If one should choose to exercise the latter option, there is always Ammachi's Indian ashram, thousands of miles and cultural light years from 76th Street. On home ground,
Ammachi's mother love is more stringent. Followers at Amritapuri are required to follow a strict policy of celibacy, to remain outside the temple during menstruation, and to avoid spiritual deliverance in the form of physical intramurals. No one, with the exception of the mother of immortal bliss herself, may indulge in hand holding, kissing, body massage . . . or hugs.