- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; Reprint edition (27 September 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816638640
- ISBN-13: 978-0816638642
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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My Guru and His Disciple Paperback – 27 Sep 2001
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Isherwood's Intimate Thoughts on His Spiritual Path2 June 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fascinating look at an important part of Christopher Isherwood's life... his most intimate thoughts about his spiritual path as a devotee of the "Hollywood Swami." The Vedanta Society and Hindu practice were not as widely accepted in his day as they are now. Isherwood seems to walk the line between his "carnal" desires and secular habits and a deep devotion to following Swami. This is pertinent to all who are curious about Isherwood's life, gay life in the 50's and spiritual seekers. I found it a good read.
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A little boring, frankly, though sincere11 January 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
If you're tempted to believe that becoming a disciple will bring you into a world without pain, or that your fellow disciples will all display unfailing good humor, this book will disabuse you. If you were an atheist (I'm not) you could see this as one gay man's delusional attempt to transcend his (very, very) powerful homosexual impulses and his discovery that all he needed was a beautiful teenage boy. On that latter part: Christopher and Don Bachardy, improbably, perhaps, stayed together 'til Isherwood's death, recounted beautifully in a film, "Chris and Don." I found the book rather tedious in parts, like most diaries, I suppose. I didn't really care that much about all this ups and downs and backs and forths. The Swami comes across as certainly sincere, human, and committed to his spiritual beliefs, as does everybody. In the end (speaking as one who led a life in a Catholic order for many years), you discover that, wherever you go, there you are, and that everybody, from the Dalai Lama to you, are human, fallible, and lovable.
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Honest, interesting....7 July 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. the spirit of Swami Prabhavananda shines through. The relationship between Christopher (after reading the book I feel I personally know him) and his guru had a deep loving current that left an indelible impression.
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