What is an Ashram?

An ashram is a place to practice living our highest ideals, with an emphasis on love, kindness, acceptance and forgiveness. Maintaining inner peace by keeping good company, forming healthy habits and bringing a steady spiritual practice in our life is encouraged in an ashram environment.

​The word “ashram” is derived from a Sanskrit root which means “full ​effort or dedication”. An ashram is a place which provides a controlled environment where spiritual seekers, under the guidance of a Guru, can develop characteristics and practices which creates a foundation for them to live to their highest potential. Often a dedicated group of practitioners live at an ashram and it is a place for visitors to have darshan with the Guru. An ashram is distinct from a commune, a guesthouse, a resort, a club or a complex of family residences. The purpose of an ashram is neither commercial activity, nor leisure, nor domesticity. Indeed, the ​fundamental objective of those living and visiting an ashram is to be committed to personal growth through spiritual practice.

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