ISBN 9789381626504,In The Hot Unconscious: An Indian Journey

In The Hot Unconscious: An Indian Journey



Westland Publications

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789381626504

ISBN-10 9381626502


Number of Pages 233 Pages
Language (English)


In the Hot Unconscious travels with the writer, Charles Foster, through India. As he crosses sacred rivers, navigates the Himalayas, and fights the heat of the south, he begins an even more compelling odyssey. He voyages within. In the noise and the echoing silence of India, Foster confronts his own religious presumptions, and wonders whether the mystical traditions of east and west can be married. Most of all, he questions what it means to be realized, and if his expedition can lead him to that still centre. 

As he shares the road with eccentric, storytelling fellow- travellers, Foster is changed by farce and reflection. His conversations are laced with Zen humour; his writing is numinous, shifting easily between buoyancy and contemplation. Ultimately, In the Hot Unconscious reaffirms T.S. Eliot?s stance, that ?the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.? 

About the Author
Charles Foster is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He has written, edited or contributed to over thirty- five books on many subjects, including travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology, theology, archaeology, philosophy and law. He says, ?They are all attempts to answer the questions, ?who or what are we?? and ?what on earth are we doing here??? Recent publications include Wired for God? The Biology of Spiritual Experience; The Sacred Journey; The Misadventures of Mr Badshot; The Selfless Gene; Choosing Life, Choosing Death; and Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law.