Book about Guru's on Amazon


Date: 04-18-02

By: Editors of

The book: "The Guru Papers, masks of authoritarian power" by Joel Kramer en Diana Altstad is a must read for all who have been on the wrong track at the feet of some guru.

It's available on

There is some more information on the back cover of the book below.

Special thanks to Y.S. from Holland who informed us!


"Easily the most comprehensive, erudite, and timely book in print to explore authoritarianism in religion, institutions, power, the family, intimacy and sexual relations, and personal problems such as addiction... Argue[s)] persuasively that any system of values that places tradition and the past above the imperative to question the present is destined to become increasingly lethal."

--Keith Thompson, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Spells out the dangers of becoming addicted to another's authority in any sphere of life."

-- Times Literary Supplement (London)

"A thorough, wide-ranging analysis of the way power has historically been maintained... Its thesis is elegant and nearly unlimited in its ramifications... [Shows that] authoritarianism... is part of the way we think."

--The New Mexican (Santa Fe)

"The chapter on addiction presents an exciting and provocative new concept about the origin and process of addiction. A must read for therapists and addiction counselors."

-- Ann McKain, Ed.D., President of The American Academy of Psychotherapists, 1994-96

"[Has] the potential to shift readers' minds in a deep way. [The] authors are onto something big - possibly even the root of human error."


DIANA ALSTAD, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, received a doctorate from Yale University in 1971. She taught in the humanities and initiated and taught the first Women's Studies courses at Yale and Duke.

JOEL KRAMER did post-graduate study in philosophy and psychology was a resident teacher at Esalen Institute (1968-70). The author of The Passionate Mind, he is also an internationally acknowledged adept of psychical and mental yoga. They have written and led seminars together since 1974.

ISBN 1 - 883319-00-5