Author: Robert C GordonPublisher: National Book TrustYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 255ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123749341
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the first American to pioneer the serious exploration of Indian philosophy, and as his own thinking grew over time, Indian philosophy profoundly influenced the course of that growth. Emerson and the Light of India thoroughly investigate the ways in which the scriptures of India shaped the maturing Transcendentalism of this great American thinker. In addition, by analyzing in concrete detail the crucial ways in which the scriptures of India influenced Emerson’s metaphysical development, Light of India repudiates the arguments of those who maintain that Emerson abandoned the optimistic faith of his youth. It makes plain that those who ascribe to Emerson a “Fall” from his early beliefs are demonstrably in error, primarily because of their serious misunderstanding of the influence, on Emerson, of Hindu and Buddhist teachings.
AcknowledgementsForewordPrefaceChapter One: Emerson At HarvardChapter Two: Nature In The MakingChapter Three: Pragmatism and ProcessChapter Four: The Beneficent UniverseChapter Five: The Vedas in The VioletChapter Six: The Successive Maias of VishnuChapter Seven: The Avatars of BramhaChapter Eight: Fate into FreedomChapter Nine: Emerson and AurobindoEnd NotesBibliographyIndex