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dipping into shangrai la
on 26 June 2015
Evans Wentz was a genuine guy who travelled to India and Tibet and met real people. Wentz even travelled to Ramana Maharshi to ask him whether Shangrai La was real! But who today will travel around the globe to ask a sage a question? That shows enthusiasm.
The introduction by C.G Jung is also excellent and shows the open minded Jung grappling with this enigmatic and highly suggestive text. Even before the near death experience became pop, the Tibetan's claimed to have actually mapped the territory. This uber-confidence led Jung to ask the reader to take seriously the possibility of people somehow managing to break into the fourth dimension and to 'bring something back'.
Rudy Rucker writes on the fourth dimension that it is a place, rather than time. Rucker claimed to have glimpsed a few minutes of the fourth dimension in his entire life. As for bringing something back?
Terence McKenna used to say that bringing something back is the Holy Grail of 'tripping'. Memory is notoriously slippery and the more extravagant the witnessing the faster the forgetting.
But who knows? Maybe a civilisation living in or around the Himalayas, thousands of years ago did it right, as McKenna used to say. A genius like Rudy Rucker, a culture, say, like in Aryan Indian with brahmin's workind night and day on the enigma, and a magic potion, and who knows?
Maybe the Bardo Thodol is a fossil of the lost civilisation and this is why it is frightfully similar to the near death experience but bafflingly confident in what happens in the post death experience?
Now on to Donald S. Lopez. This guy is a mere compiler of paper. He rubbish's Evans Wentz and he even has a pop at C.J Jung. Lopez has no imagination and is dismissive of everything except his own word. One reviewer said Oxford Press should not had let a Lopez write uninspiring platitudes to his personal gripes, however, we expect the average academic to do this.