who is Amma?

Her name is Mata Amritanandamayi, which translates into "Mother of Immortal Bliss", but to millions around the world she is known as "Amma" (mother) or "Ammachi" (beloved mother). So approachable is she that many have to come to realize in her a love that is archetypal of "everybody's Mother."

When invited to speak at the United Nations, she is recognized as a "preeminent religious leader". The media have dubbed her "the Mother of Compassion" because of the extensive humanitarian charities she has launched. The press have also nicknamed her "the Hugging Saint", because of the loving embraces she has given tirelessly to thousands everyday for the last 30 years. It is estimated that Amma has already given over 20 million hugs!

Around the world she is identified as "a living Saint". Wherever she goes the crowds that flock to her only seem to grow as people experience something unique in her presence. To observe what Amma does, it becomes obvious that she exhibits nothing of what we would call "a personal life". Sleeping less than two hours per day, she is the untiring servant of all people, dedicated to removing human suffering. Her outreach takes two principal forms: 1) her darshan programs, where she reaches people individually, and 2) her charities, designed to improve peoples' lives on a broader scale.

So, who is Amma? There are as many answers to that question as there are people asking. Indeed, she is almost impossible to describe-she needs to be experienced

"We must light the lamp of faith and love in our hearts. This will remove all darkness in and around us."
-- Amma
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