Table of Contents

1 . NAMASTE, AMERICA!
What India Has Given Us and Why It Matters
2 . THE VOICE OF AN OLD INTELLIGENCE
“Hindoo” texts enchant Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman
3 . NEW THOUGHT IN OLD WINESKINS
Eddy, Blavatsky, and the New Thoughters metabolize Vedanta
4 . THE HANDSOME MONK IN THE ORANGE ROBE
Swami Vivekananda conquers the Parliament and creates the Vedanta Society
5 . THE PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS
Swamis tutor smart guys, and they tutor us
6 . THE YOGI OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Paramhansa Yogananda becomes the voice of India
7. BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND
Beatniks, hippies, and consciousness expanders trip toward the East
8 . MAHA MASS MEDIA
The Fab Four fi nd Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and meditation goes mainstream
9 . THE BABY BOOMERS’ BABAS
Muktananda, Bhaktivedanta, and other gurus storm the seventies
10. YOGA BEARERS
Satchidananda, Iyengar, and other Yogacharyas take Americans to the mat
1 1 . SEX, LIES, AND IDIOSYNCRASIES
The guru wave casts a shadow
12 . MADE IN THE USA
Ram Dass, Deepak, and other American Acharyas take the wheel
13 . NOT JUST ACADEMIC
Practitioner-pandits penetrate the Ivory Tower
1 4 . GURU AMERICANA
Om-grown gurus gather disciples
15 . ARTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
Musicians and writers channel India
16. SPIRIT OF SCIENCE, SCIENCE OF SPIRIT
The cosmic Shiva dances into the lab
1 7. INTO THE MYSTIC
A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into an Ashram
18. THE ONCE AND FUTURE RELIGION
America the spiritual evolves