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Amma’s Chicago Area Visit on July 11-13, 2019

CHICAGO,IL World-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) will conduct her 32nd annual summer tour of North America, beginning in Seattle on June 06 and concluding in Toronto on July 18. Amma will visit 10 cities during the tour: Seattle (Bellevue), Bay Area (San Ramon), Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C. (Arlington), New York, Boston (Marlborough), Chicago (Elburn), and Toronto.

Programs include guided meditation, devotional singing, and a spiritual talk by Amma offering practical solutions for personal fulfillment as well as the most pressing challenges facing today’s world. Program attendees also can receive Amma’s darshan—a spiritual blessing in the form of a physical motherly embrace. To date, Amma has embraced well over 35 million people globally.

Amma’s programs are run entirely by volunteers. Funds raised from retreats as well as from the sale of food, books, and gifts -available at the programs- directly support the humanitarian projects of “Embracing the World”, Amma’s global network of charities. Embracing the World projects include orphanages, homes for the homeless, scholarships for poor children, hospitals, disaster relief, and microfinance-powered initiatives for women.

Amma has been conducting spiritual programs in her home country of India since the mid-1970s. At the request of people in Europe and the United States, she began giving similar programs outside India from 1987. Amma says that her life is dedicated to trying to awaken love and compassion within individuals all over the world. Amma feels these qualities are essential for world peace and harmony. “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing, and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion,” Amma says. “Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.” Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) | 2019 North American Tour Page 2

CHICAGO PROGRAM INFORMATION: (Four free public programs)
• Thursday, July 11 – 7:30 pm to 3:00 am (approximate) • Friday, July 12 – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (approximate)
• Saturday, July 13 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (approximate) & “Devi bhava” from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (approximate)

Venue: MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119.
Chicago Website: chicago.amma.org