Hundreds Flock to Richmond Hill for a Hug from their Hero

By: Alannah O’Neill, Photography by D. English (MA Center)
When Kelly Cutrone invited me to meet Mata Amritananandamayi (Amma), “The Mother of Immortal Bliss,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. “I’m gonna meet Kelly Cutrone!” I announced to my father excitedly at family dinner last Sunday. “Who?” he asked, bewildered. “She’s a PR lady that’s repping Amma” I said. “You mean Amma the Hugging Saint? You’re gonna meet Amma the Hugging Saint?” My father shouted. That’s when I realized that Amma is kind of a big deal.