Amma Embraces Los Angeles June 20-24
By Rob Sidon
World leader in humanitarian work, Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as “Amma” or “Ammachi”, will visit Los Angeles in June, where she will receive thousands and bestow her blessings to heal and comfort many in need. The name Mata Amritanandamayi is a synonym of spiritual and moral renaissance that has crossed the boundaries of oceans and continents.
Amma is no ordinary person; her inexhaustible energy has enabled her to give blessings to 175,000 people in 19 hours. It has been estimated that she has given over 25 million darshans in her life. Darshan is a Sanskrit term describing “audience in the presence of a holy person.” On her bosom, enfolded in the warmth of her motherly embrace, millions have cried away their pain and unburdened the heavy sorrows of their lives.
Amma now 53, was born in Kerala, South India into a poor family of fisher folks. From the time of her birth there was something very unique and divine about her. Without any prompting, she was deeply spiritual and the intensity of her compassion was remarkable. Considered a living saint in her homeland, Amma has quietly gained an extraordinary reputation over the last three and a half decades for the extensive charity institutions she has established and for her personal outreach.
Sleeping only a couple of hours per day, she teaches by the constant example of her own life, emphasizing selfless social service. Amma dedicates every moment of her life to caring for others and radiating boundless love. Her love for life itself compels her to spontaneously embrace everyone who comes to her, feeling each one is her very own child. Hundreds of people come each day to spend a few moments in her arms. Amma listens to their sorrows and consoles them. She also teaches them the true purpose of life.
Amma’s children are not limited only to India; her abundance of love has been felt all over the world. From the cries of her children, Amma embarked on her first USA tour in 1987 and since then has spent most of the year traveling to different countries comforting and consoling her children.
Her ashram is home to 3,000 people and thousands more visit every day from all corners of the world. Ashram residents and visitors alike are inspired by Amma’s example and dedicate themselves to serving the world. Through her vast network of charitable projects, they build homes for the homeless, give pensions to the destitute and provide medical care for the sick. Today, countless people all over the world are contributing to this loving endeavor.
Free public programs will take place June 20 and 21, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hilton, Los Angeles Airport, 5711 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA with meditation, receiving darshans and inspirational music. Evening sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Talk and music will be led by Amma, followed by Darshan. The program does not end until the last person has received darshan.
A final free program will be offered on June 24, starting 6:30 p.m. For an Exceptional and Intimate Retreat with Amma, visit www.amma.org (pre-registration is required). Please join us for this extraordinary event.
For more information: contact Bhavesh (213) 383-5622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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