Tonight on “Art Of Peace,” your host Phillip LeVasseur speaks with Marsha Low, a woman who left home to spend eighteen years as an Ananda Marga yogic nun in several countries throughout the Middle and Far East, Australasia, and Eastern Europe. After undergoing training with the organization, Marsha taught meditation and yoga, opened schools, and performed social work and relief projects.
Often skirting the law to further her organization’s mission and raise money, Marsha Low came face to face with–among other things–gun-toting border guards in Cyprus, the Russian KGB, and misunderstanding and rejection as a female spiritual teacher in the Middle East. While in India, she battled harassment from government officials intent on hunting down foreign members of her blacklisted organization.
In The Orange Robe: My Eighteen Years as a Yogic Nun, the author also relates incidents from her family life growing up, her dreams, and the issues that she had to deal with upon her return to ordinary life. From her first encounter with her group to her eventual disillusionment with it and the reconciliation with her family, The Orange Road chronicles the dangers triumphs, misadventures, and heartaches she experienced on her journey. It also provides a unique window into the behavior and psychology of Ananda Marga, and its founder, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.
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