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The Mother of God Paperback – July 6, 2009
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First of all it is very, very well written. It is also painfully self-revealing, almost agonizingly so. I'd like to point out that although this book deals with an aspect of eastern civilization, we have a tradition in western civilization, too, a tradition of written history and biography, going back thousands of years (e.g. Plutarch), a tradition that says we tell the truth--no matter where that truth leads--the unvarnished, unexaggerated truth. And the fine lady who wrote this book about her son has, by doing so, placed herself squarely in that tradition. If I ever met her, I would offer her a bouquet of flowers. There is absolutely no self-aggrandizement to be found here anywhere. It is a really fine piece of work.
I read the book in less than two days, I found it so interesting. It recounts the story of how her son, well known guru andrew cohen, was "enlightened" through eastern "holy man" h.w.l. poonja. (I'd heard about this by word of mouth years ago).
However, what I hadn't heard was that upon her son's return to america, like so many westerners who play guru, he became a power-mad tyrant, bully, and monster.
(The book this most reminded me of was "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain, another story about a woman whose child grew up to be a selfish monster).
As someone else pointed out, no one in this story looks good. To give you a taste of the goofiness at large here--poonja claimed that several other westerners were enlightened through him, INCLUDING THE WOMAN WHO WROTE THIS BOOK. Yes!Read more ›
"The True Teacher knocks down the Idol that the Student makes of him." - Rumi
Andrew Cohen claims that Enlightenment is a PERMANENT state of consciousness that results in an end to suffering. When I was in college, I held similar premature beliefs of enlightenment as a sort of mystical "finish-line", that once crossed, you are forever free from self-doubt, self-delusion. At the time, I sought out numerous guru-types and Andrew Cohen was the first I met.Read more ›
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I have not yet read this book but have been a very engaged and interested spiritual adept over a lifetime and have had a handful of significant relationships with certain spiritual... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jackson
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This is an incredible book -- probably the only expose' written about a guru by his biological mother! Read more
This is a close, in-depth expose of a teacher who went too far and beyond his capability. He greatly needed therapy before spiritual experience and supervision afterwards, neither... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Grateful Grace
I was in a class where they taught Andrew Cohen quite seriously. And maybe his books aren't all that terrible. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Clarissa
A courageous, truly enlightening book. Highly recommended. This is one of now three full book length expose's about Cohen, not to mention the websites and discussions online - and... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by to2911
THANK GOD THAT THE `godfather' HAS A COURAGEOUS MOTHER.
I had the misfortune of being around Cohen only once. Someone had urged me to go hear him talk. Read more
This book validated why India is not on my list of places to visit. Meanwhile, she does a good job of describing her son's (Andrew Cohen) paltry progression from a self-absorbed... Read morePublished on August 10, 2005 by Emily Griffen
This work is unique and left me almsot non-plussed. Anyone who has endured attack from the current ratpat of satsang gurus needs to study the ground carefully and this work is... Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by John C. Landon
This book and others about "killing the father figure" of the Guru are really really bad books ! What should be a step on their way toward freedom, enlightment or whatever you may... Read morePublished on March 26, 2004 by Yannick Launoy