Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism A usually secluded residence of a religious community and its guru.

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  • n. A secluded religious hermitage inhabited by gurus, or the population of such a hermitage.

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  • n. a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
  • n. (India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus

Etymologies

Sanskrit āśramaḥ : ā-, to + śramaḥ, toil, penance, austerity (from śramati, he toils, practices austerity).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit आश्रम (ā-śrama). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term ashram refers in Sanskrit to religious hermitage but nowadays often denotes a locus of Indian cultural activity, such as yoga, music study or religious instruction.

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  • Today, the term ashram can refer to a community formed primarily for spiritual uplifting of its members, often headed by a religious leader or mystic.

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  • Except that just outside of the ashram was a graveyard, and wandering that graveyard shouting out prayers to Shiva for his own personal reasons until sunset was a devoted older man gifted not only with loud voice that carried well, but also gifted with a bullhorn.

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  • For some, the ashram is a working vacation with its emphasis on service, rather than study.

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  • The US boarding schools, known as ashram-based gurukulas, were all closed by the mid-1980s.

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  • Debris was strewn all around the bakery, located near Osho ashram, which is also frequented by foreigners, and also near a Jewish centre.

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  • Debris was strewn all around the bakery, located near Osho ashram, which is also frequented by foreigners, and also near a Jewish center.

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  • Debris was strewn all around the building located near a Jewish centre and Osho ashram, which is also frequented by foreigners.

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  • The spirtual leader was on his way to meet some delegates after a satsang at the ashram, which is 25 km Benguluru city.

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  • Just around the corner from the ashram is a Ganesh Temple.

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