It is so interesting how my renewed glass career has introduced me to new people and purposes for glass display cases. I recently was contacted about making a custom size octagon case. This one to hold a brass lantern for, who I was later to learn about, Amma, known as the Hugging Saint.
Amma The Hugging Saint is internationally known (although not to me before this!) through her work with numerous charities and the delightful and transformative HUGS she has given to over 34 million people! Quite amazing!
Manju Ram was in charge of getting the piece ordered and she shared some of the backstory. Her words follow:
"Hi Sherri, and all is good. The box is perfect. Thank you so very much for all your help. And for the candy. That has significance for us - check about Amma (the Hugging Saint( :)). Thanks again!
It was Amma who gave the specific instructions for the glass box :).
We had taken the new lamp for blessing (our old one was getting cracked), in early July. Amma blessed it and gave this set of instructions. I realized the 'why' only later - I frequently forget to shut the lamp/flame and the wicks burn down. We light the lamp in the Puja room (or altar) twice a day,morning and evening. Then I am like - Amma I told you to take care of it .... no blame on my carelessness, as my husband points out. :)) She also said it is safer because the houses are made of wood. I guess Amma chose you to be the 'executor' for the glass box, because we did try many other options. Thanks again for your kindness."
I was relieved, too, as this was the SECOND box which finally made it to her California address without damage. Thanks, USPS ;-( Amma and Manju were so patient as I remade the display case.
I usually add a few pieces of chocolate with the care instruction sheet and I had included a few Hershey's kisses. When I read about Amma I found that everyone who gets a big hug from her also receives a chocolate kiss wrapped in a rose petal! A happy coincidence indeed. I was out of Ghirardelli!