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The Resource American gurus : from American transcendentalism to New Age religion, Arthur Versluis

American gurus : from American transcendentalism to New Age religion, Arthur Versluis

Label
American gurus : from American transcendentalism to New Age religion
Title
American gurus
Title remainder
from American transcendentalism to New Age religion
Statement of responsibility
Arthur Versluis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the public spiritual teacher who neither belongs to, nor is authorized by a major religious tradition. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are now countless spiritual teachers who claim and teach variants of instant or immediate enlightenment. American Gurus tells the story of how this phenomenon emerged. Through an examination of the broader literary and religious context of the subject, Arthur Versluis shows that a characteristic feature of the Western esoteric tradition is the claim that every person can achieve "spontaneous, direct, unmediated spiritual insight." This claim was articulated with special clarity by the New England Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Versluis explores Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman, the Beat movement, Timothy Leary, and the New Age movement to shed light on the emergence of the contemporary American guru."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Versluis, Arthur
Dewey number
206/.10973
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2525
LC item number
.V465 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religious leaders
  • United States
Label
American gurus : from American transcendentalism to New Age religion, Arthur Versluis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Revivalism, romanticism, and the Protestant principle -- The sage of Concord -- Emerson and platonism -- The Concord School and American platonism -- Walt Whitman's cosmic consciousness -- American (literary) spiritual teachers -- Beat religion and the choice -- Enter psychedelics -- Dogmas, catmas, and spiritual anarchism -- Oh, ho, ho, it's magic... -- Spiritual anarchy, tantra, and Islamic heterodoxy --- On the counterculture -- From Europe to America -- Varieties of modern American mysticism -- The sage on the stage -- The American guru enters, stage left -- The immediatist wave
Control code
000400860
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780199368136
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013033755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023903050
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000400860
  • (OCoLC)866563765
Label
American gurus : from American transcendentalism to New Age religion, Arthur Versluis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Revivalism, romanticism, and the Protestant principle -- The sage of Concord -- Emerson and platonism -- The Concord School and American platonism -- Walt Whitman's cosmic consciousness -- American (literary) spiritual teachers -- Beat religion and the choice -- Enter psychedelics -- Dogmas, catmas, and spiritual anarchism -- Oh, ho, ho, it's magic... -- Spiritual anarchy, tantra, and Islamic heterodoxy --- On the counterculture -- From Europe to America -- Varieties of modern American mysticism -- The sage on the stage -- The American guru enters, stage left -- The immediatist wave
Control code
000400860
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780199368136
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013033755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023903050
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000400860
  • (OCoLC)866563765

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