My name is Sarayu (Kimberly Johnson) and I am an American who joined Amma’s Ashram in 1993. For a short time in between I was in the West, but other than that I have been living in the Ashram. For the past six years I have had the privilege to stay in Amma’s room while she is away from the Ashram on tours. This period of time covers about six months out of every year. I feel it is my duty to shed some light on the rumors that Amma sleeps in a luxurious bed filled with gold and treasures. This is a complete and outright lie. I have access to every cupboard, cabinet, drawer and closet and hold the keys to the room. A few other westerners also have access to the room. Nothing is locked or hidden away. I and others have never seen anything out of the ordinary, nothing valuable or opulent anywhere in Amma’s room. Actually, Amma uses one small room to sleep in and she usually sleeps on a mat on the hard floor; her private space is much smaller than a flat in the ashram. Then there is one simple outer room in which she receives devotees for darshan and conducts meetings. And even so, she spends so little time there. This is yet another glaring contradiction between the contents of Gail’s book and reality.
– Sarayu (Kimberly Johnson)