|The Institute of World Culture Series
The Institute of World Culture, founded on July 4, 1976 (Bicentennial), has launched influential publications to generate a continuing enquiry into the prospects and possibilities, the conditions and requirements, of the world civilization of the future. Current publications include analyses of contemporary social structures, contributions to philosophic and literary thought, as well as classic reprints from Plato, ancient Indian psychology, Edward Bellamy and Leo Tolstoy. They invite the reader to rethink and renew a vital sense of participation in the global inheritance of humanity and the emerging cosmopolis.
Novus Ordo Seclorum
America and the Global Community Towards the Year 2000
By Raghavan Iyer
Invoking the founding motto of the United States ("A New Order of the Ages"), Professor Iyer offers a timely reflection on America and the globe in the coming decades. "The New Learning" sets forth thought-provoking proposals on lifelong learning, a national income floor and America's contribution to the world community. "The Emerging Cosmopolis" explores the potentials of the present which intimate the gradual emergence of a true global community. The basic conclusions of the national study The Global 2000 Report to the President are included.
The Society of the Future
The Unfinished American Dream
By Raghavan Iyer
These seminal essays by Raghavan Iyer explore the classical view of humanity's place in the cosmos and indicate what the contemporary individual must od to release the fullest potential. Mirroring the Macrocosm conveys the importance of viewing the individual as a microcosm. Anamnesis suggests the profound relevance of the Platonic conception of soul-recollection to self-knowledge in the Aquarian Age. Individuation extends the significant contribution of Abraham Maslow in providing a portrait of the self-actualizing person. The Tempest — A Mystery Play is an insightful interpretation of Shakespeare's final play with its spectrum of human longings. The Community of Strangers powerfully points to the possibilities for growth despite the fragmentation of the psyche in contemporary society. The Society of the Future is a radical and fundamental rethinking of the social structure in relation to human fulfillment, and it envisages the implications of a Guaranteed Annual Income. All these deeply influential essays offer a coherent and compelling challenge to constructive imagination as well as to meditation upon emerging and fresh patterns of living, with micro-applications of a macro-perspective.
The Religion of Solidarity
By Edward Bellamy
The Religion of Solidarity contains fourteen incisive essays by Edward Bellamy, the nineteenth century visionary who wrote Looking Backward. The title essay, The Religion of Solidarity, written when Bellamy was twenty-four, is a powerful statement on the human need for self-transcendence. The Blind Man's World is a bold flight of imagination in which an astronomer learns from Martians the consequences of lack of foresight, a severe handicap which intensifies the fear of death and change. To Whom This May Come explores the meaning and scope of friendship and intimacy amongst mind-readers. A Republic of the Golden Rule, from Looking Backward, envisages the assumption of effective control of economic development through a Great Trust. Lifelong Education from Equality, considers the creative use of leisure in developing human potential. Bellamy calls for a social system build on fraternal cooperation in Why a New Nation? He sets forth the basis for brotherhood in Declaration of Principles. In Nationalism — Principles and Purposes he pleads for social and economic reform based upon a carefully constructed programme of nationalization, and he refines his recommendation in Some Misconceptions of Nationalism. Why Every Working Man Should Be a Nationalist elucidates the benefits of true public ownership in a democracy. The Programme of the Nationalists points to the real significance of a radical non-violent economic revolution. Bellamy looks forward to a Second American Revolution in Fourth of July, 1992. He indicates the line of thinking that led him to write his famous novel in How I wrote 'Looking Backward'. The book concludes with his Introduction to 'The Fabian Essays', in which he considers Fabian socialism from a distinctively American standpoint.
Law of Violence and the Law of Love
By Leo Tolstoy
In the Law of Violence and the Law of Love Leo Tolstoy powerfully pleaded for non-violence as an absolute principle and as central to the teaching of Jesus. Unmasking the deceptive rationalizations of champions of war and of those who connive at the presumed necessity of organized violence, Tolstoy invoked the law of love enjoined by the religious Teachers of humanity. He also cited various authors, including several Americans, in support of pacifist movements in modern society. He stressed the vital role of conscientious resistance to conscription, which he viewed as an act of legalized coercion, reinforced by false patriotism. Tolstoy's clarity of thought and vigour of expression are admirably preserved in Vladimir Tchertkoff's translation from the Russian. Tolstoy's further reflections are included as appendices, and his moving letter in 1910 to Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa concludes the volume.
Utilitarianism and All That
By Raghavan Iyer
Utilitarianism and All That deftly unravels the main strands of British imperial policy in India from Hastings to Attlee. It begins by examining, in principle and practice, the Burkean theory of trusteeship, the Benthamite concern with the use of power, the assumption of a quasi-Platonic role as benevolent guardians, and the recurrent sense of an evangelical mission. It also shows the interactions and inversions of these strands, woven around nationalist responses to imperial policies. Beyond its application to Britain and India, Utilitarianism and All That provides a basis for understanding inequity in international relations, and offers penetrating insights into the origins and prospects of the post-colonial world. This brilliant work, first published by Chatto & Windus, London, in 1960, has already become an international classic.
