Embracing the World Exhibition
Embracing the World, the name itself is symbolic of Amma’s unique Darshan – where She hugs and each and everyone who comes to Her irrespective of caste, creed, race or nationality. Embracing the World (ETW) is also the United Nations –registered NGO set up by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math to spearhead its charitable activities in social, educational, disaster-relief, women empowerment spectrum.
I had a wonderful time visiting the ETW stall set up in the main ground, next to the main venue of Amritavarsham 60. Curious visitors are shown an animation video about Amma’s childhood. This helped me understand what made Amma who She is now.
Just a few steps ahead lay another video screen displaying how big a difference Amma has made in this world. It showed efforts like disaster management, empowering women, building homes, community outreach, research for a better world, healthcare, fighting hunger and green initiatives.
Next came one of the most interesting part of the stall. It introduced people to a developing technology called Haptics. In the simplest terms, it enables you to experience and feel the effect of actions performed on screen. For example, if you are playing a game that requires you to shoot, this technology lets you experience the recoil of a gun as if you are actually holding one.
The stall also had an activities centre where quizzes and lucky draws were conducted. The centre also conducted educative classes on faucet repair, and waste recycling.
The environment branch of Embracing the World called Green Friends has introduced a campaign called InDeed. This urges everyone to conserve the environment in six steps – plant a tree, conserve water, reduce your carbon footprint, carpooling, building shelters for birds and animals and growing your own garden.
“We understood the extent and depth of Amma’s love and compassion” says Madhuri S Menon and Haritha Haridas from Amrita University Ettimadai campus, who won prizes in the Cultural Quiz conducted by the activity centre.
– Shanti S Nair