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Reply To: The Grail and Joseph Campbell


We of the Occident are about to arrive at a crossroads that was reached by the thinkers of India some seven hundred years before Christ. This is the real reason why we become both vexed and stimulated, uneasy yet interested, when confronted with the concepts and images of Oriental wisdom. This crossing is one to which the people of all civilizations come in the typical course of the development of their capacity and requirement for religious experience, and India’s teachings force us to realize what its problems are. But we cannot take over the Indian solutions. We must enter the new period our own way and solve its questions for ourselves, because though truth, the radiance of reality, is universally one and the same, it is mirrored variously according to the mediums in which it is reflected. Truth appears differently in different lands and ages according to the living materials out of which its symbols are hewn.

I couldn’t agree more.

While  Western evangelist Krishna devotees,Vedic Scholars,Tantriks and Vedantists, abound today- I feel that the Western mind  deems it to be a prerequisite, to surrender the Constructive creativity that sets it apart from more static and  rigid  systems having deep seated  archetypal structures that still determine personal and transpersonal evolution of the psyche – to attain Eastern Spiritual Wisdom

The dynamic analytical and assimiliative nature of the Western intellect is very essential to integrate all schools of thought and provide a wider and multihued psychic material  to explore  and evolve, for  future generations

. But there are few examples like the exploration of the idea of Non Dualism, Ken Wilbers concept of evolution at a  personal  and civilisational  level in Integral theory, aas well as Eckhart Tolle.. They bring in refreshing new ideas.  And at the same time allow  space and horizons for the mind to extend  – and to finally surpass these ideas in one’s personal journey

I also believe that Joseph Campbell was too obsessed with the Hero’s journey to give due diligence to the phase after the Return of Hero. In Indian mythology it is replete with sorrow and disaster. Whereas the Buddhists perceive the Boddhisatva who has attained Nirvana but returns to help humanity out of endless compassion. They more often than not – eventually became objects of deification. Christ is indeed a hero who returned to transform a civilisation and is often revered and worshipped for sacrificing his flesh  than than pursuing his  Dharma. Could anyone point me to any of  Joe’s books, touching on this subject?