In The Orange Robe: My Eighteen Years as a Yogic Nun, Marsha Low shares her experience with the controversial Indian spiritual group Ananda Marga. In this excerpt, Low describes her time in Cairo, where she witnessed a lack of basic freedoms available to women -- the same freedoms Egyptian women now fear they may lose in the aftermath of the revolution.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, Marsha Low left home to spend 18 years as an Ananda Marga yogic nun, living in countries throughout the Middle and Far East, Australasia, and Eastern Europe. A social and spiritual movement founded in India in 1955, Ananda Marga opposed traditional schools of Indian thought and was accused of orchestrating a number of terrorist acts in the 1970s. In The Orange Robe: My Eighteen Years as a Yogic Nun, Low reveals life inside the organization and provides a unique window into the psychology of its followers and founder, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.
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