My Father s Guru

My Father s Guru Author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
ISBN-10 9781611875379
Release 2013-03-19
Pages 111
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As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents' sex life. But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything about his childhood was-especially the relationship between his father and the elusive, eminent mystic he revered (and supported) for years. Writing with candor and charm, Masson describes how his father became convinced that Paul Brunton-P.B. to his familiars-was a living God who would fill his life with enlightenment and wonder. As the Masson family's personal guru, Brunton freely discussed his life on other planets, laid down strict rules on fasting and meditation, and warned them all of the imminence of World War III. For years, young Jeffrey was as ardent a disciple as his father-but with the onset of adolescence, he staged a dramatic revolt against this domestic deity and everything he stood for. Filled with absurdist humor and intimate confessions, My Father's Guru is the spellbinding coming-of-age story of one of our most brilliant writers. REVIEWS "An uncompromising yet compassionate book . . . A coming-of-age memoir unlike any other." -The Toronto Star "AN EXTRAORDINARY CAUTIONARY TALE .... about the enduring human impulse to imbue charismatic individuals with superhuman attributes." -San Francisco Chronicle "Told with a mixture of humor and compassion. . . . Throughout this confessional book a grown man tells of an unusual, even weird childhood and the blind submission that consumed his family's life." -ROBERT COLES The New York Times Book Review "My Father's Guru is an interesting account of a warped upbringing made fascinating by the insight it provides into Masson's adult life. He makes no excuses: in initially revering Freud and other authority figures, Masson realizes he was seeking new and better gurus that Brunton-and was fated to reject them pitilessly when they showed themselves, like Brunton, to be merely human." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "Beneath the guru-bashing, the book is Masson's poignant and loving indictment of his parents, worth reading for his psychological portrait of coming-of-age disillusionment." -Seattle Weekly

Sins of Our Fathers

Sins of Our Fathers Author Prasanna K. Datta
ISBN-10 9781465318589
Release 2009-02-26
Pages 195
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Our story takes place in British India around the first half of the twentieth century when great political changes were sweeping the globe. The two world wars were exposing inhabitants of the world’s secluded regions to modernity, creating cultural conflicts. The mighty British Empire, after reaching its zenith, was crumbling. Gandhi was emerging as a national leader and teaching his followers that freedom from foreign domination can be attained by nonviolent means and that the inhumane treatment of outcastes in India is evil and must end. Father Gambino, twenty-eight, reaches India in 1920 from Italy. He mission is to spread Christ’s love to the pagans who worship idols and believe in many gods instead of his one true God. His goal is to save souls and open churches, schools, and orphanages. He refuses to learn or benefit from the experiences of other Catholic priests in India. He suspects many of his Christian beliefs were diluted, or even defiled, by exposure to Eastern thoughts. After a few years, however, his provincialism lessens when he meets and hears a scholarly British commissioner with in-depth knowledge of Hinduism and Buddhism. When the Japanese army reaches the Indo-Burmese border, Gambino moves from central India to the northeast to work in the Assam Mission. Here, the year after America enters World War II, he rescues an orphan from certain starvation and takes him to a Catholic orphanage. Krishna Swamy was born in the Deccan in 1885, the grandson of a temple priest who believes that everyone shouldn’t read or even hear the Vedas. He accepts the caste system as a natural order. His son secretly resents him and spends the last years of his life with the untouchables, defiantly teaching them the forbidden Vedas. When he masters the Sanskrit grammar his grandfather teaches, Krishna accompanies two of his friends on a pilgrimage. During the journey, the precocious seventeen-year-old observes the strength and confidence of Westerners and the fatalism and superstitions of his countrymen. At Banaras and Sarnath, they expand their horizons by attending many theological discussions. After relinquishing his priestly birthrights, he assumes the nonsectarian name of Bir Dharma and proceeds alone to Calcutta University to become “modern” by studying Christianity, English, and Western values. Professor Das and Brother Curren offer him a scholarship as a Sanskrit grammarian. Bir and Curren become close friends. They discuss commonalities between Hinduism and Catholicism. Bir soon discovers that studying other faiths develops respect for all religions. In 1911, Bir meets Nongrim Hilly in Calcutta who later joins the priesthood to spread Christ’s love to the remote northeast regions. Hilly asks Bir to convert and join him in spreading Catholicism. But Bir declines. He fears organized religions. After six years at the university, Bir goes to Delhi to work in the construction of the new imperial capital. There, a Sikh befriends him and invites him to a gurdwara where he learns about Guru Nanak’s teachings and Sikh history. Construction slows during World War I. Unemployment grows, and the future looks bleak. A cult member offers human sacrifice for early rain. While reporting this monstrosity to a newspaper, Bir meets a foreign war correspondent who introduces him to American and Indian papers as a Westernized guru and freelancer. His fame spreads. Colleges and universities invite him to lecture. Commissioner Gait requests him to speak about Hinduism to his new Indian Civil Service officers. Here Bir meets Gambino. When Bir visits the temples of Bhubaneswar, a cyclone devastates the coastal regions of Orrisa. Gambino joins the Catholic Relief Mission and shows Bir the importance of organization in undertaking large projects. Gambino next visits Father Kenny in Calcutta who advises him to meet Father Hil

