Datin Paduka Dr Mother A. Mangalam or better known as Mother Mangalam was indeed a remarkable individual known for her tireless efforts in promoting peace and charity.

Born in Singapore on May 17, 1926, she was a teacher by profession until she took optional retirement from the teaching service in 1977 to devote her life to serving humanity and making a positive impact on society.

The 97-year-old humanitarian was deeply influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and embarked on a journey of compassion and service. She became a prominent figure in the interfaith movement, actively working towards fostering harmony and understanding among different religious and cultural communities.

Mother Mangalam's appointment as the Life President of the Pure Life Society Incorporation on April 23, 1961, marked a significant moment in the organization's history. This appointment came about following the passing of the Founder-President, H.H. Swami Satyananda PhD. J.P., who had been a great source of inspiration and mentorship to Mother Mangalam since she was 11 years old.

The organization aimed to provide support and assistance to the underprivileged, including orphans, the elderly, and those suffering from poverty and illness. Through various initiatives, such as free clinics, educational programs, and vocational training, Mother Mangalam and the Pure Life Society helped countless individuals lead better lives.

One of Mother Mangalam's notable achievements was the establishment of the Pure Life Society Children's Home. This home provided shelter, education, and care for children who were abandoned, neglected or came from troubled backgrounds. Mother Mangalam's dedication to nurturing these children and instilling in them a sense of love, discipline, and moral values earned her widespread respect and admiration.

In addition to her work in Malaysia, Mother Mangalam actively engaged in global humanitarian efforts. She participated in numerous international conferences and events, spreading her message of peace and promoting interfaith dialogue. Her contributions were recognized with several awards and accolades, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as Asia's Nobel Prize, in 2006.

Throughout her life, Mother Mangalam remained an embodiment of compassion and selflessness. Her unwavering commitment to serving others, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, touched the lives of many. She inspired countless individuals to follow in her footsteps and make a positive difference in the world.

Mother Mangalam passed away on April 18, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of peace, love, and charity. Her profound impact continues to be felt, and her teachings and values serve as a guiding light for those striving to create a more compassionate and harmonious society.

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