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

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By Arthur Versluis

by way of the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that when was once unimaginable had turn into approximately average in American society: the general public religious instructor who neither belongs to, neither is approved by way of an immense non secular culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there at the moment are numerous religious lecturers who declare and train editions of rapid or speedy 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 indicates 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 distinctive readability by way of the hot 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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