Addison, TX – Reputed as a tireless humanitarian, Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as “Amma” or “Ammachi,” visits Addison, on Friday June 29 (evening program only) and Saturday June 30. (morning & evening programs). She will receive thousands with her blessing – a healing embrace.
Considered a living Saint in her homeland, Amma, 53, has quietly gained an extraordinary reputation over the last 30 years as a result of the extensive charitable institutions she has established, and for her personal outreach. Sleeping merely a couple hours per day, she teaches by the constant example of her own life, emphasizing selfless social service.
Through her extraordinary acts of love and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions. She tenderly caresses everyone who comes to her, holding them close to her heart. Darshan is a Sanskrit term describing “audience in the presence of a holy person”. In a radical departure from Indian tradition (particularly for a woman), Amma’s darshan consists of a long tender embrace. In India, vast crowds usually assemble to the point where Amma may individually receive and hug over 40,000 people in one day, sitting continuously. She will never turn anyone away, nor charge any money. It is estimated that Amma has given over 26 million hugs in her life.
Amma’s compassion crosses all barriers of nationality, race, caste and religion. Amma teaches that the Divine exists in everything – in every person, plant and animal. Perceiving this unity is the essence of spirituality and the means by which to end all suffering. Through this simple, yet powerful message Amma is transforming our world, one embrace at a time.
As Dr. Jane Goodall, while presenting Amma with the 2002 Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence said, “She stands here in front of us: God’s love in a human body.”
“She has been compared to Mother Teresa and Mohandas K. Gandhi…” – Washington Post
With official NGO status granted by the United Nations, Amma oversees a vast network of charitable activities of three distinct types: 1) direct aid to the needy 2) educational institutions designed to help the underprivileged help themselves, and 3) social programs that serve broader society and the planet.
In recognition of her humanitarian endeavors, most recently in the area of disaster relief, Amma received the James Parks Morton Award in 2006. In 2002, Amma was greeted by a roaring standing ovation at the U.N. in Geneva, upon being recognized with the Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence, an award previously given to Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, and Dr. Jane Goodall. Amma was the closing plenary at the 2004 Parliament of The World’s Religions in Barcelona, wherein she emphasized the importance of harnessing “spiritual power” in an effort to rise above religious differences.
It is inspiring to be reminded of what is beautiful and deep about the human spirit.
June 29 & 30 Addison, Texas,
15201 Dallas Parkway:
Free public programs will take place beginning at 7:30pm. on Friday June 29. This program starts with a talk, and music led by Amma. Darshan begins around 9:30pm and goes late into the night; Amma will not leave until everyone who wishes to have her personal blessing has been received.
The morning session, Saturday June 30, begins at 10:00 a.m., with a brief meditation, and then darshan, which continues into mid-afternoon.
The “Devi Bhava” program, also free and open to all, begins at 7pm on Saturday evening.
This program also includes a 1-hour ceremony honoring the Divine Mother, and personal blessings from Amma for those present – these blessings continue until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Dallas Program Information
972-820-6885 or 817-430-3258 email: [email protected]
About Tony Cecala
Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind.