Thinking about Levinas in Relation to a Spiritual Community

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As a phenomenological approach to the study of New ReligiousMovements (NRMs) this paper attempts to explore participationin an NRM by thinking about Levinas' idea of the Other. In thisexploration Levinas helps in questioning what may underpin theresponse to the Other, and specifically to the Guru. The first partof this paper highlights my own area of interest in the practice ofSiddha Yoga in Australia, and the popular concept of affiliationaround brainwashing. Brainwashing has been an influentialmodel in informing mental health professionals on affiliation,which has included my own profession of social work. Therefore,it is important that I present a discussion of brainwashing beforeoffering an alternative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThrough a Glass Darkly
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on the Sacred
EditorsFrances Di Lauro
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherSydney University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781920898540
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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