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By Arthur Versluis

through the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after was once unimaginable had develop into approximately standard in American society: the general public religious instructor who neither belongs to, neither is approved through an important 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 train editions of fast or speedy 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 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 specified readability through the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat circulation, Timothy Leary, and the recent Age circulate 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 supply the phenomenon of "spontaneously enlightened" American gurus.

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