Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal

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New World Library, 2003 - Philosophy - 166 pages
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Following such volumes as Baksheesh and Brahman, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and Thou Art That, this previously unpublished title is Volume six in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. It shows Campbell's remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. Myths of Light collects seven lectures and articles on subjects ranging from the ancient Hindu Vedas to Zen koans, Tantric yoga, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. A worthy companion to Campbell's Asian journals, this volume conveys complex insights through warm, accessible storytelling, revealing the intricacies and secrets of his subjects with his typical enthusiasm.
  

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Contents

THE BIRTH OF BRAHMAN
1
I and Thou
9
The Myth of the Lights
13
The EverBurning Sacrifice
15
The Face of Glory
20
THE JIVAS JOURNEY
25
Yoga of the Body Mind and Heart
38
The Round of Sorrow
44
East Asian Art
83
VESSELS TO THE FARTHER SHORE
93
The Pursuit and Escape of Dharma
101
Dharma and Sat
107
The Stages of Life
114
The Flower of the World
117
Ferryboats
127
THE TIGER IN THE DEPTHS
137

The Horror
46
The World Soul
48
Destroyers and Creators
50
The Individual in Oriental Myth
59
Agents of the Eternal
65
The Imagery of Rebirth Yoga
68
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
75
Creativity in Oriental Myth
79
The Tigers and the Goats
138
CHAPTER NOTES
141
A JOSEPH CAMPBELL BIBLIOGRAPHY
149
INDEX
153
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
163
ABOUT THE JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION
165
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About the author (2003)

Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987.

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