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.2.5 -
The World Soul
by Joseph Campbell
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"In the ultimate illumination, all pairs of opposites are transcended, are left behind. And this world as we know and experience it is the perfect lotus world -- this is nirvana, as it looks.... The whole world as it lives is a manifestation of this radiant mystery, and we do not see it." -- Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell first discusses the links between the ancient Hindu practice of Yoga and modern depth psychology. He then reviews the seven chakras (energy centers) of kundalini yoga and tells how a practitioner can raise kundalini energy up the spine from the first to the seventh chakra. If this is accomplished, the veil of Maya (illusion) is raised, and the world around us becomes transparent to the transcendent.

Track Listing
1. Yoga and Depth Psychology: Three Points of Connection
2. The Great Ladder: Review of the Seven Cakras
3. Maya: Mother of the World
4. Continuous Creation: the God and Goddess in Embrace
5. Shakti: the Feminine, Activating Energy
6. Shiva and Shava: Two Attitudes of Yoga
7. Vishnu, Padma, and Brahma: Dreaming Creation
8. Historical Roots of Indian Culture
9. The Four Ages: an Impersonal Image of the World
10. Sun and Moon Imagery in Ancient India
11. The Aryans
12. Vedic Altars: the World as Sacrifice
13. The Upanishads: Dharma vs. Yoga
14. Jainism: Quenching the Desire for Life
15. Buddhism: The Royal and the Knowledge Yogas
16. The Yoga of Devotion: Five Orders of Love
17. Beyond Dharma: the Contrast of East and West
18. Karma Yoga: Act without Fear or Desire
19. The Tiger and the Goats
Lecture Details
  • Date: March 1, 1968
  • Venue: The Asia Society
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Archive Number: L222
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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