eleven years I lived in India, from 1973 to 1984 as an initiate
of Sant Kirpal Singh, I was often lent or sent books about
other Westerners who had also come to spend extended time
in India. But they were often about Westerners who had been
drawn onto the guru-trail in search of an evolved being
but who stumbled onto one that leads innocent victims into
the hungry jaws of a white-bearded, impressively-robed monster
who leaves them more spiritually - and often more materially
- bankrupt than before. These accounts would often be amusing,
sometimes they had reason to be bitter, but were made all
the more readable by being slanted, prejudiced or misinformed.
They made me wonder why hardly any serious in-depth studies
had appeared dealing with the many Westerners who have taken
the plunge, left the bright lights of home and are now living
fulfilled lives in this vast, fascinating country. There
is no shortage of books on India’s host of saints,
seers and gurus, but what about their Western disciples?
Why has so little appeared by them, or about their achievements?
They may have taken to the simple life, but surely they
are not all under vows of silence?....
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Malcolm Tillis 2006