42年で3300万人を抱擁、「抱きしめる聖者」アンマの来日イベント開催

人道的慈善活動エンブレイシング・ザ・ワールド(ETW)を主宰する、インド出身の慈善活動家、シュリー・マーター・アムリターナンダマイー・デーヴィ(通称アンマ)が来日。5月20日(月)、21日(火)、22日(水)の3日間で、東京流通センター(TRC)にて来場者1人ひとりを抱擁するチャリティイベントが開催された。


愛称の「アンマ」とは「お母さん」の意。過去42年にわたって世界中を歴訪し、3,300万人を抱擁してきたアンマは、ときに4万人以上もの人々を24時間以上かけて抱きしめることもあるという。その慈悲深いいたわりと無償の愛に心打たれて、人々は彼女を「アンマ」と呼ぶようになったのだとか。

海外メディアから"抱きしめる聖者"と呼ばれるアンマの「抱擁」の原点は、出身地南インド・ケーララ州での子供時代にまでさかのぼる。身近で目にした貧困や飢えに苦しむ人々を世話していたというアンマは、あるとき、目の前にいる苦しむ人を思わず抱きしめた。すると次の人も同じようにアンマの抱擁を求めるようになり、アンマは自然に多くの人たちをいたわり抱きしめるように。以来、現在に至るまで3,300万人以上の人々を、彼女は抱擁し続けてきたのである。


さて、このたび日本での活動を主催した「特定非営利法人 国際チャリティ協会アムリタハート」によれば、1990年の初来日以来、日本でアンマの抱擁を経験できるイベント・プログラムは、なんと今年で23回目! 東京・大阪で開催された2012年度には、彼女との抱擁を求めて延べ1万5千人が来場、毎年のリピーターのほか友人や家族からの口コミが、参加のきっかけの大多数になっているそうだ。

来日イベント2日目、会場には女性グループや家族連れ、また1人での参加者など様々な年代の男女が詰め掛けていた。アンマは参加者ひとりひとりと2~3分近く真摯に向き合い、胸に抱き寄せ、話に耳を傾け、そして言葉をかけながら、優しく抱きしめてゆく。文字通り大きな「包容力」を感じさせる抱擁だが、そのため参加人数によっては日本でも終了時間が深夜になることもあり、驚くべきことに初日の抱擁終了は25時近くになったという...!

そんなアンマは、これまで抱擁し続けてきた世界中の貧しい人々のニーズをもとに、人道的慈善活動エンブレイシング・ザ・ワールド(ETW)を発足し、代表を務めている。2011年には、東日本復興支援のために「みやぎこども育英基金」へ100万米ドル(約8,060万円)の寄付を行っており、場内ではそうした災害支援や、貧しい人々の自立支援、高度な教育活動など、40カ国で展開してきた事前活動を紹介するパネル展示コーナーや、チャリティーバザーのコーナーなども用意されている。


日々の疲労やストレスに疲れ気味で、「とにかく深~い懐に飛び込みたい!」なんていう方は、是非ともアンマの抱擁を体験してみてはいかがだろう。

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GARY, IN - AUGUST 28: Katherine Jackson (2nd L) attends Michael Jackson's birthday commemoration at the childhood home of Michael Jackson on August 28, 2011 in Gary, Indiana.

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MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Revellers enjoy drinking beer during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  A waitress carries beer mugs during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Revellers enjoy drinking beer during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Waitresses of the Spaten brewery wave with beer mugs during the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Waitresses of the Spaten brewery wave with beer mugs during the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Munich mayor Christian Ude taps the first barrel of beer with the traditional 'O'zapft is!' (It's tapped!) to start the Oktoberfest 2012 beer festival at Theresienwieseat on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Revellerds, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Traditional Bavarian dressed women and girls participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Members of a brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

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MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Policemen wait for the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: General view over the Oktoberfest beer festival, seen from the giant ferris wheel in the dusk of day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: People are attracted by a luminous merry-go-round in the evening of day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012.

