Meet a Guru: Mr. MacLaren

I think my theme this week is honesty. Deep, confusing, contradictory truth. I am going to tell you about the group that I grew up in today.I find that I am at a loss as to what to say. My experiences and thoughts are confused and deeply ingrained. There are things that I did not appreciate about the time I spent here, but I'm not sure it's any worse than any other organized religion.BackgroundThe story goes that Mr. MacLaren, a man of Scottish heritage living in England, wanted to … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Amma

The name "Amma" has been given to a woman whose real name is Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. The word Amma means "mother" (as the website Amma.org points out, it means "mother" in a number of languages). She is known to many as "The Hugging Saint."BackgroundIt is said that Amma was spiritual from the time she was a child in 1950s Kerala. Though her parents tried to get her married, she resisted and devoted herself to Krishna instead. Apparently she was so known for her devotionals that people … [Read more...]


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True Story of a False Guru

The American Buddhist blog has a very interesting article that really fits the theme of yesterday's post about being careful about what guru you follow.He speaks about a documentary movie where a disillusioned Hindu man sets out to prove that gurus can be anyone, whether qualified or not. It apparently examines the current landscape of American spirituality, particularly in the "yoga movement."I'm very interested to see this movie! Thus builds the climax of the film: Kumare’s “ … [Read more...]


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Beware Gurus

I asked a little while back if a guru is necessary. Many people (with good reason) say yes. How can one navigate the complex path of human spirituality with no guide? For me personally, I put a lot of faith in my inner Self to guide me. But I am jaded from the experience of coming from an organization that some would call a cult.Most people will want or need a guru to guide their progress. What I ask is that you select such a teacher with extreme care.I definitely believe that there are … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Gurumayi

A woman known as Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the current leader of the Siddha Yoga tradition.BackgroundThe path was founded by Swami Muktananda based on teachings from his guru Bhagawan Nityananda. It was in 1975 that Muktananda began opening ashrams and schools in America.Gurumayi started in the tradition as a child in India. Her parents brought her and her brother to study with Muktanada in the 1950s. By 14 she had her official initiation ("shaktipat") and she lived at the ashram. M … [Read more...]


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