The ‘hugging’ saint Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, affectionately known as Amma (mother) to her staunch devotees, has been visiting Malaysia since 2002.
Her recent visit to Setia Spice Arena, George Town was filled with her devotees, who cheered as she walked to the stage accompanied by an orchestra and local musicians.
The international messenger, preacher and practitioner of love, Amma was officially welcomed by Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.
Amma gave her satsang (sermon), which was translated into English, and followed by bhajans (prayers).
The darshan (religious event) finally ended at 8am the next day, after more than 13 hours.
Her powerful presence touched the crowds who showed up to meet her.
Her devotees from the George Town Amma Centre at Lorong Burma, Pulau Tikus were on hand to help and facilitate the event.
Amma has hugged more than 37 million people worldwide and travels to far-flung places like Santiago, Chile and Rio de Janiero, Brazil from her home in India.
Her unique way of spreading comfort and healing is with her open arms.
Many people come to experience the embrace of the “hugging” Amma, and are inspired by her boundless love.
Amma offers blessings via motherly hugs – die-hard devotees claimed that her embrace brings inner healing and is a process of purification.
People have shed tears when they experienced the love, compassion and selflessness in the presence of the world’s most accessible humanitarian leaders.
Some are drawn to her charitable works and continue to help in her programmes for healthcare, disaster relief, community outreach, building homes, children’s education, empowering women and even green initiatives.
Amma gives discourses and has cleared the doubts of many who are on their spiritual journey.
She touches on subjects close to our hearts, of love and family life.
She has spoken of dharma, meditation and other spiritual practices since her youth.
People all over the world view her differently, as a humanitarian, mother, friend, guru and a god.
Amma starts her tour to Asia from April 3, 2017.
The first leg is a visit to Setia Spice Arena, George Town followed by Singapore and a four-city tour in Australia.