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Ammapalooza 2006

Mata Amritanandamayi (Mother of Immortal Bliss) a.k.a Ammachi, a.k.a. Amma (mother), is a simply wondrous Indian spiritual teacher known as the “hugging saint” for her life-long practice of giving a genuine divine loving squeeze to all who come see her. She’s back again, touring North America and spreading her love across this continent like a fine cosmic perfume. Call it Ammapalooza 2006. She’s in Boston till the 21st of July and Toronto till the 26th and if you haven’t been hugged by this living saint yet, it’s very worth the trip.


As someone who’s been around quite a few gurus, most of whom tend to give darshan with a gentle look, the touch of a soft peacock feather, or possibly, maybe, a light tough on the forehead, I’m constantly astounded that Amma gets down and dirty with us mere mortals. As she gathers us up in her arms, she gently caresses our faces and wipes away our tears, our baby’s drool, and even pet dander. It’s estimated that she’s hugged upward of twenty million people, and I gotta say, no matter when I’ve gotten the squeeze, she’s always smelled quite potently like fresh roses (I’m really curious what type of deodorant she wears). But I digress. To me, Amma represents the divine feminine in action, Shakti with a rose between her teeth, compassion unfiltered. Love is love is love, no matter what tradition or spiritual practice you follow, and to witness it in one of it’s purest forms is a gift not to be passed over. Run to her, mere mortals, run.

Have you been hugged by Amma? What was it like?

(posted by Sera Beak, substituting this week for Amy)

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posted July 19, 2006 at 4:05 pm

She sounds fantastic-God willing, I’ll get to be hugged by her someday. My best friend who passed in my arms in 2001 always smelled like roses, no matter what. She didn’t use any special body care products, either. She could hike and hike and get all sweaty and still smell like that. She passed way too young. I was blessed to know such an advanced, loving spiritual being. Then I saw a documentary on the history channel about saints, and how they deemed someone to be a saint if their body naturally mummified itself and had a sweet smell coming from it. Hmmm…? I can’t help but think this smell is indicative of saintliness, or a highly evolved spirit form.>

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posted July 20, 2006 at 4:03 pm

i was just hugged by amma last weekend. she was here in the big apple hugging in an old theatre with painted angels playing violin on the ceiling. usually, as i near amma, all the excess water in me gets squeezed out of my tear ducts… i open like a faucet and just emit this swelling love, this welled up sadness— aware suddenly of how far i have felt from the divine. and after the hug, which cannot be called a hug since it’s more of an embrace from ear tip to toenail, my knees would buckle and i would sob with love to feel returned to the divine, to feel as flush to god as a comforter is to its duvet cover. but this time, this time was something so different. it was a pure joy i felt as i approached her…a joy so intense that there was no way to express it other than to smile. i probably scared the poor lady as she pulled me to her. i had a smile from ear to ear, i felt it. and then, if you can believe me, my smile broke open my face. it just went so wide it broke me open and i radiated this ineffable joy—a joy i recognize as our divinely given gift to give, to give freely, and simply. this is what the lovely rose-scented amma does— she gives her love freely, lightly. my smile is now broken open- permanently this is what being hugged by amma did. she made me go for wider. forever more. i deeply highly strongly suggest that if amma is ever in your area, go and dare to get squeezed by pure love. and all you ladies of love out there, amma is giving the sacred red thread to women- meaning she’s including women into the highest ranks of religious authority. she is asking that we might take our place, share our voices and hearts and especially our stories of a woman’s love of god.>

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