WELLNESS: India’s ‘Hugging Saint’ Amma Brings Spirit of Love to NYC


“Serving the world with love and cooperation, you will find your own true self. As you help those in need, selfishness will fall away, and without even noticing you will find your own fulfillment.” _ Mata Amritanandamayi, Amma

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders and revered as a saint by followers worldwide, will share a message of love during this weekend’s satsang presented by Namaste Bookshop in New York’s Greenwich Village. A satsang is a meeting of like-minded people who listen to, absorb and discuss spiritual teachings. Sunday’s gathering at Namaste’s new Healing Center will be held from 6-8 p.m. and involves listening to (pre-recorded) discourses and singing bhajans (devotional songs). A light meal will follow, according to event organizers.



The guru, also simply known as “Amma” (Mother), has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their faith and to try to live accordingly. Fondly called the “hugging saint” by thousands, she has dedicated her entire life to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. Remarkably, “Amma” has embraced and comforted more than 32 million people, according to reports. An act of kindness, such as a hug, often holds a profound meaning for those sharing the moment … one that can last a lifetime.


Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi: http://www.amritapuri.org/

Namaste Bookshop: http://namastebookshop.com/

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