The Two Selves: Coomaraswamy as Man and Metaphysician

Roger Lipsey

It should be said that Coomaraswamy’s thought went beyond his experience, as a light flashes out beyond its source, and that a man’s inner experience is “a secret between himself and God”. He no more demanded of his readers that they at once experience the struggle of the God and the Titan in themselves than he demanded it of himself; what he wished was to expound very richly this traditional psychology which is also a metaphysic and a myth, in order to prepare both his own mind and the reader’s for a subsequent “verification”.

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Originally published in Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 6, No. 4. (Autumn, 1972). Republished here with warm thanks.