This is a word used by the Brahman caste in India. Each person traces his ancestry in five ways: 1) the family name, 2) the village the family belongs to, 3) the original ancestral family, 4) the religion followed by the family, and 5) the gothram. Every Brahman family believes it can trace its descent from one of several ancestral Maharashi (great seers or sages). The gothram is that lineage back to a great spiritual leader. In the context of the Red Thread, the gothram can be both the tracing back of Jesus Christ as the “thread”, the subject of the written Word and, also, as the great spiritual leader to whom we as sons of God also trace our lineage.