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About Amma - Mata Amritanandamayi

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is revered by people of all faiths, cultures and walks of life. Known affectionately as “Amma” (meaning “Mother”), Mata Amritanandamayi’s entire life has been dedicated to serving others.

“Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love.” —Amma

Tens of thousands wait patiently in line, often through the night and into the morning hours, for a chance to receive a blessing, a motherly hug and a few soothing words from this smiling woman in a simple white sari. They know that their turn will come; she doesn’t turn anyone away, even if it means embracing people for a whole day and night, nor does she charge any money. Regularly, Amma gives darshan for hours on end, without a moment’s rest. In some places, she has embraced 40 to 50 thousand people in a single programme, sitting almost 24 hours to do so.

When asked by the BBC, “Why do you hug people?” she replied, “That is like asking a river, ‘Why do you flow?’ It simply flows because that is its nature. In the same way, this is Amma’s nature—a mother expressing her love to her children.” This unique, extraordinary expression of universal love is known as Amma’s darshan.

A vast network of charitable activities inspired by Her tireless spirit of dedication to uplifting others has led many people to discover the beauty and sense of peace that come from selflessly serving.

Amma’s vision is one wherein the Divine resides in everything, everywhere, be it sentient or inert. In her own words: “Since everything is pervaded by God, what is not to be worshipped?” Amma teaches that understanding and remaining aware of this truth—that everything, everywhere, within and without, is Divine—is the ultimate remedy for human suffering: the key to transforming our lives and society as whole.

Amma gives darshan