Over the past 35 years, she has probably hugged almost a million people a year, many of them on her travels around the world to places like Japan, the US, Europe and the Middle East...Wow.
Her assistant, translating from Amma's native Malayalam, explained: "There is a thirst to experience pure love and people are reluctant to give it and when we give it, there is a selfish motive. But Amma wants to love selflessly and awaken that love in others."
Those who have received her hugs agree.
"You have to experience it yourself. I cannot explain it, it's a really good feeling," one person said.
"There is that special energy, that difference. It is difficult to describe," another person said.
A really good feeling.
A special energy.
Hmmmm, these are the same kind of reaction I get from people who have hugged me too. Maybe I should be a Hugging Saint. Travelling around the world, giving hugs. What a job. I love hugs!