ash·​ram | \ˈäsh-rəm, -ˌräm;ˈash-ˌram \

Definition of ashram 

1 : a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage also : the group of disciples instructed there

2 : a religious retreat

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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.

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Meditation began calling itself mindfulness and has left the ashram for the boardroom. Beth Teitell,, "The new microaggression: calling someone middle aged. Even — or especially — if they are," 30 May 2018 The court said that Asumal Harpalani, known to his followers as Asaram Bapu, raped a 16-year-old girl at an ashram in Jodhpur in 2013 on the pretext of exorcising her evil spirits. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Prominent Indian guru gets a life sentence for raping a teenager," 25 Apr. 2018 The cookbook included many recipes from the Bhagwan’s native country, presumably perfected on his ashram in Pune. Melissa Locker, Bon Appetit, "Watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’? Then You Need to See The Rajneesh Cookbook," 4 May 2018 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. Florence Kane, WSJ, "At Home With the Power Couple Behind New Makeup Line Westman Atelier," 31 Mar. 2018 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. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "Rafting the Ganges River: An Adrenaline Rush With Divine Rewards," 3 Apr. 2018 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. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "Rafting the Ganges River: An Adrenaline Rush With Divine Rewards," 3 Apr. 2018 By the seventies Bhagwan had created an ashram—a spiritual community—in the city of Pune in India. Patti Safian, Glamour, "My Mom Left Me for the ‘Wild Wild Country’ Cult," 3 Apr. 2018 Venereal diseases, particularly gonorrhea and herpes, were widespread at the Pune ashram. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ashram

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ashram

Sanskrit āśrama, from śrama religious exercise

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: 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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