L'Hindouisme traditionnel et l'interprétation d'Alain Daniélou
Collection L'Histoire à vif
592 pages - mai 2010
The world’s third religion is still little-known today. As early as the 1960s, Alain Daniélou became the popular interpreter of an essentially polytheistic Hinduism; of Linga as phallus, and Shiva as the god of ecstasy. But didn’t this imply taking some distance from a man whose disciple he claimed to be, Swāmi Karpātrī, whose texts he censured and whose thoughts he distorted? Didn’t he present – wrongly – this wise man as the founder of an ultra-nationalist political party, the Jana Sangh? And how should we understand the manner in which his famous book, Shiva et Dionysos, exploits the writings of René Guénon? In this book, we discover that beneath an outer appearance of lightness, humour and anti-dogmatism, Alain Daniélou manipulated the work of two thinkers he claimed to present and make known. The author of this essay, who worked on and published Alain Daniélou’s texts, inspects the heritage left to us. He bases his comments not only on the orientalist’s writings but also on new translations, previously unpublished documents and his own meticulous research with official representatives of Hindu tradition. With precision and clarity, he recounts his discovery of traditional Hinduism, establishing the relation between spirituality and Daniélou’s interpretation of it, orthodox Hinduism and the bloody fundamentalism of the ‘hindutva’. Lastly, he strives to understand the religious and political implications – which have gone unnoticed for half a century – of Alain Daniélou’s approach: didn’t the author of Polythéisme hindou develop, on the one hand, a personal vision of religion, taking his distance from the Christianity of his mother, the founder of the famous Ste. Marie schools, and of his cardinal brother? And on the other hand, from orthodox Hinduism, seeking his path within “esoteric Shaivism” in an attempt to rekindle the cinders of Greco-Roman paganism? In conclusion, the question is posed: wasn’t Alain Daniélou’s work hostile to all religion?
- Dimensions : 135x215x30
- ISBN : 9782204090933
- Poids : 600 grammes
Avec la collaboration de : Veer Bhadra Mishra