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By Arthur Versluis

ISBN-10: 0199368139

ISBN-13: 9780199368136

by way of the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after used to be unimaginable had develop into approximately usual in American society: the general public religious instructor who neither belongs to, neither is licensed by way of an important spiritual culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are actually numerous religious lecturers who declare and train variations of speedy or fast 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 achieving "spontaneous, direct, unmediated non secular insight." This declare was once articulated with certain readability by way of the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat circulation, 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 supply the phenomenon of "spontaneously enlightened" American gurus.

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