Cartwheels in a Sari
|Genre||Religion & Spirituality|
|April 14, 2009|
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.
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.
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.
An audio version of the book was released on April 1, 2010.
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- "Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult". Redroom.com. 2009-04-14. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03.
- Krystle M. Davis (14 April 2009). "Under The Thumb Of Cult Leader Sri Chinmoy". Forbes.
- Author Jayanti Tamm's blog - Product page on Audible.com