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Guru: The Spiritual Master in Eastern and Western Traditions

Antonio Rigopoulos (Editor)
Synopsis The book, containing papers presented at a conference held in Venice, Italy, examines the relevance attached to the institution of the guru with special reference to the religions and philosophies of India. It explores the nature and function of the guru figure ad the master-disciple integration in religious traditions of the world including those of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Confucianism and native American traditions. It delves into the dynamics of the guru’s influence and guru-disciple interaction that involves two aspects of power -spiritual power and they very worldly socio-political and economic interests. It deals with characteristics and charisma associated with the figure of the spiritual master, his authority, pupils' devotion for him, trials for a pupil, motivations of a guru, pandita as guru and recognition of the true master. It scrutinizes the different in the eastern and western traditions vis-à-vis the guru -disciple relationship referring to a variety of sects, thinkers, and works: the Mahabharata, Sufism, tantric traditions, Theravada and vajrayana Buddhism, and the guruvada among Bauls of Bengal. The study meticulously unravels certain fundamental question like sources of legitimation of religious authority within a religious-spiritual tradition. It throws light on the link between overcoming fear, ritual death and immortality, and the guru figure in Indian traditions. The book will interest scholars of religion and philosophy particularly those studying Hindu and Buddhist religious spiritual traditions.
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Bibliographic information

Title Guru: The Spiritual Master in Eastern and Western Traditions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603901
length iv+564p.