Sunday, November 22, 2009

Guru Knows Best?

My review of Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult by Jayanti Tamm is in the latest issue of Christian Research Journal (Vol. 32, No. 5). In the article, "Guru Knows Best?", I review the book, look at cultic characteristics exhibited by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), and discuss some of the challenges faced by those leaving a cult. Here's an excerpt from my review:

"Guru knows best" appears to have been the approach everyone was expected to take when it came to Chinmoy's decrees. Tamm quotes Chinmoy as saying, "The Supreme acts in and through me. You do not question what I do or tell you to do on my behalf. All commands are coming from the Highest Supreme."

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