The Laughing Swamis: Australian Sannyasin Disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Osho Rajneesh

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 1994 - Asceticism - 221 pages
In 1895 Swami Vivekananda of the Ramakrishna Mission initiated two Europeans one a womean into the ancient tradition of sannyasa or world-renuciation. This practice was continued in the first part of the twentieth century by Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh. From the late sixties onwards with the sudden expansion of European awareness of Indian Spirituality, a vast hord of foreign religious heads have spread through India in incomprehensibly large numbers.
 

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Contents

MULTIPLE VOICES ON METHODOLOGY
3
RENUNCIATION
15
CLASSICAL INDIAN RENUNCIATE
37
SATYANANDA AND INNER
59
OSHO AND NEOSANNYASA
71
RELIGION AND ASIAN RELIGIONS
91
THE COUNTERCULTURE
99
BACKGROUNDS TO SANNYASA
113
THE FULL SANNYASIN DISCIPLES
141
HOUSEHOLDER SANNYASINS
165
THE NEW SANNYASA
181
The Buddha Field
190
Living at the End of the Eighties as
199
Postscript
205
Glossary
211
Copyright

Involvement in the CounterCulture
131

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