Last night on the way home from work, my husband propositioned we go and see the hugging saint, or Amma, as she’s affectionately known. If you haven’t seen her on the news this week, here’s an excerpt from her website…
“For the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace. In this intimate manner Amma had blessed and consoled more than 25 million people throughout the world.”
Alex had heard about Amma through his Aunty, who flew to Melbourne to get a token, listen to Amma speak, and wait in line for her hug. She suggested we do the same. And, as we’re pretty much up for anything, we thought it would be an experience if nothing else.
As it turned out, we weren’t alone. She filled a hall in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with the most amazing cross-section of people, all of which where there for the same reason – seeking the sacred, listening to the enlightened, and receiving a little love. She was so popular that our token meant waiting around for over 3 hours to receive our hug, which, at 8pm (and 2 starving humans) wasn’t an option for us last night.
That said, we did listen to her speech, and Happies, it was beautifully heartfelt. Filled with anecdotes and important life lessons, Amma spread her words of wisdom to the packed out hall with intent. And intellect.
Here’s what I took away from it…
1. Don’t be a slave to your mind.
Through one of her many witty anecdotes, Amma explained that in this day and age, humans are no longer the master of their minds. Instead, we let it master us. All the thoughts, choices, bad habits and stress that we let our minds create for us, become a part of us, rather than us having the mental strength to recognise them, sort them, and discard them when necessary. The solution? Awareness. Once you become aware of the negative mindset, you can reverse it. Sounds simple, right?
2. A daily spiritual practice is essential.
The importance of meditation goes far beyond learning to relax. It’s about clearing away negative thoughts, organising positive thoughts, and sifting through the gazillion different forms of stimulation we interact with everyday. As well as that, it’s about opening your mind up to the endless possibilities the universe has on offer. So sit quietly, let your thoughts arise, let them pass, and start bringing positivity into your life in boundless abundance.
3. Remember: You come with nothing, you go with nothing.
My dad always reminds me that a shroud has no pockets, and Amma reinforced this point last night when she said that you come into Earth with nothing, and you leave with nothing. Of course, you need life essentials and having nice things in always a bonus, but I think the important thing to take away from this is that greed and this constant urge to have more, more, more or be better than those around you is never going to lead to happiness.
4. Karma will come back and bite you on the ass. So be good!
Do you know someone who is perpetually unlucky in life? They might be the nicest, sweetest, most do-gooding person around but they just can’t seem to cop a break. Or, on the slip side of that, do you know someone who’s not deserving but seems to get all the goodness in the world delivered in their lap? This, Happies, is karma. The suggestion is that Karma goes with you through your lifetimes, so if in your previous life you took out a ‘Karma Loan’, you need to repay it in this life. Similarly, every action you make now, will come back at some point in your life, both positive and negative, and thus, the cycle continues.
Whether you’re a believer in reincarnation or not, I personally think that Karma well and truly exists. Even if it’s more of an energetic positive attracting positive, you get what you give. The moral: BE GOOD! DO GOOD! GET GOOD!
Tell me Happies…
What do you think of these lesson?
Do you think they make sense or it’s a crock?