Cartwheels in a Sari

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Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
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AuthorJayanti Tamm
CountryUnited States
GenreReligion & Spirituality
PublisherHarmony Books
Publication date
April 14, 2009
Media typeHardcover
Pages304
ISBN0-307-39392-5

Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult is a memoir written by Jayanti Tamm, published in 2009, describing her life as a disciple of Indian-American spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy.[1]

Tamm, who was born into Chinmoy's organization, claims in the book that Chinmoy predicted she would become his perfect disciple. She was banished from the group when she was 25. Cartwheels in a Sari describes her life in the guru's inner circle and her efforts to break free from his influence.[2][3]

According to the book, Chinmoy banned sex, and most disciples were directed to remain single. The book also states that the guru disparaged secular education, and his prohibitions included the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and meat; dancing; dating; socializing with outsiders; and owning pets, although he kept a collection of exotic pets in his Queens basement.[4]

In her introduction to the book, Tamm notes that the 7,000 other Chinmoy followers around the world, and others who encountered Chinmoy, are likely to have had different experiences and perceptions.[4]

An audio version of the book was released on April 1, 2010.[5]

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