The Guru Papers

The book unmasks authoritarianism in such areas as relationships, cults, 12-step groups, religion, and contemporary morality.

Author: Joel Kramer

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583945988

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 408

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The Guru Papers demonstrates with uncompromising clarity that authoritarian control, which once held societies together, is now at the core of personal, social, and planetary problems, and thus a key factor in social disintegration. It illustrates how authoritarianism is embedded in the way people think, hiding in culture, values, daily life, and in the very morality people try to live by. The book unmasks authoritarianism in such areas as relationships, cults, 12-step groups, religion, and contemporary morality. Chapters on addiction and love show the insidious nature of authoritarian values and ideologies in the most intimate corners of life, offering new frameworks for understanding why people get addicted and why intimacy is laden with conflict. By exposing the inner authoritarian that people use to control themselves and others, the authors show why people give up their power, and how others get and maintain it.

Yoga Journal

The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power By Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad North Atlantic Books/Frog Ltd. (Berkeley, Calif.), softcover, 385 pages, $14.95. Reviewed by Georg Feuerstein Authoritarianism is the exercise of authority ...





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For more than 30 years, Yoga Journal has been helping readers achieve the balance and well-being they seek in their everyday lives. With every issue,Yoga Journal strives to inform and empower readers to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for their bodies and minds. We are dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful editorial on topics such as yoga, food, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel, and fashion and beauty.

The Passionate Mind

In The Passionate Mind, Joel Kramer asserts that "what we believe determines much of what we think and do: the way we move, the way we respond to people, how we think of ourselves, how we see the world in general.

Author: Joel Kramer

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 0938190121

Category: Philosophy

Page: 140

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In The Passionate Mind, Joel Kramer asserts that "what we believe determines much of what we think and do: the way we move, the way we respond to people, how we think of ourselves, how we see the world in general." His basic message, stated in short, clear prose, is that passion is to be found only in the present moment, and mainly through becoming aware of the thoughts flowing through our minds, and through the primal process of observing our thoughts, they begin to self-correct. From the author of The Guru Papers, The Passionate Mind is a wonderful journey for anyone seeking to discover how to look at oneself.

The Guru Question

Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus. New York: Penguin, 1992. ———. The Philosophy of Classical Yoga. ... The Guru Papers. Berkeley, CA: Frog Ltd., 1993.

Author: Mariana Caplan

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781604074642

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 417

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The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our lives—but does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakening—and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship. For those seeking a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion, or anyone who has been frustrated by their experiences with a spiritual teacher, Caplan offers a candid, practical, and daringly personal examination of the student-teacher dynamic, including: 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 learner—how to retain your power and autonomy while accepting a mentor's authority Tips for the wounded seeker—the valuable lessons we learn from our encounters with false teachers Spiritual scandals and predatory gurus—guidance for avoiding the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship How to recognize the inner light of divinity as it manifests in the imperfect human guise of your teacher—and yourself In a time when a distrust of authority has been proven to be a healthy trait, we tend to be justifiably suspicious of those who present themselves as gurus and spiritual masters. Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions, Mariana Caplan helps readers develop the discernment that is crucial when seeking an authentic teacher—and reveals the immeasurable rewards that can come from having a trustworthy guide on the spiritual path.

Fundamentalist Phenomenology

The Guru Papers About twenty years ago, a book entitled: The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad, made quite a splash in many circles. The subtitle of the work was: 'Masks of Authoritarian Power'. The following comments serve as ...

Author: Anab Whitehouse

Publisher: Bilquees Press


Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Three issues of paramount importance -- namely, fundamentalism, spiritual abuse, and terrorism -- are brought together in one volume in a way that delineates the interconnected dynamics of these topics. Moreover, these central themes are engaged from a variety of perspectives ranging from, on the one hand, psychology, sociology and philosophy, to, on the other hand, history, political science, and religion. The author draws upon more than forty-five years of experience on the Sufi path to lend a unique perspective to the manner in which terrorism, fundamentalism, and spiritual abuse are explored and analyzed throughout the book.

