In my opinion, protected by the First Amendment, I would suggest that this is an adroit use of derivative legitimacy. These gurus and teachers are in most cases deceased.
RabbiAbraham Heschel fought on the front lines for justice and civil rights[, against the very sort of oppression that has been described for years by Cohen's students.
Some had troubled histories (to say the least) Jiddu Krishnamurti, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (TM)
And some are still very much alive--Werner Erhard
Irina Tweedie was classified as a Sufi teacher during her lifetime. In her memoir, Daughter of Fire, she described what we unenlightened green meme scum would consider abusive brutal treatment by her master.
What Corboy considered a very irritating feature of Daughter of Fire was that Tweedie never in any way established who her teacher was, what his lineage and attainments were, to justifify or establish some social context for the deference he demanded from her. She also gave little description of India, as though it was all mere phantom not worth noticing if one was bent on spiritual attainment--a stance that I as a proud green memer, consider insulting.
Later on one of Tweedie's English students wrote his own memoir of studying with her, entitled The Face Before I Was Born
. Tweedie responded to one minor and human lapse--letting copyrights for her book lapse, resulting in a temporary hitch in reprinting it in a new edition, by brutally cutting her student loose, as though in one moment he was human and in the next a mere object.
Her student in agony, went through contortions, rationalizing this as training.
I read it and was reminded of the behavior of persons who re-enact abuse or abandonment issues they suffered when young, by doing the same thing to others in their care, in the next generation- demontrating a lack of mastery over one's inner processes, not evidence of any mastery at all..
I go on at length about Irina Tweedie, because Luna Tarlo, in her 1995-96 memoir The Mother of God, mentioned that she was with some of Andrew Cohen's students who made a visit to Irina Tweedie some time in the late 1980s.
Tweedies memoir would be valuable to anyone seeking to rationalize cruel and unpredictable behavior.
Note that among the Masters mentioned is Jesus Christ and in the list--Ken Wilber.
A Virtual Celebration • March 26, 2011 • 10:00 am–8:00 pm (EDT)
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Join spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and more than 25 religious and cultural luminaries for a series of intimate and deeply inspiring stories celebrating the life-changing power of the student-teacher relationship. This free 10-hour audio webcast is our gift to the cosmos, offered in honor of the day Cohen met his own spiritual teacher 25 years ago.
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Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber will open this all-day celebration with an extended "Guru-Pandit" dialogue about the historical and cultural significance of a bond that has the power to transform the human soul.
Exemplars of the Possible
Have you ever met a real hero?** One of those rare individuals whose living example inspires you to reach higher and give more of yourself than you ever thought possible? Heroes challenge our limitations, light the fire of transformation within us, and cast wide the doorway to infinity.
**My uncle had two heros-his mother, who was denied all forms of public assistance after being left a widow and supported 5 children, and his grandfather, who had risked his life to be a union organizer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My uncle never met this grandfather but decided to pattern himself on him, and became a union man, a master carpenter, and instructor at the tech institute.Corboy
We find true sources of inspiration in all areas of life, but spiritual heroes are in a class of their own. Many of us have had the good fortune to meet genuine spiritual masters and teachers as we’ve pursued the path to higher development—extraordinary men and women who have the ability to awaken us to the Absolute, open our eyes to eternity, or reveal possibilities that were previously unimaginable.
An 8-Hour Marathon of Spiritual Inspiration
On March 26th, you are warmly* ('Warmly'--this differs from the experiences reported on the What Enlightenment blog, by Luna Tarlo in her book, and by Bill Yenner and others in his book)
invited to hear more than 25 spiritual and cultural luminaries speak about the extraordinary men and women who inspired them. Sharing intimate stories of how these relationships left them forever transformed, these modern masters, mystics, philosophers, and thought-leaders will explore the ennobling depths of spiritual empowerment that can occur between an authentic teacher and a sincere disciple. Throughout this special 8-hour webcast, you’ll hear powerful, first-person accounts of individuals discovering their own highest Self in the reflection of another human being.(Corboy note: IMO one cannot find one's own higher self by grovelling for years at someone else's fluctuating moods)
An Open Exploration . . .
All through history, men and women of every faith have recognized the sacred significance of the teacher-student relationship. Seekers of higher knowledge have searched for those who can open the doors of their minds and their hearts. Sincere spiritual aspirants have sought out Jewish rabbis, Christian monks, Zen masters, Tibetan lamas, Hindu yogis, and Muslim sheikhs to guide them on the path to higher development.
