I've been to Amma's gatherings a few times and liked getting hugged, liked the 
bhajans and the feeling of being at a market in India. I also liked that it was 
sooooooooo different than TM gatherings which are drier and more knowledge 
based. Also it was interesting to see the Western devotees garbed in Indian 
clothing and living a more obviously ashram lifestyle. A former boyfriend left 
Purusha and ended up buying a condo at Amma's ashram in India and I got some 
insights from him about that particular path. Bottom line, we live in 
interesting times but maybe everybody in every era thinks that!

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:52 PM, "emilymae...@yahoo.com" 
<emilymae...@yahoo.com> wrote:
I only spent 3 days and just one time (although it was enough for me to spend 
hours on the internet to reconcile my reality and that of my children's with 
the experience and the experience of the family I went with and to feel 
compelled to write up my story for a post in the process).  I think Rick or 
Ravi or maybe Share? could take you up on this, but I don't want to start any 
drama.  It is a good story and it represents 20 years of her life and I respect 
it and her fully.  

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote:

Hmmm, I would be interested to compare the experience of those who had been 
around Amma with what the author is going to reveal in her book. I would also 
like to know if what the author says resonates in any way or form with what 
someone who approaches Amma openly and sincerely would have to say about their 
experience with/of her. Everyone is different and their filtering/perception 
mechanism is different from those possessed by others. I would love to know how 
I would feel in her presence, receiving her touch and then compare it with Gail 
Tredwell's story and why and how she decided she wanted to move away from Amma. 
Anyone want to read the book and let me know about this, especially if you have 
spent time with her?

---In fairfieldlife@yahoogroups.com, <emilymaenot@...> wrote:
>She wrote it largely to facilitate her healing process and it isn't a 
>comprehensive look at the Amma organization, but it blows the lid off of Amma 
>as the "hugging saint" or "saint" in any respect, in ways that would create 
>the need for one to engage in some serious mind-bending denial to continue to 
>see her (particularly as a hanger-on).  Well, I guess I just gave it a review 
>of sorts, but pay no attention.  I like stories of people and their lives.  
>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote:
>>Emily, I have just purchased the book and it looks like a good read. I know 
>>really nothing about Amma other than what I have read about her here at FFL. 
>>Having emerged from a cult experience myself I will be looking forward to 
>>seeing what the author has to say. 
>>---In fairfieldlife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote:
>>>Emily, did you find that reading this book shed some light on the 
>>>experiences you and your daughters had when you went to see Amma in person?
>>>On Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:39 AM, "emilymaenot@..." <emilymaenot@...> 
>>>I would suggest this book by Gayatri (Gail) to any Amma devotees or 
>>>followers or those that attend just for hugs.  It's easily read in two days 
>>>and is written sincerely and truthfully and fairly.  

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