Her name is Shri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, but she is known all over the world simply as Amma (Mother). Amma is today one of the world’s most beloved and respected spiritual leaders and humanitarians. During the past four decades, she has dedicated her life to the uplift of suffering humanity, through the simples of gestures: a loving, motherly embrace – a hug! Through this brief, intimate meeting, known as Darshan, she has blessed and comforted millions of people all over the world. It is estimated that she has given out more than 40 million hugs! Wherever she appears, in the East as well as the West, thousands of people gather every day to meet her. They seek the experience of her unconditional love and compassion, the soothing comfort of her divine 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.
“Try to make others happy and don’t despair over all the evil in the world. Instead of cursing the dark, let us each light one small lamp.” – Amma
“As long as there is enough strength in these arms to reach out to those who come to me, to place my hand on a crying person’s shoulder, Mother will continue to give darshan – lovingly caressing people, consoling them and drying their tears, until the end of this mortal condition.”
Amma has spent her life helping people to experience peace and love. She showers her compassion and joy to one and all, to people of all nations, cultures and religions. She is truly the Mother of Millions.