The Way to the Labyrinth: Memories of East and West

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New Directions Publishing, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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'This book sings of the joy of abundance when a man fulfills himself - spirit, heart, and body - without denying anything in his given nature, without remorse, without fear, and this testimony is a hymn to life.' -Le Monde
  

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Contents

Prologue
1
THE RETREAT IN THE FORESTTHE PRIORY OF RESSON
9
PORTRAIT OF A FAMILYMY MOTHER A SAINTA TENDER ABSENT FATHER
50
The Discovery of the World
61
AMERICAREFLECTIONS ON AMERICAZAHERTHE NAVYALGERIAPARIS
86
UDAY SHANKARSHANTINIKETANTHE FRIENDS OF TAGORE
100
Travels
111
HENRY DE MONFREIDPARISCALCUTTAAROUND THE WORLD
124
Southern India
198
MADRASPONDICHERRYTHE ASHRAMS
215
EXILEA TRIP TO EUROPETHE PARADISOON NOBILITYZAGAROLO
234
Sundry Characters
240
Musical Landscapes
274
A Hindus View of the Western World
307
Balance Sheet
330
Bibliography
336

Away from the Turmoil
157
Encounters
188

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About the author (1987)

Alain Danielou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

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