Last week I had the pleasure to spend two days working with Amma, the hugging mother from India known as Sri Mata Amritandanandamayi.
While I know in the west the concept of giving out blessings in form of a hug/embrace is a strange concept, it does represent a way of unconditional love and acceptance. This great humanitarian surely could spend her time doing other things, but her focus remains on showing people how unconditional love and tolerance can make a difference in this world. One of the things that amazes me most is the fact that in this crazy city, hundreds of new Yorkers, no matter what religion, ethnic background, social status and many more visiting gather all in one place just to be around her, and there is this this subdued but very charged energy in the room where no one argues and people get along. So you see it is possible, change the energy within us, around us and what we project can make a difference.
Most recently she has been honoured for her efforts in the Tsunami relief. She responded right away to the Tsunami tragedy. Her organizations performed immediate rescue operations solely driven by its own volunteers, provided shelter, free clothing, food, medical and financial help.
A little more about her....
Amma’ as she is known all over the world today, has inspired and started innumerable humanitarian services. She has earned international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the world community. She is recognized as an extraordinary spiritual leader by the United Nations and by the people all over the world.
For the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace. In this intimate manner Amma has blessed and consoled more than 25 million people throughout the world.
When someone asked Amma why she receives every person who comes to her in a loving embrace Amma replied, “ If you ask the river,' why do you flow?' what can it say?
As Dr. Jane Goodall, while presenting Amma with the 2002 Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence said,
" She stands here in front of us. God's love in a human body."
One of my favourite quotes by Sri Mata Amritandanandamayi...
“Real love exist in the heart. This love cannot be spoken and cannot be put into words. Words are in the intellect. In words, there is no love, only ego. Go beyond words and language straight to the heart.”
"When we judge people, we don’t have time to love them."
~ mother theresa