The Jedi, the Hindu Kshatriya, and The Birth of the Spiritual Warrior

[The article below has been adapted from The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, published by Arktos. In part II, Rosen will explore the guru/student relationship and the training of the archetypal spiritual warrior. Here the author examines the qualities of the spiritual warrior, according to ancient Hinduism, and his place in society.] The Jedi […]

Are the Jedi Hindu?

[The following article has been adapted from The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, published by Arktos.] There is a deep and abiding connection between Star Wars and ancient Indic texts. Is it a stretch to say that Lucas was directly and/or indirectly influenced by the Ramayana and the Mahabharata? This author thinks not. Although Lucas’ influences […]

Who Killed Buddha-Nature? The Outsider in an Age of Consumer Radicalism

“Hipsters,” a friend complained to me recently, are too “decadent.” My friend is a highly intelligent young man, and makes many valuable points. But he was, on this occasion, completely wrong. Hipsters aren’t decadent enough. As a society we are becoming ever less decadent, because we are becoming more self-obsessed. Decadence isn’t silly self-indulgence. It isn’t […]