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Sunday, June 10, 2007

embrace love and compassion

On the morning of the 27th of September 1953, in a small poor fishing village, Parayakadavu in the Quilon district of Kerala, a baby girl was born. She came into this world not in tears as babies usually do, but with a beaming smile on her face, as if prophesying the joy and bliss she was to bring to the world.

‘Amma’ as she is known all over the world today, has inspired and started innumerable humanitarian services. She has earned international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the world community. She is recognized as an extraordinary spiritual leader by the United Nations and by the people all over the world.

For the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace. In this intimate manner Amma had blessed and consoled more than 25 million people throughout the world.

When someone asked Amma why she receives every person who comes to her in a loving embrace Amma replied, “ If you ask the river,' why do you flow?' what can it say?”

-- from "amma" at amma.org

and now you, too, can receive a hug from amma; she will be in LA from june 17th thru june 21st.

here are the details on amma's visit as found on the LA satsang website:

Our beloved Amma is returning to Los Angeles to shower Her children with flower petals, hugs, kisses and Her Divine Love at the luxurious Airport Hilton Hotel. The Public Programs, Retreat and Devi Bhava will be held in the spacious International Ballroom - beautifully transformed into a magical temple which is dedicated to welcoming our dear Amma and all who come to be with Her.

The Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free Public Programs
Sunday, June 17 – Monday, June 18

Mornings, 10:00 a.m. – meditation and individual blessings
Evenings, 7:30 p.m. – spiritual talk, music, meditation and individual blessings

Tuesday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 20 (Retreat ends at 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 2007)

Includes special classes, renowned musical guests, meditations, question-answer session, and dinner served by Amma herself. Pre-registration and fee is required.

Devi Bhava
Thursday, Evening, June 21

7:00 p.m. – special free Public Program
Amma will receive all who wish to have her blessing.

be prepared; you might have a long wait before you receive your hug from amma. according to a recap of last year's visit which ran from june 20th thru 24th:

... the crowds were quite large. And Devi Bhava went on until 11:30 a.m. on the 25th...