Shail Mayaram Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi Exploring Daya Krishna's life is a journey into the enormous possibilities of a life of the mind and the fullest development of the senses. It is a life that signals the fabric of intellectual life in postcolonial India and the non-West. But it was not just as a philosopher that he touched and radiated the lives of so many. No, not as a guru-- an institution he disdained--for ultimately what is important, he once told me, is to discover the guru within oneself. Of being-in-life creatively, lovingly, and joyfully, but always critically! And by approaching death without fear--indeed, reveling in its potentiality for complete freedom. Daya Krishna lived a beautiful life and left this world in a particularly beautiful way--serving sweets and water to a visiting student--a gesture that a philosopher from Jaipur interpreted as symbolizing his hospitality to the ideas of others, particularly younger people. It was an iccha-mrtyu (a willed death), as Srivatsa Goswami reminded me. He had time and again expressed his feeling that this, his eighty-third, was his last birthday and that people were living too long; and had ensured that his unpublished manuscripts,
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 12, 2008
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