Since the shit hit the fan in the Ansuara community last month, Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad‘s book, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power has been turning up in conversations (most notably, in this thoughtful post by Brooks Hall on Elephant Journal). Their seminal 1993 book takes a close look at the guru-disciple dynamic, and how relationships function as a mask for authoritarian individuals. It’s no wonder that this lens is helping many make sense of the upheaval in the Anusara community and John Friend’s fall from grace.
In this short trailer, Joel and Diana offer an interesting and neutral perspective on the underlying motivating factors of the Anusara situation. When host Antonio Sausys asks if there’s a solution to the situation “in yoga,” Joel boldly replies, “From my point of view, there isn’t a solution.”
Do you agree with this? Let us know what you think.
Antonio’s conversation will stream live Tuesday March 27, 8:30-9 pm and Wednesday, March 28, 11:30-noon on http://www.cmcm.tv/