ash·​ram | \ ˈäsh-rəm How to pronounce ashram (audio) , -ˌräm; ˈash-ˌram How to pronounce ashram (audio) \

Definition of ashram

1 : a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage also : the group of disciples instructed there
2 : a religious or spiritual 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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Recent Examples on the Web There are more than 3,000 people living at the ashram, some of whom are elderly or sick, said Swami Amritaswarupananda, the vice chairman of Amma’s religious organization. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Coronavirus cases are rising in India. Now holy places are reopening their doors.," 8 June 2020 Before arriving at the stadium, Mr. Trump removed his shoes and donned a traditional scarf for a visit to an ashram where the former Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi once lived. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "‘America Loves India,’ Trump Declares at Rally With Modi," 24 Feb. 2020 In many Hindu ashrams, the practice of yoga and meditation merge, bringing the spiritual, physical, and psychological together. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "Meditation apps want to calm you down on the same device that stresses you out," 7 Apr. 2020 Before arriving at the stadium, Trump removed his shoes and donned a traditional scarf for a visit to an ashram where the former Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi once lived. Michael Crowley,, "‘America loves India,’ Trump declares at rally with Modi," 24 Feb. 2020 The idea of self-care may be antithetical to the city’s heritage, but these treatments don’t exactly take their cues from the ashram. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Forget Gambling and Partying: Spas are the New Reason to Visit Las Vegas," 26 Feb. 2020 Gandhian Amrut Modi, an administrator of the ashram, was at best dismissive of the whole affair. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Gandhi’s former Sabarmati home remained a sanctuary of calm amid Trump’s visit," 24 Feb. 2020 Trump, wearing a white cloth scarf over his dark suit and gold tie, also scrawled his signature in the ashram's official guest book. oregonlive, "Donald Trump greets largest crowd of political career in India," 24 Feb. 2020 His first stop was Gandhi's home, where Trump donned a prayer shawl and removed his shoes to walk through the humble ashram. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s visit to India prioritizes pageantry over policy," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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24 Jun 2020

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“Ashram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ashram

: 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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