The Gospel for Asia: A Study of Three Religious Masterpieces: Gita, Lotus, and Fourth Gospel

The Gospel for Asia: A Study of Three Religious Masterpieces: Gita, Lotus, and Fourth Gospel

The Gospel for Asia: A Study of Three Religious Masterpieces: Gita, Lotus, and Fourth Gospel

The Gospel for Asia: A Study of Three Religious Masterpieces: Gita, Lotus, and Fourth Gospel

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Are East and West impenetrable to one another? By no means; man is the same everywhere. The interpreters? Go to the sources. . . . Can we find in the knowledge of the East an enrichment of our culture? Yes. In what field--art, letters, philosophy? In all three. What values make the superiority of the West? Christianity.

--PAUL CLAUDEL.

The marriage of East and West gave birth long since to civilization. To-day they have met again, and this time, for good or evil, it is an inextricable union. Is it to be one of sympathy, of respect, of partnership--or one of suspicion, contempt, and patronage? Is it to be the old story, tragically re-enacted, of the heavy husband and the temperamental wife? Too often it remains at the even lower level of ruler and ruled, or of employer and employed. India and China are reminding us that they resent this relationship, and that nothing short of true partnership will satisfy them.

At present educated people of East and West are interested in one another, at once attracted and repelled by "the strangeness of the intellectual landscape"; and to enter into the inner shrine of civilizations so different is given to few. That the vast majority are at present not interested is clear. As a French critic puts it, "Are East and West impenetrable to each other? I think that in the East, as in the West, there are brains that nothing can penetrate." Yet any study which helps to bridge the gulf, and to make this difficult task a little simpler, is worth effort and time. The three books here discussed are of central importance in the study of civilizations which make up the best that mankind bas yet produced. In reading them we go, as Paul Claudel advises us, to the sources. They are the very citadels of the spirit of man.

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