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Gurus in America
     

Gurus in America

by Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Cynthia Ann Humes
 

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ISBN-10: 0791465748

ISBN-13: 9780791465745

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A fascinating look at Hindu gurus with significant followings in the United States.

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,

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A fascinating look at Hindu gurus with significant followings in the United States.

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 fascinating guide that will elucidate an important element in America’s diverse and ever-changing spiritual landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791465745
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Waves

Thomas A. Forsthoefel and Cynthia Ann Humes

1. Raja Yoga and the Guru: Gurani Anjali of Yoga Anand Ashram, Amityville, New York
Christopher Key Chapple

2. Weaving the Inward Thread to Awakening: The Perennial Appeal of Ramana Maharshi
Thomas A. Forsthoefel

3. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Beyond the TM Technique
Cynthia Ann Humes

4. Krishna and Culture: What Happens When the Lord of Vrindavana Moves to New York City
Tamal Krishna Goswami and Ravi M. Gupta

5. Baba’s World: A Global Guru and His Movement
Norris W. Palmer

6. Passage to America: Ammachi on American Soil
Selva J. Raj

7. The Perfectibility of Perfection: Siddha Yoga as a Global Movement
Lola Williamson

8. Osho, from Sex Guru to Guru of the Rich: The Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism
Hugh B. Urban

9. Riding the Dawn Horse: Adi Da and the Eros of Nonduality
Jeffrey J. Kripal

Epilogue: Elevated Gurus, Concrete Traditions, and the Problems of Western Devotees
Daniel Gold

List of Contributors
Index

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