Aldous Huxley’s Account of Japan in Jesting Pilate(LEONARD). 1. Introduction. Aldous Huxley, celebrated novelist, essayist and travel writer, visited Japan in. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. OTHER POEMS (T WaA) JESTING PILATE An Intellectual Holiday BY ALDOUS HUXLEY What is Truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

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Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

A fantastic account of the authors travels in the sub-continent. Swaraj may huxleu a blessing, or it may turn out to be a catastrophe. At the bottom, far down, little men caught at the trailing ropes, piled up the sacks, made fast.

The best of it is now in the Peshawar Museum, where I was specially struck by some scenes from the life of Buddha represented in high relief on a series of small stone panels.

I shut my eyes and think of those Bolognese mer- maids with their spouting breasts; those boys and tortoises at Rome, all black and shining with wet- ness ; those naiads and river-gods and gesticulating allegories among the rainbows and the falling crystals of the Piazza Navons; those Tritons at the Villa Lanti with their prancing sea-horses — all the fantastic world of tutelary deities that stand guard over Italian springs. But despite his con- viction, despite the derisive comments of the ra- tional part of his mind, he does reopen the envelopes.

He was a middle-aged man with a walrus moustache and an explosion of most musical long hair, in the centre of which he wore a red plush cap embroidered with gold.

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To him they are symbolical of the highest truths. By the time we reached Rawal Pindi we had decided that the twenty-two rupees we should economise by remaining seven hours longer among our second- class brothers were not enough. From the collected work. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end jeting his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism.


BURMA tility huxlye invention. Heaven preserve me, in such a world, from having a Good Time!

Read the rest of my review at: Arroyo Seco Books Published: Then he douched his nose. These poetical statements have no meaning for us. The capacity to enjoy them is perhaps a sign of the superiority of Oriental civilisation to our own. All day, on the road below our house, the heavy-laden carts go creaking slowly along behind their team of human draft animals. The less fortunate majority is carefully educated in this useful opinion.

If it is argued that St. For the spirit of humanitarianism is the spirit of the age, which it is impossible for any man, born with the usual supply of social instinct and suggestibility, completely to ignore. The commercial traveller who goes East is really a greater man so long as he remains in the East than his colleague in patent medicines at home. These qualities are admirable in their way; but they have nothing to do with the decorative value of the work consid- ered as art.

HE Kashmiris are proverbial throughout India for the filthiness of their habits. Mills and huge grey tenements, low huts among the palm-trees flank the outgoing roads for miles, and the roads themselves are thronged with the coming and going of innumerable passengers. But then the majority of human actions are not meant to be looked at with the eye of reason. Convictions et certitudes ne sont que trop souvent concomitantes de l’ignorance.

This mass being small, it was necessary that the minarets should be very thin for their height. It is not something to be depressed about; it is some- thing to be proud of. Such is horticulture in Rajputana. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors.


Some of them are said to be fabulously wealthy, and Bika- ner has, I suppose, more millionaires per thousand of population than any other town ppilate the world. Arabesques of far finer design are to be seen in the carved and painted ornamentation of Rajput palaces and temples. This nobleman was kind jestihg to place his elephant at our disposal. Mysore, the best- governed of the Indian States, finds the same diffi- culty in disposing of the finished products of its higher education.

The swallow at the end of the summer, the salmon when, having attained its maximum weight, it feels that the time has come for it to go up into the rivers, the fresh- water eel at the approach of its first and final breeding season, must feel, I imagine, much as a man might feel when suddenly converted, or who finds himself compelled by an irresistible sense of duty to perform some hazardous and disagreeable 37 JESTING PILATE enterprise.

HE Kashmiri pandit has a more than Spanish objection to manual labour. In America vitality is given its most obviously vital expression. Tolstoy’s remedy is that we should all stink together. G, Edgewear, binding stretch, creases, spine lean, soiling, browning. A truly learned and reasonable man, Huxley is at turns inspiring, funny, admiring and scathing. Darren Collins rated it really liked it Oct 27, Up till a few years ago a man who killed a cow was sentenced to death.

The preceding paragraph is full of them: The victims of the Inquisition died in vain; Protestantism disappeared from Spain as completely as the Albigensian faith from Southern France, or as Christianity from North Africa. He was a dim little man; pilare at any rate his linen was clean, and he was not in the least holy.