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The Orange Robe: My Eighteen Years as a Yogic Nun Paperback – Jun 14 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (June 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145023013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450230131
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,056,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f21d15c) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f232c0c) out of 5 stars A courageous Journey...from the spiritual to the personal July 17 2011
By Carol L. Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read with fascination the story of Marcia, as she moved into an organization of deep convictions and spirituality, and gradually allowed the other shoe to drop. For me, I can see all the markings of what happens in many spiritual organizations...it is never as perfect as we want to believe. And what we do to deceive ourselves and others is amazing...
The book is well written, and so gripping that I read most of it in two days, wanting to see what happens next. This woman shows so much courage and so much devotion all at the same time...that she is truly remarkable to do what she did, and then to be able to feel her feelings and know that it was time to leave the organization? What a difficult journey that must have been.
The saying...there by the grace of God go I...is quite applicable here. I too have been on the spiritual path for 20 years, and I too could have made the journey Marcia made...This book is a must for all spiritual seekers...it is a must to see both sides of the coin, the beautiful devotion and community that is possible, as well as the dangers of the community and the losing of self. And the question still on my mind...is this a cult, or a legitimate organization? This is a deep and personal story that will haunt me for awhile, so well written and expressed, page by page, emotional and spiritual and personal, all at the same time. My deepest compliments to the author for a job well done...Carol Day
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f232c60) out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read June 21 2011
By K. Geist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I took my first yoga class, there were more than one starry-eyed student who intended to become enlightened, and maybe even a yogic monk or nun. (Me, I just wanted to limber up tight joints). Marsha Low gives the lowdown on exactly what is involved in becoming a yogic nun - why someone would leave their family, their country, life as they know it, and join a strict order devoted to teaching yoga, meditation, and the teachings of their guru.
This is no fluffy "Eat,Pray,Love" but rather the real nitty-gritty. Read it, and feel along with Marsha the embracing of the guru's teachings, then the years of intense dedication, desires, delusions, disappointments, regrets, and finally the lessons learned.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2360b4) out of 5 stars How I got "Catholic" to rhyme with "Orange." April 22 2013
By leerread - Published on Amazon.com
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Like some of the other reviewers, I read this book compulsively and I read it on the heels of completing AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST by Mary Johnson, who was a nun with the Mother Teresa-led Missionaries of Charity for 20 years before leaving and writing a book.

I think I waited all of my life to read these books. As a child, I was fascinated by nuns. Even as an adult when I saw one in a habit I'd get a little breathless. (My kids would say, "Mom just had a Nun Sighting!") Like Ms. Low I grew up in the 1970s and recall seeing what were known as the "Hari Krishnas" in their robes, but I don't believe I ever saw a Margii, or a yogic follower of S.S. Anandamurti.

Reading these two books was spellbinding. They are tales of courage, of heartbreak, of raw honesty, world travel in the non-vacation/exploration sense, unique viewpoints on humanity's varying levels of personal comfort and spiritual understanding.

What I appreciate most from the vantage point of my boring, but comfortable life is that these women came full circle in their understanding of what the word LOVE really means--across the heart, across the board, across the world. They gave of their minds, bodies and spirits and then they found time to share their experiences via the power of words. Then, they got married. Like I said--a full circle of love that most of us never get to come close to understanding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f23609c) out of 5 stars Narrative choices May 14 2013
By Andy Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has written a similar book (I was a monk within the same spiritual organization, Ananda Marga), I was fascinated by the parallels in our journeys and also interested in the narrative choices the author made. The book is well-written, and Low is painfully honest on the page. Though there were moments I felt uneasy about the lens of personal pain through which she sometimes viewed this spiritual organization, I felt she expressed a coherent and consistent vision, even when that vision was one born of confusion. The prose is beautiful and enjoyable to read. Though Low left AM, I continue to view it as my spiritual path. But I appreciate her honest take on its problems. It would be interesting to compare notes with her about the writing process, about shaping our respective visions.
Andy Douglas, author of "The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f23645c) out of 5 stars Inspirational and Spell-Binding Sept. 19 2011
By V. Morello - Published on Amazon.com
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As a novel, this book is a first-rate read and hard to put down. Yet, being on a Spiritual Path myself with the dessire to attain enlightenment, I relate so strongly to Ms. Low's persistence and perseverance on her spiritual journey despite overwhelming obstacles.
Rarely has a writer given such a candid and down-to-earth description of her personal struggles in dealing with the intense pressure coming from within and without a cultish spiritual group. Anyone who has grown up in the 1960s/1970s will relate to the trials and tribuations
Ms. Low experienced in leaving her family, home, and country in pursuit of her dreams of being with her Guru and seeking a high level of spiritual attainment. Her indomitable courage in one-pointedly seeking her goal is heartwarming and admirable. A close friend of mine stayed up all night long reading this book, so readers should expect they will easily identify with Ms. Low and will read this book cover to cover.