American Veda Pdf

American Veda

Number of page: 288
Author: Philip Goldberg
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
ISBN: 9780307719614
Category: History

A fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture, this eye-opening popular history shows how the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga have profoundly affected the worldview of millions of Americans and radically altered the religious landscape.   What exploded in the 1960s, following the Beatles trip to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, actually began more than two hundred years earlier, when the United States started importing knowledge–as well as tangy spices and colorful fabrics–from Asia. The first translations of Hindu texts found their way into the libraries of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From there the ideas spread to Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness” and wove it into the fabric of their lives. Charismatic teachers like Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda came west in waves, prompting leading intellectuals, artists, and scientists such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, John Coltrane, Dean Ornish, and Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass, to adapt and disseminate what they learned from them. The impact has been enormous, enlarging our current understanding of the mind and body and dramatically changing how we view ourselves and our place in the cosmos.  Goldberg paints a compelling picture of this remarkable East-to-West transmission, showing how it accelerated through the decades and eventually moved from the counterculture into our laboratories, libraries, and living rooms. Now physicians and therapists routinely recommend meditation, words like karma and mantra are part of our everyday vocabulary, and Yoga studios are as ubiquitous as Starbuckses. The insights of India’s sages permeate so much of what we think, believe, and do that they have redefined the meaning of life for millions of Americans—and continue to do so every day.   Rich in detail and expansive in scope, American Veda shows how we have come to accept and live by the central teaching of Vedic wisdom: “Truth is one, the wise call it by many names.”

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About The Author

PHILIP GOLDBERG is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Roadsigns: On the Spiritual Path and The Intuitive Edge. Based in Los Angeles, he is an ordained interfaith minister, a public speaker and seminar leader, and cohost of the Spirit Matters podcast. He blogs regularly on religion for the Huffington Post.


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    AMERICAN VEDA: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation–How Indian Spirituality Changed the West Of gurus, maharajas, swamis and the other practitioners who have come to American shores bringing “India’s leading export”—Hinduism, that is.Practitioner Goldberg (Roadsigns: On the Spiritual Path
  •  Jane Doe Jane Doe
    AMERICAN VEDA: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation–How Indian Spirituality Changed the West Of gurus, maharajas, swamis and the other practitioners who have come to American shores bringing “India’s leading export”—Hinduism, that is.Practitioner Goldberg (Roadsigns: On the Spiritual Path
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