AMMA, the Hugging Saint, Comes to D.C.
Jun 04, 2014 03:56AM
She is called Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, or many people just know her as Amma, or mother. Although she was born and raised in India, Amma doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion. She says that her religion is love. This summer will be Amma’s eighteenth visit to the Washington, D.C., area. Her programs are free and will be held July 1 and 2.
She dedicates every moment of her life to serving others with a pure selfless attitude. Amma works tirelessly to nourish and comfort people with her many humanitarian activities, including hospitals, orphanages, disaster relief, food for the poor and needy, schools, pensions for the elderly and disadvantaged, housing for the homeless and much more.
Thousands of people attend Amma’s programs around the world to receive her blessings and imbibe her words of wisdom, as she shares her divine inspiration. Referred to as the hugging saint, Amma spends hours on end giving darshan (spiritual blessings) in the form of a hug. Over the past 40 years, Amma has embraced millions of people worldwide. As renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall said in presenting Amma with the Ghandi-King award for non-violence at the United Nations in 2002, “I believe (Amma) stands here before us, God’s love in a human body.”
The programs will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Virginia. There is a morning program beginning at 10 a.m., and an evening program starting at 7 p.m., on both days. On July 2, the evening program is a special prayer for world peace called Devi Bhava.