Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities
"Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty . . . weaves a brilliant analysis of the complex role of dreams and dreaming in Indian religion, philosophy, literature, and art. . . . In her creative hands, enchanting Indian myths and stories illuminate and are illuminated by authors as different as Aeschylus, Plato, Freud, Jung, Kurl Gödel, Thomas Kuhn, Borges, Picasso, Sir Ernst Gombrich, and many others. This richly suggestive book challenges many of our fundamental assumptions about ourselves and our world."—Mark C. Taylor, New York Times Book Review
"Dazzling analysis. . . . The book is firm and convincing once you appreciate its central point, which is that in traditional Hindu thought the dream isn't an accident or byway of experience, but rather the locus of epistemology. In its willful confusion of categories, its teasing readiness to blur the line between the imagined and the real, the dream actually embodies the whole problem of knowledge. . . . [O'Flaherty] wants to make your mental flesh creep, and she succeeds."—Mark Caldwell, Village Voice
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actually Aeschylus appears argued argument asked awakened became become believe body Brahmin Buddhist called chapter comes common sense created death demons describe double dream dreamer entered existence experience eyes fact fall father final frame Gadhi girl give gods hand happened Hindu horse husband illusion illusory imagination Indian inside kind king Lavana lives look magic means memory mental merely metaphor mind mistake monk myths named Narada nature never object once Paul Feyerabend perception person philosophical physical play possible problem question Rama reality rebirth regard returns Rudra sage Sanskrit seems seen shadow shared sleep snake story symbol tale tells theme things thought tion told tradition transformation true understand universe unreal Untouchable Vasistha waking Western wife woman
Page 366 - tis like a camel, indeed. Ham. Methinks it is like a weasel. Pol. It is backed like a weasel. Ham. Or, like a whale. Pel. Very like a whale.
Page 366 - Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish, A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs; They are black vesper's pageants.
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