'An uninterrupted stream of love flows from me toward all beings in the universe. This is my inborn nature.' - Amma
AMMA - Healing the Heart of the World
Much of the suffering we see in the world can be traced to the lack of love and empathy. Poverty, violence, discrimination, greed, lust for power, and pollution all stem from this lack. One woman, an extraordinary soul, has come to heal the heart of the world. Her name is Shri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known all over the world simply as Amma (Mother). Amma is today one of the world’s most respected and beloved spiritual leaders and humanitarians. During the past four decades, she has dedicated her life to the uplift of suffering humanity, through the simplest of gestures: a loving, motherly embrace – a hug! Through this brief, intimate meeting, known as “Darshan,” she has blessed and consoled millions of people all over the world. It is estimated that she has given out more than 40 million hugs! Wherever she appears – in India, America or Europe –thousands of people gather every day to meet her. They seek the experience of her infinite love and compassion, the soothing comfort of her presence. Amma often sits for up to 20 hours at a stretch, sometimes even longer, to receive each and every person who approaches her – and for many this meeting is a life-changing experience; she awakens their hearts and they begin to discover the very meaning of life, and the inner joy that comes from helping those who are less fortunate.
Her Arms are Open to Everyone
Whether Amma is touring or is at her Spiritual Centre in India, she is doing one thing most of the time – that is, receiving one and all, who have assembled in her presence, with a gentle, warm embrace.
Her Life is Her Message
Amma’s life is her message. In other words, Amma does not teach anything that she herself does not practice. Living from moment to moment in a constant state of supreme happiness, Amma warmly embraces thousands of people day after day, wiping their tears, giving them guidance and offering solace to all who come to her. Amma recommends the path of selfless-service through the example of her own life.