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Spiritual Gurus

A Light Look at Naughty Gurus and Yoga's Five Steps of Suffering

James Brown | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

How does perception of another individual become so skewed that we are shocked when we learn of their mortal shortfalls? And why does seeing the dark side of a teacher hurt so much more than if the corner grocer or local barista does the same thing?

Is Anyone Enlightened?

Robert Fuller | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many gurus are treated like deities and hold absolute power over their devotees. As "enlightened beings" they're accountable to no one, and their foibles, appetites and excesses are given a pass. Of course, there were some teachers who, as far as I could make out, lived exemplary lives.

The Muddy Road To Enlightenment

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

My psychotherapy practice has become almost exclusively focused on working with the emotional and relational challenges of long-term spiritual practitioners and teachers.

James Ray Death Lodge

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

The obvious question is: Why did these men and women stay in such a hostile environment, even as their lungs burned from the heat and they felt themselves slipping into unconsciousness?