Joseph Campbell Foundation - The Collected Lectures

From the Star Wars trilogy to the Grateful Dead, Joseph Campbell has had a profound impact on our culture, our beliefs, and the way we view ourselves and the world.

Provocative and exhilarating, the approx. 90 titles that will ultimately comprise The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell offer a glimpse into one of the great minds of our time, drawing together his most wide-ranging and insightful talks.

Always at his best as an impromptu speaker, Campbell shines in these recordings, both as a scholar and as a master storyteller.  

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Lecture I.2.4 -
Imagery of Rebirth Yoga
by Joseph Campbell
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"The realms of the gods and demons -- heaven, purgatory, hell -- are of the substance of dreams.... The mythology is the dream of the world. And if taken objectively as though there were gods, well then they are the counterpart of your dream -- this is a very important point: dream and myth are of the same logic." -- Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell contrasts the disintegration of man's modern religious practices with what he calls "symbolic systems of rebirth in time." For Campbell, the most fascinating systems are "myths to live by," beliefs and practices to help individuals with the frustrations in life that come from not living our "true self." The goal of the ancient discipline of yoga was important to him because it emphasizes the discovery and experience of the true self. The heart of this lecture is an explanation of the chakras in the body and the meditation techniques that connect daily consciousness to the eternal self. Through the practice of rousing the kundalini energy of the serpent coiled up at the base of the spine, it is believed that one might go to "the place beyond dream."

Track Listing
1. The Sun and the Moon: Two Orders of Rebirth
2. Yoga: a Definition
3. Kundalini Yoga: Awakening the Coiled Serpent
4. The First Three Cakras: Governing Outward-Directed Life
5. The Fourth Cakra: Meeting the Mystery
6. AUM: the Four Letter Sound
7. Identification with the Divine: the Aim of Oriental Religions
8. The Fifth Cakra: Purgation
9. The Sixth Cakra: Beholding the Divine
10. The Seventh Cakra: Transcending Maya
11. Radiance through the Forms: Three Mythological Images
12. Bardo Thodol: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
13. Bardo Thodol: Descent through the Cakras
14. Bardo Thodol: Judgment and Rebirth
15. Bardo Thodol: Two Possible Responses
16. The Tiger and the Goats: an Indian Anecdote
Lecture Details
  • Date: 1969
  • Venue: Beloit College
  • Location: Beloit, WI
  • Archive Number: L243
Previous Release History
  • Previously Issued as part of: The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection, Vol. 2
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio
  • Editor: Mark Watts
  • Release Date: 1997 (cassette); 2002 (CD)

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