Light from the East: Being Letters on Gñanam, The Divine Knowledge, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Light from the East

Being Letters on Gñanam, The Divine Knowledge, 1st Edition

By Hon. P. Arunáchalam

Edited by Edward Carpenter


158 pages

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Light from the East collates letters between Hon. P. Arunáchalam of the legislative council of Ceylon and Edward Carpenter, which expand on issues of the Gñanam or divine knowledge. Carpenter edited these letters for publication in 1927 as well as writing additional articles on issues such as desire, birth control and bisexuality in relation to the customs of Ceylon and religious laws of Hinduism to give the reader a broad insight into the religion. This title will be of interest to students of sociology, anthropology and religious studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Extracts from the Letters of P. Arunachalam, Section I 3. Extracts Ditto, Section II 4. The Lingam and Sensual Desire 5. The Endeavour to Control Desire 6. Birth Control and Bisexuality 7. The Mouna Swamis and the Animals

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: The Collected Works of Edward Carpenter

This collection of Edward Carpenter’s works provides an in-depth insight to his most important studies throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries including Civilisation: It’s Cause and Cure, The Light from the East and The Drama of Love and Death. The ten titles included in this set expand on the well-known poet and philosopher’s socialist views, his studies of Hinduism and his ideas of ‘intermediate types’ which was a particularly important theory in the history of LGBT activism.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Hinduism / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion