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By Arthur Versluis

by way of the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that after was once not possible had develop into approximately general in American society: the general public non secular instructor who neither belongs to, neither is licensed by means of an incredible spiritual culture. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are actually numerous religious lecturers who declare and educate variations of immediate or instant enlightenment.

American Gurus tells the tale of ways this phenomenon emerged. via an exam of the wider literary and spiritual context of the topic, Arthur Versluis indicates attribute function of the Western esoteric culture is the declare that each individual can in achieving "spontaneous, direct, unmediated non secular insight." This declare used to be articulated with distinctive readability via the hot 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 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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