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Incense and Enlightenment in the 1970s

Horvath, Laszlo

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ISBN 10: 1478709138 / ISBN 13: 9781478709138
Published by Outskirts Press 2013-12-16, 2013
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Title: Incense and Enlightenment in the 1970s

Publisher: Outskirts Press 2013-12-16

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

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Erotic desire and its satisfaction is the key to the origin of the world. Disappointment in love and the revenge that follows in its wake is the root of all the evil and the selfishness in this world. The whole of history is the work of love. -Justin the Gnostic, Book of Baruch. In the 1970s, gurus from India flocked to North America and millions of young minds became mesmerized by Oriental wisdom. The word enlightenment turned into a buzzword referring to higher states of consciousness attributed to saints and great spiritual teachers. Swept along by the movement of transcendentalism and consciousness expansion, Sophie and Thomas became attracted to a guru who believed that sexuality is a vehicle for spiritual enlightenment. Such a notion in the era of "free love" captured their fancy and they joined the ashram; and after they became disciples of Baja Gopi, their lives changed forever. Baja Gopi came from India with teachings about enlightenment and love. He talked about an energy that might open the gates to something divine, and Sophie and Thomas were willing to experiment with such a vision of sexual love. They did indeed find love, but they also discovered hate. The guru's intent was sincere, but his hands-on experimentation led to a series of sinister events-including murder. But when the peaceful fabric of the ashram began to fall apart, they entered into a drama meant only for the gods.

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Laszlo Horvath's other published books include The Bridal Chamber, and Nature and the Lapis Stone.

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