- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Ross-Erikson Publishers Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (April 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915520281
- ISBN-13: 978-0915520282
- Package Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ochre Robe: An Autobiography Paperback – April, 1982
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He adopts the path of a sannyasid and tries to 'become' Hindu. The process doesn't discourage his enthusiasm, but causes him to hold it at a certain emotional arm's length.
His account of his time in India is not particularly romantic and is in fact a bit wry. It has angered some devout Hindus who accuse him of airing dirty laundry, but it is also highly respected by others who appreciate what Fisher-now Agehananda Bharati-had to offer their tradition.
Bharati ended his days as a professor of anthropology at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Agehananda was an Austrian, who became a Hinud monk in India and a professor of philosophy after the second world war and who remained in India for ten or fifteen years. He's a very intellectual person who also spoke several indian languages, including Sanskrit. Contrary to the usual spiritual seeker, he tried to understand and criticaly analyze everything he encountered in in India or Hinduism. Naturally he made some enimies, but also friends.
The book is very valuable for giving one insider information from the monk's life, without any of the usual covering of not so good things. So one learns about the Ramakrishna order as well as about the sannyasi's life and about the Indian philosophical education. The information provided here is now forty to fifty years old, and some of it may be of rather historical value, but of value never the less.