Holy madness : the shock tactics and radical teachings of by Georg Feuerstein

By Georg Feuerstein

Holy insanity explores the non secular phenomenon often called loopy knowledge -- the purposefully outrageous, conventiondestroying habit of non secular adepts in each nice culture, from Christian Fools for Christ throughout the Sufi direction of Blame, to the charismatic leaders of latest religions. the writer explores the middle of the non secular procedure via 8 severe indepth cameos of holy insanity in motion within the lives of 8 contemporaries, together with Chgyam Trungpa, Bhagwan Rajneesh and Aleister Crowley. This revised and elevated version encompasses a new evaluate of the yank guru Adi Da (formerly Da loose John) and the psychopathology of blind religion, utilizing the instance of Shoko Asahara (founder of Japan's notorious terrorist sect AUM). the writer deals guidance for selecting a sensible, enlightened consultant or guru, and counsel for fending off the exploitative.

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He threw stones at them, and they fled for safety. " he yelled after them. " Perhaps Shibli felt that, despite their visit, his fellow travelers had inwardly abandoned him because of his wayward behavior and that, therefore, they had failed to understand the nature of his unio mystica. From the Sufi perspective, at any rate, Shibli was beyond reproach, because in the ecstatic state there is no ego to assume responsibility for what is being said and done. In his fine introductory book on Sufism, Reynold A.

Their seemingly crazy deeds have the express purpose of topsy-turvying consensus reality in order to lead to spiritual breakthroughs. In this book I try to examine as objectively and compassionately as possible the questionable aspects of the guru-centric traditions and holy madness, or crazy wisdom, in particular. Yet, I also make a case for the authenticity and the conditional legitimacy of holy folly as a teaching tool. I even go as far as speculating about the possible social and evo­ lutionary usefulness of the crazy-wisdom approach.

This does not mean that we gain some new insight, acquire some new knowledge or power. Insight, knowledge, and power are all downstream of opposition; awakening is upstream. Indeed Zen awakening is awakening to the opposites as two valid ways of being. 7 Neither the tricksters nor the genuine crazy-wise adepts are evil in themselves. They play tricks, all the while remaining beyond the con­ ventional sphere of good and evil. This at least is the thrust of both mythology and much of mysticism: Reality in its nakedness, whether mythologically pictured or mystically realized, transcends the moral dimension of human experience.

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