Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals - India

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"Joseph Campbell was one of the foremost interpreters of myth in our time. Yet when he traveled to Asia for the first time he was nearly fifty and at the crossroads of his life and career. This journal of those transformative six months in India - along with its companion volume, Sake & Satori, detailing his time in Japan and East Asia - are as close as Campbell ever came to writing an autobiography." "After ten years' intense study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell embarked on this long-postponed journey. Searching for the
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"Joseph Campbell was one of the foremost interpreters of myth in our time. Yet when he traveled to Asia for the first time he was nearly fifty and at the crossroads of his life and career. This journal of those transformative six months in India - along with its companion volume, Sake & Satori, detailing his time in Japan and East Asia - are as close as Campbell ever came to writing an autobiography." "After ten years' intense study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell embarked on this long-postponed journey. Searching for the transcendent (brahman) - the exotic mystery of the India in his books - he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, cultural and religious rivalry, poverty, the impact of foreign aid, and a prevalent culture of what he called "baksheesh," or alms. This carefully kept journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that would change the course of his life and studies. It is at once a diary of his adventures, a forum in which he develops his revolutionary ideas and clarifies his future pursuits, and a record of his insightful discussions of art, philosophy, and transcendent realities with Indians from every level of society." Balancing Campbell's penetrating discussions of mythology and history are his often-amusing observations of an alien culture and his fellow Western travelers. The text is enhanced by more than sixty personal photographs, specially commissioned maps, and illustrations redrawn from Campbell's own hand. Baksheesh & Brahman illustrates Campbell's working method and grants an illuminating look at the thoughts and experiences of an incredible mind, as well as a revealing portrait of the roiling Indian subcontinent of fifty years ago.
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Campbell argued that each religion's myths were simply different versions of one archetypal myth residing in the collective unconscious of humankind. This collection of journals shows how he arrived at his conclusions. In the fall of 1954, when he was 50, Campbell traveled to India in hopes of experiencing firsthand all the elements of Indian religious practice that he had been studying for a decade. From the beginning, he struggles with ambivalence: "when you look at India from the outside it is a squalid mess and a haven of fakers; but when you look at it from the inside... it is an epiphany of the spirit." These journals chronicle Campbell's meetings with holy men, his management of his wife Jean's dance tour through the country, and his meeting with Nehru. The climax of his visit is his meeting with Sri Krishna Menon in Trivandrum. The guru confirms Campbell's understanding of the Indian scriptures that the goal of the Self is to become one with the Universal. In these journals, Campbell also lays out an ambitious research plan for a project in comparative mythology that would eventually become his four-volume The Masks of God. Although sometimes arrogant and condescending, Campbell interrogates his own prejudices, dismantles them and builds the foundations of what has become an influential way of thinking about the world's religions. (Oct. 15) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577312376
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 522,347
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell ix
Editors' Foreword xi
Notes on the Text xxiii
Prelude 1
Chapter I Travels with Swami 5
New Delhi 5
Kashmir 14
From New Delhi to Calcutta 28
Calcutta 55
Orissa 85
Madras 93
Chapter II Temples and Monuments 109
Bangalore and Mysore 109
Bombay and Aurangabad 117
Bombay to Bangalore and Back 126
Chapter III The Space-Platform 143
Bombay 143
Ahmedabad and New Delhi 187
Chapter IV Dance Tour with Jean Erdman 237
New Delhi 237
Bombay 254
Madras 259
New Delhi 265
Chapter V A Guru and His Devotees 269
Cochin and Trivandrum 269
Madras 287
Appendix A Hinduism 297
Appendix B Chronological Chart of Indian Art 311
Glossary 313
Bibliography 319
Chapter Notes 325
Acknowledgments 357
Index 359
About the Author 387
About the Joseph Campbell Foundation 389
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    Posted July 8, 2008

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    Very interesting evolution of J. Campbell's developing thoughts and also descriptions of various cities in India.

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