Spiritual Abuse A Sufi s Perspective

149 Chapter 19: The Guru Papers About twenty years ago, a book entitled: The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad, made quite a splash in many circles. The subtitle of the work was: 'Masks of Authoritarian Power'.

Author: Anab Whitehouse

Publisher: Bilquees Press


Category: Religion

Page: 594

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No religious or mystical tradition is immune from the presence of spiritual abuse, for wherever there are people who are seeking to become closer to essential truths, purpose, and meaning, there will be individuals seeking to generate counterfeit currency to offer to those who are unaware, or incautious toward the dangers which lie in wait along the spiritual path. Fraudulent teachers might call themselves a guru, shaykh, rimpoche, monk, priest, imam, apostle, avatar, or minister. They might also call themselves educators, revolutionaries, political leaders, and freedom fighters. Whatever they might call themselves, if they seek to gain control over others through techniques of undue influence, then, they are propagators of spiritual abuse. This book is relevant to individuals from all spiritual traditions, but often focuses on the Sufi spiritual tradition.

Sources of Control

The Guru Papers: A Critical Appraisal About 19 years ago, a book entitled: The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad, made quite a splash in many circles. The sub-title of the work was: Masks of Authoritarian Power.

Author: Anab Whitehouse

Publisher: Bilquees Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 331

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The word "leadership" is, and has been for some time, a buzz word which is espoused by many to be 'the' key to solving most, if not all, of the problems in the world. If only there were the 'right' sort of leaders in the world – that is, the right kind of “control” -- then the political, economic, educational, business, scientific, environmental, military, judicial, and spiritual difficulties facing humankind could be resolved. The desire for leadership is a pathological disorder that is engendered in others by those who already have succumbed to the malady. Leadership is a delusional belief system in which a human being believes that he or she should be given (or usurp) the authority to organize and control the lives of other human beings. Chaos is not the opposite of leadership. The co-operation of equals stands in opposition to the idea of leadership. Every human being is sovereign and has an inalienable right to seek to push back the horizons of ignorance free from interference as long as such efforts are consonant with honoring a like right in relation to others. Reconciling the boundaries of sovereignty among human beings is a dynamic, complex, and nuanced process ... a process that can only be successfully navigated by means of an exercise of co-operation among sovereign individuals and not through the leadership of the few with respect to the many. This book explores different aspects of the pathological character of 'leadership’ – the root of control. Once the underlying principles of the delusional disorder are appreciated, an individual might be in a better position to realize the character of the pathology of leadership (i.e., the desire to control others) and resist its seductive, Siren-like wail.

Cult A Love Story

Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power (Berkeley, California: Frog Ltd., 1993), 47. Chapter 3 1. Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power (Berkeley, ...

Author: Alexandra Amor

Publisher: Fat Head Publishing

ISBN: 9780973445657

Category: Religion

Page: 298

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For fans of Educated, Captive, and Leah Remini's Troublemaker comes the gripping true-life story of one young woman's accidental journey into a cult. And her escape a decade later. It's rarely obvious when a group is a cult. Most cults don't advertise themselves as such: they are groups of people who look and act just like you and me. Not dangerous. Not deranged. At least, not at first. The slide toward complete control of your personality, your thoughts, and your life is slow and virtually unnoticeable. Until it's too late. Cult, A Love Story has been studied in university classrooms, featured in an audio documentary and on podcasts, and read by cult survivors and their families all over the world, from remote British Columbia, Canada to Australia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. In this award-winning memoir, Alexandra Amor shines a light on cults so that others might learn from her heartbreaking experience. Amor gracefully and sensitively explains how ordinary and intelligent people get seduced into joining cults, why they stay despite the emotional and psychological abuse, and what the long process of recovery looks like once someone leaves a cult. Amor's transparency about her decade-long involvement with a Vancouver, Canada cult makes this powerful and gripping book an excellent resource for those wanting to know more about how the mind control of a high demand spiritual or religious group works. In this page-turning, personal memoir you will learn: - how normal, intelligent people can, without knowing what's happening, get sucked into a cult's grip - why it's so very difficult for those in high demand groups (cults) to leave - how to evaluate whether a group you belong to is a cult - what the recovery period after a cult looks like - resources and recommendations if you know someone in a cult, or if you are in recovery from a cult yourself "This excellent memoir reveals how a charismatic, manipulative spirit medium can use love for God and neighbor as a hook to drag a small group of devotees into her cynical web of impossible goals for self-perfection. After a heroic struggle for insight, Alexandra Amor was one of the cult members who broke the abusive spell." Joesph Szimhart, Cult Information Specialist

