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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.
After years in the kitchen at an underground ashram in Communist Plovdiv, the native Bulgarian had gone to India to study local cooking.
Spartan accommodation in ashrams has made way for a Hyatt hotel and tour groups of as many as 1,200 people.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, who claimed tens of millions of followers, was convicted of raping two women at his ashram in 2002 by a special court in the northern state of Haryana.
At the ashram, our days were structured around meditations, sharing thoughts with the group
Since Saturday, police have been asking followers to leave the ashram compound, and around 20,000 people left.
When the guru left his ashram early Friday for the hearing, he was accompanied by a convoy of more than 180 vehicles, Singh, the Punjab chief minister, said.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of ashram
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
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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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