In Hinduism, an ashram is a spiritual center or monastery – where activities such as yoga, music study, and spiritual development are practiced.
According to Wikipedia:
An ashram would traditionally, but not necessarily in contemporary times, be located far from human habitation, in forests or mountainous regions, amidst refreshing natural surroundings conductive to spiritual instruction and meditation. The residents of an ashram regularly performed spiritual and physical exercises, such as the various forms of yoga. Other sacrifices and penances, such as yajnas were also performed. Many ashrams also served as gurukulas, residential schools for children under the guru-shishya tradition.
In esoteric philosophy, an ashram takes a different meaning – and is interpreted as a group, which a member of the “planetary hierarchy” will teach his/her disciples with their particular lessons as the focus of the “power house”.
According to Laurency.com:
The planetary hierarchy consists of seven greater ashrams led by 44-selves and representing the seven departments, and 42 lesser ones led by 45- and 46-selves. The type energies these collective beings emit encompass the planet.
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