|The Mother of God, by Luna Tarlo, relates
the story of the author's three-and-a half years of
harrowing spiritual bondage to her own son, Andrew Cohen,
a well-known American guru. The book describes her
travels in India, Europe, and the United States with
Andrew and his earliest disciples, and reveals in stunning detail her
parallel inner journey from loving observer, to slave-like disciple,
to a final wrenching assertion of autonomy.
book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the preservation of
human dignity in the face of constant manipulation by the various
"powers to be." It will be of particular interest to every
individual who has ever been harmed by the influence of a guru and
also to those individuals' greatly distressed families.
The abuse of power, the incessant fear,
the psychology of obsession are all explored from an intimate
perspective. Since brainwashing cults and their grandiose gurus are
proliferating in this country and around the world, this book is not
only a mother's lament, but also a finger pointing to the growing appeal
everywhere of authoritarianism and absolutism.