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Need a Hug, or Some Answers, From Amma the Hugging Saint?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m meeting Mata Amritanandamayi — aka Amma, “the hugging saint” — at the start of her new U.S. tour tomorrow. (It’s nice when national religion news comes to the Seattle area!)

Cathy Lynn Grossman at USA Today wrote about her during a 2006 tour stop, explaining that she was born to a traditional Hindu family in Kerala, but now embraces crowds of devotees from Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and other faiths, all over the world. (Here are some photos of her blessing people in India earlier this month.)

She’s also active in fundraising and providing interfaith counseling for natural disaster relief, which — given the recent tornado in Joplin, Mo., the this year’s catastrophes in Japan, and the other calamities I’ve covered from a faith-related perspective here — is probably what I’ll focus on during our interview.

Got anything else you’d like me to ask her? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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nnmns

posted May 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm


In case you’re interested here’s the Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Amritanandamayi

If all those charitable works are for real she’s accomplished a lot of good.



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Robert C

posted May 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm


I have seen her and have been walked up. I hope you find her as amazing as I do. I have friends who live on her Ashram and I know others who are devoted to her.



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Nicole Neroulias

posted May 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm


Holy cow (no pun intended) – if nnmns and Robert C are on the same page, Amma must be amazing. I wish I had more time to prepare!

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to ask her.



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flipperthedolphin

posted May 28, 2011 at 1:47 am


What a marvellous woman, she must be. With all her charity work, one couldn’t possible ask for a more charitable, and I’m sure lovely, person! All the best to her, and may God bless her.



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dino colombini

posted December 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm


i would like to know where i could know when Amma, the hugging saint, will again tour north america,and her schedule of where she will appear. is there an organization which sponsors her and to whom i can
inquire?
dinocolombini@verizon.net



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