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The cookbook included many recipes from the Bhagwan’s native country, presumably perfected on his ashram in Pune.
Born to an American mother from Long Beach, California, and a Swedish father, Westman briefly lived on a kundalini ashram in Los Angeles as a child and moved to Sweden at age 10.
Staying There: Yoga and meditation ashrams like Parmarth Niketan or Rishikesh Yog Peeth, rent rooms with vegetarian meals included, but without TVs or carpets, for about $20.
In the decades since, rampant construction of yoga and meditation ashrams, guesthouses and hotels, cafes and shops, and headquarters for rafting and trekking companies has cluttered the hills.
By the seventies Bhagwan had created an ashram—a spiritual community—in the city of Pune in India.
Venereal diseases, particularly gonorrhea and herpes, were widespread at the Pune ashram.
That story begins with an upbringing steeped in Eastern philosophies and vegetarianism (to this day, Westman, who lived on an ashram outside Los Angeles before moving to the Swedish countryside, does not eat meat).
But there is a huge picture of Rama Setu outside the ashram.
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Did You Know?
Ashram first appeared in English in the early 1900s and gained traction after Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi founded his famous ashrams at Sabarmati near Ahmadabad and at Sevagram near Wardha. The word ashram derives from a Sanskrit word, "srama," which means "religious exertion." Later in the 20th century, English speakers broadened the term "ashram" to encompass any sort of religious retreat, regardless of denomination. In addition to practicing yoga and mediation, Susan from our example sentence may also receive instruction from a religious teacher and do some type of manual or mental work during her stay at the ashram.
ASHRAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ashram for English Language Learners
: a place where a person or a group of people go to live separately from the rest of society and practice the Hindu religion
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