My Father's Guru: A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusion

My Father s Guru A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusion As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the s Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything ab

  • Title: My Father's Guru: A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusion
  • Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  • ISBN: 9780345452801
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents sex life But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything aboutAs a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents sex life But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything about his childhood was especially the relationship between his father and the elusive, eminent mystic he revered and supported for years Writing with candor and charm, Masson describes how his father became convinced that Paul Brunton P.B to his familiars was a living God who would fill his life with enlightenment and wonder As the Masson family s personal guru, Brunton freely discussed his life on other planets, laid down strict rules on fasting and meditation, and warned them all of the imminence of World War III For years, young Jeffrey was as ardent a disciple as his father but with the onset of adolescence, he staged a dramatic revolt against this domestic deity and everything he stood for.Filled with absurdist humor and intimate confessions, My Father s Guru is the spellbinding coming of age story of one of our most brilliant writers.

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    1. This is remarkable tale about a childhood that would be impossbile to imagine were if not for Jeffrey Masson's writing skills and treasure of archival documents. Who else in American grew up with a family guru well before the 1960s? It is hard to believe that anyone, inlcuding his parents, could throw their lot into with a guru in this way. But that really means that I can't quite imagine the feeling that someone else would hold such important secrets and knowledge. Masson's acomplishment is por [...]

    2. I picked up this book, not because I was interested in Paul Brunton (I'm not that kind of girl), but because I was intrigued by Jeffrey Masson. After reading three of Jeffrey Masson's controversial books on psychology, I wanted know what inspired him to challenge one of the legends of our time: Sigmund Freud. This book not only answered that question, but several others I had not thought of asking.This book, unlike Masson's others, is a personal memoir. It recounts the long, strange relationship [...]

    3. This story of the author's relationship to the celebrated mystic Paul Brunton is a masterful treatment of the guru/master phenomenon in Western culture. As the author says, Brunton is not an egregious example of a false prophet, and his book is not an exposé. Rather it is the story of a clash between the romantic allure of Eastern mysticism and the inability of man to escape the imperfection of the human condition. He concludes that all gurus promise access to a hidden reality if only you will [...]

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