STEPPENWOLF, HERMAN HESSE

Rainbows over Kalpa Village, Kinnaur Valley

There is…..a fundamental delusion to make clear.  All the interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies and lies; and a self-respecting author should….dissipate these lies so far as may be in this power……Harry consists of a hundred or a thousand selves, not of two.  His life oscillates, as everyone’s does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands……

Man is an onion made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads.  The ancient Asiatics knew this well enough, and in the Buddhist Yoga an exact technique was devised for unmasking the illusion of the personality.  The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has laboured just as hard to maintain and strengthen.

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