Mata Amritanandamayi is back in Europe for a 10-date tour that will take her to Toulon’s Zenith Omega from the 7th to the 9th of November.
Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as “Amma” or “Mother”, has hugged millions of people around the globe, earning her the nickname “the hugging saint”. Her unconditional love and compassion towards all beings know no borders.
For those who have not yet heard of her, Amma is an Indian spiritual leader who has been devoting her life to “love and serve one and all”. She travels the world to literally embrace all the people who come to her, whether they are young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick, as a way of “purification and inner healing.” Through her hugs and kisses, which she calls “darshan”, Amma is “transmitting a part of Her pure, vital energy into Her children,” in the hope that it will “help to awaken the dormant spiritual energy within them, which will eventually take them to the ultimate goal of Self-realization.”
Everywhere she goes, thousands of believers and non-believers are lining-up each day to receive her free blessings during 22-hour hugging sessions, and the experience for most of them is incredible.
As NPR Reporter Allison Bryce wrote, “With great force, she took me in her arms and I was enveloped in a scent of rose. It was a powerful hug, a powerful moment, really. Overcome with a profound sense of comfort, clarity and calm, I staggered off stage and sat down.”
Amma however is not just about selfless hugs. As a preeminent religious leader, she has also launched an extensive network of charity organizations, Embracing the World, which provides in India and 40 other countries food, housing, education, and medical services for the poor.
But because the phenomenon that is Amma today is basically impossible to describe, there is only one way to really understand: come meet Amma in person this November in Toulon and get hugged by her!
November 7: All-day programme, starting at 11am
November 8: Two programmes: 10am – afternoon, and 7:30pm until late
November 9: Two programmes: 10am – afternoon, and 7:00pm until late
Salle Zenith Omega
Boulevard Commandant Nicolas
Tel: + 33 4 94 22 66 77
All images courtesy Amma / Embrace The World website