Dream of Ravan
The Dream of Ravan is a magnificent retelling of the ageless conflict between divine kingship and its inverted shadow, the demonic tyranny of desire. Published by an anonymous author in The Dubin University Magazine in 1853 and 1854, this profound essay deals with the ethical and spiritual confrontation in each human being, and the mystery of Karma. The text provides a detailed interpretation of Ravan's dream and sheds light upon the three states of human consciousness and the mystic path to conscious immortality. The author was well versed in Vedantic psychology and in religious mythology, and wrote with luminous clarity about the deeper dimensions of self-consciousness. In reviewing The Dream of Ravan, Hugh I'Anson Fausset wrote that "It is the work of both a poet and a seer. There are elements in it of playful phantasy and caprice. But even its phantasy is a veil behind which true vision may be found. And all who are concerned to bring to birth that new consciousness and new man upon whom the future of the world depends should read it."
By Plato (translated from the Greek by Persey Bysshe Shelley)
The Banquet contains Plato's celebrated dialogue on love and the beautiful, sometimes called the Symposium, and two insightful essays on it. The dialogue is rendered in an elegant, intuitive and inimitable manner by Percy Bysshe Shelley and includes a brief preface in which Shelley stated his reasons for selecting The Banquet with its "rare union of close and subtle logic with the Pythaian enthusiasm of poetry". The Doctrine of Eros in Plato's Symposium by F. M. Cornford is a masterful elucidation of the central concept in the dialogue. He shows how eros can be elevated from its expression as passion into the principle of balance between competing wants and desires, and he points to the ideal of serene transcendence of the specific fixation of eros. The Symposium by A. E. Taylor is a detailed and perceptive commentary on the dialogue, in which the dramatic movement is shown to serve Plato's philosophic ends. Its exploration of the subtle nuances of the argument helps the contemporary reader to appreciate the coherence and sublimity of the dialogue.
Books by Raghavan Iyer
The Institute of World Culture Series
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Society of the Future
Utilitarianism and All That
The Pythagorean Sangha Series
The Pythagorean Sangha Series seeks to stress the application of theory to practice in individual life. Drawing upon the vital quintessence of the Upanishadic-Platonic tradition, the Sangha publishes time-honoured texts of universal appeal for the sake of lifelong learning in daily life. Intense exploration of metaphysical and ethical concepts forms the basis for self-enquiry and deliberation in thought and speech. Contemplation and honest self-examination are fused to summon the untapped potentials of humanity while cultivating a sense of the sacred in respect to sound, speech and silence.
The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi
By Raghavan Iyer
The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi was first published in 1973 by Oxford University Press and reissued in 1978 as a Galaxy Book. It was a main selection for the Library of Political Studies in 1974 and an alternate selection for The Library of Political Affairs in the same year. It has received international acclaim as an authoritative and masterly exposition of Gandhi's thought.
465 p. Sewn, lexhide with gold foil stamping $21.75
The Bhagavad Gita
with the Uttara Gita
The Bhagavad Gita, translated with an instructive and compelling introduction by Raghavan Iyer, is a luminous rendition of this timeless spiritual classic, universally appreciated for its profound truth and unfailing relevance. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, between God and Man, is elegantly rendered into eloquent English, together with the original Sanskrit text in transliteration. Each verse of the eighteen discourses is accompanied by an apposite and incisive commentary drawn from the world's spiritual and philosophical inheritance.
410 p. Sewn, lexhide with gold foil stamping and dust jacket $21.75
The Maitreya Academy Series
The Maitreya Academy Series fosters freedom and expansiveness of thought in exploring the prospects and possibilities of an evolving Republic of Conscience. These publications investigate the intelligent and equitable use of global resources on behalf of the societies of the future. By nurturing dialectical openness, it aims to focus the finest contributions of science, spirituality and intellectual culture upon the challenges of the emerging world civilization.
Toward the City of Man
By Raghavan Iyer
What is living and what is dead in contemporary political ideas, traditional beliefs and inherited allegiances? How may a better future be constructed from our complex past? Considering such questions, Parapolitics unveils a radical new perspective extending far beyond the pessimism of the current predicament. Raghavan Iyer moves with ease from the Greek polis to the California communes, from the psychology of self-actualization to the dynamics of social structures. He shows the critical distance needed to see clearly the costs of commitment, the limits and possibilities, in a global community. The book explores the subtle relationships between technology and politics, democracy and liberty, scarcity and abundance. Parapolitics calls for audacious diversity and dialectical skill in the responsible exercise of will and imagination. By distilling the ideas of seminal political thinkers from Socrates and Plato to Marx and Gandhi, the book provides a firm basis for a fresh vision of Civitas Humana the City of Man.
381 p. Sewn, softbound with dust jacket $21.75