FRISCO — Mata Amritanandamayi has been called a spiritual leader, a humanitarian and a saint. She’s also one heck of a hugger.
By DAVID AMSDEN: A guru named Amma has drawn 32 million people into her embrace – spreading a message of love, compassion and overpriced merchandise.
Darshan means “to see” in Sanskrit. Hindus believe the powers of the deity can be absorbed by the onlooker through his/her eyes when viewing an image of the deity.
by Jenny Kleeman: In the sticky monsoon heat of early August in Kerala, I was standing on a stage in front of thousands of people, waiting for my turn to get a hug from a living god Amma.
Internationally renowned as the “hugging saint,” Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, aka “Amma” has embraced 32 million people to date worldwide. A Hindu spiritual leader and guru, she is recognized as a treasure trove of practical, spiritual wisdom. Amma has delivered messages of peace and love at international platforms like the United Nations and Parliament of World […]
By Rebecca Leffler, The Hollywood Reporter: PARIS – The Gallic media biz traded French kisses for an embrace from “the hugging Saint” Amma when several stars headed to a Paris suburb to meet the famous spiritual leader. when several stars headed to a Paris suburb to meet the famous spiritual leader.
By Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney: India’s ‘hugging saint’ Amma has embraced 31 million people around the world and has now taken her special brand of hands-on spirituality to Australia.
by David Amsden: They make the journey every year, thousands of people heading up an unmarked, unpaved road into the feral hills outside San Ramon, a suburb some 30 miles east of San Francisco to see Amma.