The phrase Jesting Pilate can be: a phrase coined by Francis Bacon in the opening sentence of his essay Of Truth; a name for the Biblical verse to which Bacon was referring, namely John ; the title of a book by Aldous Huxley. Aldous Huxley’s Account of Japan in Jesting Pilate(LEONARD). 1. Introduction. Aldous Huxley, celebrated novelist, essayist and travel writer, visited Japan in. OTHER POEMS (T WaA) JESTING PILATE An Intellectual Holiday BY ALDOUS HUXLEY What is Truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

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Jesting Pilate: the diary of a journey – Aldous Huxley – Google Books

But fortunately the rooms in Indian palaces are seldom large. Work is also stink. He, meanwhile, passed the time by counting his money, which was contained in a large brass-bound box, by loudly eating and, later, dozing. There are men and women, the innumerable living, and, jestibg books, the souls of those dead who deserved to be immortal.

He preferred the tastier water of the tank.

Heaven helps those who help themselves. Sep 04, Thomas Burchfield rated it really liked it. The educated Indian may doubt whether our five-pound notes are worth more than an equal area snipped out of the Daily Mail; but his uneducated brother still accepts us at our face value. Chauffeurs may get good wages, servants are clothed and fed; but the proud pandit had rather walk the streets begging than accept em- ployments so derogatory to his Brahmin dignity.

Such conventions vary with great rapidity, even in the same country. And them amid what we’d now call beach reads, which he flew through at three per day, he discovers a copy of Henry Ford’s My Life and Work. The reasons are purely selfish. In this last respect Hindu ornament is decidedly superior to that employed by the later Moguls. Nature, I repeat, did its best.

And what meaning for us have those airy assertions about God?

Jesting Pilate

The less fortunate majority is carefully pialte in this pilste opinion. They spend the winter in India, sell what they have brought, and in the following spring, when the passes are once more open, go back into Turkestan with a load of Indian fabrics, velvet and plush and ordinary cotton, which they sell for fabulous profit.


These are the feet of those royal ladies who, for one reason or another, did not commit sati. To the slave-owners, slaver seems a most delightful institution. Nature did its best for the Taj.

His ambition is to step into some safe clerical job with no huxle sponsibilities, and a pension at the end of alddous. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision.

Yet, in spite of these limitations, Indian music is sur- prisingly rich and various. It would be interesting to know the feelings of a migrant animal, when the moment has arrived for it to perform its journey. The mere disappearance of all Indian servants would be almost enough in itself to bring the white man to terms. And what is democracy, anyhow?

Watching them alfous their meal, I understood why it is that Indian bulls are so strangely mild. His uncanny powers of observation coupled with his skills in writing ensures that the reader enjoy the rush of traveling places thousands miles apart without jsting an inch. Can it be said that government by the people exists anywhere, except perhaps in Switzerland Certainly, the English parliamentary system cannot be described as government by the people.

The bulls browsed on; it was a literary feast. So qldous from strengthening the Company’s position, they argued, the influx of Europeans would actually weaken and imperil it. When the train stopped at Campbell- pur, we were invaded.

All that we could be certain of was that he looked unpleasant, huzley was undoubtedly dirty; also that he and his admirers exhaled the sour stink of garments long unwashed. What is the use of knowing, inthat “when lovely woman stoops to folly,” the best, the only thing she can do “is to die”? The commercial traveller who goes East is really a greater man so long as he remains in the East than his colleague in patent medicines at home.

Or same-same, as they say here.

Looking up we saw a flock of parrots flying across the pale sky. But nesting is not necessary to go as far as Europe to find specimens of a more varied and imaginative elegance than that of the Taj. A writer is his own master, works when and where he will, and is paid by a quite impersonal entity, the public, with whom it is unnecessary for him to have any direct dealings whatever.


The gardens were rich huxlsy turf, with cypresses, palms, and peepul trees, with long shadows and rosy lights, with the noise of grasshoppers, the calling of enormous owls, the indefatigable ham- mering of a coppersmith bird. No wonder if he loves the East.

To us pictures of monsters and impossible hybrids are by convention, funny.

Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

But their greatest charm is that they are slightly convex, so that every piece gives back its own small particular image of the world and each, when the shutters are opened, or a candle is lit, has a glint in its grey surface like the curved high-light in an eye. By the time we reached Rawal Pindi we had decided that the twenty-two rupees we should economise by remaining seven hours longer among our second- class brothers were not enough.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Courte- sans are the only professional female musicians in India, and very many of the male professionals are only the hereditary teachers of courtesans. Curi- ously, admiringly, and at last with a growing sense of horror, I looked on. No eBook available Amazon.

I was able to understand and appreciate the music tolerably well. In this respect, I should guess, his habits of thought and feeling are nearer to the Oriental’s than to ours.

And fur- ther, the vast majority of human beings are not interested in reason or satisfied with what it teaches. The joyful acceptance of change, which so profoundly influences American industry, business methods and domestic architecture, reacts on the affairs of daily, personal life.

Naidu to the function and, as her guests, found ourselves sitting in places of honour on the platform. Our passage had been to her like a sudden and unexpected fall of manna. The fact is, of course, that they know their own sacred- ness.