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Reading "Lost Masters" is like "taking the red pill" in the Matrix - the veil isn't just lifted - it is rent in two and you see what was there all along, but which had been invisible before. The artificial barrier between "East" and "West" dissolves and you realize that the great wisdom of the Pagan sages could never be extinguished, because it's origin was Divine.
You see, the great Sages of both Greece and India were both in touch with the same Divine source of Wisdom. And not only that, but there certainly were direct human contacts between "East" and "West".Read more ›
Those who may prefer a somewhat more objective and thoroughly documented scholarly account of the relations between Early Greek and Indian thought might find their needs better served by Thomas McEvilley's recent and more comprehensive study, details of which are as follows:
Thomas McEvilley, 'The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies.' New York: Allworth Press, 2002. ISBN 1581152035. Hardback, 731 pp. Illustrated with b/w plates, maps, and with a detailed bibliography and index.
The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies
And for more on Plotinus see my Listmania List: 'Why not let Plotinus guide you Home?
"Lost Masters" is an excellent introduction to the holistic, practical philosophies of the ancient Greek and Mediterranean world, and how well they integrate with ancient Indian thought. I call these philosophies practical because they addressed how man might best live his life so as to achieve wisdom and peace.
Like she says in her introduction, Greek philosophy is often presented in very boring ways. Partly this is because such a small subset of the Greek books survived to our times. Also, Christianity (not any Jesus but the Roman church started by Constantine) led to the dumbing down of Europe and the Dark Age prohibition of philosophical investigation. Even the Renaissance took place in a Christian political culture that eschewed or punished truly open philosophical discourse.
Though we grew up with the world view that most sophisticated human studies were pretty recent, common sense, the reading ancient Greek and Indian texts, and continuing archeological discoveries (Gobekle Tepe, etc.) indicate that serious human knowledge of many sorts is probably extremely ancient, and that various cataclysmic events probably wiped out entire cultures. There is also increasing evidence that the ancients traded ideas as well as goods over vast distances.
"Modern" culture is temporally provincial.Read more ›
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The author compares Platonism, and Platonism related ancient world philosophies, with the Indian philosophical and spiritual tradition and interprets passages from the Greco-Roman... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JVS
This book provided more detail and useful information than I had anticipated. Excellent!Published 9 months ago by Donaldsgt
Excellent and most interesting work establishing a link between Greek and Indian Mythology and ancient history. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Wildi Lucie
Just a ridiculous book - new age mish mash. Erich von Daniken meet Plato! Nothing on 'philosophy' - they all just got it from India... in which case... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by RocketJohn
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