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Den andlige turisten : en personlig resa genom trons yttre landskap

av Mick Brown

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On a pilgrimage to see the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas; blissed out in Germany with a beautiful Indian girl, believed to be "the Divine Mother"; witnessing miracles in the ashram of Sai Baba; and searching for the Messiah in the back streets of London- the spiritual tourist is the Candide of the age, on a voyage of inner search and illumination. The spiritual quest- a yearning for a sense of the sacred - has become a leitmotif of 20th- century life as we head for the Millennium. In his vivid, interrogative and highly entertaining book, Mick Brown joins the holy, the lost, the wise and the foolish on the highways and backroads of spiritual tourism. In India he encounters the miracle-working Sai Baba, and discusses reincarnation with the world's most revered spiritual figure, the Dalai Lama. In a tiny backwoods church in Tennessee he examines the "crosses of light" which are held as evidence of Christ's imminent return to earth. Mick brown, a writer of passionate engagement, reports with candor, wit and clarity.… (mer)
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I was anticipating a happy wanderer, objectively visiting churches, mosques, temples. This was a different story. The author starts his journey by openly stating that he has "received no epiphany to give (him) faith." He wanders from one cult-like spiritual group to another, finding little more than disappointment and disillusionment everywhere he goes. His last stop is to a Buddhist group where he seems to finally feel some sense of peace. My criticism of his trip centers on two things: (1) he started the journey with an admittedly strong bias against religion and (2) he only went to the very wackiest of spiritual groups. ( )
1 rösta debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
In this combination journalistic endeavor and travel narrative, Mick Brown investigates the outer reaches of religion. He visits Buddhist and Hindu gurus, Theosophist disciples and evangelical Christians in the throes of a miracle. He reveals some as charlatans while still remaining compassionate and respectful to believers. He points out that the spiritual end result may be of great value regardless of the means of achieving it. Although he mostly achieves journalistic objectivity, I preferred when he explored his reactions to the people he met and the experiences he had. There are moments of exultation and skepticism as he seeks religious Truth. As someone who is most familiar with Judeo-Christian religion, however, there were times when I found that more knowledge was expected than I actually have.

Although the books sags a little in the middle, Brown ends on a high note. Perhaps this is because I agree with his ultimate conclusion. He writes:

[Love] is the thing beyond self, for true love is selflessness...Happiness does not lie in separation from others, but in unity with them. Love is timeless and endless. Love goes on, and somehow we go on as part of it, sometimes glimpsing it, sometimes blind to it, warm in its flame, cold and alone when we turn our backs to it. Ultimately only love can conquer despair. Only love makes us whole.

This is a worthwhile read for the religious or spiritual seeker who is willing to look at the variety of human religious experience. ( )
1 rösta nancyewhite | Jan 6, 2010 |
Journalist Mick Brown explores a variety of religious traditions looking for the truth. From exploring the yogic traditions to manifestations of the cross in a window pane, Brown meets every variety of self-deluded believers, charlatans and spiritual seekers that can possibly be imagined. Through out it all his persistence reveals that he keeps hoping to find the truth somewhere. ( )
1 rösta varielle | Mar 9, 2008 |
In some ways, reading this book was like bringing my own personal journey to an end. I've read a lot of books lately about the quest for personal enlightenment, including one by Osho, who is mentioned here in perhaps not the most favourable of lights.

Mick Brown's book is a personal journey through the lands of enlightenment, beginning with interviews with people on the fringes of religion in England, people who believed in higher powers and the spirit world beyond the mainstream religions.

Brown's quest takes him, inevitably, to India, and later to America, where he spends time in ashrams and holy retreats, trying to divine the secret to the gurus popularity, the hold they seemed to have over lost souls.

What makes this book so good, though, is the careful, sincere criticism and critical aspect of the writer. Never is he fully convinced; never does he look down his nose at people who believe what others would only laugh at.

In his vivid descriptions of the characters at the heart of his tale, I was reminded of people I had met on my own travels, and in a way I was brought to reconsider my own future plans and expectations.

In all, a very satisfying, if melancholy, book. ( )
1 rösta soylentgreen23 | Jan 22, 2008 |
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Mijn verrassende zoektocht naar wijsheid en inzicht

De spirituele reiziger trekt van Engeland naar India, door Europa en door Amerika, op zoek naar wijsheid en inzicht. Hij zoekt en hij vraagt. Hij ontmoet goeroes en gekken, wijzen en dwazen. Hij ervaart de heilige lach in Toronto; is onder de indruk van de Goddelijke Moeder in een Duits dorpje; en probeert in Californië engelen te vangen in een vlindernetje. Hij neemt je mee op zijn wonderbaarlijke zoektocht, op zijn avontuur van de geest, op zijn reis - die ook jou een geluksmoment kan schenken in deze woeste wereld.

Je kunt De spirituele reiziger lezen als een spirituele avonturenroman, als een meeslepend verslag van een persoonlijke zoektocht, of als een goed gedocumenteerd en boeiend geschreven overzicht van allerlei zinnige en onzinnige new age-stromingen. In alle gevallen is het een absoluut meeslepende leeservaring!
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On a pilgrimage to see the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas; blissed out in Germany with a beautiful Indian girl, believed to be "the Divine Mother"; witnessing miracles in the ashram of Sai Baba; and searching for the Messiah in the back streets of London- the spiritual tourist is the Candide of the age, on a voyage of inner search and illumination. The spiritual quest- a yearning for a sense of the sacred - has become a leitmotif of 20th- century life as we head for the Millennium. In his vivid, interrogative and highly entertaining book, Mick Brown joins the holy, the lost, the wise and the foolish on the highways and backroads of spiritual tourism. In India he encounters the miracle-working Sai Baba, and discusses reincarnation with the world's most revered spiritual figure, the Dalai Lama. In a tiny backwoods church in Tennessee he examines the "crosses of light" which are held as evidence of Christ's imminent return to earth. Mick brown, a writer of passionate engagement, reports with candor, wit and clarity.

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