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Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness by [Tredwell, Gail]
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Amma, universally known as "The Hugging Saint," went through a two-decade transformation from a simple fisherman's daughter to an international wonder worshiped by millions. Gail "Gayatri" Tredwell was there every step of the way—from early devotee to head female disciple, ever-present personal attendant, handmaiden, whipping post, and unwilling keeper of some devastating secrets. At age nineteen, when she was a happy-go-lucky, adventurous lass from Australia, Tredwell never imagined that she would soon be trading her free spirit and skimpy clothing for a life of submission in an ankle-length sari. Her eager decision to serve the young "saint" began with innocence and a pure desire to please her new guru. In time, the relationship transformed into virtual enslavement in which Tredwell was on call 24/7 and worked herself nearly to death in the hope of finding God. Because she became fluent in the Malayalam language and had continual intimate proximity to Amma for twenty years, Tredwell is uniquely capable of portraying this famous woman. She tells her tale with straightforward honesty, fairness, and a dash of Aussie snap and wit. Although the guru’s flaws are a necessary part of her story and awakening, she strives to be factual throughout, digging deep to eschew victim frameworks and take responsibility for her own role in accepting the abuse and perpetuating the lies. The book evokes the joys of early devotional life and vibrant images of rural India. Through Tredwell's eyes, we watch a modest and traditional ashram metastasize into a business-oriented, bustling, mega-international organization. We also see how such a dizzying rise created vast opportunity for abuse, deceit, and hypocrisy. Tredwell takes us vividly through her varying stages, starting with naïveté and innocent devotion, then on to dawning awareness and confusion, finally to emotional breakdown and her shocking "enlightenment"—her realization that the liberation she urgently required was is in fact liberation from her own guru. In a gradual yet determined struggle, she managed to untangle herself from the web of myth and indoctrination. Only then was she able to muster her battered but not quite broken spirit and plot her escape. Gail's flight to freedom—her victorious recovery from a life of abuse and disillusionment—displays extraordinary strength and inspiring courage.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GB83S3G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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This is an excellent book which contains candid and transparent experiences of a devotee in search of truth. However, the author had to undergo bitter and betrayed experiences while living in the Ashram of a woman saint of south India. Many teachers and Gurus start a mission with lofty objectives but end up with superficial structures as these pampered man of religion gets swayed by fame, wealth and sex. This book should serve as a good guide to a spiritual aspirant and serves a lesson that a novice devotee should test and thoroughly check up the credentials and authenticity of a guide, teacher or a guru. The so called new age gurus have tarnished image of India which has produced divine incarnate Sages in last two centuries such as Ramkirshna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, Remna Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Anand Mayee Maa and Swami Sivananda. I can only sympathise with the writer that she perhaps chose a wrong teacher and could have gained immense spiritual development had she followed the hallowed institutions of immortal Indian masters.
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Excellent read. Genuine description of the horrors she faced in Amrithas ashram. Many people left their faith from Amritha after reading this book
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Met my expectation. A good read.
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- Spiritual Teachers are not Self-Realized but are only Spiritual-AGENTS, including the Sadhgurus; they show the WAY/PROCESS since Human Beings (Becomings) are already, self-realized but are not AWAKENED to their Godliness or Divinity

- The only purpose in life for a Human Being is to DISSOLVE the Ego-Disease to awaken Divine Love which is already latent in all beings

- As individuals have unique DNA the spiritual process is Unique to each one of us based on our Sanskaras

- Only the PERFECT MASTERS can guide individuals to disintegrate their unique SANSKARAS

- Spirituality is a Business just like anything else in the 21st century
- The two scandals in current India are: The Spiritual Market-Place, and the dysfunctional School-College Educational system
in addition to the 3 P's: Politicians, Population & Pollution
- Religion/Spirituality is an Operating System to suit individual needs not Community needs, and is similar to the High School-Bachelors-Masters-PhD degree depending on one's level of Consciousness. There is no GOD, only Godliness or Divinity

- Meher Baba mentioned that he maintained SILENCE, since he did not come to TEACH, but to AWAKEN
- Personally having dabbled in different spiritual belief systems, the reviewer has met Amma and believes that if you are not a SADHGURU then one can't claim to be God-Realized
- Amma is only an AGENT, and humans are naive to think that the Teacher is going to make them self-realize, only a GURU can
- I am sorry for Amma's followers that they have surrendered their body, mind and soul to the Teacher.
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HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THIS BOOK. I AM A DEVOTEE AND WANT TO READ THIS BOOK. PLS SUGGEST
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