By Arthur Versluis
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 exhibits attribute characteristic of the Western esoteric culture is the declare that each individual can in attaining "spontaneous, direct, unmediated non secular insight." This declare was once articulated with unique readability through the recent England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat flow, Timothy Leary, and the hot Age move to make clear the emergence of the modern American guru.
This insightful examine 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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American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion by Arthur Versluis