Shanti Mandir: Authenticity, Economy and Emotion in a Yoga Ashram

Patrick McCartney
The sociological question of what holds groups together fascinates me. The ‘glue’ of solidarity is considered to be affective emotional experiences experienced during the performance of collective enterprises. The reciprocity of emotion and subsequent exchanges of capital are found at the centre of the guru-disciple relationship. The focus of this relationship is the transference of grace (śaktipāta) from the guru to the disciple. Therefore, in order to understand how a legitimate yogic identity is constructed,...
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