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By Arthur Versluis

via the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after used to be unimaginable had develop into approximately ordinary in American society: the general public non secular instructor who neither belongs to, neither is licensed by means of a big non secular culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are actually numerous religious academics who declare and educate variations of quick or quick 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 certain readability via the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat flow, Timothy Leary, and the hot Age stream 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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