Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion

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Index
Abhayananda. See Trout, Stan
Abhinavagupta, 113
absolute. See Brahman/absolute/ultimate reality
abuse(s), 128; and absolute authority, 116; financial, 126; Internet’s role in exposing, 108, 128, 130, 158, 221; open discussion about, 131; physical, 104, 107, 115, 120–121, 126; sexual, 104, 107, 115, 124, 126
acculturation, 23–25
Adam, William, 24
Adams, John, 22, 23
adhikarin, 84–85
Adi Da, 8
Ahlstrom, Sydney, xi, 21, 31–32, 188
Alpert, Richard. See Ram Dass
Amacchi, 155
Amrit Desai, 116–117, 169–170
Ananda Sangha, 64
Anthony, Dick, 141–142, 222, 225
archetypes, 143, 158, 165, 206
Anandamoy, Brother, 144–145
Arnold, Edwin, 25
Art of Living Foundation, 14, 235n8
Arya Mission Institution, 66
Assagioli, Roberto, 47, 175
astral body, 69, 210
astrology, 49, 68, 102, 201, 202
atman. See Self aura(s), 30, 98, 143, 223
Aurobindo, Sri, 229–230
Autobiography of a Yogi, 56, 69, 71, 138–140
avatar(s), 15, 37, 192
axis mundi, 201
Babaji, 59, 63, 65, 66, 149
baby boomers, 41–42, 122, 219
Bainbridge, William S., 186
Ballard, Edna, 31
Ballard, Guy, 31
Barnard, G. William, 179
Barnhart, Bruno, 4
Baumer, Bettina, 137
Beatles, 27, 83
Beats, 40, 43
Bellah, Robert, 41–42, 240n12
Bengali/Hindu Renaissance, 14, 17, 37; Hindu reformers in, 17, 23
Benson, Herbert, 87, 100
Besant, Annie, 30
Bhagavad-Gita, 4, 17, 25, 29, 30, 57, 58, 66, 67, 84, 195, 217, 232
bhakti, 20, 38, 61
Bhakti Yoga, 15
bias: anti-intellectual, 22; author’s, x; insider and outsider, x, xi, xii; in scientific studies, 101
Bible, 61, 67, 68, 191, 192
bioenergetics, 47
Blavatsky, Helena, 29–30, 36
Brahma, 91, 192
Brahman/absolute/ultimate reality, 7, 9, 15, 16, 18, 28, 32, 37, 39, 40, 112, 137, 142, 151, 192–193, 201, 216
Brahmo Samaj, 23, 24, 25, 34
breath. See prana
Bridges, Joan “Radha,” 130–131, 158
Brooks, Douglas, 89, 123
Brown, Tina, 127
Buddhism, 43; and establishment of HIMMs, 50; and New Thought, 33; and Theosophy, 220, 225; and transpersonal psychology, 48
Butler, Levi, 104
Caldwell, Sarah, 131

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • A Note on Transliteration vii
  • Preface ix
  • I - Background 1
  • 1: What Are Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements? 3
  • 2: Laying the Foundation for American-Style Hinduism 26
  • II - Three Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements 53
  • 3: Self-Realization Fellowship 55
  • 4: Transcendental Meditation 80
  • 5: Siddha Yoga 106
  • III - In Their Own Words 133
  • 6: The Guru-Disciple Relationship 135
  • 7: Mystical Experiences 161
  • 8: Worldview 186
  • Conclusion 215
  • Notes 235
  • Bibliography 243
  • Index 251
  • About the Author 261
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