Freemasonry in India: Masonic Vedanta - Dr. Guy L. Beck

1989  Syracuse University     Ph.D.   (Religion)

1986  Syracuse University     M.A.   (Fine Arts/Musicology)

1982  University of South Florida    M.A.  (Religious Studies)

1981  University of Denver    B.A.  (Social Sciences)
Teaching Experience
1999-2009. Tulane University (visiting assistant professor, adjunct professor, Dept. of Classical Studies). Pioneered the Religious Studies Program. Courses: Introduction to Religion, World Religions, Asian Religions, Hinduism, Religion and Music, Music Cultures of the World; Online World religions, Online Hinduism
2008-2009. University of New Orleans (adjunct instructor, Dept. of Philosophy).

Courses: Religions of the East, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics
Fall 2007. University of Mississippi (Croft Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy). Courses: World Religions, Asian Religions, Online Hinduism
2006-2007. University of North Carolina-Wilmington (lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy). Courses: Asian Religions, Bhakti Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Music in World Religions
Fall 2001. Oxford University, England. (Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies). Courses: Hinduism and Music ( ),

Ethnomusicology (Graduate Seminar).
1997-1999. College of Charleston, SC (visiting assistant professor). Courses: Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology of Religion, World Religions, Religion and Music
1995-1997. Loyola University New Orleans (visiting assistant professor, Dept. of Religious Studies). Courses: Hindu Paths to God, Buddhism, Discovering Islam, Spiritual Ways of China, World Religions (Honors)
Louisiana State University, 1990-1995 (acting assistant professor, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies) Courses: Eastern Religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Religion and Music


Selected Publications   
Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1993). Studies in Comparative Religion Series. Author.

Alternative Krishnas: Religional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005. Editor.
Sacred Sound: Music in World Religions (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006). Editor.
“Religious and Devotional Music: Northern Area.” In Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5, Indian Subcontinent. Alison Arnold, ed. (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000), 246-258.
“Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit.” In Religions of India in Practice. Donald S. Lopez, ed. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995), 133-144.
***Articles on Freemasonry
  •“Freemasons.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, vol. 5. Lindsay Jones, Editor-in-Chief. New York: Thomson Gale, 2005, pp. 3193-3199.
•“Celestial Lodge Above: The Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem as a Religious Symbol in Freemasonry.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 4.1 (October 2000): 28-51.
•Co-authored with Naresh Sharma. “Freemasonry in India: The Intersection of Hindu & Masonic Teachings.” Heredom: The Transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society Volume 15 (2007): 241-274.
 Fellowships, Grants 
2009-2010  Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship

2007-2008  AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) Fellowship

2001   Infinity Foundation Research Grant.

1992-93   Fulbright Faculty Research Grant (India)

1988-89   National Hindi Fellowship
 Areas of Competence 
Asian Religions:  Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions 

World Religions, World Philosophies, Ethics; Biblical studies; Freemasonry

History of Religions: theory and method in comparative religion

Religion and Music: comparative study of music and ritual
Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Bengali, French, German
  Conferences and Memberships 
2000. Conference of Chant in World Religions: Modern Perspectives on

               Traditional Practice, held at Princeton University.,
American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Jurisdiction

Scottish Rite Research Society; Life Member

Fayetteville Central City Lodge #305. Fayetteville, NY