Meeting Rama Devi Nina, and getting a Hug from Amma

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 10th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/39v8ao4p/
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Friday, June 7th, Carol and I were delighted to meet our dear wikinut friend, Rama Devi Nina, in person.

Hugged by Amma

Under beautiful California skies on June 8th, Carol and I traveled to the ashram established by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known as Amma (Mother), in Castro Valley, to meet with Rama Devi Nina, our dear wikinut friend. We arrived a couple of hours ahead of Rama Devi, which gave us the opportunity to queue up for a hug from Amma. During the course of her ministry over the past three-plus decades, Amma has hugged an estimated 32 million people.

Amma began to spontaneously hug people out of her compassion for those who are suffering when she was fourteen years old. Observing the poverty and suffering around her, she would bring people food and clothing from her home. It was not permissible in her culture to touch others, especially men, but Amma ignored the protestations of her family and continued the practice of hugging others. She once commented, "I don't see if it is a man or woman. I don't see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love pours from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering." - wikipedia

After about two hours we reached the head of the line and received our embraces from Amma. We could feel the outpouring of her love infusing our bodies as she hugged us. I can't quite put my finger on it to describe the feeling that washed over me, except to say that I felt comforted, uplifted, and somehow lighter in my entire being. It was, quite simply, an exquisite experience.

Amma's good works

According to wikipedia, "Amritanandamayi's world-wide charitable mission includes a mission to house the homeless, build orphanages, and provide relief-and-rehabilitation in the aftermath of disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami; free medical care, pensions for widows and disabled people, aid to environmental-protection groups, renovate and urbanize slums, and offer free food and clothing for the poor."

All of her projects are administered by several organizations she established in India, the United States, Japan, Kenya, France, Australia and several other countries. Collectively, all of her operations combined are known as Embracing the World.

Rama Devi

Rama Devi, a native New Yorker, tells us that she met Amma in 1988, when she was twenty-two years old. She quickly became a devotee, and she has been with her ever since. She now works in one of Amma's hospitals in India, bringing her care and compassion to sick and dying patients. Amma has instructed her followers to spread love and peace throughout the world. "My children," she has said, "feed those who are hungry, help the poor, console the sorrowful, comfort the suffering, be charitable to all," and this is exactly how Rama Devi spends her life, every hour of every day.

I was standing outside the temple at the ashram when I heard Carol squeal with delight, and I turned around to see her and Rama Devi in a warm embrace. She had appeared, it seemed to me, out of nowhere, for I had been scanning the crowd looking for her, and now, to my great delight, here she was. We embraced with a long hug, and for both Carol and me it was like meeting a long lost friend again. We visited over a delicious vegan lunch at the temple's snack bar, after which we sat in the balcony watching Amma give endless hugs. Rama Devi regaled us with some amazing stories about her life in India and the wonderful work Amma accomplishes all over the world.

Bidding adieu

We said our goodbyes to Rama Devi and her friend Eileen around four in the afternoon. I had a slight case of bronchial asthma that day, although when Rama Devi hugged me I could feel her warmth and her love moving into me, and my breathing began to noticeably improve as we walked down the hill to our car.

Carol and I would not have missed this day for anything. We had reunited with a member of our family, a woman who is to us an exalted soul, and who, like Amma, spreads her love everywhere she walks.

Amma would go on to hug people until seven o'clock, when she would break to give a talk. She would then resume hugging until everyone waiting had felt her warm and loving embrace. Amma embraces thousands nearly every day, and she does it with only two hours of sleep each night.

We left the sublime environment of that day very reluctantly, and the memory of it will never fade.
Links:

Moving Mountains - Personal Essay on Faith - Rama Devi Nina

The Power of Personal Sacrifice and the Path of Non-violence - Rama Devi Nina

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Jun 2012 (#)

This sounds like a wonderful experience, getting hugs is always good, meeting special people is equally wonderful, and by special people I mean, not only Amma but also Rama Devi Nina too.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Yes indeed Mark. It is very special. Thank you.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Amma is bringing solace and peace to the minds of millions. Good share. Thank you Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Pradeep. Yes, she certainly is.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Outstanding! I appreciate this... rd and I have been sometimes correspondents for a couple of years now... :-}

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

rama devi is totally awesome. Thank you David.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Neat experience and Rama Devi does seem like a special person.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

She is very special indeed. Thank you Han.

