Did Andrew Cohen ever speak to you about his fallout with Poonja? Why exactly this occurred?
Andre van de Braak:
Andrew wrote a whole book about his fallout with Poonja in which he described in detail why exactly it occurred – from his perspective of course. It’s called “Autobiography of an Awakening”.
NDM: What are your thoughts on the philosopher Ken Wilber, the man you did your PhD thesis on and his association and support of Andrew Cohen, as well as his association with Adi da?
Andre van de Braak: I did not do my Ph.D. thesis on Ken Wilber, but my Masters Thesis. Back in the eighties he was my idol, but recently, with his founding of the Integral Institute, I find that he has become more intolerant and impatient with his critics, and not really all that interested in a dialogue. Although he is associated with Andrew Cohen through their dialogues in "EnlightenNext Magazine", I do not believe that he supports Andrew Cohen. I don't think he would recommend to anyone to live in Andrew Cohen's spiritual community, for example. I think he learned from his premature and naive endorsement of Adi da