Sri Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, affectionately known as "Amma," the hugging saint, is known globally as a representative of motherly love, compassion, and selfless service. As a satguru and mahatma (great being), she gives darshan (blessings) in the form of an embrace. Over the last 40 years, Amma has hugged more than 34 million people worldwide.
Amma’s umbrella charity, Embracing the World, is the only nongovernmental agency given consultative status by the United Nations, meaning her humanitarian team acts as first responders during natural disasters. The Amma AIMS hospitals, orphanages, and dorms have served millions during their time of need. Here in the United States, Embracing the World allocated $1 million to Hurricane Katrina relief, and Amma recently visited the Vatican, where the Pope recognized her as an embodiment of love.