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

By Arthur Versluis

via the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after was once not possible had develop into approximately general in American society: the general public non secular instructor who neither belongs to, neither is approved by means of a huge non secular culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are actually numerous non secular academics who declare and educate versions of immediate or speedy enlightenment.

American Gurus tells the tale of the way this phenomenon emerged. via an exam of the wider literary and spiritual context of the topic, Arthur Versluis exhibits attribute function of the Western esoteric culture is the declare that each individual can in achieving "spontaneous, direct, unmediated religious insight." This declare used to be articulated with particular readability via the hot England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat circulate, Timothy Leary, and the hot Age flow to make clear the emergence of the modern American guru.

This insightful research 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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