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The sacred literature of Hinduism is traditionally divided into two “families.” In the older of the two are the books of revelation, held in highest. In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. Each of its fourteen chapters. KA. Stories of the Mind and Gods of India. by Roberto Calasso In crisply written prose, Calasso (The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony.

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cxlasso Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: Mornings in the British Library and afternoons in the Warburg Institute. It has to be savoured over many nights. I have a basic familiarity with the life of Buddha. After reading in depth analysis in this book, I doubt I will ever be able to think of the horse sacrifice as just a interesting device used in the Ramayana ja that Ram could met his twins.

I assuaged my resulting feelings of being extra dumb by realizing it would be difficult for me, a mere mortal, to understand such matters anyway.


It is rather harrowing. The first line was about the sound of a tramway, which changed with the onset of summer. A terribly lively, intelligent, quick woman named Maria Di Porto. I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. A part journey and a part myth Ka has stories within stories. Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge looked like a single tree: And the mind imagined that Self as having consistency.


It is a charming explanation of how the great Ganges came into being. The mind was what transformed and what was transformed.

At night I heard it race toward us—number A moment later Garuda could make out a thousand snakes’ eyes, coldly watching him. Jun 23, Benjie Deford rated it it was amazing. I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry. If you read as a means and not an end, i. It was an act of great generosity. He was sneaking a look at their love-making before chased away by Parvati.

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What Calasso did with western classical mythology in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony he also does with Indian mythology. Other passages are more philosophical, though they are integrated into conversations or stories: In a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna cxlasso these two birds of the Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot. Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide.

Calaso the morning I try not to have much to do with the publishing house. About Ka “A giddy invasion of stories—brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. From behind came a voice: There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing.

I write with this pen.

Storytelling comes hand in hand calasso philosophical exposition and critical analysis, just as ritual merges with theology and the vividly concrete embodies the abstract. Pushing out its aerial roots, the asvattha slowly strangles the sami.


But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise that they have a knack for presenting complex thoughts in a beautiful way. K restricts the focus to a single author, Franz Kafka ; this trend continues with Il rosa Tiepoloinspired by an adjective used by Proust to describe riberto shade of pink used by Tiepolo in his paintings. He begins with a mystery: There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are.

The Fascists liberated all three men. I’m probably reading the Upanishads next-stead. In a whisper, he will say to you: They were close friends. Photography by Bruce Chatwinedited and introduced by Calasso. Ogni amante ama innanzitutto un assente.

Try as Calasso may, to show how the Buddhist teachings flow from, and react against, the Hindu myths, Chapters XIV is just not as interesting as the earlier ones.

Another world civilization is surveyed calwsso Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology.

Roberto Calasso

Again, on the beginning of stories: We are experiencing technical difficulties. The soma in Chapter X is associated with knowledge, as conveyed through a parable strikingly similar to Plato’s cave.

To capture Siva’s heart, Parvati left her royal life to practice tapas in the forest.

To solve that problem Brahma created Death.