Guru U

Guru U Author Paul Wilson Bonner
ISBN-10 9781470973100
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Guru U has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Guru U also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Guru U book for free.

Remembered Childhoods

Remembered Childhoods Author Jeffrey E. Long
ISBN-10 1591581745
Release 2007
Pages 495
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Presents a guide to more than 2,800 autobiographies published between 1725 and 2007 arranged in categories that reflect shared themes and characteristics.

Fathers I Have Known

Fathers I Have Known Author Ernest Wylie Harkins
ISBN-10 1469119153
Release 2004-08-12
Pages 170
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Sometimes referred to as his “Accidental Self Help” book, Ernest Wylie Harkins has compiled a series of life lessons, valuable rules for living, acquired from his various father figures, with a few of his own original rules thrown in for good measure. Like Ben Franklin, he has tried to emulate the admirable in others, and of course Franklin himself is among his “supplemental” Fathers in that and other ways. He also adopted Franklin’s general approach to self improvement as well, making a plan, making small changes continuously. Drawing from influences throughout his life, from family, from teachers, public figures, and people casually met along the way, he relates the background and situation that produced the little nuggets of wisdom. Some are mundane (Just Keep Peckin’ at It), some lofty (Every Man is your Guru), some only examples and still others more in the vein of self help (Life is the Illusion of Attitude), but all are worth considering for your own adoption. Finally, there is the self help prescription, how you too can benefit from a similar self examination.

The Ramayana

The Ramayana Author Ramesh Menon
ISBN-10 9781466826250
Release 2004-05-26
Pages 720
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The great Indian epic rendered in modern prose India's most beloved and enduring legend, the Ramayana is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great literary masterpieces. Still an integral part of India's cultural and religious expression, the Ramayana was originally composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, art, and culture of South and Southeast Asia—an influence most likely unparalleled in the history of world literature, except, possibly, for the Bible. Throughout the centuries, countless versions of the epic have been produced in numerous formats and languages. But previous English versions have been either too short to capture the magnitude of the original; too secular in presenting what is, in effect, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the tale in lyrical prose that conveys all the beauty and excitement of the original, while making this spiritual and literary classic accessible to a new generation of readers.

Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema

Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema Author Prem Chowdhry
ISBN-10 0719057922
Release 2000
Pages 294
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This book examines the empire cinema made in Hollywood and Britain during the turbulent 1930s and 1940s. It shows how the empire cinema constructed the colonial world, its rationale for doing so, and the manner in which such constructions were received by the colonized people. Unique approach to the subject cinema and Empire from the perspective of the colonised rather than the coloniser. Vast amount of original research conducted in India contributing to a fresh perspective. Multifocal attitude which stretches through media and cultural studies, gender, film, imperial history, nationalism and postcolonialism.

