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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A little army of coolies was engaged in covering the lawns with tarpaulin sheets and fitting canvas greatcoats on all the shrubs.

Under each dome a little slab bears the name of the commemorated dead. But though it adorned, it could not improve the works of man.

But of course he may in reality have been a saint and an ascetic, a preacher and a practiser of the moral doctrines ;ilate in the Gita, or even one of those pure-souled oriental mystics huxleey, we are told, are to leaven the materialism of our West- ern civilisation. Naidu, who gave us English eloquence, were in Gujarati, and for me, therefore, no better than gibberish. Let us try to understand before we condemn. You have a talent for high serious- ness; but I can smile and feel solemn within the same minute.

Consider this, for instance. Such are a few of the complications which render so simple a formula as the anti-clerical’s inapplicable to our real and chaotic existence. But by this time some few thousands of Bombay’s innumerable population of crows had settled in the trees outside the hall and were dis- cussing the question, as gregarious birds will do at sunset, of retiring for the night. By jesitng time we reached Rawal Pindi we had decided that the twenty-two rupees we should economise pilwte remaining seven hours longer among our second- class brothers were not enough.


Chatto and Windus, People leave their homes if they want entertainment.

Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

But a stronger force than reason is for ever trying to make him act against reason. They start in the early autumn when the passes are still free from the snow and rivers, swollen in summer by its melting, have subsided to fordableness. But unfortunately, the exigencies of religion made it necessary to put the available mass into minarets. But a thousand equatorial cicadas could shout down a steel works; and with reinforcements they would be a match for machine guns.

No place in India seems to be less than three hundred miles from any other place; the longer journeys have to be measured in thousands. So runs the simple creed of the anti-clericals.

For architecturally the tem- ple is less than nothing. Nowhere is the contrast between old and new more striking than in India.

This is due, I suppose, to two main causes, of a char- acter respectively physiological and intellectual. Hunting, war, and love-making, from time immemorial the sports of kings, were practised as copiously and patronised plate freely by Western potentates as by their Oriental cousins.

Looking into them you see “in a glass, darkly.

Jesting Pilate

Arroyo Seco Books Published: I knew which was the best form of social organisation and to what end societies had been created. My fellow passenger from Campbellpur did some- thing, no doubt, to encourage brotherly love, for- jetsing, and mutual helpfulness among his flock. But all are in the highest degree “amusing” and in these days, after all, it is to the amusing rather than to the good in art that we pay our tribute of admiration.


Second Story Books Published: There was fuel here, I suppose, for a week’s cooking.

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Aldous Huxley writes thought-provoking entry after mind-blowing entry of his travels across the vast expanse of Asia South, IndoChina Southeast This book had to undergo emergency drying procedures after getting soaked in water inside a backpack I had washed.

For I should have seen at a glance how vastly superior were their activities to those of the animal producers of dung in the foreground.

Amusing and insightful at various points. Aldous Huxley has surprisingly modern views for a book written inas an Indian reading it, I found I agreed with him on nearly everything, including his views on the Taj Mahal. Heaven preserve me, in such a world, pilwte having a Good Time! But he could retort by calling us crassly unimaginative because we are incapable of seeing the fine intention through the inadequate medium of its expression, of appreciating the noble general effect in spite of the shabbiness of the details.