Editorial Reviews. Review. "Holy Hell is Gail Tredwell's captivating, inspiring, instructive story of why as a willing slave she endured her guru's cruelty, insults. The Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness PDF Online book is available in PDF, Kindle, Ebook, ePub and Mobi formats. This PDF Holy Hell. Holy Hell book. Read 36 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Amma, universally known as The Hugging Saint, went through a two-decade.
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Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness. 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. Read "Holy Hell A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness" by Gail Tredwell available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Mar 19, Preplanned Propaganda Against Hindu Humanitarians and Spiritual Masters · letterstothemother / Letters / Amma, Amma.
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There were the expected shrill and high decibel claims and counter claims from both sides. My desire to read the book had other personal connections as well.
My daughter did her UG course from a fairly prestigious college attached to the Ashram and I have heard similar murmurs about the Ashram and inmates from my husband's cousins who grew up in Vallikavu.
The book is simple in it' The first I heard about this book was when I watched an interview of Gail Tredwell on one of the Malayalam channels. The book is simple in it's narrative and comes across as a honest portrayal of the years spent in Amma's service.
I was left with a lingering sense of loss for the years spent by the author in trying to find spiritual peace in serving Amma. Given the reach of the Ashram and it's devotees, it is not surprising to find that it is not being carried by any of the book stores in the country.
Apr 22, Karthika rated it liked it. I cannot write a review of this book without praising her courage. Some parts of this book were extremely shocking; no wonder why this book is not easily available in India. I grew up watching people worshiping Matha Amrithananda Mayi as an avatar. I was never a believer of human gods and always maintain a neutral view.
This book creates a shock wave in India and attracted the attention of news world so easily. But somehow they suppress the discussions with their power.
I pity those people who n I cannot write a review of this book without praising her courage. I pity those people who not even caring to read the book and driven by their blind faith.
An essential reading for every Amma devotee. It teaches you what would happen if a normal human being sacrifices everything to serve an actor. The actor is more than able to perform the role with panache in front of an audience but the real malignant spirit of the actor can be seen behind the scenes. Welcome to the backstage. This is not a great literary work but an extremely personal memoir. Exploring how the lines of your identity and personal freedom can be catastrophically blurred in a quest to seek a connection with god.
May 30, Asha Alex rated it it was amazing. Five stars for the courage it took to write the book. Feb 19, Ron John John rated it it was amazing. First of all thanks for sharing your dreadful experience with us. I always feel very bad when see people worship these type of living God. You don't need to be brilliant to identify these living God's. You have shared your experience with us , why can't you file a case against this lady and the man who raped you? Now people is saying it's all false story , If you make a complaint, at least police will enquire about this and if its true they will shut down this place Please send a compliant to First of all thanks for sharing your dreadful experience with us.
Now people is saying it's all false story , If you make a complaint, at least police will enquire about this and if its true they will shut down this place Please send a compliant to the address below , they will do the rest. Feb 18, Arun rated it it was amazing. This is a triumph of pretension over lucidity. The plot, such as I could decipher it, is that an unfortunate young woman, Gayathri Gail Tredwell , gets pulled into unconsciousness and has a subconscious sense of spirituality forced down her throat.
It seems to make her hypnotically suggestible, during which time her mainly unseen assaulter runs her thru a series of odd exercises for Amma. Gradually she seems to return to normal, but by then she's been missing from the parallel world and Daring! Gradually she seems to return to normal, but by then she's been missing from the parallel world and her credits is completely shot, so she loses her 20 years of normal living.
Mar 07, Deepu Joseph rated it it was amazing. Quick, engaging read. I would give 5 stars simply for the brave effort that this book is. This book only deserves 5 stars. Gail is an amazing writer, a courageous spirit, a moral inspiration, and her journey of recovering from codependency and finding her own truth has been life changing to read.
Mar 04, Zack rated it liked it. I got interested in this book when it was all over the newspaper, as an indictment of Matha Amrithananda Mayi. She is one of the popular God Women of Kerala,with considerable following around the world. But the moment you start reading the book,you are sucked into it's simple narrative style,about a young innocent lady trying to find meaning in life. Gail Tredwell was only 19 yrs old when she came to India with her boyfriend at the end of 's.
But she decides to stay on despising her empty wester I got interested in this book when it was all over the newspaper, as an indictment of Matha Amrithananda Mayi. But she decides to stay on despising her empty western life style even though her boyfriend leaves her. With one of the tourists she met along the journey,she travels to Tamil Nadu.
There she travels to Tiruvannamalai and gets into one of the Ashram and starts meditation and Yoga. It is during the stay there she finds about Amma from a person who is devotee of her.
She is immediately drawn to Her and travels to the native place of Amma. This was about 30 years back when Amma's activities where known only to local neighbourhood. Amma is known to emulate Krishna Bhava at evening and gives blessings to her devotees.
When Tredwell reaches there,the facilities over there were rudimentary. She finds it hard to accomodate to the simple living in Amma's place.
She convinces Amma to keep her as her assistant and thus starts her journey under Amma. It is during early times she has an authentic spiritual experience unlike anything she experienced in her life.
She traces the humble beginnings, then the gradual expansion to big Spiritual empire as accurate as possible. Amma's pleasant demeanour in front of public is exact opposite of how she behaves with her close cotery especially women.
