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Author and anthropologist Caplan plunges into the complex domain of contemporary spirituality where she boldly faces the grave distortions and fraudulent claims to power that characterise the spiritual path in our times. Dozens of first-hand interviews with students, respected teachers and masters, together with broad research are synthesised into a treatment of the modern spiritual scene to assist readers in avoiding the pitfalls of this precarious pass.

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ISBN13: 978-0934252911

ISBN: 0934252912

Author: Mariana Caplan

Category: Spirituality and spirituality

Subcategory: Religious Studies

Language: English

Publisher: Hohm Press (February 25, 2015)

Pages: 100 pages

ePUB size: 1923 kb

FB2 size: 1928 kb

Rating: 4.4

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RED
Where the spiritual community is in the U.S. these days, this book meets with just what's needed: kind and clear definitions of what's true. The horizontal dimension is clumsy, eventually features death, is "dukka"; the vertical, the realizable dimension, being pre-form and pre-words, seems miraculous and seems to rescue us from the everyday horizontal. But it does not rescue us -- we're meant to be here and embody all . . . which counter-intuitively broadens our perception to the vertical, unrescued but finally whole. There are many ways to veer from this counter-intuitive (on the horizontal!), inevitable path, the only spiritual path there is, whatever attractive cultural overlays we use to hew to it. This book is useful for recognizing them. The author holds a very large place of understanding for us.
RED
Where the spiritual community is in the U.S. these days, this book meets with just what's needed: kind and clear definitions of what's true. The horizontal dimension is clumsy, eventually features death, is "dukka"; the vertical, the realizable dimension, being pre-form and pre-words, seems miraculous and seems to rescue us from the everyday horizontal. But it does not rescue us -- we're meant to be here and embody all . . . which counter-intuitively broadens our perception to the vertical, unrescued but finally whole. There are many ways to veer from this counter-intuitive (on the horizontal!), inevitable path, the only spiritual path there is, whatever attractive cultural overlays we use to hew to it. This book is useful for recognizing them. The author holds a very large place of understanding for us.
Jogrnd
Hardly anything in the world is more potentially beneficial - or more dangerous - than "spirituality." How easy it is for the "spiritual seeker" or the religionist to be deluded by oneself or by others! Whatever its faults, Mariana Caplan's book is a cautionary one that belongs in the library of anyone for whom the spiritual quest is a driving force. Whether we like it or not, the sphere of human existence is a dualistic one, and none of us is likely to achieve spiritual maturity without periodic corrections along the path. Unlike some other reviewers, I find nothing negative about this book. It serves to provide a perspective that is generally lacking in a world filled with religious charlatans, narcissistic spiritualists, charismatic gurus, salesmen, politicians, and show people for whom some people are easy prey. If you think you know The Truth, if you imagine God talks to you on behalf of the rest of us, it wouldn't hurt to think twice before your belief turns to fanaticism and bad actions result from "good" intentions. Highly recommended.
Jogrnd
Hardly anything in the world is more potentially beneficial - or more dangerous - than "spirituality." How easy it is for the "spiritual seeker" or the religionist to be deluded by oneself or by others! Whatever its faults, Mariana Caplan's book is a cautionary one that belongs in the library of anyone for whom the spiritual quest is a driving force. Whether we like it or not, the sphere of human existence is a dualistic one, and none of us is likely to achieve spiritual maturity without periodic corrections along the path. Unlike some other reviewers, I find nothing negative about this book. It serves to provide a perspective that is generally lacking in a world filled with religious charlatans, narcissistic spiritualists, charismatic gurus, salesmen, politicians, and show people for whom some people are easy prey. If you think you know The Truth, if you imagine God talks to you on behalf of the rest of us, it wouldn't hurt to think twice before your belief turns to fanaticism and bad actions result from "good" intentions. Highly recommended.
Kamick
If someone is dedicated to attaining enlightenment believing that enlightenment can be pursued like a college degree or reached like a destination, like Chicago, this book is informative.

If someone believes that enlightenment confers wisdom, power, freedom from suffering and the ability to help others, this book is enlightening and protective.

If someone loves someone who imagines they are enlightened, who needs a gentle nudge to reconsider the possibility of their attainment, the self-proclaimed probably won't read it but if the book is given to them as a gift, if they respond with anger and insult at least the giver provides both proof of lack of attainment and an antidote.

The audience for such a book is probably small but for the audience who discover it, what precious truths it holds!
Kamick
If someone is dedicated to attaining enlightenment believing that enlightenment can be pursued like a college degree or reached like a destination, like Chicago, this book is informative.

If someone believes that enlightenment confers wisdom, power, freedom from suffering and the ability to help others, this book is enlightening and protective.

If someone loves someone who imagines they are enlightened, who needs a gentle nudge to reconsider the possibility of their attainment, the self-proclaimed probably won't read it but if the book is given to them as a gift, if they respond with anger and insult at least the giver provides both proof of lack of attainment and an antidote.

The audience for such a book is probably small but for the audience who discover it, what precious truths it holds!
Jum
Not many books will question those who claim enlightenment. This book will give you an insight to what to watch out for on your pursuit to enlightenment. Very well written!
Jum
Not many books will question those who claim enlightenment. This book will give you an insight to what to watch out for on your pursuit to enlightenment. Very well written!
GawelleN
The author passes on Second and third and opinions and concepts that claim the authority to place limitations on what might be called "enlightenment" there is no such authority and so-called enlightenment can only be known in direct experience, direct non-conceptual seeing. The author tells us nothing about that.
GawelleN
The author passes on Second and third and opinions and concepts that claim the authority to place limitations on what might be called "enlightenment" there is no such authority and so-called enlightenment can only be known in direct experience, direct non-conceptual seeing. The author tells us nothing about that.
Pooker
Half Way Up The Mountain provides the insight that students and teachers of spiritual studies need to keep them grounded and going in the right direction. For those who are willing to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of study and discipline, this is a MUST READ!
Pooker
Half Way Up The Mountain provides the insight that students and teachers of spiritual studies need to keep them grounded and going in the right direction. For those who are willing to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of study and discipline, this is a MUST READ!
Shak
This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever sought enlightenment (i.e., non-duality) or claimed, either implicitly or explicitly, to have attained or recognized it. I saw so much of myself in this book, the little "me" that wanted enlightenment for egoic reasons. The beauty is that what is left after this book cuts you down to size is humility itself.

