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    Transcendent in America Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion


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    Yoga, karma, meditation, guru—these terms, once obscure, are now a part of the American lexicon. Combining Hinduism with Western concepts and values, a new hybrid form of religion has developed in the United States over the past century. In Transcendent in America, Lola Williamson traces the history of various Hindu-inspired movements in America, and argues that together they constitute a discrete category of religious practice, a distinct and identifiable form of new religion.

    Williamson provides an overview of the emergence of these movements through examining exchanges between Indian Hindus and American intellectuals such as Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and illuminates how Protestant traditions of inner experience paved the way for Hindu-style movements’ acceptance in the West.


    Williamson focuses on three movements—Self-Realization Fellowship, Transcendental Meditation, and Siddha Yoga—as representative of the larger of phenomenon of Hindu-inspired meditation movements. She provides a window into the beliefs and practices of followers of these movements by offering concrete examples from their words and experiences that shed light on their world view, lifestyle, and relationship with their gurus. Drawing on scholarly research, numerous interviews, and decades of personal experience with Hindu-style practices, Williamson makes a convincing case that Hindu-inspired meditation movements are distinct from both immigrant Hinduism and other forms of Asian-influenced or “New Age” groups.

    https://nyupress.org/books/9780814794500/
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    Its occult finally...somehow those who do meditation seem to be in denial or euphoria.

    One Guru recently claimed E is not = mc2
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    Quote Originally Posted by renuka View Post
    Its occult finally...somehow those who do meditation seem to be in denial or euphoria.

    One Guru recently claimed E is not = mc2
    Occult is after all not a four letter word to be shunned.

    Occult means super natural.

    The yoga and meditation which together lead to a state of trans is a supernatural experience. If normal natural experience is the average of humanity across societies, supernatural is sAyujyam, when for a moment or in some rare cases for hours together the individual is keenly aware of "his" place in the universe.

    E is indeed not equal to mcsquare if you forget for a moment the given conditions.
    Giving someone a piece of your soul is better than giving a piece of your heart. Because souls are eternal. --Helen Boswell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaagmi View Post
    Occult is after all not a four letter word to be shunned.

    Occult means super natural.

    The yoga and meditation which together lead to a state of trans is a supernatural experience. If normal natural experience is the average of humanity across societies, supernatural is sAyujyam, when for a moment or in some rare cases for hours together the individual is keenly aware of "his" place in the universe.

    E is indeed not equal to mcsquare if you forget for a moment the given conditions.
    Marijuana is cheaper and userfriendly and Sayujyam guaranteed!

    Ma SuchaH
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    Quote Originally Posted by renuka View Post
    Marijuana is cheaper and userfriendly and Sayujyam guaranteed!

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    hi

    really?.....any experience...lol
    asato maa sadh gamayaa, tamaso maa jyotir
    gamayaa, mrityor maa amritham gamayaaa..
    om shanti, om shanti, om shanti...upanishad
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    Quote Originally Posted by renuka View Post
    Marijuana is cheaper and userfriendly and Sayujyam guaranteed!

    Ma SuchaH
    Marijuana or mast......bation is certainly cheaper. But no sAyujyam there. The euphoria of a sAyujyam is pathetically empty and leaves the individual to rue and stew in his loneliness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbs View Post
    hi

    really?.....any experience...lol
    Marijuana? NO..
    Sayujyam?.YES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaagmi View Post
    Marijuana or mast......bation is certainly cheaper. But no sAyujyam there. The euphoria of a sAyujyam is pathetically empty and leaves the individual to rue and stew in his loneliness.
    The problem is Vaishnavas think Sayujyam is their birth right.

    They are just obssesed with.a form.
    Ask any Vaishnava to go beyond Narayana..all will be directionless.
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    The problem is Vaishnavas think Sayujyam is their birth right.
    No.

    They are just obssesed with.a form.
    It is no obsession. It is deliberate. It is a convenience.

    Ask any Vaishnava to go beyond Narayana..all will be directionless.
    At least the Vaishnava will have one direction that points to Narayana. Ask others-the "I am God" people-they will be totally confused as to whether they are the subject or object or what else if not any of the two. It will be confusion confounded with total helplessness. Poor folks. And that includes you.

    Come out of your confusion. Accept Narayana. Love him whole-heartedly. Pray, sing and dance and if you can, do write out a new Ashtapathi anthology. You will find sAyujyam. Otherwise you will, for ever, be nagged by doubt as to what is happening to you. Whether you are you or you are that. If you are that then what happens to you, why a you at all when it is nonexistent and actually is an altogether another entity. etc., etc.,

    Sriman Narayana bless you. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaagmi View Post
    No.



    It is no obsession. It is deliberate. It is a convenience.



    At least the Vaishnava will have one direction that points to Narayana. Ask others-the "I am God" people-they will be totally confused as to whether they are the subject or object or what else if not any of the two. It will be confusion confounded with total helplessness. Poor folks. And that includes you.

    Come out of your confusion. Accept Narayana. Love him whole-heartedly. Pray, sing and dance and if you can, do write out a new Ashtapathi anthology. You will find sAyujyam. Otherwise you will, for ever, be nagged by doubt as to what is happening to you. Whether you are you or you are that. If you are that then what happens to you, why a you at all when it is nonexistent and actually is an altogether another entity. etc., etc.,

    Sriman Narayana bless you. LOL.
    Naah...Allah is less complicated.

    Just:

    1) Shahada
    2)Salah
    3)Zakat
    4)Sawm
    5)Hajj.

    Thats all.

    No need Sayujyam..No need Aham Brahmasmi.

    Ameen.
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