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Following such volumes as Baksheesh and Brahman, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and Thou Art That, this previously unpublished title is Volume six in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. It shows Campbell’s remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. Myths of Light collects seven lectures and articles on subjects Following such volumes as Baksheesh and Brahman, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and Thou Art That, this previously unpublished title is Volume six in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. It shows Campbell’s remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. Myths of Light collects seven lectures and articles on subjects ranging from the ancient Hindu Vedas to Zen koans, Tantric yoga, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. A worthy companion to Campbell’s Asian journals, this volume conveys complex insights through warm, accessible storytelling, revealing the intricacies and secrets of his subjects with his typical enthusiasm.


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Following such volumes as Baksheesh and Brahman, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and Thou Art That, this previously unpublished title is Volume six in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. It shows Campbell’s remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. Myths of Light collects seven lectures and articles on subjects Following such volumes as Baksheesh and Brahman, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and Thou Art That, this previously unpublished title is Volume six in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. It shows Campbell’s remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. Myths of Light collects seven lectures and articles on subjects ranging from the ancient Hindu Vedas to Zen koans, Tantric yoga, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. A worthy companion to Campbell’s Asian journals, this volume conveys complex insights through warm, accessible storytelling, revealing the intricacies and secrets of his subjects with his typical enthusiasm.

30 review for Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal (Collected Work)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katja Vartiainen

    I am eternally grateful for the existence of Joseph Cambpell. His way of offering of this knowledge of mythology is excellent. Not only he knows SO much, his books are easy to read and quite funny. I have a soft spot for India, and Vedanta so this book is one of my favourates. Jospeh Campell knows- or knew - how to find the red threads, make meaningful comparisons, and bring the meaningfulness of our lives before our eyes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    Myths of Light is a compilation of articles and lectures given over the years by Joseph Campbell. The topics explored in these pieces are quite varied. However, the main theme that ties these works together is that they all explore aspects of Eastern belief, mythology, iconography, and symbolism.  Written from the perspective of the outsider taking a look into the beliefs and mythology of the East, Campbell provides an insightful overview. Campbell takes the stance that whether our stories are ba Myths of Light is a compilation of articles and lectures given over the years by Joseph Campbell. The topics explored in these pieces are quite varied. However, the main theme that ties these works together is that they all explore aspects of Eastern belief, mythology, iconography, and symbolism.  Written from the perspective of the outsider taking a look into the beliefs and mythology of the East, Campbell provides an insightful overview. Campbell takes the stance that whether our stories are based upon fact or are merely fiction meant to illustrate proper behavior really isn’t the issue. The truly important thing is that within mythology, dogma, and ritual we see the remnants of belief. I believe it is this viewpoint that allows Campbell to look within the various belief systems of the Eastern World with wonder and objectivity. Quite interesting. Perfect for new to the study.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Gregory

    One thing is for sure, you can never go wrong in choosing a book written by Joseph Campbell. Myths of Light is no exception to this rule. This is a thorough and enlightening exploration into Eastern philosophy, especially the Vedic philosophy of Hinduism. After reading this book you will want more from one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Joseph Campbell writes, “That’s the whole sense of mythology, to help you to harmonize your individual life with the general life, the life of the society and of the universe.” Which is why I read Joseph Campbell.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    A clear and scholarly introduction to Eastern religions, mainly Hinduism and Buddhism. As Campbell often does, he focuses on how these religions are fundamentally different from Western ones. While this isn't a comprehensive study of any one religion, it does provide a useful introduction with a scholarly (rather than spiritual) approach A clear and scholarly introduction to Eastern religions, mainly Hinduism and Buddhism. As Campbell often does, he focuses on how these religions are fundamentally different from Western ones. While this isn't a comprehensive study of any one religion, it does provide a useful introduction with a scholarly (rather than spiritual) approach

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Myths of Light is an absolutely wonderful book -- genuinely full of light. Campbell explores some well known imagery and some not well known imagery -- all with the aim to illuminate the reader and the world. If you're looking to better understand the imagery and myths of the "East," then this is your book. Myths of Light is an absolutely wonderful book -- genuinely full of light. Campbell explores some well known imagery and some not well known imagery -- all with the aim to illuminate the reader and the world. If you're looking to better understand the imagery and myths of the "East," then this is your book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    This is the book that got me into anthropology.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Fredrickson

