Meet Amma - The Hugging Saint

Mata Amritanandamayi "Amma"- The Hugging Saint

India's Amma is gaining worldwide acclaim for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. 

Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, she has hugged and comforted more than 34 million people and is said to "inspire, uplift and transform through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World.

When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers:

"Where there is true love, anything is effortless."

She says her religion is love and does not ask a soul to change his religion. 

Her groups and centers are located throughout the world and the United States. 

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark detailed her experience with Amma for the Huffington Post

"Here's how it went down...

I waited. The waiting began from the moment we arrived. Waiting to park, to get our hug token, the bathroom, food, for our hug, etc. But it was a different type of waiting. I've got a lot of kumbaya in me, so it was enjoyable. It was a diverse collection of individuals all with the same intention -- to receive that unconditional, magical love from Amma. We were high. Sort of like a Beatles or Nirvana concert except we were all high off of love and spirit. It's a unique energy.

We were brought there for different reasons. For me -- it was about finding my spiritual footing again as I'd been out of practice. It was about wanting to experience something empowering, compassionate, and healing -- three things my inner child will always crave. I wanted to let go, and feel energy of the millions she's hugged (there's no way that's not going to do me some good).

I chatted. But it was a different type of chatting. It was fulfilling. No small talk -- just sharing with depth, creating immediate connection. My focus has been on daily living -- with my little family, dealing with the stuff that comes with raising two daughters under seven. Before children it was meditation, play, yoga, grounding, alone time, etc. After children it greatly shifted, as did my daily conversations. However, waiting for my eight seconds of bliss, I found myself slip easily back into a deeper sense of being -- discussing personal healing, connection, and a higher power. Like riding a bike.

I observed. The curious and creative part of me imagined about the others. What are their stories? Why are they there? Sitting just seats behind Amma, waiting for my turn, I let myself scan the entire room from right to left. I felt sadness and compassion, easily seeing the pain in some of them. Above all, I felt joy knowing we were all there to share the primary inspiration in life: LOVE."

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