A Bio of Alla by Jean Ludwig
Alla Sherman: A Brief Biography
by Jean LudwigAll Sherman was born on December 25, 1937 in Moscow, USSR. After the end of World War II her mother had brought her to live in Riga, where she spent her teenage years. She spent her university years, the 1960s, in Leningrad, where she studied engineering. There, while completing her studies, she married her college sweetheart, Fima, and they planned to build a life together in Minsk. Unfortunately, soon after they married, Fima was killed in a plane crash. Alla remarried in 1968; she and her second husband, Georgi, had a son, David, later that year. In the 1970s she became separated from Georgi and spent most of her time in Riga working and raising her son. In the late 1970s she had made a decision to emigrate to the United States, and she and David arrived in New York in 1979. Afterwards she struggled to rebuild her life and establish a new career, and during the 1980s became strongly interested in spiritual pursuits. She had read a number of books on a variety of occult and Eastern teachings and briefly joined a spiritual group that followed the teachings of Gurdjieff. In 1991, she embraced the teachings of Meher Baba, who guided her life from then onwards. Throughout her life, Alla faced a variety of challenges, from a series of personal tragedies to illnesses that included cancer, heart disease and diabetes. She faced all those challenges with a remarkable spirit of resilience and an immense reserve of inner strength. She was a complicated person – but in the end, one with a generous heart and a giving spirit. For those who truly knew her, those qualities will never be forgotten – and will ultimately define her presence on this Earth.
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