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American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion by Arthur Versluis

By Arthur Versluis

via the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after used to be unimaginable had turn into approximately average in American society: the general public non secular instructor who neither belongs to, neither is licensed by means of an immense non secular culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are actually numerous religious lecturers who declare and educate variations of fast or fast enlightenment.

American Gurus tells the tale of ways this phenomenon emerged. via an exam of the wider literary and non secular context of the topic, Arthur Versluis indicates attribute characteristic of the Western esoteric culture is the declare that each individual can in attaining "spontaneous, direct, unmediated religious insight." This declare was once articulated with distinct readability through the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat move, Timothy Leary, and the hot Age circulation to make clear the emergence of the modern American guru.

This insightful examine is the 1st to teach how Asian religions and Western mysticism converged to supply the phenomenon of "spontaneously enlightened" American gurus.

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