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Term: Swami

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Swami:

A Hindu holy man; literally, one’s own master, a reference to being released from conventional social obligations. Traditionally Swamis were celibate and either resided in monasteries or would wander and teach and depend on alms for their sustenance. Some modern reformers have modified the requirements and have initiated women and married people as Swamis. From our perspective, a Swami is a person who has dedicated his or her life to the spiritual well being of others. 


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