Once again, let me ask you my favourite question — when was the last time you did something for the first time?
My beloved Kelly introduced me to her friend, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also known as “Amma”, last night. She’s an Indian spiritual leader and guru who’s known for her charity work and of course, she’s known to embrace and hug (over 30+ million and growing) people. I went to her event and I, like many others, got to hug her last night.
Come to think of it, I’m probably the least spiritual person in the world. Ever. When I first entered the Javits Center, I thought I was entering some sort of a cult congregation of white people who found their ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ moment. But after four hours of observation and contemplation, I realized that a little bit of divine intervention from time to time doesn’t hurt.
Hugging her was quite an experience. It was intense. And magical. She looks like what you envision a saint would be. She doesn’t judge. When you approach her, she’ll smile at you and embraces you. Your head goes to her chest. Then you put your arms around her. She’ll chant something for about ten to fifteen seconds and then she grabs your hand and give you either a piece of chocolate or fruit. Then her people tell you to do this whole ‘post-darshan’ thing where you sit on chairs around her to observe her hug other people after you.
It really was crazy — in a good way. I’m so happy I got to see her.
To learn more about Amma, click HERE.