American Gurus

... of the authoritarian gurus that one finds deplored in such works as Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power.23 There, they write “What better profession for a narcissist than being a guru?

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199368136

Category: Religion

Page: 297

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Versluis shows how the convergence of Asian religions and Western mysticism produce the contemporary phenomenon of "spontaneously enlightened" gurus in America.

Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle

I noted this trend in contrast with the occasional opposite—the Guru paper. In the early years of my graduate education—which I ... We called them “Guru papers,” published essays written by (usually) prominent leaders of the field.

Author: Richard Leo Enos

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602352155

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

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Recent archaeological discoveries, coupled with long-lost but now available epigraphical evidence, and a more expansive view of literary sources, provide new and dramatic evidence of the emergence of rhetoric in ancient Greece. Many of these artifacts, gathered through onsite fieldwork in Greece, are analyzed in this revised and expanded edition of Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle. This new evidence, along with recent developments in research methods and analysis, reveal clearly that long before Aristotle’s Rhetoric, long before rhetoric was even stabilized into formal systems of study in Classical Athens, nascent, pre-disciplinary “rhetorics” were emerging throughout Greece.

Gurus of Modern Yoga

The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd. McKean, L. 1996. Divine Enterprise: Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Movement. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Mlecko, Joel D. 1982.

Author: Mark Singleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199938728

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 386

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Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions that individual gurus have made to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga in today's world.

Gurus in America

16. Jeffrey Kripal, Kali's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Chicago:The University of Chicago Press, 1998). 17. Joel Kramer and Diana Alstand, The Guru Papers: Masks ...

Author: Thomas A. Forsthoefel

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791482698

Category: Religion

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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. Thomas A. Forsthoefel is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst College. He is the author of Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita. At Claremont McKenna College, Cynthia Ann Humes is Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology Services and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She is coeditor (with Bradley R. Hertel) of Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context, also published by SUNY Press.

Freedom of Mind Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People Cults and Beliefs

The resulting book, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power (1993), has become a classic in helping free people from authoritarian teachers and groups. Steve Hassan has been at the forefront of investigating cults, cult behavior, ...

