Amma, the hugging saint from Inida spent three days in New York. I went to get her darshan for the first time.I heard about her from a lot of my friends and everyone was describing
meeting her as a special experience, comparing to meeting a Mother.
I did my Guru Puja in the morning, asked Swamiji’s blessings to have a great
experience and went to NYC.
The hall was full of people.
As always in NY the crowd is beautifully unique: a typical Indian family
in a traditional dress was sitting right next to an executive in a white shirt,
expensive suit and a great haircut. I am
mentioning the haircut because the next person was with a hair tough to
describe but probably rarely this hair experienced soap and water, forget the haircut
itself . I saw bare feet saddhus that
looked so similar to their Himalayan brothers.
Really all walks of life manifested…
Enjoying this colorful scenery I was patiently waiting for the
program. The line was
long. Finally I got my token
that was necessary to get a hug from Amman and was put into another line to be
seated. The seating was to the side of
the stage where she was going to be giving the darshan. Right at the moment when it was my turn to be
seated one of the volunteers came and asked me “Are you alone?” “Yes” I said.
“Follow me then”. She
took me into the middle section right in front of the stage. “Thank
you Swamiji”, I thought.
The puja, talk and meditation were wonderful. They even gave little containers with holy
water to everyone.
When the darshan started I walked around a little bit and saw that
people were continuing to come and everyone was planning to stay
overnight. I sat close to the stage to
enjoy the view of Amma’s powerful hugs.
After sometime a girl showed up with a sign. The sign asked to do Seva (volunteering). She stood in front
of us with a sign and no one responded.
I did not respond either. She
moved to the side and the sign was still up and no one responded. I stood up and said that I could help but
most likely I would have to leave soon since I did not want to stay overnight. She asked what was my token and looking at my
number it seemed that my turn would be up sometime at 5 am in the morning. I told her that I would help but would not
wait for the darshan and we went to the area where the help was needed.
A new volunteer came, looked
at me and said “Give me your ticket.I
have a G1 ticket and you will go for the darshan soon, just help now whatever
The darshan line said F3 so G1 was next!!!!
The darshan was wonderful.She spoke some simple Russian words when she was hugging me “my dear, my
dear, my dear”.
I of course thanked my Swamiji and the Universe. I thought my lesson was don’t just sit and hope for something, do something so it is easier for the Universe to help you.What do you think my lesson was?