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In this photo provided on Friday Feb. 15, 2013 by World Press Photo, the 2013 World Press Photo of the year by Paul Hansen, Sweden, for Dagens Nyheter, shows two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad who were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. FouadÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Hansen, Dagens Nyheter)

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n this photo provided on Friday Feb. 15, 2013 by World Press Photo, the 1st prize Contemporary Issues Single by Micah Albert, USA, for Redux Images, shows pausing in the rain, a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump, which literally spills into households of one million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across. She even likes the industrial parts catalogs. “It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking trash,” she said in Nairobi, Kenya, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Micah Albert, Redux Images)

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In this photo provided on Friday Feb. 15, 2013 by World Press Photo, the 1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories by Maika Elan, Vietnam, for Most, shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watch television to relax after studying at school. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so, despite past human rights issues and a long-standing stigma. In August 2012, the countryÂÂÂ’s first public gay pride parade took place in Hanoi, Da Nang, Vietnam, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Maika Elan, Most)

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Chairman of the jury of the 2013 World Press Photo contest, Vice President and Director of Photography of The Associated Press, Santiago Lyon, far left, and director of World Press Photo Michiel Munneke, second left, listen to questions during a press conference as the winning picture by Paul Hansen, Sweden, for Dagens Nyheter, is projected on a screen in Amsterdam, Friday Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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Monks looked up at the magnificent night sky filled with thousands of lanterns in awe. Yi Peng lantern festival is meant as a time for tham bun to make merit. This was the moment I've been waiting for and it lasted very quickly due to strong wind. A very heavy downpour occurred right after we left the place. The lanterns were made of organic materials.

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States and Tyson Gay of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

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Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festivals. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

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A group of 20-30 men and women with 12 horses and sleighs will travel during three days, crossing snowed roads and iced lakes, to reach to reach the opening day of R¯ros winter fair in Norway. A Royal decree of 1853 states that from 1854 onwards a yearly market shall be held in R¯ros, commencing the second last Tuesday in the month of February, lasting until the following Friday.ù Every year more than 200 people will travel to R¯ross as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

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A little girls walks home after school in this muslim city- Seen from the inside of a taxi for the reportage "Cities from a Taxi".

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Project: Honkey Kong - a 2d platform game tribute. Shot on location in Hong Kong. Images were shot from skyscrapers toward the ground, using a telephoto lens to make the image as flat as possible to make it look like a platform game.

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Ghoramara island is located on a delta region in West Bengal. Due to the dramatic increase in sea level, resulting from the effects global warming since the 1960s, the shores of this island are being perpetually washed away. Since the 1980s more than 50% of the territory has vanished due to erosion by the sea. Many of the people still living on the island are farmers and fishermen who depend on the islandís resources for their livelihoods. According to a civil servant I met, in 20-25 years the Indian government could abolish the island and has already formulated a plan to evacuate villagers to another island named Sagar. However, this evacuation plan does not ensure any financial support or compensation for those having to relocate their lives. I situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island. There will come a day when these people will have no choice but to move out of their homeland.

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Milky Way, looking like a giant tree atop of the mountain near Ush Konyr plateau

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14 giraffes flee after spotting lions in hunting mode.

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The last pollen spore preparing to leave a ladybug trying to hold on, because it didn't want to be alone.

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The southern winter sky shows off its best in this 240 degree view of the Milky Way behind the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Both Magellanic clouds are visible on the left, while the central bulge of our own galaxy contrasts with the warm glow of light pollution from the nearby town.

Florian Breuer, South Africa, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

The Australian Mens Olympic Waterpolo Team are photographed in an empty Bondi Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach on May 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Aussie Sharks as they are known were finalsing their preperations for the 2012 London Olympic Games when I asked them to pose in an famous ocean pool...with the twist of it being empty.

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The twins Laura and Bel√n on the day of their fifteenth birthday celebration. In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity.

Myriam Meloni, Italy, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

A young boy is supported as he fires a fully automatic machine gun. Safety regulations at OFASTS are extremely tight with all shooters carefully monitored by exhibitors.

Pete Muller, United States, Finalist, People, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

All my high speed pictures are single shots without any Photoshop manipulation. I only adjust the levels of contrast. Some little sprinkles are cleaned with PS. That's all the processing.


Markus Reugels, Germany, Shortlist Split Second Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

The calm of both human and animal. The things we miss as we are preparing. My partner was getting her flippers on and I was already prepared and ready to get in so I swam out to see if I could get this shot, I could have never imagined that in a million years I would have a turtle just cruising by at the moment I stuck my head under. How blessed.

Nathan Wills, Australia, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

For these images I used a high-speed laser sensor positioned immediately in front of the plant where the treefrogs were.

Series made with two species of tree frogs in southern Brazil. These amazing animals jump to escape predators and catch their prey.

Hudson Garcia, Brazil, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards

Mehmet Karaca, Turkey, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition, 2013

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