Spiritual leader

I was eight when I first met her. To me, Amma is Love Incarnate, the Universal Mother. It's the utter unconditionality of her hug -- lepers, millionaires, film stars, the poor and the unwashed -- all get the exact same warm, motherly embrace. Just imagine, 30 million have felt it across the world in the last 30 years. It's unbelievable and for that split second, all barriers are gone. She doesn't say pray to me, she says I'll pray for you. Who does that today? She doesn't want you to convert, but her quintessential message is, unselfish love alone can change the world, whatever your religious call. -- Vidya Balan, prominent Bollywood actor