Monday, July 19, 2004

The Woman Who Hugs

I know nothing more about this woman than what I read this morning on the ABC newswire, and that I can't pronounce her name, Mata Amritanandamayi. Mercifully, most folks call her "Amma".

She's known as the "woman who hugs".

photo by: Barbara Haddock Taylor-Baltimore Sun

She's a Hindu woman from India whose ministry is to hug people. Apparently she's very famous with some folks comparing her to Mother Teresa and other's saying she has a healing touch. Certainly there is a spiritual message in what she does, which appears to come from the heart.

She estimates in the past 30 years or so she's given out 24 million hugs. Her followers say on occasion she's hugged people for 20 hours straight. There are claims she's hugged 40 thousand people in one day.

Today she is in New York City...hugging people, no small feat in itself.

Her faith differs from mine, but it's hard not to embrace her spirit.