• Title English : “The paths of wisdom”
• Author : Arnaud DESJARDINS
• Pages : 480 Sheet
• Publisher : Pocket (June 15, 2006)
• Collection : Litterature
• ISBN-10: 2266157558
• ISBN-13: 978-2266157551
• Product Dimensions : 10,9 x 2,3 x 17,8 cm
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♦ Description : “Arnaud DESJARDINS has made Westerners aware of the spirituality ofthe East through his films and books.He followed the teachings of Master Swami Prajnanpad and founded an ashram in which he transmitted his spiritual heritage. He is engaged in interreligious dialogue and is internationally recognized. It died on August 10, 2011.
The paths of wisdom are multiple. Yet, they all pass by a respectful and serene attitude towards others and oneself. But our attention is too often diverted to material matters. Arnaud Desjardins invites us to reconsider the direction of our existence. From Afghanistan to Tibet, he draws the best of Eastern philosophies and delivers a true treatise of wisdom that guides us on the path to fulfillment.”
“Once a great traveler and director of television, Arnaud Desjardins introduced the living spiritualities of the East to the West through his films about the life of masters in India and Asia. He will study with his master Swami Prajnanpad for years. He founded an ashram in 1974, installed today in Saint-Laurent-du-Pape in Ardeche, where he transmits the teaching he received. Considered one of the few Europeans able to transmit Vedanta, he is internationally renowned, and his books are translated all over the world.
Arnaud Desjardins holds a degree in political science from Paris and holds a DEA in sociology. He was a director at the ORTF from 1952 to 1974 and was one of the first Westerners to show the French, through television material, some great spiritual traditions unknown to Europeans: Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen and Sufism (mysticism of Islam) of Afghanistan.
Arnaud Desjardins was initially part of groups Gurdjieff (in 1948), his first contact with a teaching of self-knowledge. Educated in a Protestant Christian environment, he also fueled his thirst for spirituality by staying in a Trappist Catholic monastery. Being strongly interested in yoga, this director for French television chooses to shoot films in India, which will earn him the notoriety of his first film, “Ashrams” (1959). In 1965, the meeting with a Hindu master, Swami Prajnanpad (1891-1974), radically changed his life.
His thinking is part of a spiritual tradition transmitted by his master, Swami Prajnanpad, with whom he will engage after meeting and filming sages of many traditions. He is the guarantor of the tradition of Adhyatma yoga, branch of Advaita Vedanta. It is thanks to his numerous travels and his passion for spirituality, that he will bring back several testimonies filmed and that he will write many books. In 1968, 1970, 1972, Arnaud Desjardins published the trilogy (later published in one volume) “The Paths of Wisdom” around the teaching of Swami Prajnanpad.
He says in his book “Re-reading the Gospels” (1990) that he still considers himself a Christian. Arnaud Desjardins has an affair with the singer Dalida from 1969 to 1972, while he disagrees with his wife Denise. Dalida herself has about thirty interviews with Swami Prajnanpad.”