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ashram

[ahsh-ruh m] /ˈɑʃ rəm/
noun
1.
a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
2.
the persons instructed there.
Also, asrama.
Origin of ashram
1915-1920
1915-20; < Sanskrit āśrama
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  • The exact instant at which our group returned to the ashram, the clouds and rain passed away tracelessly.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It is a serious mistake to order them from the ashram or any other place.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • The man, who held a reputation for ruthlessness, had it well within his power to oust us from the ashram.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • "We were seated outdoors near the ashram," Prafulla told me.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Outer walls were moss-covered; pigeons fluttered over the flat gray roof, unceremoniously sharing the ashram quarters.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • On the evening of March 16, 1936, Ma arrived at the ashram and asked to see her guru.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • With exaggerated gravity he questioned all ashram residents.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The ashram now only conducts a weaving-school, which teaches all the processes from ginning right up to weaving.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for ashram

ashram

/ˈæʃrəm; ˈɑːʃ-/
noun
1.
a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
2.
a house that provides accommodation for destitute people
Word Origin
from Sanskrit āśrama, from ā- near + śrama religious exertion
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Word Origin and History for ashram
n.

"religious hermitage," 1917, from Sanskrit asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix, + sramah "effort, toll, fatigue."

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