“A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.” –The New York Times Book Review “So brilliant. The sacred literature of Hinduism is traditionally divided into two “families.” In the older of the two are the books of revelation, held in highest. In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. Each of its fourteen chapters.

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Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin?

Calasso has undertaken the mammoth task of going through classical Indian mythology and effectively boiling it down to “sound-bites”. Look at that huge plant carefully, you saw that there was in fact two trees, inextricably twisted together. This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. Refresh and try again. The Parasite of Consciousness Calasso retells the Indian myths in this book, and makes them gripping, probing and mysterious.

But the shifts in subject or voice never jar. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Open Preview See a Problem? Tak This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition. Exhilarating, to see retelling of lesser known stories from Hindu mythology. He steals butter from his mother, and hearts from the gopis, the cowgirls. A magnificent reading of Hindu texts. Ka decodes Hindu myth in a style that might be scandalous to the fascists.


It’s a beautiful and compelling read. To ask other readers questions about Kaplease sign up. May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing. The mind was what transformed and what was transformed.

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Many favorite moments but in between the dramas of these modern retellings have great lines reflecting our philosophical nature: They were a sami and an asvattha. Exhausting, to digest and experience the prose. The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition.

Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India’s sacred texts, known by a secret name–“Ka,” or Who? Their union was disrupted by a son and god, Rudra, who fired an arrow into his father’s groin, causing him to squirt his seed onto the ground.

This is magical realism spoken like realism, but the story is all magical and I don’t care. Immortality proved to be oppressive.


L’assenza precede la presenza, nell’ordine gerarchico. She plunged from the Milky Calssso on top of Siva’s head, only to get lost, and spread out among the forest of his hair. A few years ago I read The Mahabharata. He begins with a mystery: They are 2 of the mileposts marking the journey Calasso takes us on, one filled with colorful landscapes and characters as enchanting as they are frightening.

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This portion of review repeats for other books. And each chapter is made up of vignettes ranging from short paragraphs to several pages in length, which link together to form a coherent stream but to an extent can stand alone. Books by Roberto Calasso. Having read the reviews that have already been posted, it is clear to me that there is no more to be said other than this work is phenomenal.


I’m probably reading the Upanishads next-stead.

Oct 30, Pages Buy. I don’t remember but I robetro it was read, need to re-read. Apr 27, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: I do not know if anybody has said so much in such brevity on this topic. Amazon Advertising Rkberto, attract, and engage customers. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The secret thought of the narrative is the horse.

Something invisible that happens within thought.

Oct 12, Kyra rated it it was ok Shelves: If there were actual stories or a narrative I think it would have been easier to remain engaged, but the text flowed as stream ia consciousness on big, weighty, cxlasso questions.

Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: Also by Roberto Calasso. I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight. The person following you is your oblation, the being composed of the offering you made in your life. Customers who bought this item also bought. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.