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The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher

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Publisher Comments:

The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal

experience of our livesbut does that mean we have to

go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning

author Mariana Caplan presents a unique and much-needed

guide for anyone considering whether they need a dedicated

mentor to help illuminate the path to awakeningand, if

so, how to find a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion.

Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism

and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions, Caplan delivers

a candid, practical, and daringly personal examination of the

student-teacher dynamic, featuring: Are you ready to be a student? If and when you should consider making a commitment to a spiritual teacher; The path of the conscious learnerhow to retain your power and autonomy while accepting a mentor's authority; Spiritual scandals and predatory gurustips for avoiding the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship; The true source of powerhow to recognize the inner lig

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"Caplan (Eyes Wide Open) examines the disappointment and elation that can be found in the quest for a spiritual master, and urges seekers to use discernment when searching. She does well to move the discussion of gurus beyond merely pro or con, and eloquently calls a guru 'a human being who represents a body of teaching.' With this definition, and regardless of what tradition the guru imparts, issues such as understanding the dynamics of power, building trust, and meeting an authentic teacher are investigated. While Caplan approaches her topic from all angles and is excellent at revealing its many complexities, her observations rely too heavily on Freudian psychoanalysis. In her reading of the subject, a bad guru 'does not consciously break the student's positive transference' and students should first have 'some basic handle on our mommy-daddy issues.' This approach to the guru question will reduce the number of readers who will find value in this work. Her writing tends to be imprecise, and harder editing would have helped. More problematic still is a lengthy and unnecessary epilogue that refutes sexual misconduct allegations raised against the spiritual teacher who is her partner. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781604070736
Author:
Caplan, Mariana
Publisher:
Sounds True
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Humanities » Philosophy » General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Caplan (Eyes Wide Open) examines the disappointment and elation that can be found in the quest for a spiritual master, and urges seekers to use discernment when searching. She does well to move the discussion of gurus beyond merely pro or con, and eloquently calls a guru 'a human being who represents a body of teaching.' With this definition, and regardless of what tradition the guru imparts, issues such as understanding the dynamics of power, building trust, and meeting an authentic teacher are investigated. While Caplan approaches her topic from all angles and is excellent at revealing its many complexities, her observations rely too heavily on Freudian psychoanalysis. In her reading of the subject, a bad guru 'does not consciously break the student's positive transference' and students should first have 'some basic handle on our mommy-daddy issues.' This approach to the guru question will reduce the number of readers who will find value in this work. Her writing tends to be imprecise, and harder editing would have helped. More problematic still is a lengthy and unnecessary epilogue that refutes sexual misconduct allegations raised against the spiritual teacher who is her partner. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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