Americanization of Mysticism and Meditation
Ashok Kumar Malhotra
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Ó Ashok Kumar Malhotra 2009
The phenomena of mysticism, meditation, and instant nirvana have caught a great deal of the public's attention in recent years. People interested in these themes are curious to know what these concepts are and how they are related. To meet this need, I have composed the present eBook.
The main body of the eBook consists of six articles, which were read at conferences. They were written at a time, when the Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Hare Krishna Movement of Bhaktivedanta, the Divine Light Mission of Guru Maharajji, the Siddha Yoga of Muktananda, and the Dynamic Meditation of Rajneesh, were very popular in the United States. Some of these articles are based upon my personal encounters with the disciples as well as my interviews with the leaders of these groups. All the papers have been revised to fit into the format of the present text. For a smoother reading of the book, I have paraphrased all the quoted material. Furthermore, I have enlarged the paper on 'Mysticism in the Hindu Tradition' to incorporate the mystical ideas of both Tagore and Radhakrishnan.
The eBook is divided into four parts. The first three deal with different aspects of mysticism, meditation, and instant nirvana. The fourth part is anecdotal in nature and deals with my personal encounters with gurus and their disciples.
Professor Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York at Oneonta. Professor of Philosophy. Teaching experience: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, Mysticism and Meditation in Indian and Chinese Tradition, Philosophy and Psychology of Yoga, Introduction to World Philosophy Existentialism, Philosophical Ideas in Imaginative Literature, Survey of World Religions, and Religions of India, China, and Japan. For his awards and publications see: http://employees.oneonta.edu/malhotak/