Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi on Saturday said the allegations against the Mata Amritanandamayi Math were baseless.

In a statement here, she said the math was an abode of peace. She issued the statement in the wake of allegations against the math, mainly in the social media, attributing them to contents in the book Holy Hell authored by Gail Tredwell, a former personal attendant of the Mata who left the Math several years ago.

The Mata said the Math and its devotees believed in self sacrifice, love, and service. She said her life was an open book. “Calumny against the Math is being spread by some people out of frustration when they did not achieve what they wanted. Their aim now is to fuel religious passions and set people against each other.”

No misgivings: CM

Staff Reporter writes from Sulthan Bathery: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government had no misgivings about the functioning of ashrams in the State.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan might not have understood the activities of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Mr. Chandy said adding that he had attended many functions of the Math in connection with its social service activities. Answering a query of mediapersons at Sulthan Bathery, Mr. Vijayan said the government should seriously consider the issue and monitor activities of ashrams in the State. Staff Reporter writes from Kottayam: Speaking to the media at Kuravilangad, KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran said he would react only after a detailed study.

Motives alleged

In a statement in Thiruvananthapuram, Bharatiya Vichara Kendram director P. Parameswaran said the propaganda against the math “is obviously motivated to bring down the high respect and reputation with which millions of people across the world hold that spiritually oriented service organisation”.

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