Truly a monumental work, this book is divided into three main sections:
- The Highest Good, a discussion of Eastern and Western thought and their meeting, and ofthe foundations of Indian Philosophy;
- The Philosophies of Time, being the philosophies of success, of pleasure, and of duty; finally, and this forms the major portionof the work,
- The Philosophies of Eternity: Jainism, Sankhya and Yoga, Brahmanism, Buddhism, Tantra.
Writes Zimmer, "We of the Occident are about to arrive at a crossroads that was reached by the thinkers of India some seven hundred years before Christ. This is the real reason why we become both vexed and stimulated, uneasy yet interested, when confronted with the concepts and images of Oriental Wisdom."
About the Author:
The noted Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, born in Germany in 1890, came to the United States in 1940, at the height of his career, and was lecturing at Columbia University when he died in 1943. His other works include: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization; Philosophies of India; The King and the Corpse and The Art of Indian Asia. All these books were prepared for publication by Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Princeton/ Bollinger), from extensive notes left by Heinrich Zimmer at the time of his premature death