Author: Steven Hassan, PhD

Publisher: Freedom of Mind Press

ISBN: 9780967068817

Category: Psychology

Page: 270

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In the post 911 world, people are more susceptible than ever to charismatic figures who offer simple, black v. white, us v. them, good v. evil, formulaic solutions. The rise of the Internet; increasingly sophisticated knowledge about how to influence and manipulate others; and the growing vulnerabilities of people across the planet—make for a dangerous, potentially devastating combination. Steven Hassan’s new book Freedom of Mind provides the knowledge and awareness needed to help yourself and loved ones avoid or escape from such dangerous people and situations. This must-read volume is a significantly updated and revised edition of Hassan’s groundbreaking Releasing the Bonds (2000). People who read and benefitted from that book—and also his earlier book, Combatting Cult Mind Control (1989)—will want to read Hassan’s latest. It provides an up-to-the-minute guide to the reality of ‘undue influence’—the preferred term for mind control—in the post 9/11 era. Unstable Global Environment Enhances Dangers of Unethical Control The world has changed greatly in the last decade. The rise of the Internet, the emergence of global terrorism and of dangerous totalistic ideologies, and the shifts in global markets—these and other changes have created new opportunities for unscrupulous individuals, groups, and institutions to exert unethical control over others. Freedom of Mind exposes the techniques and methods that individuals, cults, and institutions of all types—religious, business, therapeutic, educational, governmental—use to undo a person’s capacity to think and act independently. Individuals More Vulnerable than Ever The Internet is now the primary vehicle for recruitment and indoctrination. It is also a means for spreading sophisticated information about social psychology, hypnosis, and other techniques of social control, which are being used—in ways both effective and dangerous—by ‘influence professionals.’ Meanwhile, people are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Sleep-deprived, overweight and looking to improve themselves, overloaded with often frightening images and information; anxious about the current economic decline, climate change, and government corruption on all levels. People are more susceptible than ever to charismatic figures who offer simple, black v. white, us v. them, good v. evil, formulaic solutions. These factors—the rise of the Internet; increasingly sophisticated knowledge about how to influence and manipulate others; and the growing vulnerabilities of people across the planet—make for a dangerous, potentially devastating combination. Freedom of Mind Provides Help for Yourself, a Loved One, or a Friend Hassan’s new book, Freedom of Mind, aims to fill the gap. It identifies and explains how to identify and evaluate potentially dangerous groups and individuals. Hassan details his groundbreaking approach, the ‘Strategic Interactive Approach,’ which can be used to help a loved one leave such a situation. Step-by-step, Hassan shows you how to: evaluate the situation; interact with dual identities; develop communication strategies using phone calls, letter writing and visits; understand and utilize cult beliefs and tactics; use reality-testing and other techniques to promote freedom of mind. He emphasizes the value of meeting with trained consultants to be effectively guided and coached and also to plan and implement effective interventions. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is knowledge and awareness.

Reflections of Amma

See also women's empowerment Gilmore, James H., 69 “Global Gurus and the Third Stream of American Religiosity” (Waghorne), ... 244–45 The Guru Papers (Kramer and Alstad), 249 Guru Purnima celebrations, 262n54 Gurus and Their Followers ...

Author: Amanda J. Lucia

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520281141

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Originally presented as the author's dissertation (Ph. D.--University of Chicago, 2010).

The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism

The case that authoritarianism (that is, its demise) is the key difference between the emerging new cultures and the slowly dissipating old cultures is made in an eloquent book called The Guru Papers: Masks of A uthoritarian Power.

Author: Thomas G. Brophy

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595177950

Category: Religion

Page: 359

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"Brilliant important strongly recommended reads at times like a 'Tom Robbins of physics'." - Jacquelyn Small, author of Awakening in Time, and Becoming a Practical Mystic "With this book, Thomas Brophy establishes his credentials as a paradigmatist, that rarest of thinkers, whose models of reality not only enhance human understanding of their world, but give form to new historical movements. By integrating several cutting edge paradigms, and by highlighting the role of spirit in the universe, The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism is sure to inform, instruct, entertain, and even inspire its readers." -Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., former president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Humanistic Psychology; author of Dream Telepathy. "Integrating the words of many holy people with scientific theories and a study of phenomena, Brophy indicates the limitations of scientific and religious dogmas this kind of integration will become more and more necessary in the next century." -Hiroshi Motoyama, Ph.D., Litt. D., author of Karma and Reincarnation; Head Priest of Tamamitsu Shinto Shrine, Tokyo. "Well, 'just a few pages' has turned into reading the whole thing. Eminently readable and highly entertaining or infotaining. A good book! Never thought of juxtaposing Newton and Basho myself." -Yasuhiko Kimura, CEO of the University of Science & Philosophy and Director of the Twilight Club/Center for Evolutionary Ethics, former Zen priest. "Your ideas are profound. The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism deserves a broader exposure." - Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., host of Thinking Allowed, and "Virtual U" Wisdom Radio. "You are opening the eyes of scientists all over. Bravo!" -Judith Orloff, M.D. Board Certified Psychiatrist, author of Second Sight.

