Thu, 09 Nov|
Nirvana Express - Mick Brown
Best selling author and journalist Mick Brown entertains with a deeply researched and captivating account of the Western encounter with Eastern spirituality.
Time & Location
09 Nov 2023, 17:30
London, 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ, UK
About the event
In 1897, an Indian yogi demonstrated yoga positions to a bemused audience at London's Westminster Aquarium . Four years earlier, Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda spoke at the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, where Annie Besant extolled the ‘exquisite beauty’ of his spiritual message. The Victorians were fascinated by, yet suspicious of, Indian religious beliefs and practices. But within two generations, legions of young Westerners were following the ‘hippie trail’ to the subcontinent, the Beatles meditating at the feet of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Journalist Mick Brown’s vivid account charts this eccentric history of Western obsessions with Indian faith, through a curious cast of scholars, seekers, charlatans and saints. From bestselling epic poems on the Buddha to murder plots, magic and the occult, The Nirvana Express is an exhilarating, sometimes troubling journey through the West’s search for enlightenment.