RŪPA-PRATIRŪPA: MIND, MAN AND MASK
Edited by S.C. MALIK
line drawings, col. and b&w plates, ISBN:81-7305-192-5, Rs. 2750 (HB)
An ancient Indian hymn describes
Man's first conscious reflection on creation as: " ... the
contemplative mind conceives of everything from nothing ... only Mind
was there ... neither existent nor non-existent.
... That the Truth is hidden in a golden jar.
... That which covers the Truth, the Mind and the Man, is the Mask".
There are so many traditions all over the world that have basic ground
of existence. From this theoretical base several questions may be
raised within the contemporary cultural context when alternative ways
of future scenarios are being considered: Who is man? What is the
Person/Self? The answers may be given in terms of Purusa
(cosmic man) in India; in Greece the word Prosopon and the
Latin word Persona assumed the meaning of personage. Thus Mind, Man
and Person are closely interlinked; and in this context there are
diverse concepts, notions and paradigms to the query-''What is Mask?"
It is clear to all that the Mask has
the power to reveal as also the power to conceal the "self/Self'. The
present volume containing the proceedings of the seminar held at IGNCA
in 1998 on "Rūpa-Pratirūpa: Man, Mind and Mask" reflects a turning
point in the series of seminars held earlier at IGNCA on the themes:
Time (Kāla), Space (Ākāśa), Form (Ākāra) Primal Elements (Prakṛti),
Chaos and Order (Ṛta-Ṛta) and Sound (Dhvani). It now deals directly
with the human being. It also deals with how humankind has attempted
to move into the inner realm of the self/Self and the Mind of Man .
Contributors have responded from the viewpoint of their own field of
specialization and they reflect views of diverse cultures and