Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an American Guru by Andre Van Der Braak

By Andre Van Der Braak

Enlightenment Blues is Andre van der Braak’s compelling first hand account of his courting with a well-liked religious instructor. It chronicles either the author’s non secular trip and disenchantment besides the improvement of a missionary and debatable group round the instructor. It powerfully exposes the issues and prerequisites of disentanglement from a religious course. “Enlightenment Blues is the account of a tender man's honest and chronic fight to remodel his lifestyles in response to the lessons of the yank guru Andrew Cohen. Ruthlessly sincere and unsettling, Andre van der Braak provides a brilliant first-hand account of an uncompromising test in constructing Indian spirituality in a contemporary Western atmosphere. This tale is vital interpreting for someone trying to comprehend the attract and pitfalls of surrendering one's authority within the wish of spiritually remodeling the realm” Stephen Batchelor, writer Buddhism with no ideals “Narrated with the mental subtlety and drama of an excellent novel, Enlightenment Blues is an exact, profound dissection of the guru-devotee dating. it may be required interpreting for all who're presently engaged in or contemplating learning below a non secular teacher.” John Horgan, writer of Rational Mysticism "A profound contribution. The adulthood and stability of this book shop it on the entrance rank of works on modern spirituality. the entire significant issues of the religious quest are right here - cause as opposed to emotion, the matter of the ego, the guru, self-doubt, where of altered states. Andre van der Braak has the inventive present of having the ability to carry opposing rules in his brain with out relocating in the direction of untimely closure. accordingly this heartfelt account of his 11 years within the Cohen flow is a gorgeous testomony to 1 man's quest to find his personal fact. Enlightenment Blues merits the widest readership." Len Oakes, Prophetic aura “Enlightenment Blues is the private tale of 1 man’s 11 12 months trip into and out of a bunch of seekers of enlightenment with a charismatic chief who claims to be an exemplar of perfection. What distinguishes this e-book are the writer’s insights and honesty in portraying the workings of an authoritarian trust approach that operates lower than the guise of non secular revelations. somebody who has ever belonged to this sort of workforce, or understands someone who has, or who desires to comprehend what the appeals and risks of surrendering to a guru include, would receive advantages from analyzing this book.” Joel Kramer, writer, The Guru Papers "Andre van der Braak’s tale is our personal tale. We walked the ‘yellow brick highway’ no matter if it was once Zen or Yoga or Advaita. We desperately wanted for or came upon a Guru who may perhaps aid us locate our means domestic and we fully gave ourselves. Andre’s speak of it's clean and blameless. he's taking us by way of the hand via a dangerous path. Neither sour nor estranged, nor having misplaced his ardour for how, he recollects with us what quite occurred, and why.” Orit Sen-Gupta, writer, Dancing the physique of sunshine – the way forward for Yoga Andre van der Braak lived in Andrew Cohen’s religious neighborhood for eleven years, an involvement initiated presently after Cohen had all started educating. He used to be one of many unique editors for “What is Enlightenment Magazine”. He was once additionally an editor for Cohen’s first educating textual content, Enlightenment is a mystery, which entailed analyzing over 4,000 pages of transcribed talks, and modifying them into ebook shape. at the present time, he lives in Amsterdam the place he teaches philosophy on the collage of Amsterdam and at Luzac collage in Alkmaar.

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Unfortunately this is never the case. We resist when things are pointed out to us and stick to our old ways. Even when we change on a behavioral level, our deep-seated egocentric motivations stay intact. This is why Andrew puts more and more emphasis on self-inquiry and coming to terms with our most basic motivations. He calls it ‘facing everything and avoiding nothing’: going to 41 the root of egocentric motivations and pushing ourselves right up to their horribly selfish nature, again and again, until we’ve become completely disgusted with them.

I miss his friendship. But he doesn’t seem to need any friends. His love and friendship for his students is conditional. Whoever shows himself to be a loyal stu- 48 dent is his friend. Those who are disloyal or unreliable fall out of favor. I wonder - a shocking, disrespectful thought - whether Andrew as a human being is even capable of friendship. That would presuppose equality, and mutual vulnerability. I think about how everyone wants me to feel remorse for what I’ve done to Andrew. But I still don’t feel I’ve sinned.

Andrew looks more relaxed now and drinks are being passed around. We talk more personally and intimately together. Andrew shares with us what it’s like for him being a spiritual teacher. “You know, in the beginning I still felt I had some private life outside being a teacher, but now I’ve come to accept that my role as a teacher will always completely consume me. ” I feel for Andrew. I think about his mother leaving; what a sacrifice he’s making for the sake of enlightenment. He truly has no personal life left.

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