Amma by Judith Cornell
Healing the Heart of the World

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Throughout the world she has been called "the hugging saint." Revered in her own country as a healer and a sage, credited with thousands of miracles by her devoted followers, Ammachi, or Amma (Mother), spends most of her waking hours providing strangers with hugs of unconditional love.

"I always wanted to know the cause of misery and thought if sorrow is a truth, then there must be a cause and a way out," Amma explains. "I realize my purpose is to console -- to personally wipe away tears through selfless love, compassion, and service."

In this authorized biography of an amazing woman, we learn the story of Amma's humble beginnings in a poor remote village in southern India, where she was rejected by her family because they felt her skin was too dark. Forced into servitude as a victim of racial prejudice in her own family, Amma discovered her divine calling is to comfort others, and so embarked on a quest to provide healing through the simple grace of hugging people -- black, white, yellow, and brown; rich and poor; healthy and sick. As the number of people she hugged increased, word of her healing powers spread. And what began as one woman's journey on foot has become the driving force behind an international organization promoting awareness of a greater spiritual journey and providing healing to millions around the globe.

 

About Judith Cornell

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Judith Cornell, Ph.D. of Carmel Valley, California, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, seminar and retreat leader, and assistant professor of transpersonal psychology at Holos University Graduate Seminary. She is the author of two best-selling books including the award-winning Mandala (Quest, 1994) and Drawing the Light from Within (Quest, 1997).
 
Published May 1, 2001 by William Morrow & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Not so much a biography as a modern-day saint's life, this superficial and fulsome portrait of a contemporary Indian guru will delight followers and leave everyone else cold.

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Spirituality & Practice

This biography focuses on Mata Amritanandamayi (Mother of Immortal Bliss), who is also known as "the Hugging Saint" or Amma (mother).

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India Today

If you believe that objects can be materialised out of thin air and miracle cures performed, that there are certain individuals who have mystical powers that defy the laws of nature, this is a book for you.

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