Finally got it – The Hug

No pictures allowed inside the hugging area.

We got there early and the lines were still short. We went straight to get our Darshan token. By 9:20 we were set with token in hand and Amma was arriving at 10:00 AM. It is cool to get there early because it is a big deal when she enters the room. It sounded like someone was blowing through a shell and maybe they were. We started with three OMs and a group meditation guided by one of her disciples. I thought it was great. What was interesting was the large amount of children. Even with the restless children noises in the background I was able to let go.

The kids loosened the atmosphere. In fact, Amma had two young children sit next to her during the opening meditation. Amma embodies motherhood, the love only a mother knows, the heartbreak and the joys. She embodies compassion, caring, nuturing, understanding and unconditional love.

It takes a while to get to your number and usually it takes longer. Within a hour and a half it was our turn. During the wait we walked around the main room filled with spiritual nick-nacks. Next thing I knew we were in the Darshan line. It took about 25 minutes to get our hug.

It can feel weird the way the make it happen. When it is your turn they may wipe your forehead with a cloth then gently push your head into her shoulder. Now my head is in the crux of her shoulder and her staff had to ask her a couple of questions. She held me as she talked to them. Her focus returned to me. I was consoled and affirmed, then it was done. She had to move on.

I walked to the back of the room and watched. Person after person, legions of followers and curious. How could this one lady change so many people in this world? Like Mother Teresa, “One person at a time.”

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Amma’s Child


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