Imaginary Orient

Take a look at Orientalist paintings of late 19th. It’s a fantasy world, like our fantasy comics today. It didn’t exist in the “Orient” but only in the imagination of the “Occidental.” Yet, the imaginary Orient of writers and artists, became the “real” Orient that Imperial culture sought to essentialize, and represent, as its agent. Those among the colonized who could perceive the value in providing this essentialized “real thing” to the Imperium were well rewarded and became a model for others to follow.

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Baba Rampuri, author of "Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India," and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and Consciousness, is an American expatriate,  the first foreigner to be initiated into India's largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis of Juna Akhara.  He has lived in India since 1970, where he practices and teaches the oral tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, conducts sacred ceremony and rites, and hosts workshops and retreats.

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