TEACHER Chuah Ghee Huat, 52, came an hour earlier to get a hug from Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, or Amma as she is popularly known.
Although the event in Penang started at 7pm on Monday, Chuah and his wife S. Jothimani, who is also a teacher, were already at the SPICE Arena by 6pm and they stayed right until the next morning with the ‘hugging saint’.
“Her presence in the hall generates such an enormous fountain of energy and it’s the best time to meditate,” he said.
The couple were among 10,000 people who received ‘Amma’s Darshan’ (blessings through hugging) in the event which ended at 8am on Tuesday.
This was Amma’s second visit to Penang after her previous one in 2012. She has been travelling around the world spreading the message of peace and unity over the last three decades.
The evening started with devotional songs and messages from several gurus before everybody received hugs from Amma.
Medical practitioner Dr Chin Yin Loon, who was also among the thousands there, commended the organiser for bringing Amma to Penang.
“The chanting of hymns and meditations made me feel calm and at peace. Her positive energy could be felt in the hall,” said Dr Chin.
The event was organised by Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia.
Organising chairman K. Kalidas said the whole event ended in an orderly manner.
“There was a crowd of 30,000 in 2012 when it was held on a weekend. Many couldn’t get her blessings, and there was also no food for most of them.
“However, this year everyone received Amma’s blessings and we managed to provide food for everyone,” he said.
Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan and Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy were also present.