The Mother of God

  By Luna Tarlo

Since the publication of the book, Luna Tarlo and her son Andrew Cohen have reconciled and see one another when Andrew is not travelling.
"Luna Tarlo has had a unique experience. Most people do not wake up from being mother of god. She did. She woke up and stepped away from folly. It is brace thing to do. And to write about it with such clarity and calmness and complete honesty is a tremendous achievement. She deserves the gratitude of every seeker of the truth for her courage."
  - Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson, author, My Father's Guru
"Luna, you attempted a difficult thing and succeeded with great skillfulness. You maintained an unbroken inner vision, inner world, an image, in just the language, moods, whims, changes of a personal Kafkaesque experience."
  - Anais Nin, on Luna Tarlo's earlier writing
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.

This 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.