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O wad some Pow r the giftie gie usTo see oursels as ithers see us Robert BurnsI loved this vision of India through the eyes of a foreigner one that can see beyond the snake charmers and whose eyes are not clouded by the mystic balderdash of the mysterious East.Paz seems to be one person who has really understood the concept of India because India is, ultimately, a concept. Who could explain India No one, not in the whole, but Paz gives it a loving and illuminating go. This book is poetry in prose Octavio Paz, a Mexican poet, Nobel Laureate and former ambassador to India, writes about India, its history, philosophy, poetry and culture with extraordinary grace and felicity Paz is an obviously erudite man whose knowledge and depth of analysis is staggering, and informed by the common experience of colonialism both Mexico and India had to suffer This makes the book free from the standard Western tropes that have come to shape the global image of India.Paz touc This book is poetry in prose Octavio Paz, a Mexican poet, Nobel Laureate and former ambassador to India, writes about India, its history, philosophy, poetry and culture with extraordinary grace and felicity Paz is an obviously erudite man whose knowledge and depth of analysis is staggering, and informed by the common experience of colonialism both Mexico and India had to suffer This makes the book free from the standard Western tropes that have come to shape the global image of India.Paz touches upon an astounding variety of subjects, and all of them with brilliant originality, but I especially liked his analysis of Sanskrit poetry his exploration of the erotic in Indian philosophy his study of the conception of time in Indian, Chinese, Islamic and Christian cosmology and its rupture by the modern idea of linear progress and his comparison of the colonial experiences of India and Mexico For instance, sample this comparative exposition on the meaning of time in India, Chinese and Islamic philosophies For Hinduism, time has no meaning, or,exactly, it has no meaning other than its obliteration by total Being, as Krishna tells Arjuna This conception of time explains the absence of a historical consciousness among Hindus India has had great poets, philosophers, architects, and painters, but it has never, until modern times, had a great historian Among the various means of negating time among the Hindus, there are two that are particularly astonishing metaphysical negation and social negation The first prevented the birth of that literary, scientific, and philosophical genre we call history The second, the institution of the castes, immobilized society.The contrast with the Muslims and the Chinese is remarkable For the Chinese, perfection was in the past Confucius remarked I do not invent, I transmit I believe in Antiquity and I love it Civilization is an order that is no different from the natural and cosmic order it is a rhythm Barbarianism is the transgression of the rules of nature, the confusion of the heavenly principle with the earthly, the mixing of the five elements and the four points of the horizon a rupture of the cosmic rhythm Barbarianism is not anterior to history it is outside of it The dawn of civilization, the mythic happy age of the Yellow Emperor, is also its noon, its highest moment The apogee is at the birth, the beginning is perfection and therefore the archetype for excellence Antiquity is perfect because it represents the state of harmony between the natural world and the social world Thus the importance of the five Classic Books They are the source of political knowledge and the foundation of the art of government politics is one part of the theory of universal correspondence music, poetry, dance, and the rites are political because they are rhythm the imitation of the ancients is the path to knowledge and virtuous government The Taoist heterodoxy did not believe in the classics or in civilization or in virtue, in the sense given these words by Confucius and his disciples, but agreed with them in seeing nature as a model wisdom is in accord with the rhythm of nature, knowledge is not a knowing, but a tuning of the soul The meaning of time is in the past Antiquity is the sun that illuminates our works, judges our acts, guides our steps Among the Muslims, history is a chronicle, not a meditation on time Ibn Khaldun, however, divides human societies into two groups primitive cultures and civilizations The former, whether nomadic or sedentary, do not properly understand history tied to the earth or wandering in the desert, they live permanently in the same time Civilizations are born, reach their apogee, decline and disappear goats come to graze around their ruined stones Civilizations are individual organisms, each one with its own characteristics, but all are subject to the laws of birth and death And yet they contain a timeless element religion True perfection is not in time but in religions above all, in the ultimate religion, Islam, which is the definitive revelation.As you may have realized, In Light of India is not an easy book to read Paz packs in a lot of punch in less than 200 pages but there s loads to learn from this book, not just about India and the world, but also about the effective use of language, how a combination of the right words elevates a text from the category of knowledge to the category of wisdom Paz truly reveals himself as a first rate poet even in this eccentric collection of reflective essays Highly recommended This book is amazing Reading about India in the words of Octavio Paz has been a truly different kind of experience for me His constant references to Mexico and Mesoamerican civilization draw some really interesting comparisons and revelations His perspective on India is so completely fascinating and unique, I couldn t put this book down Additionally, the way he writes is just pure art I need to read some other things by him. ( Read ) ☱ Vislumbres de la India ♷ Uncertainty stalks Octavio Paz In Light of India is Paz s return to issues addressed in his poems of India that were inspired by his residence there three decades earlier The paradoxes of a troubled nation are persistent, and Paz revisits the unfathomable facets of India with an eye on his Mexican homeland Beneath the sensuous veneer of modern India lies a complex lattice of religious tendrils that reach into and influence Indian history, society, literature, and art Paz follows these tendrils as well as anyone can, piecing together a nation of beauty, profundity, and enigma Profundity aside, if Paz were writing about dust particles, he d be worth reading I always enjoy the minute poetry in every sentence that Paz constructs, because they are like strings in a tapestry This book is a work of art, filled with insight on Mexico, India, nationalism, colonialism, and expressing the human experience to discover identity through literature. How good a literature can go Though lived in India for long time, I personally was never exposed to the artistic and poetic heritage of golden era of Hinduism India Budhism Whenever I used to hear about empire of Indian civilization around the middle of first millennium, it always used to raisequestion to me Why that era is considered empire, whether it was cultural superiority, religious humility coming from passive teaching of Budhism Jainism with a learning of Vedas revival of Hi How good a literature can go Though lived in India for long time, I personally was never exposed to the artistic and poetic heritage of golden era of Hinduism India Budhism Whenever I used to hear about empire of Indian civilization around the middle of first millennium, it always used to raisequestion to me Why that era is considered empire, whether it was cultural superiority, religious humility coming from passive teaching of Budhism Jainism with a learning of Vedas revival of Hinduism by Shankracharya What was the need of ZERO Why the erotic art in Temples Though Octavio Paz didnt answer all these questions, but opened the door which try to lead to the answer with different paths Have to say sometimes, this is less of commoner literature ,of 7th to 13th century Sanskrit and other contemporary languages Poems Anthology. I like this author, and I am interested in India, so I thought this might be a good book It was a little dull and too full of facts for my taste I was really hoping to get an account of life in India from a Mexican, but mostly I felt like I was being schooled in Indian history He talks a lot about religion, but only a little bit about the religious tension in India mostly he just describes the dogma and writings of religion My favorite part was when he compared Mexico and India I was di I like this author, and I am interested in India, so I thought this might be a good book It was a little dull and too full of facts for my taste I was really hoping to get an account of life in India from a Mexican, but mostly I felt like I was being schooled in Indian history He talks a lot about religion, but only a little bit about the religious tension in India mostly he just describes the dogma and writings of religion My favorite part was when he compared Mexico and India I was disappointed by most of the book if you already know about Indian history, you will be bored by this book Great book Especially learned alot from Paz s insightful comparisons between Hindu and Islamic philosophy and culture, Hinduism and Christianity, as well as between India and Mexico. I wantedof his personal experiences of living in India compared with the country s religious history.