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Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy, The: Selected Reflections on Indian Art, Life, and Religion
Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy, The: Selected Reflections on Indian Art, Life, and Religion
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Comparative Religion
Coomaraswamy, A.K.

Price:  $23.95

ISBN:  978-1-935493-95-2
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  180
Language:  English

Description of "The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy"
Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was one of the most famous scholars of Indian art, culture, and religion. He served for many years as the Keeper of Indian and Islamic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, establishing one of the most impressive collections of oriental artifacts in the world. This anthology contains thematically arranged excerpts from his many writings, letters, and speeches, making it a uniquely accessible collection of his wisdom and insight. The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy is richly illustrated with over 140 black-and-white historical photographs and paintings.
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Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was a pioneering scholar in the fields of Indian art, culture, and religion, as well as an expert on the comparative study of world religions. A prolific author who was familiar with 36 languages, he was praised for his “brilliant insight” by Joseph Campbell and was described by Heinrich Zimmer as that “noble scholar upon whose shoulders we are still standing.”

The present anthology contains excerpts from his articles, letters, and speeches arranged thematically and richly illustrated with historical photographs.

S. Durai Raja Singam was a Malaysian scholar and friend of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. He was the editor of numerous Indian works on or by Coomaraswamy, including Homage to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: A Memorial Volume (1952). Joseph A. Fitzgerald is an award-winning editor with a particular emphasis on Eastern religions, whose previous works include Honen the Buddhist Saint, The Essential Anandamayi Ma: Life and Teachings of a 20th Century Indian Saint, and The Original Gospel of Ramakrishna.

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a multi-talented researcher, scientist, linguist, expert on culture and art, philosopher, museum curator, and author. He was the first well-known author of the modern era to expound the importance of traditional arts, culture, and thought as more than simply relics of a bygone past. Dr. Coomaraswamy is often credited with reintroducing the concept of the "Perennial Philosophy" to a West dazed by the endless multiplicity of the modern world.

A. K. Coomaraswamy's writings available through World Wisdom include:

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S. Durai Raja Singam

S. Durai Raja Singam (1904-c. 1995) was a prolific Malaysian scholar, editor, and author, and a friend of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. He was the editor of numerous Indian works on or by Coomaraswamy, including Homage to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: A Garland of Tributes (1948), Homage to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: A Memorial Volume (1952), Ananda Coomaraswamy: Remembering and Remembering Again and Again (1974), and Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy: A Bibliographical Record (1981), as well as The Life and Writings of Sir Mutu Coomaraswamy (1973).

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Joseph A. Fitzgerald

Joseph Fitzgerald has authored or edited several books on diverse world religions and philosophy that have won more than ten awards, including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. The subjects include Buddhism, Hinduism, the American Indians, Christianity, the ecological crisis and the Perennial Philosophy. Fitzgerald studied Comparative Religion at Indiana University, where he also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He is an adopted grandson of Thomas Yellowtail, one of the most honored American Indian spiritual leaders of the last century. For more than thirty years, Joseph has traveled extensively throughout the American Indian, Oriental and Islamic worlds. He has edited the following books for World Wisdom:


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Whitall Perry

According to Harry Oldmeadow , Whitall Perry was "the most authoritative traditionalist of American background." World Wisdom's list of Related Readings on our web site is drawn from the acknowledgements section in Whitall Perry's A Treasury Of Traditional Wisdom (George Allen and Unwin 1971), a magisterial compendium of spiritual doctrine spanning four ages and hemispheres. He also contributed to the book, Ye Shall Know the Truth .

Perry was born near Boston in 1920. His early intellectual interests included Platonism and Vedanta and he traveled extensively in the Middle and Far East both before and after World War II with a brief interlude of study at Harvard University. He was one of several Harvard students who came under Coomaraswamy's influence in the 1940s.

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Reviews of "The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy"

“[The editors] have selected the most beautiful and significant statements of this great teacher.”
Robert Ulich, Harvard University, author of The Human Career

“While much of the volume concerns Coomaraswamy’s views on the culture and arts of India, it also includes writings on religion and metaphysics, imperialism and politics, discussions of spiritual leaders such as Sri Ramana Maharshi and political leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, and contrasts between Indian and Western views on women, love, and marriage, among other subjects.”
Will Wroth, editor of Coomaraswamy’s Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?

“A most interesting anthology of his ‘wisdom.’”
A.L. Basham, School of Oriental and African Studies, author of The Wonder That was India

“With this book, we see into Coomaraswamy’s thoughts and aspirations, his intransigence regarding canons and principles of art, his deep love of and concern for that true India which modernized Indians would so easily betray in their blind fascination with the West’s shabby materialism, and his equally profound understanding of and respect for Platonism and medieval Christian culture—as part of the whole Universal perspective to which his heart really belonged.”
Whitall N. Perry, editor of A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom

Table of Contents of "The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy"

Editor's note by Joseph A. Fitzgerald
Preface by S. Durai Raja Singam
Introduction by Whitall N. Perry
Sevetieth Birthday Address
Dravidians & Aryans
Tradition & Progress
Imperialism & Politics
Indian Women
2.  ART
Schools of Styles of Indian Art
The Buddha Image
Mughal Painting
Rajput Painting
Jaina Art
Persian Painting
An Indian Musical Party
The Bhagavad Gita
The Self
Hinduism & Buddhism
Birth, Death, & Reincarnation
Philosophia Perennis
Vedanta & Philosophy
Worship of Siva
Sri Ramakrishna
Sri Ramana Maharishi
Sister Nivedita
Mahatma Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru
Rabindranath Tagore
Ravi Varma
Nandalal Bose
Uday Shankar

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