By Georg Feuerstein
Publish yr note: initially released in 2006
This e-book strains the shadowy culture of "holy madness/crazy wisdom" from the Holy Fools of early Christianity, during the nice adepts of India and Tibet, as much as the debatable specialists of at the present time. In our day, while even the Dalai Lama has warned Western seekers to decide on their lecturers conscientiously, Feuerstein presents an clever and cautionary guidebook to the guru-disciple dating, plus a finished research of the rules of genuine spirituality.
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Either declare to be the avatar of the age; either are sheltered opposed to any kind of feedback, and either stay indulgent existence drawing at the sturdy will and monetary aid in their devotees. The latter guru has proven an expanding tendency towards self-isolation because the starting of his educating paintings in 1970. due to his a long way larger acceptance, the previous guru has succeeded in fitting himself as God in the world within the eyes of actually thousands of individuals, who glorify and pamper him. He seems to be to keep up his avatar prestige by way of resorting to every kind of trickery, which his gullible fans settle for as divine miracles. air of secrecy, even if it's attendant with real religious attainments, and psychopathology aren't together particular. definitely air of secrecy and psychopathology frequently move hand in hand, as used to be strikingly confirmed by means of cult leaders like Jim Jones and David Koresh. the previous was once chargeable for the mass suicide of 913 of his devotees in 1978, and the latter for the bloodbath of 86 individuals of his department Davidian sect by the hands of the FBI in 1993. while a guru’s fans shape a close-knit cult, we will be able to count on the presence of psychopathology in either the guru and his disciples or devotees. Cultism itself could be considered as a symptom of psychopathology. whilst the guru’s frame of mind is stuffed with self-delusions and his fans lack serious reasoning and power of personality, we're prone to come across mayhem eventually, as was once alarmingly the case with terrorist guru Shoko Asahara, the chief of the japanese Aum Shinrikyu cult. i've got selected him to demonstrate what occurs whilst a guru screens either aura and severe psychopathology. I start my exam with Chögyam Trungpa, who, in my opinion, is the main useful and real of the modern crazy-wise professionals pointed out the following, his common drunkenness and outrageous habit even though. 2. Chögyam Trungpa: Prowling Tiger of loopy knowledge Chögyam Mukpo, the 11th trungpa, used to be born in Tibet in 1939 and died on the age of forty-seven within the usa. His amazing lifestyles was once jam-packed with event, loneliness, tragedy, reputation, and likewise notoriety. 1 Chögyam’s delivery in a livestock manger within the tent village of Geje situated in rugged Tibetan mountain terrain is said to were linked to all types of auspicious signs—a rainbow was once noticeable and a water pail was once discovered to be mysteriously jam-packed with milk. The XVIth Karmapa, the top authority of the Karma Kagyu order of Vajrayāna Buddhism, had a imaginative and prescient of his start in a village 5 days north of Surmang monastery, and at his instigation a staff of senior lamas went looking for the boy. purely eighteen months previous, Chögyam was once well-known and enthroned because the reincarnation (tulku) of the abbot of Surmang monastery, the 10th trungpa, who had died in 1938. the kid was once to be the 11th incarnation within the trungpa sequence of excessive masters of the Karma Kagyupa department of Tibetan Buddhism. numerous gadgets have been put prior to Chögyam, and we're instructed that he picked up in simple terms these belonging to his predecessor, the 10th trungpa.