“Is God a man or a woman? The answer to that question is that God is neither male nor female – God is That. But if you insist on God having a gender, then God is more female then male, because the masculine is contained within the feminine.”
– Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)
Saukhyam Reusable Pads have been designed and made with guidance received from Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Amma is known and revered all over the world as a great humanitarian and spiritual leader.
Amma guided the team to develop reusable pads and to use banana fiber for enhanced absorption. Banana fiber is a natural absorbent and has therapeutic qualities as well.
Amma has been encouraging young women to switch from using disposable pads to using the Saukhyam Reusable Pads. With Amma's constant encouragement and urging, we feel that reusable pads will become more mainstream than they currently are.
Already the interest, especially among young students and professionals, to try these pads is immense.
Amma guided the team to develop a version that was more suitable for the working woman and for the student who cannot conveniently change when at school or at work. The Saukhyam Reusable Day Pad has 10 gms of banana fiber, and offers lasting protection for many hours.
When the team initially wanted to develop disposable pads from banana fiber, Amma’s clear instruction was that banana fiber was too valuable to be used only once and thrown away. Even though tons of banana fiber is mostly discarded even today, we feel that in instructing like this, Amma was teaching the project team the essential principles of sustainability and a circular economy in which there is no waste.
Now Amma has permitted the making of disposable inserts to be used with reusable bases. We feel this will be helpful for women when they are traveling, etc. The top and bottom layers of these disposable inserts are made from completely biodegradable materials.
Amma is now encouraging production centers to be started in the villages where the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is already working as part of the Amrita SeRVe (Self Reliant Village) project.