Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)

18 October 2013

AWARD’S REASON

Amma is a Hindu spiritual leader. Amma can therefore be rightly considered a “Conscience” of our century.

At the invitation of some Western devotees, Amma first traveled to the U.S. and Europe in 1987. As she was known by reputation in only limited spiritual circles, her darshan programs were often held in private homes attracting only dozens of people, or a couple hundred at most. Gradually, as a result of word-of-mouth, many thousands now see her at each stop. Amma routinely makes a summer U.S. tour, followed by Europe in the Fall. An ashram was founded in San Ramon, California in 1989 at the behest of her western children who longed for a center to practice her teachings and dedicate themselves to her mission. Since then several ashrams and centers in N. America, Europe, Australia, S. America and Africa have been established.On a typical tour stop, Amma leads a brief morning meditation followed by darshan late into the afternoon. In the evening, she returns to give a satsang (inspiring talk) followed by bhajans (devotional songs). At the conclusion of the bhajans, Amma starts giving darshan to one and all gathered at her presence. Amma would leave the hall only after she receives every single person present. The darshan usually extends till the early morning hours of the next day. All the while, Amma sustains a beaming smile while lovingly embracing one after another. With each hug and smile, an obvious spark of her own energy is passed along. The bliss and tranquility of being in the Amma’s presence is unique and indescribable. Biography