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AMMA Brings Hugs of Peace to Chicago Area

Jun 26, 2013 11:38AM

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA)

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi—known as AMMA, which means “mother” in her native language—will hold five free events where all can experience her comforting embrace: at 11 a.m. on July 3, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 4, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 5. The events will be offered at the M.A. Center, in Elburn, a western suburb of Chicago. A spiritual leader, humanitarian and philanthropist who has hugged more than 30 million people worldwide, AMMA is renowned for her extraordinary acts of love and self-sacrifice.

AMMA’s efforts include raising millions of dollars for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort and Asian tsunami victims in 2005. Other projects have included an orphanage in Haiti; state-of-the-art hospitals in India that are free to the poor; universities, schools, free homes for the poor and needy; medical camps; orphanages; and schools.

To meet AMMA, guests need a token that is issued on a first-come, first-served basis one hour before the start of each program. Tokens are limited, so arrive early. Location: 41W501 Keslinger Rd., Elburn. View a schedule at For more information, call 630-387-5077.