Through a stranger’s recommendation, Sri Avinash met Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma the ‘Hugging Saint’, in Sydney during her 2006 Australian tour. Soon after, he flew to India to stay at Amma’s ashram, Amritapuri. As soon as he entered the ashram gate he felt, “I have lived here for a thousand years. I am finally home again.” He immediately had a tremendous love for Amma and Amma’s disciples.
Many years earlier, Sri Avinash had once been asked, “If you had seven days left to live, what would you do?” He answered, “I would look for an enlightened Master and spend my remaining days learning from them.” So being at Amritapuri was a dream come true.
In Amritapuri, Amma gave him a Guru mantra and his spiritual name, ‘Avinash’, which means ‘indestructible’.