The Mythic Experience

Paul F. McDonald ~ July 20 2002

Once while he was travelling in Southwest India, Campbell heard about a wise man called Sri Atmananda in Trivandrum, and decided to pay him a visit. He had been hiking around for awhile by then, and had heard far too much about "maya" and how one has to deny the world and reject life to be spiritual and all this kind of thing. So when he finally sought audience with this holy man and is invited to go in and speak to him, he already knew just the question he was going to ask. He inquired how that - if everything in the universe is truly divine as described in the Vedas and the Upanishads - how can anyone living in the world say "no" to anything that life offers? Sri Atmananda replied that for Campbell and himself, the answer must be "yes."



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