May 2008 AYUDH started in Australia and is slowly evolving into a nation-wide movement. For further information, or if you would like to be involved with AYUDH Australia, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our myspace page at www.myspace.com/ayudhaustralia.
AYUDHs main objectives are:
Finding out who we are and what we want in life through:
- Spiritual practices like meditation, prayer and singing
- Exchange and discussions with other like minded young people
- Activities that help us discover and develop our creativity and inner potential
Developing compassion and respect through selfless service activities:
- Caring for neglected and needy members of society
- Raising awareness about global issues
We as the future generation have the duty to restore and protect our environment. Global warming challenges us to rethink our ways of behavior and living. Starting with ourselves we wish to set an example to others.
- Planting trees
- Cleaning the environment
- Nature awareness programs
- Ecological way of living
- Sharing cars, using the bicycle, saving water and electricity etc.
Our inspiration: Amma
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) is one of the most respected humanitarians and spiritual leaders of this time. Through her tireless acts of love and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions of people around the world.
Leading a life of utter dedication to others, Amma is an inspiration for us to dedicate ourselves to the service of society, while maintaining a spiritual awareness.
Through her own life Amma has consequently adhered to the principles of equality, non-violence and religious tolerance. Through our activities we in turn wish to integrate these principles into our modern lifestyle, in practical and creative ways.
Amma's tireless efforts for the past 30 years have created one of the largest charitable organizations of India, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM, NGO with consultative status to the UN).
Name & Symbol
AYUDH stands for Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara, a Sanskrit term which can freely be translated as “the youth which perpetuates the wheel of Dharma (Righteousness).” In Sanskrit “Ayudh” also means Peace, which is also symbolized by the dove in our logo.
The dove also reminds one of the following allegory Amma frequently uses: The two wings of a bird represent love and selfless service. The tail stands for the spiritual knowledge and discriminative intellect which are necessary to steer the bird into the right direction. All these qualities help us to fly free in life, be independent and happy.
AYUDH was founded as the youth wing of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM, NGO with consultative status to the UN) in India in 2001. In the beginning stages confined to India, AYUDH had the wish to expand across the globe, inspiring countless young people to take up good works in the fields of social service and environmental preservation and restoration, while maintaining a spiritual awareness.
AYUDH's activities in India include giving free food and medical aid to the poor and needy, offering free eye-treatment camps, cleaning hospital compounds and public places, planting trees and conducting antidrug, -alcohol and -tabacco campaigns throughout the country.
Starting with a first European Youth Exchange in 2005, AYUDH has stepped onto European ground. The program was well received and inspired many youth to share their interest in personal development and social service with others and slowly small regional youth groups began to emerge throughout Europe. These groups meet regularily to undertake environmental activities such as tree planting, spending time with handicaped and old people and raising money for charity, e.g. for the victims of the Tsunami in South-East Asia. For spiritual practice the young people also gather to sing, pray and meditate together.
An European Peace Concert was organised in Paris, France, in May 2006, which raised money to rebuilt the tin-roofs of a village of Tibetean refugees in Northern India. This common effort and the inspiring music of eight musical groups from across Europe gave AYUDH Europe another chance to grow.
The European Youth Exchanges held yearly at M.A. Center Germany are a great opportuntiy for intercultural exchange and a source of spiritual inspiration to a growing number of young people from all over Europe.
In 2007 the exchange was supported by the "Youth in Action" programme of the European Comission DG Education and Culture.
The week long programme provoked a lot of enthusiasm amongst the young people to move ahead in the spirit of love, service and compassion.
Check out the international AYUDH site for information on what AYUDH is doing around the globe: www.ayudh.org
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