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Ammachi, the beatific Indian hugging saint, has received wonderful clips from the press this most recent U.S. tour. Here’s Erik Davis’s Salon.com article about his encounter with her. And he even got to speak with her! Here’s what she said:
The article includes an excellent analysis of Amma’s marketing strategies and charitable work. There’s some questioning of whether or not she’s over-guru-izing herself (sort of lording herself over us hapless underlings), but in the end Davis, author of “The Visionary State; A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape” can’t help but embrace her in more ways than one.
If you’ve been wondering whether hugging Amma is worth the six-plus hour wait, Beliefnet’s own Valerie Reiss describes her meeting with Amma with such warmth and precision, you’ll likely be in line next year. Read her take here.