They are verbally abused for the smallest of mistakes. Money is swindled to support her family and Gail Tredwell becomes a conduit in that. She is even sexually abused by a Senior Sanyasi in the Ashram named Balu who has an affair with Amma herself. Even under all this adverse circumstances, Gail tries her best to rationalize everything hoping being obedient to Amma is a duty to Guru and will bring her close to God.
Gradually she cant stand the contradictions of Amma and overcomes the mental hurdles to run out of the Ashram and reclaim her life. This is a brave story which took her 15 years after her escape from Ashram to publish indicating the mental torture she must have undergone over there.
She is very forthright in her account of the story without being overtly judgemental. This a cautious tale against all kinds of fraudsters who profits from spiritiality and suppressing bodily instincts doesn't equal spirituality. Mar 18, Naveen rated it liked it Shelves: Excerpts from the book: My dream of finding and serving a guru had come true. Hinduism in particular is saturated with Excerpts from the book: Hinduism in particular is saturated with tales of extreme tests and cruel treatment inflicted by gurus upon their disciples in order to measure their faith, strength, and commitment.
The story goes that if these tests are passed, the guru, through divine power and grace, then bestows the disciple with illumination. Supposedly a genuine guru can do no wrong. All his or her actions, no matter how strange or extreme, are performed only for the highest good of the disciples.
Over the ages this belief system has been exploited by many charlatan gurus who have subjected their disciples to tests and demands of absolute obedience, yet have not possessed the power to bestow any such form of grace in return. This support gave her the ability to do whatever she pleased. If she made a prediction that turned out to be a dud, she was merely testing your faith. If she acted cruelly, she was merely destroying your sins, eliminating some bad karma.
Just about anything and everything could be rationalized in this way. Apr 01, Maureen rated it it was amazing. Enlightening and quite helpful in the teachings that this book shares with especially women on deciding for yourself what you will or not will put up with.
The only real authority is love and compassion, settle for nothing less. The writing is nothing less than perfect. When you surrender, you are surrendering to Loves presence, not a person who is separate from this. If you are attached to the person, you will eventually have to let that attachment go.
Oneness with Loves presence is the goal at Enlightening and quite helpful in the teachings that this book shares with especially women on deciding for yourself what you will or not will put up with.
Oneness with Loves presence is the goal at all times. Fear and anger will disappear when you return to that state of being that is all encompassing. When you serve you are serving that state of being in the one Guru or Teacher so they can lift you out of that sense of separation you have with everyone. The everyone out there becomes the one presence within and without.
You outgrow the need for the Guru or Teacher when you become that.
And you learn to serve the Guru or Teacher or God or Good in everyone. Regardless of the mistakes we are all capable of in our humanness, offer innocence to everyone to keep innocence yourself. We have the choice always, to live in eternal presence, or the hell of duality and separateness. Decently written.
A page-turner because of the explosive details that it reveals. As for the authenticity of the details given, I'm no one to comment. As someone who has been exposed to 'Amma' very less, I'm not sure I believe in her and hence, it's easier for me to read this book with an unbiased mind.
It does feel on occasions that the author had a slightly unhealthy obsession towards 'Amma' - but then that must be true for her numerous devotees too. To be honest, I'm more amused by the fact t Decently written. To be honest, I'm more amused by the fact that people are so affected by this book because it reveal some inconsistencies in the sexual or should I say, the claimed lack of it nature of 'Amma' rather than her lack of spiritual supremacy and financial corruption.
Human nature, I guess! Mar 03, Alfa Hisham rated it liked it. Good Gracious Holy Hell!!! The book says everything mentioned in there has been described to the best of her memory. Primarily I was wondering why she took about 20 years to leave the place. Any normal person would have left earlier. There has been a lot of questions raised regarding the authenticity of the incidents, what ever that may be, one thing I'm really convinced about is that she so knew the regional language.
So well that she could figure out structural nuances in the Malayalam words. Th Good Gracious Holy Hell!!! The book is not literary piece of work, rather, if true to every detail, a shocking revelation of ever expanding god-woman empire.
Mar 08, Margaret rated it really liked it. A must read book for anyone involved in or thinking of becoming involved in a guru-disciple relationship.
A memoir written by a follower of Amritanandamayi. She was as close to a guru as anyone could be and she exposes the truth about that organization and it's guru. It may be shocking for devotees but a convincing one for others It's a fine thesis on how all the belief systems prevalent in our society are being shaped and designed and why the custodians of these always go mad when some one asks a question or points a finger at.
From Amma to God? I am so glad she got out of the cult. The book was well written and held my interest until the end but I was disappointed and felt she really missed finding the true God and peace she was really searching for. Feb 22, Anna Stone rated it it was amazing. This book is spot on. Amma is the complete opposite of what she pretends to be.
She is violent and ruthless, concerned only with money and power. One need only look at her closest disciples too see the arrogance and depravity she creates.
Her empire is worth billions and she donates a maybe a few million a year to charity, while her cameras roll. She is the biggest crook the world has ever seen. But all will be revealed. Her miserable facade will come to light and all the tragic westerners who f This book is spot on. Her miserable facade will come to light and all the tragic westerners who follow her will be forced to wake up and realize they were conned and that all their doubts were true.
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