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The Congress of the World

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with miniatures of tantric cosmology introduced by Alain Daniélou
pp. 150, nn. ill. a colori, Milano
data stampa: 1981
codice isbn: 7794

This book is about the world: a vast subject which has always burdened the human mind and at times dismayed it.
Many creatures, many things share this world of ours. So in this book I have combined one long story by Jorge Luis Borges with a whole series of Indian worlds. It was an idea that Borges liked, and it should please the Brahmins.

Children who have a passion for atlases often grow up to be disillusioned by long journeys. But no ship, no airliner plots its course by the maps contained in this volume. One can always pick them up again and pore over them.

The pundits of tantrism profess to belieye that there are one hundred and eighteen worlds, perhaps because the thought that the world may be one, like a prison cell, disturbs them. It is a comforting theory, especially for those who love to travel.
In so far as distance and knowledge allow, whatever can be said of tantric cosmology has been contributed to this volume by an eminent French indologist, Alain Daniélou. I must, however, confess that despite his persuasive efforts these doctrines are just a little beyond me. More endearing to me are the charming maps, charts and wheels - or chakras - that such mysteries generate, born as they are of yearnings with which our age is all too familiar: that urge to give a concise image to the cosmic whole, to reduce the world to a symbol.

Indice:

The publisher to the reader


The secret of Tantras, by Alain Daniélou


The Congress of the World, by Jorge Luis Borges


The World of Jorge Luis Borges, by María Esther Vázquez: Borges like Borges


Chronology


Bibliography

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