By Roberto Calasso
During this revelatory quantity, Roberto Calasso, whom the Paris evaluate has referred to as 'a literary institution', explores the traditional texts often called the Vedas. Little is understood concerning the Vedic those that lived greater than 3 thousand years in the past in northern India: they left at the back of virtually no gadgets, pictures, ruins. They created no empires. Even the hallucinogenic plant, the soma, which looks on the centre of a few in their rituals, has now not been pointed out with any walk in the park. just a 'Parthenon of phrases' continues to be: verses and formulations suggesting a bold knowing of life.
'If the Vedic humans have been requested why they didn't construct cities,' writes Calasso, 'they can have answered: we didn't search strength, yet rapture.' this is often the ardor of the Vedic global, a burning depth that's continuously current, either within the brain and within the cosmos. along with his signature erudition and profound experience of the earlier, Calasso explores the enigmatic internet of formality and fantasy that outline the Vedas. usually at odds with glossy proposal, he indicates how those texts remove darkness from the character of realization greater than neuroscientists were in a position to supply us in past times. Following the 'hundred paths' of the Satapatha Brahmana, a powerful exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor shows that it can be attainable to arrive what's closest by means of passing via that that is such a lot distant, as 'the complete of Vedic India used to be an try and imagine further'.
Roberto Calasso is the writer of many books, between which a piece in development, the place Ardor is the 7th half, after The spoil of Kasch, the wedding of Cadmus and concord, Ka, K., Tiepolo purple and l. a. Folie Baudelaire.
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But why should these two minuscule reflected figures reveal to us what happens after death? Because they are linked together in an extremely long and continually renewed coitus in the space inside the heart: a protective cavern. And what do they live on? ” Here, like a cusp, metaphysics penetrates physiology. ” The two figures reflected in the two eyes enabled Yājñavalkya to enter the cavity of the Self and surprise it in its constant and double erotic activity, which is the mind itself. And from here Yājñavalkya rises straightaway to the peak of negative theology: “As for the ātman, the Self, it can only be expressed in the negative: ungraspable, because it cannot be grasped; indestructible, because it cannot be destroyed; detached, because it doesn’t become attached; without ties, nothing stirs it, nothing wounds it.
Yājñavalkya III. Animals IV. The Progenitor V. They Who Saw the Hymns VI. The Adventures of Mind and Speech VII. Ātman VIII. Perfect Wakefulness IX. The Brāhmaṇas X. The Line of the Fires XI. Vedic Erotica XII. Gods Who Offer Libations XIII. Residue and Surplus XIV. Hermits in the Forest XV. Ritology XVI. The Sacrificial Vision XVII. After the Flood XVIII. Tiki XIX. The Act of Killing XX. The Flight of the Black Antelope XXI. King Soma Antecedents and Consequents Notes Note on Sanskrit Pronunciation Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Index Illustration Credits Frontispiece Also by Roberto Calasso A Note About the Author and Translator Copyright How many fires are there, how many suns, how many dawns, how many waters?
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