Look up at the lights on the ceiling. Each bulb carries the light. We can think of this totality as many bulbs. On the other hand, we can focus on the one light that emanates from all the bulbs. What are we focusing on, the light or the lights?
Each bulb carries the light.
-- Joseph Campbell
Myths of Light (p. 14)
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This previously unpublished title brings the focus of Campbell's remarkable knowledge and intellect to one of his favorite topics, the myths and metaphors of the Asian religions. By his own account, Joseph Campbell began his comparative study of the world's religions with a chance meeting with the renowned Indian Theosophist Jeddu Krishnamurti on a trans-Atlantic steamer. Though he was deeply fascinated by mythologies and religions from every continent, Asia's potent mix of theologies captured his imagination more than any other, and offered him paths to understanding the essence of myth. Readers who have been waiting for an accessible summation of Campbell's insights into the great Asian traditions will have it in this compact volume.