Amma's Salutation


A moment of powerful blessing. Amma is arriving at the transition of the day, and she looks out adoringly at the gathering of people and trees and the sun setting in a phosphorescent sky. She raises her hands above her head in a humble greeting. The perfect white of her sari gleams in the evening light, and the photograph captures her hands, the light coming between them like a flame at the top of her head. As Amma salutes, we are reminded of the exchange between one of her disciples and a reporter, who asked, "Amma hugs everyone, but who hugs Amma?" Swami Amritaswarupananda answered, "All of creation embraces Her." Printed on high-quality, glossy paper, this digital photograph is a striking and ethereal portrait. The image is significantly sharper than a traditional picture, and the colors are much more intense as if they were painted.


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