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The world of gurus Unknown Binding – 1987


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Eye-opening, honest, and suggestive. 12 Oct 2000
By David Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For a lover of books who wants to know more from a critical thinker about modern Indian religion, for me finding this book was like a fisherman finding the river where the steelhead go for conventions. Useful facts and ideas are packed head-to-tail here, so open the book with a pen handy, so you can mark where you want to cast your line on the next visit.
Mangalwadi begins by describing the historical background from which the modern concept of guruism developed. The next four parts, which make up the bulk of the book, describe eight or so gurus and the organizations they set up, including the Divine Light Mission, Hare Krishna, T.M., Sai Baba, Muktananda, and Rajneesh. He balances a succinct discussion of each school's philosophy with the personal and moral (or, often, immoral) practices of its gurus. There may be some troubling passages here for anyone who assumes that since monistic gurus rely upon "direct revelation" from a unified source of being, they therefore cannot conflict, and also for those who think that if you sense an aura of love around a person, he or she therefore has your best interests at heart. While Vishal did not engage in mere sniping, and looked for the good in the gurus he described, I appreciated his concern for social justice and for truth that did often reveal itself in honest criticism. I recommend this book to anyone who is attracted to the teachings of the Hindu gurus, and also to Christians who want to know more about the various schools of Hindu thought.
I also found his depiction of Jesus in the last chapter as the Sanatan Sadguru a fitting and suggestive finish. Unlike the Krishna devotee below, I did not find any problems with this book's understanding of Christian theology. His description of Jesus as the Sanatan Sadguru is in line with the "fulfillment" model of Christian philosophy as expounded by Paul, John, Augustine, and modern authors such as G.K.Chesterton, C.S.Lewis, and Don Richardson.
A book I just wrote, Jesus and the Religions of Man, takes a similar approach in regard to elements within Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Humanist and Marxist thought. I also previously wrote a book about "how Jesus fulfills the Chinese culture." Whether you agree with this approach or not, it is both orthodox and has empirical justification. I think Mangalwadi's approach is worth considering.
d.marshall@sun.ac.jp
Awaken to Truth! 18 Feb 2014
By mystic1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The writer looks at some of the most famous gurus and their teachings. He includes quotes and the essence of their unique paths. Agree or disagree, this book has tremendous wisdom in the quotes alone. Since each person must choose which teachings are the best for their situation, it's better to judge for yourself. The writer has his opinions, the world has theirs, and the students will also have their opinions. So the question is, has anyone received insight on the path of enlightenment? Of course the answers is, absolutely! Get this rare book now and decide which gems of wisdom works best for you!
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an effort to study the modern guruism 18 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book ( the edition I review) was written in 1977. The author has done M.A in philosphy and pursued the issue of truth of god as a personal quest. The book tries to address three different objectives : developement of a scientific criterion of true guru and apply it to study modern guru-based movements; a comparative study of indian religions movements and Christianity and a statement of personal testimony ( the author acceptance of Christ as the sat guru). Theologically it is quite likely wrong; ( somewhat it is risky to Chirstianity). One can say that Chirst can not be equated to guru; may be Holy Ghost; The author claims in his preface not to do a journalistic kind of work; but a seeker's kind of study. But in inner chapters, the author does poorer than a journalist. The author seems to be too much shaped by Peter Brnet's Godmen of India book. It is quite unfortunate. The way the author ends the chapter on ISKCON shows the confusion the author has. It quite likely the author has not read any one commentary on Gita systematically; ( then where the question of Srimad Bhagavatam). We invite readers of the book to read East-West Dialogues ( a publication of ISKCON where a Chiristian Father and a ISKCON devotee discusses these issues); and Paul Burton's books;
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