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By Arthur Versluis

by way of the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after was once impossible had develop into approximately normal in American society: the general public religious instructor who neither belongs to, neither is approved via a tremendous 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 fast enlightenment.

American Gurus tells the tale of ways this phenomenon emerged. via an exam of the wider literary and spiritual 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 distinctive readability by means of the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat flow, Timothy Leary, and the recent 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 provide the phenomenon of "spontaneously enlightened" American gurus.

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