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Embracing The World

Amma travels constantly throughout the world in response to the heartfelt longing of people who seek lasting peace and harmony in their lives.

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.


“Where there is love, there is no effort.
Other people’s happiness is my rest.”
—Amma


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.





“When Amma embraces people, it is not just physical contact that is taking place.
The love Amma feels for all of creation flows towards each person who comes to Her.
That pure vibration of love purifies people, and this helps them in their inner awakening and spiritual growth.”
—Amma


Amma holds a baby
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