Dancing Mindfulness

The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power. Berkeley, CA: Atlantic Books, 1993. Nouwen, Henri. The Dance of Life: Weaving Sorrows and Blessings into One Joyful Step. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2006. Nouwen, Henri.

Author: Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 9781594736018

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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This lively, passionate approach to moving meditation offers a fresh way to embrace mindfulness. It weaves together personal stories, therapeutic insights, practical skills and opportunities for reflection and practice to provide a gateway to spiritual growth, a path to more balanced living, a healing experience and ignition for your creativity.

Coercive Relationships

139 [CVII] Joel Kramer &Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers, p. 1. [CVIII] [CIX] Joel Kramer &Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers, p. 3. [CX] Steven H. Miles, M.D., Oath Betrayed: Torture, ...

Author: Jennifer C. Parker

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

ISBN: 9781684336678

Category: Self-Help

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Coercive Control provides a beacon for survivors of partner abuse. Parker's nonjudgmental, empathic voice offers knowledge gleaned from years of experience. Survivors gain answers to frequently asked questions: • Am I being abused? • Why do they hurt me? • Why do I feel so crazy? • What can I change? • Why do they believe they should control us? • How do I recognize abuse of power? • How do I heal? Each chapter contains illustrative vignettes and suggestions for reflection to assist readers in discovering what they want. Coercive Relationships lifts the private shame survivors feel by connecting their abusers' actions to societal values and beliefs that permit all forms of violence.

Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

I am inuenced here by a provocative meditation on the natures of authoritarianism: The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power, by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad.7 In The Guru Papers, Kramer and Alstad (1993: 228) speak of “the ...

Author: Steffen Böhm

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781800642638

Category: Science

Page: 472

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Climate change negotiations have failed the world. Despite more than thirty years of high-level, global talks on climate change, we are still seeing carbon emissions rise dramatically. This edited volume, comprising leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong and what is to be done to create more decisive action. Composed of twenty-eight essays—a combination of new and republished texts—the anthology is organised around seven main themes: paradigms; what counts?; extraction; dispatches from a climate change frontline country; governance; finance; and action(s). Through this multifaceted approach, the contributors ask pressing questions about how we conceptualise and respond to the climate crisis, providing both ‘big picture’ perspectives and more focussed case studies. This unique and extensive collection will be of great value to environmental and social scientists alike, as well as to the general reader interested in understanding current views on the climate crisis.


As we begin the practice we say, “vande gurunam ... He wrote a whole book about the guru/disciple relationship, The Guru Papers. His point of view is that you should never surrender to another human being. I said, “Why not?

Author: Guy Donahaye

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 9781429980425

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 464

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AN UNPRECEDENTED PORTRAIT OF A GREAT YOGA TEACHER AND THE WAYS IN WHICH TEACHINGS AND TRADITIONS ARE PASSED ON It is a rare and remarkable soul who becomes legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was such a soul, and through his teaching of yoga, he transformed the lives of countless people. The school in Mysore that he founded and ran for more than sixty years trained students who, through the knowledge they received and their devotion, have helped to spread the daily practice of traditional Ashtanga yoga to tens of thousands around the world. Guruji paints a unique portrait of a unique man, revealed through the accounts of his students. Among the thirty men and women interviewed here are Indian students from Jois's early teaching days; intrepid Americans and Europeans who traveled to Mysore to learn yoga in the 1970s; and important family members who studied as well as lived with Jois and continue to practice and teach abroad or run the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Many of the contributors (as well as the authors) are influential teachers who convey their experience of Jois every day to students in many different parts of the globe. Anyone interested in the living tradition of yoga will find Guruji richly rewarding.

The Good Life

In The Privacy of the Self : Papers on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique . New York : International Universities Press , pp . 306–315 . ... The Guru Papers : Masks of Authoritarian Power . Berkeley , CA : North Atlantic Press .

Author: Jeffrey B. Rubin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791462161

Category: Self-Help

Page: 129

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Explores how psychoanalysis can nurture and vitalize, rather than only focusing on affliction and neuroses.