By Geoffrey Falk
"Armed with wit, perception, and really surprising examine, Geoffrey Falk completely demolishes the idea of the enlightened guru who can lead devotees to nirvana. This enjoyable and but lethal critical booklet could be learn by means of every person pursuing or taking into consideration pursuing the trail of guru devotion."
--John Horgan, writer of *Rational Mysticism*
"Stripping the authorities is superb--one of the easiest books of its style i've got ever learn. The examine is meticulous, the writing attractive, and the final thesis: devastatingly actual. A stellar book."
--Dr. David C. Lane, California kingdom University
"This gripping and nerve-racking e-book could be learn by way of an individual who reveals themself revering a religious teacher."
--Susan Blackmore, writer of *The Meme Machine*
"Geoffrey Falk's pleasant yet hectic unmasking of non secular prophets and preachers who command an unlimited following is a welcome contribution to the literature at the professionals and god-men of all religions."
--Dr. Narasingha P. Sil, Western Oregon University
"No one taken with modern spirituality can find the money for to disregard this publication. It exposes the darker aspect of contemporary religious hobbies, these embarrassing—sometime vicious or criminal—reports which the leaders of those hobbies wish to conceal. With wit and humility, and with no leaving behind the verities of faith, Falk has supplied a corrective critique of teams that peddle enlightenment and transcendence. A must!"
--Len Oakes, writer of *Prophetic Charisma*
Ramakrishna was once a homoerotic pedophile.
His leader disciple, Vivekananda, visited brothels in India.
Krishnamurti carried on an affair for over two decades with the spouse of an exceptional good friend. Chögyam Trungpa drank himself into an early grave. one in every of Adi Da's 9 "wives" was once a former Playboy centerfold. Bhagwan Rajneesh sniffed guffawing fuel to get excessive. Andrew Cohen, guru and writer of what's Enlightenment? journal, through his personal stated admission occasionally feels "like a god."
These are standard of the "wizened sages" to whom otherwise-sensible humans provide their devotion and unquestioning obedience, surrendering their independence, dedication, and life's reductions within the wish of knowing for themselves an analogous "enlightenment" as they ascribe to the "perfect, God-realized" master.
Is it for being emotionally susceptible and "brainwashed," because the "anti-cultists" assert? Or for being "willingly psychologically seduced," because the apologists unsympathetically counter, convinced that they themselves are "too clever" to ever fall into an analogous seize? Or have devotees easily walked, with naïvely open hearts and thirsty souls, into inherent dynamics of strength and obedience that have confirmed themselves in vintage mental reports from Milgram to Zimbardo, and to which each and every one in all us is weak on a daily basis of our lives?
Like the proud "Rude Boy" Cohen allegedly stated, with amusing, according to the fearful breakdown of 1 of his committed fans: "It might take place to anybody of you."
Don't enable it occur to you. do not get suckered in. Be ready. learn. discover what reportedly is going on backstage in even the easiest of our world's religious communities.
You can begin through interpreting this ebook.