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Love a big healer, says the ?hugging saint?

HUG IS an expression of love and compassion, which comes in abundance from Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi ?Amma?. Why do you hug people? ?This question is like asking the river, why are you flowing? Does anyone ask his or her mother, why do you hug me?? she replies. In an interview with Hindustan Times during her visit to the city on Wednesday, the ?hugging saint? said the world was full of miseries and the cause for this was lack of love.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:06 IST

HUG IS an expression of love and compassion, which comes in abundance from Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi “Amma”.

Why do you hug people? “This question is like asking the river, why are you flowing? Does anyone ask his or her mother, why do you hug me?” she replies.
In an interview with Hindustan Times during her visit to the city on Wednesday, the ‘hugging saint’ said the world was full of miseries and the cause for this was lack of love.

Why do we crave for Amma’s hug so much? “It is not an ordinary hug. It’s transmitting a spiritual energy into us, which helps us feel the divine love,” said a devotee.

The trend of hugging people started years ago in her Ashram in Kerala, when a person who was undergoing untold miseries had visited her for blessing. Then followed the other, and so on. Till date Amma has blessed millions of her devotees across the globe through her hugs. The beauty of it is that Amma ensures that none of the devotees returns without seeking her blessing no matter what the number is and the time taken to bless.

About miracle healing, she said, “The creation of universe itself is a big miracle.”
But for Tyagi, one of her devotees, Amma’s touch has healed his backache. “I had severe backache, which did not heal despite taking costly medicines, but the touch of the ‘hugging saint’ has cured me,” recalled Tyagi.

On whether the world would ever be free of miseries, Amma said: “It’s like asking to empty the ocean. However, the mankind can live with happiness only after it alleviates poverty and desire.

There are two types of poverty, one of love and compassion, while the other is of material things. If we try and find love and compassion, the other one would be taken care of by itself,” she said and added the destructive activities (terrorism) on earth were a part of poverty that deprived some of basic necessities in life. On difference of devotees between Indian and elsewhere in Western countries, Amma felt the people in Western world did not come to her with problems like dowry, female foeticide etc. But, by and large the miseries remained the same across the globe, she added.

Whether she has learnt any other language to reach a larger number of people, the ‘hugging saint’ replied, “we need no language to spread the message of love and humanity.”

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 00:06 IST