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W.B. Yeats and the Upaniṣads, Shalini Sikka

W.B. Yeats and the Upaniṣads
W.B. Yeats and the Upaniṣads
Statement of responsibility
Shalini Sikka
  • "This book focuses on the Irish Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), and his interest in the Upanisads, the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of India. Yeats undertook to assist the Indian monk Shree Purohit Swami in the task of translating the Ten Principal Upanishads into English. Not only did Yeats impart the qualities of spontaneity and fidelity into the work, but he also managed to enhance his own creativity. The philosophy of the Upanisads enabled him to better understand and revise certain sections of A Vision: the Sphere or ultimate reality, the lunar symbolism and eschatology. Yeats found in the Upanisads a confirmation of his belief in the immortality of the soul, something he had sought to prove through countless visits to seances. Yeats also discovered a parallel for his concept of Unity of Being in Turiya, a final stage in meditation wherein bliss and a consciousness of unity are achieved. The imagination, he discovered, was a faculty of the Atman or Self
  • It created the images in anima mundi seen in their trances by seers and poets. To Yeats, the imagination explained the nature of revelation. Finally, just as an Upanisadic seer meditated upon any object chosen from the universe in order to reach the formless reality beyond, a poet could use symbols that a reader would meditate upon, thus evoking the original experience of the poet in the reader's mind."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
S55 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
Series statement
Irish studies
Series volume
v. 6
W.B. Yeats and the Upaniṣads, Shalini Sikka
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Ch. 1. The Ten Principal Upanishads: Some Aspects of the Translation by Yeats and Purohit Swami -- Ch. 2. Yeats's View of Nature in the Light of the Upanisads -- Ch. 3. Death and Immortality -- Ch. 4. "Unity of Being" -- Ch. 5. "Imagination," What the Upanisads Have Named "Self" -- Ch. 6. Yeats's Theory of Symbolism in the Light of the Upanisads
Control code
p. cm
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
System control number
  • 21216028lg
  • (OCoLC)222566477

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