Kochi, Mar 20 (): Mata Amritanandamayi’s brother Suresh in an open letter to Gail Tredwell, the author of the book on the mutt goings-on has refuted all the charges mentioned and accused the author of trying to twist kitchen tales into sensational news. He delves into the past of Gail and how she began to call his sister `Amma’.
He recalls that in 1979, Gail came to his house saying she had nowhere to go. She stayed in a rent-free house till 1988. She said that her search ended by getting the blessings of his sister. In 1982, when the eldest daughter was in the hospital for delivery, Mata Amritanandamayi’s mother was instead with Gail who was undergoing a surgery. Such was the affection of the family towards Gail christened as Gayathri.
In 1988, Mata Amritaanandamayi Trust was formed and established in ten cents of land gifted by her father and the brother’s father-in-law bought another piece of land and gifted it to the trust along with a van. All these facts were known to Gail and also that all the family members were financially sound and income tax payees.
Despite knowing this, Suresh asked why she twisted facts. She had told in an interview that she had personally taken cash to Mata Amritanandamayi’s brother who was building a palatial house. The brother points out though the trust was started with land gifted by the family, none of them were trustees. He said it was Gail who told him about how his sister was her Guru and wanted him also to see her as a Guru and not sister.
It was from then that he began to address his sister as Mata. He alleges that Gail cashed on blind beliefs and created tales and even followers around her. She even made routine chores in the kitchen appear as wonders and was aiming to be a Mahaguru.
Suresh recounts an incident when the neighbours saw a pool of blood which had come from cutting fish as a murder of an inmate and when the younger sister came and protested it was Gail who said that there can be no better place in the earth than the mutt and the inmates. “You were then planning to use this against the mutt later,” he says. He says those who were against Mata Amritanandamayi has had a change of heart.
He says the selfless service made him a devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi. He calls Mata Amritanandamayi as an ocean where the pollution of many souls are cleansed and that Gail and he were only grass on the banks and can do nothing to stop the flow.
He states that Gail probably thought that Malayalees are against anything good that is going on and that it will create a communal discord. But instead Nazar, Joseph, Jacob and Kabir are in the forefront to counter the allegations.
He says that if Gail thought that the followers would desert Mata Amritanandamayi then it has backfired as it has only made them more devoted to her. He curses saying that she will have to spend the rest of her life repenting for the tears of the people who cried hearing the allegations.
He says in the open letter, “ Amma has taught us to only forgive and that anger can lead to loss of sensibility. We all have forgiven you. If there remains an iota of goodness then chant this mantra, `Amma even if I have thrown stones and thorns at you, still as a blooming flower you should forgive me’. I cannot write further as my hands are shaking and my eyes are moist. I end this letter with the prayer` Sister, may you have all the goodness in life’.