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

By Arthur Versluis

via the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that when was once impossible had turn into approximately standard in American society: the general public religious 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 lecturers who declare and educate editions of quick or instant enlightenment.

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

This insightful learn 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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