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When the late guru Sri Chinmoy came to Greenwich to lift an elephant in a circus-like street spectacle in 1984, former resident Jayanti Tamm, then 14, knew her secret was out. Full Story
H Smith

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

#1 Jun 13, 2009
What a fascinating story. I remember the restaurant 'Love and Serve' that was in Greenwich. It was run by the Guru's followers, and it was always a strange place that had photos of him doing bizarre weightlifting tricks. I'm looking forward to reading the book and learning more about life within the cult.
Josean Arliss

Manati, Puerto Rico

#2 Jun 13, 2009
I just read the boo of Prof .Tamm and I can say that it is an action novel.

Her survival of her myth as achosen one from the heavens is great challenge.

To start to look for you identity at 25, is really something. Congratulations.

Please, Keep on writing.
Gary Falk

North Bay, Canada

#3 Jun 14, 2009
Jayanti's memoir is not only enlightening and entertaining, it is positively explosive.

What it explodes is the myth and the legend of an Indian spiritual master who claimed to be the world's Final Avatar or Savior.

Greater than Jesus, greater that Buddha, greater than ANY of the world's major religious and spiritual figures, Sri Chinmoy claimed that only he could save the world from impending destruction and bring about world harmony and peace, and no doubt solve the Global Warming crisis as well.

Having been a member of the cult for 10 years myself, I can fully attest that Jayanti's 'Cartwheels in a Sari' captures the true flavor and reveals the REAL story of the guru who dubbed her the "Chosen One," which she was, if not quite in the way Sri Chinmoy had envisioned.

A fascinating, delighful and courageous account of the harrowing and often frightening adventures of growing up in a bona fide religious cult whose narcissistic leader demanded nothing less than total obedience and absolute subservience from his disciples and followers.

A cautionary tale for any truly sincere seeker of the spiritual way.
Tony E Neuman

Waterbury, CT

#4 Jun 14, 2009
Gary Falk wrote:
Jayanti's memoir is not only enlightening and entertaining, it is positively explosive.
What it explodes is the myth and the legend of an Indian spiritual master who claimed to be the world's Final Avatar or Savior.
Greater than Jesus, greater that Buddha, greater than ANY of the world's major religious and spiritual figures, Sri Chinmoy claimed that only he could save the world from impending destruction and bring about world harmony and peace, and no doubt solve the Global Warming crisis as well.
Having been a member of the cult for 10 years myself, I can fully attest that Jayanti's 'Cartwheels in a Sari' captures the true flavor and reveals the REAL story of the guru who dubbed her the "Chosen One," which she was, if not quite in the way Sri Chinmoy had envisioned.
A fascinating, delighful and courageous account of the harrowing and often frightening adventures of growing up in a bona fide religious cult whose narcissistic leader demanded nothing less than total obedience and absolute subservience from his disciples and followers.
A cautionary tale for any truly sincere seeker of the spiritual way.
I wouldn't follow anyone. Especially people who I consider intellectually, physically, and culturally inferior to people of European Ancestry.(which, IMO, happens to be the rest of the people in the world). Spirituality? You could keep it. Nothing in religion can be proven when using the scientific method and this is what the religious confidence men exploit. Think for yourself, man!
Stamford Witness

Clifton, NJ

#5 Jun 14, 2009
If you remember the the Greenwich Restaurant, do you remember the Shanti Bithi Nursery in Stamford? Another business run by this cult's followers. Or how about the grand lavish birthday parties that were held at Westhill High School for the "guru", where women and girls would line up for the privilege of rubbing his feet while he sat in a recliner. Where families would sleep on the grass or on the floor back stage, because they could not afford a hotel and could not bear to be away from their leader. They would beg for a slice of pizza. And when it was all supposed to be over, the cash would show up demanding that the superintendent be called to authorized them to stay for another 12 hours.

This whole group is nuts.
No Cults

Oxford, CT

#6 Jun 14, 2009
Hey H Smith, I remember that Love & Serve vegetarian restaurant. I ignored all the Sri Chimnoy stuff though. I liked the food. And Stamford Waitress, Wow, was all that stuff happening at Westhill? Thank goodness I don't remember that, but I was probably living out of town at that point.
Robert Bouey

Shelton, CT

#7 Jul 27, 2012
Sri "Bababoey" Chinmoy was his real name.

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