What is it that has always made the relationship between master and disciple so uniquely transformative? Does that traditional relationship still make sense for those of us pursuing more contemporary or alternative spiritual paths? In an age filled with so much cynicism about the possibility of living a truly enlightened life, how can this time-honored relationship help point the way to everything we most deeply long for?
On March 26th, you can join thousands of listeners around the world in an active exploration of these questions. For eight hours straight, you’ll be able to tune in to our free webcast, submit questions to Andrew Cohen, and engage in our live chat forum, participating in an interfaith, cross-lineage investigation into the role of traditional spiritual hierarchy . . . in a very post-traditional world.
An Expert Guide to this Complex Territory
Awakening to Your Highest Self will be hosted by Andrew Cohen—an internationally recognized spiritual teacher, author, and the founder of EnlightenNext—on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day he met his own teacher. In March 1986, Cohen experienced a profound spiritual awakening through his meeting with the acclaimed master of Advaita Vedanta, H.W.L. Poonja, and shortly thereafter became a teacher himself.
Ever since that life-changing encounter, Cohen has been a bold advocate for the transformative power of the teacher-student relationship, exploring its continued relevance in a world that has, for sometimes good reasons, decided to leave this particular spiritual tradition behind. In 1991, he started EnlightenNext magazine (originally What Is Enlightenment?) to provide a public forum for inquiry, debate, and dialogue about controversial topics like this.
As a teacher himself, and having engaged with other teachers from countless traditions over the past two decades, Cohen has developed an unusually nuanced perspective on both the challenges and the promise of awakening to one’s highest potential through the guidance of a spiritual master.
On March 26th, join Andrew Cohen and his renowned guests from both traditional and non-traditional paths as they illuminate this subtle and inspiring territory, shedding new light on the deepest dimensions of the timeless encounter with the Self in another human being.
Our Gift to the Cosmos
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10:00–11:00 am EDT
Introduction by Andrew Cohen, speaking about his life-transforming
meeting with his own teacher HWL Poonja(Poonja later repudiated him--see Luna Tarlo's book, The Mother of God-Corboy)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
"Guru-Pandit" Dialogue between Andrew Cohen & Ken Wilber about
the role of the student-teacher relationship
Jeff Salzman on Ken Wilber
Rabbi Michael Lerner on Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Swami Chidanand Saraswati on Swami Brahmaswarupji
Shaykh Fadhlallah Haeri on Swami Chinmayananda
Audrey Kitagawa on the Divine Mother, Flora Nomi
Steve McIntosh on Jesus of Nazareth
Swami Atmaswarupananda on Swami Chidananda
Vernon Kitabu Turner on Sant Keshavadas
Nora Bateson on Gregory Bateson
Michael Zimmerman on Werner Erhard
Patricia Albere on Werner Erhard
Rajesh Dalal on J. Krishnamurti
Deepak Chopra on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Jonathan Granoff on Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Who?s Your Spiritual Hero? essay contest winner
The Three Gurus (Swami Shankarananda, Swami Chetanananda, and
Master Charles Cannon) on Baba Muktananda and Swami Rudrananda
Jean Houston on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Margaret Mead
Rabbi Zalman Schachter on the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
Ma Jaya on Neem Karoli Baba
Lama Surya Das on Neem Karoli Baba, Kalu Rinpoche, and the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
Rupert Sheldrake on Father Bede Griffiths
Marc Gafni on Mordechai Lainer of Izbica
Roshi Bernie Glassman on Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Shaykh Tosun Bayrak on Shaykh Muzaffer Effendi
Don Beck on Clare Graves
Annette Kaiser on Irina Tweedie
Rollie Stanich on Father Thomas Keating
Swami Vimalananda on Swami Sivananda
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Tales of the Masters
as told by their students:
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Sheikh Tosun Bayrak
Sheikh Muzaffer OzakSwami Shankarananda,
*Master Charles Cannon, and Swami Chetananda speaking about
*Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Lama Surya Das and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Neem Karoli Baba
Lama Surya Das
Lama Surya Das
The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpei Dorje
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Rebbe Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn
Swami Chidanand Saraswati
Roshi Bernie Glassman
Taizan Maezumi RoshI
Divine Mother Flora Nom
Father Bede Griffiths
Father Thomas Keating
Michael Zimmerman and Patricia Albere
Mordechai Lainer of IzbicaAnd more to come...
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