Gurus in America

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Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Cynthia Ann Humes
SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 236 pages
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Gurus in America provides an excellent introduction to the guru phenomenon in the United States, with in-depth analyses of nine important Hindu gurus - Adi Da, Ammachi, Mayi Chidvilasananda, Gurani Anjali, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho, Ramana Maharshi, Sai Baba, and Swami Bhaktivedanta. All of these gurus have attracted significant followings in the U.S. and nearly all have lived here for considerable periods of time. The book's contributors discuss the characteristics of each guru's teachings, the history of each movement, and the particular construction of Hinduism each guru offers. Contributors also address the religious and cultural interaction, translation, and transplantation that occurs when gurus offer their teachings in America. This is a guide that will elucidate an important element in America's diverse and ever-changing spiritual landscape.
  

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Contents

RAJA YOGA AND THE GURU Gurani Anjali of Yoga Anand Ashram Amityville New York CHRISTOPHER KEY CHAPPLE
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WEAVING THE INWARD THREAD TO AWAKENING The Perennial Appeal of Ramana Maharshi THOMAS A FORSTHOEFEL
37
MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI Beyond the TM Technique CYNTHIA ANN HUMES
55
KRISHNA AND CULTURE What Happens When the Lord of Vrindavana Moves to New York City TAMAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI AND RAVI M ...
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BABAS WORLD A Global Guru and His Movement NORRIS W PALMER
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PASSAGE TO AMERICA Ammachi on American Soil SELVA J RAJ
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THE PERFECTIBILITY OF PERFECTION Siddha Yog a as a Global Movement LOLA WILLIAMSON
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OSHO FROM SEX GURU TO GURU OF THE RICH The Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism HUGH B URBAN
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RIDING THE DAWN HORSE Adi Da and the Eros of Nonduality J EFFREY J KRIPAL
193
ELEVATED GURUS CONCRETE TRADITIONS AND THE PROBLEMS OF WESTERN DEVOTEES DANIEL GOLD
219
CONTRIBUTORS
227
INDEX
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Thomas A. Forsthoefel is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst College. He is the author of Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita.

At Claremont McKenna College, Cynthia Ann Humes is Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology Services and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She is coeditor (with Bradley R. Hertel) of Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context, also published by SUNY Press.

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