The Ninety Ninth Step to My Father s Hill

The Ninety Ninth Step to My Father s Hill Author Jacob Chacko Tony
ISBN-10 9781607919391
Release 2009-07
Pages 304
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The author, a conservative Catholic Christian, discusses his faith and contemporary culture.

Wisdom of the White Mountain

Wisdom of the White Mountain Author Kandathil Sebastian
ISBN-10 9789384027582
Release 2014-12-23
Pages 185
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Some powerful men—including performers of black magic, underworld gangsters, sleuths, extremist zealots, and sellers of spirituality—chased a powerless, low caste man from a Kerala village through Mumbai, Karachi and Delhi till he finally escaped into the mountain ranges of Himalayas. All of them wanted to capture this man alive and keep him with them! However, none of these men could catch and keep this elusive man, as he always found his way to freedom. In the process of working out his escapes this man also unearthed some important mysteries of human life! Why did some powerful men continuously chase a low caste man? How did the man always find his way to freedom? What are the riddles he solved while he was trying to escape from his captors? Wisdom of the White Mountain is a suspenseful and adventurous story told in the cultural, spiritual and philosophical context of the South Asia. It is also about Karma, Kama and Jihad! It ultimately unravels greed and selfishness of powerful men who mix religion and politics to manipulate common people for advancing personal interests.

My Life in Orange

My Life in Orange Author Tim Guest
ISBN-10 9780544151611
Release 2016-03-01
Pages 320
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A memoir of formative years spent on a series of communes: A “wonderful account of a frankly ghastly childhood . . . Hilarious and heartbreaking” (Daily Mail). At the age of six, Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune modeled on the teachings of the notorious Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The Bhagwan preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom, and enjoyed inhaling laughing gas, preaching from a dentist's chair, and collecting Rolls Royces. Tim and his mother were given Sanskrit names, dressed entirely in orange, and encouraged to surrender themselves into their new family. While his mother worked tirelessly for the cause, Tim—or Yogesh, as he was now called—lived a life of well-meaning but woefully misguided neglect in various communes in England, Oregon, India, and Germany. In 1985 the movement collapsed amid allegations of mass poisonings, attempted murder, and tax evasion, and Yogesh was once again Tim. In this extraordinary memoir, Tim Guest chronicles the heartbreaking experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven. “An intelligent, wry, openhearted memoir of surviving a childhood and a cultural phenomenon that were both extraordinary.” —Booklist (starred review)

A Dark Science

A Dark Science Author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
ISBN-10 9781611875782
Release 2013-06-25
Pages 130
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Here translated for the first time are a series of shocking texts from the 19th century German psychiatric literature, which, while almost completely unknown to modern readers, have had a devastating influence on attitudes toward women and children in the 20th century. The articles on the sexual "lies" and sexual "fantasies" of children were seminal, brutal, and still resonate in today's literature, having taken a terrible toll on the intellectual ideas of modern psychiatry. The articles document brutal treatment for masturbation, hysteria, and vaginismus, as well as incidences of the so-called fabricated sexual abuse of "prematurely perverted" children. Though by no means an "easy read," Masson's collection of these nine articles exposes a point in the history of the practice of psychology that proves ignorance and negative attitudes towards women created a dark science that modern psychiatrists struggle to overcome.

From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javavese Genesis

From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javavese Genesis Author Stephen C. Headley
ISBN-10 9780191583810
Release 2001-02-01
Pages 264
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In 1925 the influential Dutch anthropologist W. H. Rassers posed the question of the relationship of myth to ritual, taking as his case study the Javanese myth of the birth of the man-eating demon, Kala. The light shed by this myth, and its re-enactment, on the social morphology of Java was immediately the subject of debate among students of Javanese culture. Stephen C. Headley translates and studies ritual and myth in their variant forms. He expands illuminatingly upon Rasser's general proposition, that the movement from cosmogony to exorcism founds fundamental social forms within which values circulate in Javanese society. Richly detailed descriptions confirm the permanence of these networks of circulating values in modern-day Java, and their persistence in the face of contemporary individualism.

