By Arthur Versluis
The 1st significant learn because the Thirties of the connection among American Transcendentalism and Asian religions, and the 1st complete paintings to incorporate post-Civil warfare Transcendentalists like Samuel Johnson, this e-book is encyclopedic in scope. starting with the inception of Transcendentalist Orientalism in Europe, Versluis covers the whole heritage of yank Transcendentalism into the 20th century, and the profound impression of Orientalism at the movement--including its analogues and affects in international non secular discussion. He examines what he calls "positive Orientalism," which acknowledges the worth and perennial truths in Asian religions and cultures, not just within the writings of significant figures like Thoreau and Emerson, but additionally in modern well known magazines. Versluis's exploration of the influence of Transcendentalism at the twentieth-century learn of comparative religions has ramifications for the examine of spiritual heritage, comparative faith, literature, politics, historical past, and artwork heritage.
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All these poets tended to use often vaguely Persian references for setting, for reference, and even, in the case of Southey, for their central focus. But the East always retained in their work an air of the exotic; it was not so much assimilated as deployed in the way that one might use exotic jewelry. It made fine decorations under certain circumstances. But for that neandros, that vision of a new man, reborn, one must turn to Emerson and the Transcendentalists. In them we see for the first time a serious attempt at conjoining Asian philosophical and religious teachings in Hinduism and Buddhism, and Western thought.
32 AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM AND ASIAN RELIGIONS Southey's verse is among the first in English to incorporate Eastern mythology into verse, so that in The Curse of Kehama we find references like the following: A stream descends on Meru mountain; None hath seen its secret fountain; It had its birth, so Sages say, Upon the memorable day When Parvati presumed to lay In wanton play, Her hands, too venturous Goddess, in her mirth, On Seeva's eyes, the light and life of Earth. . Thereat the heart of the Universe stood still.
His opinion agrees rather well with that of, for instance, A. K. "137 So Priestley's sources and views were not wholly out of kilter. "139 Tibetan Buddhism can hardly be reduced to this, but the connection Priestley makes with shamanism is not without merit. "141 He also points out that the religion of the Hindoos is far too complex to have been, as Sir William Jones supposes, the oldest system of polytheism and idolatry. It is evidently a refinement on something more simple, and this appears to me to have been the system of the Sammanes.
American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions (Religion in America) by Arthur Versluis