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Swamiji is Never seen in the book (he dies in 1982), Swamiji (Sanskrit for "the beloved monk") is the founder of the ashram in which Elizabeth Gilbert lives during her four months in India. Liz finds him scary, powerful, and fiery in photographs. He is also referred to as the Siddha Yogi ("perfected master") who establishes the lineage of teaching in the 1920s and is venerated as a saint. Liz does not mention his name in order to shield his disciple from publicity.