Lunch with Guru G A Soul Byte

Lunch with Guru G  A Soul Byte Author D. C Bradley
ISBN-10 9780979707209
Release 2007-07-01
Pages 188
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Science, religion, and information. This is the story of eightmessages, composed on scraps of office trash by a quirky characternamed G."Why are you here?" G asks.His chosen victim is an unsuspecting young engineer on his first dayat work. Why am I here? Not to find a spiritual guru--that's for sure!But despite his reservations, the young man finds himself drawn to thehyperactive Guru G, whose every thought revolves around just twowords: realigion. Over a summer of lunchtime conversations, theybecome good friends, sometimes marveling, other times debating what inthe world it means when those two words run together.You may see them symbolically entwined on the cover: a questioningdisciple and his guru, G, peering at the same thing from differentangles. If you are intrigued by the words "Soul Byte" standing side byside, then you are at risk of being touched by this book.Each message delves deeper into the relationship of informationconcepts (language, genetics, entropy, evolution) and religiousconcepts (soul, ethics, death and beyond).In the wake of this book, you may find a long thought waiting.


Sikhism Author Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
ISBN-10 9781848853218
Release 2011-03-15
Pages 269
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Almost from the moment, some five centuries ago, that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak, Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity. This sense of difference, forged during Sikhism's fierce struggles with the Mughal Empire, is still symbolised by the "Five Ks" ("panj kakar," in Punjabi), those articles of faith to which all baptised Sikhs subscribe: uncut hair bound in a turban; comb; special undergarment; iron bracelet and dagger (or kirpan) -- the unique marks of the Sikh military fraternity (the word Sikh means "disciple" in Punjabi). Yet for all its ongoing attachment to the religious symbols that have helped set it apart from neighboring faiths in South Asia, Sikhism amounts to far more than just signs or externals. Now the world's fifth largest religion, with a significant diaspora especially in Britain and North America, this remarkable monotheistic tradition commands the allegiance of 25 million people, and is a global phenomenon. In her balanced appraisal, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh reviews the history, theology and worship of a community poised between reconciling its hereditary creeds and certainties with the fast-paced pressures of modernity. She outlines and explains the core Sikh beliefs, and explores the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus in Sikhism's Holy Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (more usually called just the "Granth"). Further chapters explore Sikh ethics, art and architecture, and matters of gender and the place of women in the tradition. The book attractively combines the warm empathy of a Sikh with the objective insights and acute perspectives of a prominent scholar of religion.

Trillionaire Boys Club The Guru

Trillionaire Boys  Club  The Guru Author Aubrey Parker
Release 2017-04-04
Pages 180
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Trillionaire Boys Club The Guru has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Trillionaire Boys Club The Guru also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Trillionaire Boys Club The Guru book for free.

Spiritual Masters Sai Baba

Spiritual Masters  Sai Baba Author Sonavi Desai
ISBN-10 8187967641
Release 2003
Pages 158
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This Book Hopes To Encourage The Reader To Reflect On Sai Baba`S Teachings And Inspire A Desire To Understand The Timeless Wisdom Passed On Thorough The Yesteryears.

Guru in a Little Boy Suit

Guru in a Little Boy Suit Author Timothy A. Buzzard
ISBN-10 9781552123614
Release 2000
Pages 201
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When I became a father, in a mixture of arrogance and ignorance, I thought it was my job to teach my son about life. Turns out he was the teacher and I the student. This book is a cosmic look at parenting (and being parented), from a humorist sitting cramped in a half lotus. There is ageless wisdom in these pages, sugar coated with the impish grin, and sometimes tender tears, of a toddler.