During Amma’s visit to London this week I was helping out on the Meet and Greet stand in the entrance hall at Alexandra Palace.
At the end of the first day’s session, as people started lining up to see Amma leave for her afternoon break, an elderly lady, who had just arrived at the venue, came up to me and asked whether she could have darshan from Amma, who she had never seen before. I explained that the afternoon session was now ending and that she could see Amma if she waited till the evening. She seemed rather upset and distressed, and said she had problems with transport to get back to her home on the other side of London — she really did not know if, or how, she could stay.
My friend and I brought her forward into the line of people, as by now we could see that Amma had started walking up the main hall and would soon be coming out into the area where we were standing. After a few minutes, Amma came through the double doors, walked up to where we were, looked straight at this lady and said, in English, “Come back, come back”. The lady was completely overwhelmed — was Amma really speaking to her? she asked. Yes, we said, she must have been, as we certainly were not thinking of going anywhere! But how did Amma know her situation? she said. Because she is Amma, is all we were able to say.
The lady returned to her family and friends, in tears. Later I saw her sitting in the front line, listening intently to Amma’s satsang, and ready to receive her first ever darshan.
I’ve often heard stories of Amma’s total knowledge, but I’ve never been a witness to it before. It was a wonderful experience for us as well as for that lucky lady.