Amma gives hugs. Lots of ’em. What? You haven’t heard?
You must not be one of the 26 million people to be hugged by this Indian woman:
“For 30 years Indian spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, to give her her real name, has been hugging people, leading some to give her a saintly nickname.
This really is as simple as it sounds.
Amma sits on a slightly elevated seat. Strangers come before her, kneeling, and she embraces each as though they were her own flesh and blood.
Time spent with Amma is free and she does not promote any particular faith, being for “all religions and none”. She is said to have doled out some 26 million hugs, or “darshan”, as the experience is known. Each is counted off with a clicker.”
I don’t have a problem with what she’s doing, but it kinda creeps me out. I could never touch that many strangers. I’m not a clean freak by any stretch, but I just can’t fathom the idea of touching that many people, day in, day out. This is all she does, she hugs people. Smelly people. Stinky people. Skin-condition people. Tuberculosis people. I’m getting a little queasy just thinking about it.