9780814794500-0814794505-Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion (New and Alternative Religions, 6)

Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion (New and Alternative Religions, 6)

ISBN-13: 9780814794500
ISBN-10: 0814794505
Author: Williamson, Lola
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 280 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780814794500
ISBN-10: 0814794505
Author: Williamson, Lola
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 280 pages

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Acknowledged authors Williamson, Lola wrote Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion (New and Alternative Religions, 6) comprising 280 pages back in 2010. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0814794505 and 9780814794500. Since then Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion (New and Alternative Religions, 6) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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.

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