Jayanti Tamm grew up fully devoted to the teachings of Guru Sri Chinmoy. In her new memoir, Cartwheels In A Sari, Tamm tells the story of living in the Guru's inner circle, and her decision to lead a more independent life.
Tamm's parents were disciples of the Guru. He arranged their marriage. Not long after, he declared his followers — even those who were married — should be celibate. But then, Tamm's mother became pregnant.
The Guru decided the baby born would be his disciple. He chose her name, Jayanti, which means "the absolute victory of the highest Supreme."