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The American Isherwood$
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James J. Berg and Chris Freeman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001

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Spiritual Searching in Isherwood’s Artistic Production

Spiritual Searching in Isherwood’s Artistic Production

(p.179) 13 Spiritual Searching in Isherwood’s Artistic Production
The American Isherwood

Mario Faraone

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Christopher Isherwood’s search for the spiritual through his American writings. In his “Afterword” to his 1963 pamphlet An Approach to Vedanta, Isherwood describes the long road that brought him to Vedanta and explains that the contact with Swami Prabhavananda was above all a relationship through which he looked for a “still center” in life and art. Religious discourse plays an important role in Isherwood’s writings. Initially through Vedantic daily religious chores and rituals, and then thanks to Vedantic thought, Isherwood changes his way of reading the world and himself, which had been the main themes of his narrative. He approached Vedanta through Gerald Heard’s suggestion of meditation and yoga. Meeting Swami Prabhavananda in August 1939 was the beginning of the search of psychological and spiritual balance he subsequently appears to have found.

Keywords:   meditation, yoga, Christopher Isherwood, Vedanta, Swami Prabhavananda

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