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Ka is a vivid rendering of Hindu facts and philosophy. The book covers everything from the Vedas to the Buddha.
Summary Of The Book
Ka is an interrogatory word which means 'who'. Sanskrit texts use this word to inquire about the origin of everything. This book uses this as the premise and then goes into various stories, small and big, to weave a fascinating tapestry of Hindu thought and wisdom.
The task is complex because the subject is so vast, and the author has chosen to cover a huge period. Yet, as each story unfolds, the reader is able to gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the minds of the ancient Indians. The book tells the story of Garuda, the divine eagle who is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. It tells how he released his mother from bondage, then about his quest to learn the Vedas.
This book unveils the complexities of the Vedas, the stories of the Puranas and the Mahabharata. Divided into fourteen chapters, each chapter focuses on a central figure like Garuda, Prajapati, Shiva, Krishna and so on.
The book gradually reveals that Ka is actually the deep knowledge contained in the Vedas. The word Veda itself simply means knowledge. The book shows that the mind is the repository of this deep knowledge. Ka is considered one of the most interesting books that tries to explain the complexity of Hindu philosophy and mythology to Western readers. The interwoven stories and the rich array of characters keep the readers interested as they dive deeper into the minds of the ancient poets and seers who always enquired beyond what was obvious and shared their experiences through the Vedas and the epics and puranas.
About Roberto Calasso
Roberto Calasso is an Italian writer. His other popular books include The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Literature and the Gods, and The Forty-Nine Steps.
Roberto Calasso was born in 1941 in Florence, Italy. He has worked with the Adelphi Edizioni, a publishing house, since it was established in 1962, finally becoming its Chairman in 1999. His books have been translated into many major European languages, including English. He has won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and Prix Veillon.