Amna | The hugging saint

Amma, The Hugging Saint transfers love like a mother to child

Unconditional love transferred like a mother to child

Amna, The hugging saint (Mata Amritanandamayi)

The philosophy of Amna, the hugging saint is not to change the world by herself, but to touch the hearts of people who, by their sheer numbers, can make a real difference and uplift humanity by what they achieve. Her darshan (seeing the sacred in all) is the center-piece of her life. She constantly travels around the world inspiring and touching hearts, making a difference one hug at a time.

She stresses the importance of meditation, performing actions as karma yoga (selfless service) and cultivating divine qualities such as compassion, patience, forgiveness, self-control, etc.  Speaking about why she hugs, she said “I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don’t see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.”



Mata Amritanandamayi, Amna (mother) – The Hugging saint

Birth, Age, Death:

September 27, 1953; 59 as of 2012



Method/Religion started:

Only a following due to her humanitarian deeds

Holy book/teachings:

Mostly gives Darshan through public lectures worldwide, transcriptions compiled to form a series called “Awaken Children”


She’s embraced 32 Million people

Lifestyle requirements:

None – she accepts all unconditionally

Form of practice:

Love, meditation and service to others; recommends being vegetarian to her followers

Wiki (encyclopedia) link:


“There is one truth that shines through all of creation. Rivers and mountains, plants and animals, the sun, the moon and the stars, you and I–all are expressions of this one Reality.” Here are some beautiful quotes from Amna, the hugging saint which give a good idea of her divine teachings:

  1. Look carefully at what is of value in others and respect that. Beware; your actions in the present determine your future. All your problems arise because you don’t stand firm within your Self
  2. We should never forget that after every night, there is a dawn. We should never lose our optimistic faith
  3. God’s power is not something outside. It is within us. We need to awaken that power
  4. Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace
  5. To awaken spiritual unity-and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature-is the true goal of human life
  6. If the desires are not controlled now, later they will control you
  7. Married life, if lived with the proper love and understanding, helps awaken the feminine within a man, and the masculine within a woman
  8. Keep the child within alive. A child never tires of hearing the birds sing, never gets bored looking at flowers
  9. See God in everything, be a symbol of undying optimism, love sustains everything
  10. Do not imagine that sitting with eyes closed alone is meditation
  11. Whenever you get angry, you lose energy through every pore of your body
  12. We give physical exercise to the body, but neglect the heart. The exercise for the heart is uplifting the destitute and the suffering
  13. While carrying responsibilities, never forget to smile