    This is an excellent overview of many aspects of Eastern philosophy and religion, contrasted with Western. Like most of Campbell's works, this was a delight to read. This is an excellent overview of many aspects of Eastern philosophy and religion, contrasted with Western. Like most of Campbell's works, this was a delight to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    Campbell breaks down the philosophy & psychology behind eastern religions, comparing and contrasting them to traditional western thought in a way that relates them to our forms of thought. He focuses on the fact that Hinduism & Buddhism have at their center a pursuit of non-being, of extinguishing the “I” or ego. This goes beyond what we think of as the “I” or ego; this doesn’t mean “don’t be a selfish jerk,” it means “go beyond the person who is you until there is no one there, until you’re bey Campbell breaks down the philosophy & psychology behind eastern religions, comparing and contrasting them to traditional western thought in a way that relates them to our forms of thought. He focuses on the fact that Hinduism & Buddhism have at their center a pursuit of non-being, of extinguishing the “I” or ego. This goes beyond what we think of as the “I” or ego; this doesn’t mean “don’t be a selfish jerk,” it means “go beyond the person who is you until there is no one there, until you’re beyond desire and fear.” There are great sections that breakdown spiritual practices from Hinduism to Zen, and many stories from sacred texts or just fables which illustrate ideas central to those religions. Campbell brings his pals Freud & Jung along, as he usually does, and there are several points where the psychological effect of these world views are examined, too. Really wonderful stuff.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Melbie

    A very good book. I love reading his lectures, which this book is a collection of, because Joseph was a very engaging and entertaining lecturer. Listening to or reading his lectures has helped me greatly in my life and this little book has done the same for me this week. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. A very good book. I love reading his lectures, which this book is a collection of, because Joseph was a very engaging and entertaining lecturer. Listening to or reading his lectures has helped me greatly in my life and this little book has done the same for me this week. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim Young

    Written well, in Joseph Campbell voice. Just like listening to him speak. I thought it did a nice job of illuminating easter thought and contrasting and comparing it to western thought and religions. One can never have to much understanding.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

    I have never been let down by anything that Campbell has written. This one and pathways to bliss are as of now my two favorites. For the Campbell fans i would highly recommend the lecture series "Mythos" with Susan Sarandon. I have never been let down by anything that Campbell has written. This one and pathways to bliss are as of now my two favorites. For the Campbell fans i would highly recommend the lecture series "Mythos" with Susan Sarandon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    I love Joseph Campbell and I learned more about Eastern religion and philosophy by reading this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Mitskavich

    We all should know where our belief systems come from.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David

    One of the best books I've ever read. This book is Indispensable as a reference on eastern cultural religion/mythology (especially India) for westerners. One of the best books I've ever read. This book is Indispensable as a reference on eastern cultural religion/mythology (especially India) for westerners.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daina Jaeger Mundt

    Another great read by Campbell.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trax Armstrong

    A Beautiful Piece Of Work From A Great Soul This is yet another great work from the mind of someone who gave the world so much. It is one of those books you could happily suggest to friends because you know that they too, will discover gems of wisdom on its many paths.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    My favourite book by Joseph Campbell thus far. Provides a succinct survey of Eastern mythology and highlights the major points of distinction when compared with Western mythological traditions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Philip Wooley

    Incredibly interesting and fascinating...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carl Holmes

    Enlightening and deep, just as most of Campbell is. Go steady with it, do not let the small size make you think you will get through quickly. It is very well done and digestible, with time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darko Miserda

    Excelente libro. Hace honor a su título. Es iluminador. Escrito en un lenguaje sencillo, accesible. Absolutamente recomendable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mac Garrett

    I loved it! This was the easiest book to understand that I've ever read by Joseph and it presents a clear understanding of Eastern Religious mythology. I loved it! This was the easiest book to understand that I've ever read by Joseph and it presents a clear understanding of Eastern Religious mythology.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Lea

    The perfect companion to 'Thou Art That.' I recommend reading them both. The perfect companion to 'Thou Art That.' I recommend reading them both.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bert Camembert

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

  26. 4 out of 5

    Artie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rhy Moore

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ελένη Τελιορίδου

  30. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

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