By Gananath Obeyesekere

While a rational realization grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes a fair richer wisdom is feasible via a daring disagreement with the stuff of visions and desires. Spanning either Buddhist and eu sorts of visionary event, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, inventive impulses that strength larger understanding.

Throughout his occupation, Obeyesekere has mixed psychoanalysis and anthropology to light up the connection among own symbolism and non secular event. during this e-book, he starts with Buddha's visionary trances in which, over the process 4 hours, he witnesses millions of his earlier births and eons of worldwide evolution, renewal, and disappearance. He then connects this fracturing of empirical and visionary time to the world of area, contemplating the adventure of a feminine Christian penitent, who stares devotedly at a tiny crucifix in basic terms to determine the gap round it extend to reflect Christ's agony. Obeyesekere follows the subconscious motivations that underly rapture, the fantastical intake of Christ's physique and blood, and physique mutilation and levitation, bridging medieval Catholicism and the pursuits of early sleek inspiration, mirrored in William Blake's inventive visions and poetic desires. He develops the time period "dream-ego" via a dialogue of visionary trips, Jung's and Freud's clinical dreaming, and the cosmic and erotic dream-visions of latest Age virtuosos, and he defines the parameters of a visionary mode of data that gives a extra elastic realizing of fact. A career-culminating paintings, this quantity not just interprets the epistemology of Hindu and Buddhist thinkers to western audiences but in addition revitalizes western philosophical and clinical inquiry.

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