The Hidden Influence of Hinduism in the West
Few Americans have any idea that many of the “spiritual” concepts they hold dear came to them by way of India through an ancient tradition of the Vedas, Vedanta. Phil Goldberg traces the spiritual gifts of “yoga”, “mind-body-spirit”, “Maya”, “karma” and many, many more through their fascinating journey across the sea to this country and reveals how they became embedded in the current collective psyche of America.
Emerson and Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Dylan and Walt Whitman, Mary Baker Eddy – founder of Christian Science – and Paramahansa Yogananda, Rama Krishna and The Beatles and many more all had a role to play in the unfolding transfer of these concepts and values into our daily American culture.
The story of “American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West” is compelling and Phil Goldberg is a wonderful historian and storyteller.
It seems only fitting with The Guibord Center’s Mission that we provide a stage for Phil Goldberg to acknowledge the debt we owe to Hinduism and specifically Vedanta.