“As long as there is enough strength to reach out to those who come to me, to place my hand on a crying person’s shoulder, I will continue to lovingly caress people”. This is the desire of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known to the world by the simple name of Amma. She is one of the most important and influential spiritual leaders in the world and the inspiration behind the movement, Embracing the world, a continually expanding international network of humanitarian work.
Her embrace, or “darshan”, is a channel of love and serenity that involves the souls and reawakens the consciences of those who receive it.
On Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 9th and Monday the 10th of November, Amma will be at the MalpensaFiere to pray and hold debates on peace, with her calm gaze, proud and full of love, to lend her ear to anyone who wishes to talk to her and to throw open her arms to welcome and comfort her children.
Amma’s embrace is an emotional moment and laden with energy that enables the recipient to relive those primordial feelings so typical of the maternal embrace. It is a powerful instrument able to channel positive feelings and universal love for the world and all living things.
The strain that Amma subjects herself to, for some twenty or thirty hours at a stretch during her meetings, is superhuman, yet her strength seems limitless. Her body vibrates with all the energy necessary to generate a true change in the inner self. Her words of wisdom and her advice on personal realisation are able to activate the desire and the motivation to confront each individual’s process of transformation, accepting the challenges as blessings. On receiving her embrace, many people feel inspired to offer an unselfish service to those in need and to build a society that is more committed and caring.
One should go to MalpensaFiere in order to understand what it feels like to wait one’s turn in order to receive a “simple” embrace and to get in contact with one’s inner self. One should go because that darshan is one of the most democratic things left in this world, because one finds oneself there with other people, and there is no social class, culture, creed or origin to make a difference. One should go to find that embrace and look into her eyes, which never seem to lose their light, and to receive a caress, or any other gesture of love, that we are so often inclined to forget. Because, “our true nature is not one of selfishness, but one of love and compassion”, because “we just need to realise this and awaken to this truth”.
Photo credit: Keun Young Park