Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, also affectionately, and more often called Ammachi or Amma (Mother) will be arriving at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan the evening of Sunday, November 27, 2011 and everyone is invited to attend. Her five day visit includes a retreat and several free public programs.

Amma, referred to by the international press as the “Hugging Saint”, has embraced with her divine blessing (darshan) more than 30 million people from all parts of the world. She tirelessly travels the globe to bless and inspire people of all ages, races, creeds and cultures to live a life of compassion, unconditional love and selfless service. Amma has never asked anyone to change their religion, but only to go deeper into their own faith, and to live by its essential principles. Amma states, “The world should know that a life dedicated to selfless love and service is possible”. With the conviction that each of us has a responsibility to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, Amma moves forward, living her life of service with compassionate care for all beings. This is evident in her vast network of humanitarian activities (see and in the uniquely expressed motherly embrace (darshan) that she offers to all. When asked her religion, Amma smiles and says, “My religion is Love”.

A cornerstone of Amma’s teaching is that meditation is “more valuable than gold.” Amma says that meditation is for everyone. “Spiritual knowledge is the birthright of humankind, and that to charge for meditation is like charging a baby for breast milk.” That’s why this technique is always taught for free. IAM-Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique is powerful and synthesized by Amma it helps people find fulfillment in life. The technique refines one’s mind – bringing relaxation, concentration and a more expansive sense of self and greater awareness. Classes in IAM Meditation will be available during the Michigan program.

Amma’s international acclaim is extensive. She has received the Gandhi – King Award, the James Park Morton Interfaith Award to name a few and addresses and maintains special consultative status to the United Nations. Amma receives presidents of nations, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize recipients, Academy Award winners and beings from virtually every walk of life. She receives each person as her own child, without distinction and yet the connection one feels to her remains deeply personal to those she touches.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India shares, “there is no greater message than Amma’s giving, to all people……to India… the world”.

From Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winner: “Amma presents the kind of leadership we need for our planet to survive. This is the most heroic person I’ve probably ever met…..”

From Dr. Jane Goodall, PhD, philanthropist, educator and social activist: “I believe she stands here in front of us – God’s love in a human body”.

You are invited to attend Amma’s free public programs at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. On Sunday Nov. 27th, 8:00 p.m..the program begins with a spiritual discourse, devotional music, meditation and darshan (Amma’s embrace). In her talks she offers words of wisdom and guidance on both personal fulfillment as well as the most pressing matters of our time.

On Monday, Nov. 28th the public program is from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and begins with a meditation followed by Amma’s darshan.

Thursday, Dec. 1st, Amma’s visit comes to a close with another public event, a special spiritual ceremony to promote peace and well being for the world followed by Devi Bhava (Divine mood of the Mother), Amma’s final darshan of the Michigan programs. It continues throughout the night and will end the morning of December 2nd with a beautiful blessing to all.

A retreat will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The retreat is a treasured opportunity to spend more time with Amma through darshan, meditation, spiritual discourse, bhajans (devotional music), yoga, a question and answer session, and a special dinner served by her. Pre-registration is required to attend the retreat. Visit to register.

For more information about Amma, visit Amma’s website, For information regarding activities held at the Amma Center of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, visit

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