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Guru Question

The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher
Paperback Book
Sounds True
May, 2011
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Banyen's Description: 

 In The Guru Question, Mariana Caplan gives us a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether we need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate our path to awakening—and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship.

For those seeking a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion, or anyone who has been frustrated by their experiences with a spiritual teacher, Caplan offers a candid, practical, and daringly personal examination of the student-teacher dynamic, including:

ª  Are you ready to be a student? If and when you should consider making a commitment to a spiritual teacher

ª  The path of the conscious learner—how to retain your power and autonomy while accepting a mentor's authority

ª  Tips for the wounded seeker—the valuable lessons we learn from our encounters with false teachers

ª  Spiritual scandals and predatory gurus—guidance for avoiding the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship

ª  How to recognize the inner light of divinity as it manifests in the imperfect human guise of your teacher—and yourself.

In a time when a distrust of authority has been proven to be a healthy trait, we tend to be justifiably suspicious of those who present themselves as gurus and spiritual masters. Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions, Mariana Caplan helps readers develop the discernment that is crucial when seeking an authentic teacher—and reveals the immeasurable rewards that can come from having a trustworthy guide on the spiritual path.

Also by Mariana Caplan is Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path.

Publisher’s Description: 

Award-winning author Caplan presents a unique and much-needed guide for anyone considering whether they need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate the path to awakening--and, if so, how to find a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion.

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