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Ashram Leader | The Guru's and Spiritual Teacher of India

Updated on July 11, 2008

Ashram Leaders: Who are they?

Ashram Leaders are often referred to as gurus who have taken upon themselves the responsibility of teaching and distributing spiritual traditions and techniques. Many of the ashram leaders or Gurus teach from the tradition of Yoga which is an ancient practice derived from India and established more that 5,000 year ago. Ashrams and their Gurus have been a very important part of Indian tradition as they have maintain many of the spiritual traditions and rituals from thousands of years of human evolution and social development.

While modern ashram leaders have challenged the tradition forms of yoga and spirituality, still today many of the ashram leaders are disciples and students of a long lineage of tradition and spiritual teachings. Swami Tureyananda in Southern India (link to learn more about his tradition), for instance, has continued a long lineage of spiritual sciences for the Saraswati order of Yoga (known as the path of knowledge and wisdom) which was passed onto him by his guru.

You may be able to find some ashrams that are guided by general yoga teachers, but a majority of ashrams, especially in India, are directed by Swamijis. Only after extended study and devotion to spirituality can one become a Swami, for swamihood is a lifetime commitment. A Swami is essentially a person who has taken the vows of monk-hood from the perspective of yogic traditions. This often entails renunciation of various object in life including money, and house ownership, but ultimately refers to the Swami's relationship to the world. In essence, a Swami is committed to discovering the everlasting joy and bliss of spirituality and passes his teaching and experience onto students and disciples.

Swamiji of India: Swami Sivananda


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      4 years ago


      I (Himgauri Rao) staying in latur,dist maharashtra want to contact you and want your help.My father Mr subraya Rao age 65 yrs died by a major heart attack while travelling in rail.

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      6 years ago

      Hello, first off I would like to say thank you for your hub, you have helped me a lot. I am an intelligent young man who is very interested in spirituality, as I had a spiritual awakening when I was young. I want to move to India and live at an ashram and find the right guru. I realize that living at an ashram can be hard compared to our easy life in the West, but I think it is definitely worth it, and would be completely committed. I already meditate for long hours each day and do lots of yoga asana's. I am not committed to one religion as they all seem to have wisdom in them. You seem to have a lot of knowledge on the subject of living at an ashram in India and I would like you to help me, if possible. I have a couple questions and would like your email if possible. Thank you very much for any help you can offer. Namaste :)

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub!


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