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author avatar Ashutosh Gupta
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Felt pleasant vibes by just going through the Article. Would love to visit such a Place. Thank you Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Ashutosh. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar rama devi nina
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing your Amma experience here, dear Steve.

Whatever blessing you felt from my hug came from Amma.

Amma is such a great spiritual master, she can play her music even with inadequate instruments, like myself. :)

Love, rd

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

I would never call you inadequate - in anything, with anything, or with anybody. You are a shining jewel of light and love, rd, and I was honored to have the privilege of meeting you in person.

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author avatar rama devi nina
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Hugs to all our Wikinut family....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

And many hugs to you rama devi. :-))

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Good people, good place and good writing. Thank you for good sharing Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Md. I appreciate that.

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author avatar rama devi nina
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve, for your sweet high esteem. Like I was saying back at the temple---a lot of the spiritual path is about uprooting hidden negativity within and releasing it so the pure light of consciousness can shine through unobstructed. I had chosen the word 'inadequate' because I'm aware of how much of such inner work is still needed...yet due to grace, sometimes the lucid moments are brighter than one has the capacity to do on one's own accord. Humility is the key to receiving such graces...when I say it is 'not me' it is to accentuate the fact that "ME" is out of the way at such moments....make sense?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Does it make sense. TOTALLY! Thanks for all your blessings, rama devi.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2012 (#)

I so agree with you Rama..I feel the same ..it is the One who is within all of us that does the work of the Light and we but messengers each in our own incomparable way...blessings

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Jun 2012 (#)

*huge smiles and hugs* :-))

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Lovely lovely piece Steve...so happy you had such a wonderful experience with these incredible light bearers..namaste and hugs too....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you so much cnwriter. Wish you could have been there with us.

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author avatar shallimarRose
12th Jun 2012 (#)

This is wonderful Steve. It looks like you had a wonderful time and got to meet Rama there .. thats so nice.. I am not familiar with that part of CA. xo Rose

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Jun 2012 (#)

We did have a great time. It's located southeast of San Francisco in the Bay area. Thanks for your nice comment, shallimarRose. I appreciate it.

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author avatar rama devi nina
13th Jun 2012 (#)

And I got to meet Steve and Carol...a treat! :-)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for a wonderful share and the comments naturally flow. Amma is a revelation. Everyone thirsts for lasting love as opposed to lust which is transient. A true embodiment of love is Amma. I spent thirty years of my life in Kerala where Amma hails from. It is typical Indian culture where physical contact between men and women not related are looked down upon as in most other Asian societies. Amma made true love break out of this taboo and that itself propelled her to fame. And she has done yeoman service to uplift the poorest and those deprived of affection. In fact, she is a living mother to all who look up to her. Her simple message of love is always backed more by real action on the ground like at the time of Asian tsunami. It is such a sweet sight to see dear Rama Devi who is also an embodiment of love - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Siva. Amma is indeed an incarnation of pure love, and the good works she has accomplished and continues to accomplish are beyond impressive.I would hope someone will nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve, for such a wonderful account of Amma's Love hugs and Rama's compassionate service to the humanity.

I always loved the soulful poetry of Rama. She's a Yogini treading the footsteps of divine Amma.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Indeed she is. Thank you so much, Rathnashikamani.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

How very wonderful Steve...:0)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia. Nice to hear from you, and I hope you're enjoying a wonderfuul summer in Maine.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
25th Jun 2012 (#)

What happened? You and Carol are together again! So much love, with hugs and kisses everywhere. Wait for me, I have to catch up with you all.
A delightful page, Steve. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Ivyevelyn. We're working it out.

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