Great stuff

Scott Kiloby
Shak
This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever sought enlightenment (i.e., non-duality) or claimed, either implicitly or explicitly, to have attained or recognized it. I saw so much of myself in this book, the little "me" that wanted enlightenment for egoic reasons. The beauty is that what is left after this book cuts you down to size is humility itself.

Great stuff

Scott Kiloby
[Note on the rating given: although the book has redeeming qualities, its implicit endorsement of Andrew Cohen makes it not merely flawed, but dangerously misleading. I would hate to see any reader of this book become another casualty of Cohen's abusive narcissism. Thus I have given it the lowest rating possible, as a warning - Caveat Emptor!]

Ironically, given the title, I abandoned this book less than halfway through. Although competently written, I found it tediously dogmatic, a polemic rather than an exploration. Mariana seems to have strong feelings about the lack of validity of paths other than her own, and apparently intends to beat her readers over the head until they share those same opinions.

One of the primary themes of the book (apart from its vendetta against neo-advaita paths) is the potential for abuse when teachers are elevated to the status of gurus. Unfortunately, while the author's intentions may be noble, her judgement on this topic seems highly questionable. She presents Andrew Cohen as an authority on the integrity of other spiritual teachers - which is deeply ironic, as he could be held up as a classic example of exactly the kind of teacher this book purports to warn against. Cohen has been the subject of numerous exposes by ex-devotees (including his mother!), attesting to his own abusiveness, narcissism, megalomania and cult-like behavior. Along with many available online, some have been published:
American Guru: A Story of Love, Betrayal and Healing-former students of Andrew Cohen speak out
The Mother of God
Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an American Guru

Despite this exhortation to caution in what she refers to as the "spiritual marketplace", the author seems congenitally unable to follow her own advice. In addition to her her long professional relationship with Andrew Cohen, Mariana is currently the "life-partner" of Marc/Mordechai Gafni, a new age Judaic teacher facing criminal charges in Israel for sexual abuse of multiple women, as well as similar accusations by several women in America (including sexual abuse of a minor). Despite a previous written confession by Gafni (since retracted), his expulsion by the community he co-founded, and the official rescinding of his ordination as a rabbi, Mariana has publicly denied the credibility of the accusations, a stance arguably at odds with the professed ideals of this book, given the number and stature of Gafni's critics.

The desire to warn against the potential for abuse by charismatic guru-figures is certainly admirable. Unfortunately, the tendentious tone, the bizarre provision of a platform to abusive guru Andrew Cohen, along with author's poor personal judgement in this arena, suggest a lack of self-awareness which drastically undermines the book's credibility on a spiritual level. As a political diatribe, this might be less serious; however, one expects spiritual opinion-makers to walk their talk - or leave the talking to others.
[Note on the rating given: although the book has redeeming qualities, its implicit endorsement of Andrew Cohen makes it not merely flawed, but dangerously misleading. I would hate to see any reader of this book become another casualty of Cohen's abusive narcissism. Thus I have given it the lowest rating possible, as a warning - Caveat Emptor!]

Ironically, given the title, I abandoned this book less than halfway through. Although competently written, I found it tediously dogmatic, a polemic rather than an exploration. Mariana seems to have strong feelings about the lack of validity of paths other than her own, and apparently intends to beat her readers over the head until they share those same opinions.

One of the primary themes of the book (apart from its vendetta against neo-advaita paths) is the potential for abuse when teachers are elevated to the status of gurus. Unfortunately, while the author's intentions may be noble, her judgement on this topic seems highly questionable. She presents Andrew Cohen as an authority on the integrity of other spiritual teachers - which is deeply ironic, as he could be held up as a classic example of exactly the kind of teacher this book purports to warn against. Cohen has been the subject of numerous exposes by ex-devotees (including his mother!), attesting to his own abusiveness, narcissism, megalomania and cult-like behavior. Along with many available online, some have been published:
American Guru: A Story of Love, Betrayal and Healing-former students of Andrew Cohen speak out
The Mother of God
Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an American Guru

Despite this exhortation to caution in what she refers to as the "spiritual marketplace", the author seems congenitally unable to follow her own advice. In addition to her her long professional relationship with Andrew Cohen, Mariana is currently the "life-partner" of Marc/Mordechai Gafni, a new age Judaic teacher facing criminal charges in Israel for sexual abuse of multiple women, as well as similar accusations by several women in America (including sexual abuse of a minor). Despite a previous written confession by Gafni (since retracted), his expulsion by the community he co-founded, and the official rescinding of his ordination as a rabbi, Mariana has publicly denied the credibility of the accusations, a stance arguably at odds with the professed ideals of this book, given the number and stature of Gafni's critics.

The desire to warn against the potential for abuse by charismatic guru-figures is certainly admirable. Unfortunately, the tendentious tone, the bizarre provision of a platform to abusive guru Andrew Cohen, along with author's poor personal judgement in this arena, suggest a lack of self-awareness which drastically undermines the book's credibility on a spiritual level. As a political diatribe, this might be less serious; however, one expects spiritual opinion-makers to walk their talk - or leave the talking to others.