‘Amma’ India’s hugging saint
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known to millions as Amma (mother), is coming to visit London’s Alexandra Palace on 23- 30th October.
India’s hugging saint spreads her message of peace and love around the globe. On her recent trip to Australia she told the BBC
“My message for the world is peace, love and compassion. Those are universal, like honey. You take honey anywhere it remains sweet,”
Born to a poor fishing family in the backwaters of Kerala in Southern India, Amma contemplated the principle of karma until she revealed a profound truth, asking a question she continues to ask each of us today. “If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma (duty) to help ease his suffering and pain?”
“A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.” said Amma
Throughout her life, she has embraced and comforted more than 33 million people. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, Amma answered: “Where there is true love, everything is effortless.
Amma has set up schools, hospitals, orphanages and environmental programmes and her organisation Embracing The World (ETW) has a powerful presence in many countries.
In India, it has built 40,000 houses for the homeless and helped 100,000 Indian women through self-help groups and micro-credit loans. In the United States, tens of thousands of people are fed each year in ETW-sponsored soup kitchens.
“It is a God-given gift to every single human being in this world,” she said as she embarked on another marathon embrace.
“It is like an ember. You have to constantly blow on it and it will become a wildfire; the fire of love, the fire of compassion.”
“Pure love is the most powerful energy in this world. It can transform anyone of anything,” said Amma.
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