Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals - India

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New World Library, 2002 - Religion - 390 pages
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After ten years of intensive study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell, at 50, finally embarked on a journey to India. Searching for the transcendent (Brahman), he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, religious rivalry, poverty, and a prevalent culture of what he called ?baksheesh, or alms. This journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that would change the course of Campbell's life and study, and his transition from professor to counterculture icon. Balancing Campbell's astute explorations of mythology and history are his often amusing observations of a sometimes frustrating alien culture and his fellow Western travelers. This account also includes personal photographs, specially commissioned maps, and illustrations redrawn from Campbell's own hand.
  

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Review: Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals-India (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Robert Dietrich - Goodreads

Interesting mix of cultural and religious insights regarding the period in India's history and mundane (but rarely boring) details regarding his travels. Documents the changes Campbell was going through regarding his feelings about the strengths and weaknesses of the east and west. Read full review

Review: Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals-India (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Had some good points of interest but not people oriented enough for me. Read full review

Contents

TRAVELS WITH SWAMI
5
KASHMIR
14
FROM NEW DELHI TO CALCUTTA
28
CALCUTTA
55
ORISSA
85
MADRAS
93
TEMPLES AND MONUMENTS
109
BOMBAY AND AURANGABAD
117
NEW DELHI
265
A GURU AND HIS DEVOTEES
269
MADRAS
287
HINDUISM
297
CHRONOLOGICAL CHART OF INDIAN ART
311
GLOSSARY
313
BIBLIOGRAPHY
319
CHAPTER NOTES
325

BOMBAY TO BANGALORE AND BACK
126
THE SPACE PLATFORM
143
AHMEDABAD AND NEW DELHI
187
DANCE TOUR WITH JEAN ERDMAN
237
BOMBAY
254
MADRAS
259
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
357
INDEX
359
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
387
ABOUT THE JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION
389
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

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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