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Darshan: The Embrace (2005)
"Darshan - L'étreinte" (original title)

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Malayalam-speaking Mata Amritanandamayi was born near Kochi, Kerala, India and is one of the most well-known saintly persons of this millennium. She makes it a point to greet and hug ... See full summary »

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Malayalam-speaking Mata Amritanandamayi was born near Kochi, Kerala, India and is one of the most well-known saintly persons of this millennium. She makes it a point to greet and hug everyone who comes for her Darshan, sometimes hugging as many as 45000 people in a 21 hour period. She also heads a Ashram that feeds the hungry and looks after the homeless, apart from being involved in several housing projects in India, and has displayed a special empathy for both humans and animals alike. She has also traveled to France and North America, and has preached about peace and goodwill especially in these troubled times. She has also traveled extensively in India, especially to Kolkata and Varanasi, where she was greeted with millions of devotees. She cautions everyone that during Ramrajya, Lord Ram had to travel across the seas to fight evil; then during the time of Lord Kishan evil was fought not only on the homeland but also with friends and relatives; and now in the current age evil ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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$3,794 (USA) (4 August 2006)

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$65,326 (USA) (3 November 2006)
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A very beautiful film
22 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very beautiful film. If one is interested in the rich tradition of spirituality which has been preserved and is a living part of Indian culture, then this will give you a feel for that as well as any film can. If you know nothing about gurus and Indian philosophy then you are unlikely to learn much other than that Amritananda Mayi (Amma) is a sincere spiritual leader trying to save the world from itself. But if you have tasted the sweetness of spiritual life and especially if you are already a devotee, then this film will be a delightful, blissful experience as it does it's best to put divinity on record. The film doesn't do much to convince skeptics but then what would?

I would have liked to see more interview footage with Amma speaking and a clearer record of her amazing life.


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