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.
|Title of host publication||Through a Glass Darkly|
|Subtitle of host publication||Reflections on the Sacred|
|Editors||Frances Di Lauro|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Sydney University Press|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|