Rasa

or Knowledge of the Self

Essays on Indian Aesthetics, selected translations from the Sanskrit, and Reviews

• PD: OCT 2020 • ISBN: 978-1-887276-41-2 •

René Daumal translated by Louise Landes Levi

BUY NOW
Small Press Distribution
Amazon

René Daumal., best known for his novel Mt. Analogue, unfinished at his death, in 1944 (other works in English A Night of Serious Drinking,  The Power of the Word) was an autodidact, ie. a non academic Sanskritist. Following youthful explorations, with poet Gilbert Le Conte (Black Mirror) & initial instruction in Sanskrit with Rene Guernon, he embarked on a solitary study surpassing his teacher & eventually formulating his own Sanskrit dictionary. He translated essential texts on Sanskrit composition fr. the original & the first non-academic translation of the Bharatya Natya Sastra, the world’s first treatise on the Dramatic Arts, ca 4th century. He wrote numerous essays on Sanskrit poetics & their relation to spiritual etymology, the first to recognize the value of these texts for the artists & the cultural ambient of the 20th century.