Aldous Huxley’s Account of Japan in Jesting Pilate(LEONARD). 1. Introduction. Aldous Huxley, celebrated novelist, essayist and travel writer, visited Japan in. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. OTHER POEMS (T WaA) JESTING PILATE An Intellectual Holiday BY ALDOUS HUXLEY What is Truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

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For in matters of art, he would argue and a religious ceremony, a civic or political function are forms of art, being only solemn ballets and symbolical charadesit is jestimg intention and the general effect that count.

No doubt But what is this to us, who have our pecul- iar problems about the rights and wrongs of vio- lence to decide in our jestin way? But, unlike the hidalgo who thought himself dishonoured by the exercise of any profession save that of arms, the pandit is ambitious of wielding only the pen.

They have learned by long experience that they can stand in the road as much as they like and that, however furiously the klaxon sounds, nothing will ever happen to them.

Habits easily become a part of us. And to what uses the tank was put! These, evidently, are the products of our Western civilisation which the East really admires.

Emotions are everywhere the same; but the artistic expression of them varies from age to age and from one country jewting another. It is enough in a book to apply destructive common sense to the existing fabric of social organisaton and then, with the hux,ey of constructive common sense, to build up the scattered pieces into a more seemly whole.

Naidu, then the country is fortunate indeed. Or was it due, as I liked to think it was, to the survival, through centuries of change and tumult and in spite of invasions and slaughters, of the art which Alexander’s adventurous succes- sors, the despots of Central Asia, implanted in that once flourishing land beyond the mountains? Mavrades rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Our minds and our conversation are consequently less elegant than those of our fathers, whose ideas had crystallised round such pleasing phrases as “Sunt lacrimce rerum” “I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honour more,” and “A sense of something far more deeply interfused.


The number of component forms in pilatr design is very large. An expen- sive form of royal vanity; but one for which the modern tourist should be grateful. They start with their yaks and ponies in the early autumn, when the passes are still free from snow and the rivers, swollen in summer by its melting, have subsided to fordableness.

The ancients were able to build up their notions of the world at large round an elegant poetical skeleton.

Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

Three hundred and twenty million Indians surround him; he feels incompara- bly superior to them all, from the coolie to the maharaja, from the untouchable to the thorough- bred Brahmin, from the illiterate peasant to the holder of half a dozen European degrees. In full royal blue cloth-covered boards with gilt decorations and lettering, spine. The thakur was a charming and cultured man, hospitably kind as only Indians can be. The temple is a stupa or relic mound, and must have looked when intact, with its dome and spire of superimposed umbrellas, something like the mod- ern Burmese pagoda — which is, of course, only a local variation of the original Indian stupa.

The longing to be in some way or other unique grows with every increase of standardisation. This mass being small, it was necessary that the minarets should be very thin for their height.

Mills and huge grey tenements, low huts among the palm-trees flank the outgoing roads for miles, and the roads themselves are thronged with the coming and going of innumerable passengers.

Yet, in spite of these limitations, Indian music is sur- prisingly rich and various. The foreground is always desert, but on every horizon there is the semblance of shadowy forests.


The consequence is that, in Kashmir, you can hire a clerk for about half as much as you would have to pay your cook. What he did in the name of the evolutionary Life Hkxley, he undid in the name of the Devil.

Jesting Pilate by Aldous, Huxley

Indian friends have assured me that the power of the priests is less than it was, and goes on rapidly waning. But after all is democracy really desirable. Clambering among the roofs they have found evidence to show that the marble is only a veneer over cheaper masonry, not solid. The relative architectural merits of the two churches are not for a moment considered. This book had to undergo emergency drying procedures after getting soaked in water inside a backpack I had washed. There are still too many black coats in the West, too many orange ones in the East.

Of European music even a bad player can give us some idea; and those who have acquired the art of reading a score can get their musical pleasure through the eye alone.

Jesting Pilate: the diary of a journey – Aldous Huxley – Google Books

The friends and relations of the Parsi ladies at last come down the plank. He goes on in greater detail and while it’s too long to quote, it’s well worth reading. The young man who goes out from a London suburb to take up a clerkship in India finds himself a member of a small ruling com- munity; he has slavish servants to order about, dark-skinned subordinates to whom it is right and proper to be rude.

At the bottom, far down, little men caught at the trailing ropes, piled up the sacks, made fast. One of these renunciatory pieces — a most elaborate, classical affair — was played for our benefit.