By Gail Tredwell
Amma, universally often called "The Hugging Saint," went via a two-decade transformation from an easy fisherman's daughter to a world ask yourself worshiped via thousands. Gail "Gayatri" Tredwell used to be there each step of the way—from early devotee to go woman disciple, ever-present own attendant, handmaiden, whipping submit, and unwilling keeper of a few devastating secrets and techniques. At age nineteen, whilst she was once a happy-go-lucky, adventurous lass from Australia, Tredwell by no means imagined that she could quickly be buying and selling her loose spirit and skimpy garments for a lifetime of submission in an ankle-length sari. Her keen selection to serve the younger "saint" started with innocence and a natural wish to please her new guru. In time, the connection reworked into digital enslavement within which Tredwell used to be on name 24/7 and labored herself approximately to loss of life within the desire of discovering God. simply because she turned fluent within the Malayalam language and had continuous intimate proximity to Amma for two decades, Tredwell is uniquely in a position to portraying this well-known lady. She tells her story with uncomplicated honesty, equity, and a splash of Aussie snap and wit. even supposing the guru’s flaws are an important a part of her tale and awakening, she strives to be actual all through, digging deep to eschew sufferer frameworks and take accountability for her personal position in accepting the abuse and perpetuating the lies. The e-book inspires the fun of early devotional lifestyles and colourful photographs of rural India. via Tredwell's eyes, we watch a modest and conventional ashram metastasize right into a business-oriented, bustling, mega-international association. We additionally see how any such dizzying upward push created substantial chance for abuse, deceit, and hypocrisy. Tredwell takes us vividly via her various levels, beginning with naïveté and blameless devotion, then directly to dawning information and confusion, eventually to emotional breakdown and her surprising "enlightenment"—her consciousness that the liberation she urgently required used to be is actually liberation from her personal guru. In a gentle but decided fight, she controlled to untangle herself from the net of fantasy and indoctrination. in basic terms then used to be she capable of muster her battered yet now not relatively damaged spirit and plot her break out. Gail's flight to freedom—her effective restoration from a lifetime of abuse and disillusionment—displays impressive power and encouraging braveness.