The Orange Robe: My Eighteen Years as a Yogic Nun Paperback – Jun 14 2011
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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
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.
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.
Andy Douglas, author of "The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga"
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.