Mamma Making Money
File under: Amma All-Over-The-Planet and The Siddhi of PR
This morning some readers dug a bit into the cost of attending an Ammachi retreat in the U.S.:
If you are are two adults staying in the same room, your fee EACH (including accommodations) is $310. So that's $610 that they get for two adults in one hotel room. Say you have two couples. That's $1220 that they get per room. Normal hotel room rates are $110 regardless of how many are staying in the hotel. This indicates they are making a profit of over $1000 per room. (Maybe more depending on what kind of deal they have with the hotel).Our thanks to the readers who performed this research. More and more it seems Amma is all about the cha-CHING!
Now, here's where it gets interesting. The MA Center charges children different fees based on their AGES:
5 and under: $125
Ages 6-12: $195
Ages 13-17: $240
That said, if you are a single mother with a baby, a pre-teen and a teen and you would like to attend a retreat with "your guru", it's gonna cost you $800 for TWO nights and an extra $110 if you want to stay for the Devibhava night. Now, we are talking close to a grand for three nights.
If you are a single person, and you want to have the room to yourself (i.e. don't want to share it with a stranger) it's gonna cost you $415 for the two nights...
The net worth of the Ammachi corporation has got to be higher than that of Bill Gates and Donald Trump combined. Alllllll of that money goes back to India. In the late 1990's Amritapuri was the SECOND largest receiver of foreign funds in India. Do you think they are number one now?
When recently asked why she hugs, Amma replied, "That's like asking the river, why do you flow?" Now we know why the river flows. It all just about getting more dough.
Update: A reader reports that there has been a miscalculation:
You have got the math on the room rates all wrong.That still doesn't explain the children's fees, but we appreciate this reader taking the time to offer this correction.
The cost of the Boston retreat with accomodation is $310 and without accomodation is $200. The difference is $110 = the lowest hotel rate for the room. Up to two adults are charged the $310 rate and additional adults are charged only $200.
Accomodation is for two nights, so the hotel cost in the retreat fees is the exact amount that the hotel charges for the room.