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Spiritual Transmission

Paradoxes and Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Monkfish Book Publishing
 | 
November, 2018
ISBN:
9781939681959
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The term “spiritual transmission” refers to the passing of the state of enlightenment from teacher to student, which takes place in many spiritual traditions. In itself, the transmission is synonymous with the experience of enlightenment. But the fact that the student’s experience is rooted in a relationship with a human teacher who is perceived to possess absolute knowledge lends the experience much of its intrinsic, yet hidden, nature

Spurred by the breakup of his 21 year-long relationship with his own spiritual teacher, Amir Freimann sought answers to the most pressing questions regarding the spiritual teacher-student relationship. He logged over 1,000 hours of interviews with students and teachers alike in an effort to better understand what these powerful relationships are all about. The best of these interviews were compiled and edited in this volume. He discovered that the central questions devolved around paradoxes and dualities such as the differences and similarities between therapists and gurus; the role of trust vs rationality in the spiritual quest; and how money, power and sex are dealt with the course of a student’s training.

Spiritual Transmission includes never-before-published dialogues with many prominent spiritual teachers, plus a revelatory afterword by renowned integral theorist Ken Wilber.

How we interpret that Waking Up depends almost entirely on our stage of Growing Up…. What all of this means is that if a person goes to a guru and begins study, that guru might be quite Enlightened or have had a profound Waking Up, but at the same time they might also be at virtually any stage of Growing Up. The profound problem here is that, if the guru is believed to “never be wrong,” and yet they are operating from a low level of Growing Up, the students are going to be forced to accept for ultimate reality items that are in fact deep pathologies. —Ken Wilber

Interviewees in this book include Peter (Hakim) Young, Andrew Cohen, Stephen Fulder, Christopher Titmuss, James Finley, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Saniel Bonder, Mariana Caplan, Mooji, Lakshmi, Barry Magid, Claire Slemmer, James Swartz, Diane Hamilton, Bill Epperly, Aliya Haeri, Thomas Steininger, Peter Campton, Carolyn Lee, Terry Patten, Steve Brett and Mary Adams.

The guru is representing a status that your own True Self fully possesses, and you will see the guru as specially possessing this status only until you realize your own, whereupon the guru returns to his or her actual status: an acknowledged honor of being one who has realized the ultimate Reality of their own being, which is a Reality possessed by all beings but realized by few—and that in itself deserves enormous respect, exactly the same amount your own realization of this Reality deserves. —Ken Wilber, from the afterword

Publisher’s Description: 

Spurred by the breakup of his 21 year-long relationship with his own spiritual teacher, Amir Freimann sought answers to the most pressing questions regarding the spiritual teacher-student relationship. He logged over 1,000 hours of interviews with students and teacher alike in effort to better understand what these powerful relationships are all about. The best of these interviews were compiled and edited in this volume. He discovered that the central questions devolved around paradoxes and dualities such as the differences and similarities between therapists and gurus, the role of trust vs rationality in the spiritual quest, how money and sex are dealt with the course of a students training.

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