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H thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love love both carnal and sublime treacherous and redee. Of the many stories and themes that flow through A River Sutra one stands out above all passion The individual stories that are told alongside this river are both awe inspiring and heartbreaking Altogether these stories of passion the story of A River Sutra function to demonstrate the functions of mythology as set by Joseph Campbell Here I will focus on the first and fourth function of mythology The pain that is seen throughout A River Sutra points to the metaphysical function of mythology The impact of this horror on a sensitive consciousness is terrific this monster which is life Life is a horrendous presence and you wouldn t be here if it weren t for that The first function of a mythological order has been to reconcile consciousness to this fact Campbell Companion 3 Life s horrendous presence is most clearly demonstrated in A River Sutra through The Teacher s Story and The Musician s Story It is worth noting that both of these stories are about musicians Among its many themes the novel also points to the importance of music as the sound of life though that is a topic for another paperThe story of the teacher Master Mohan broke my heart It started so beautifully as Mohan found his young prot g and worked so desperately to provide him opportunities and ultimately happiness and safety This is a story of passion between teacher and student As much as Master Mohan was helping the boy the boy was also helping him With Mohan s unappreciated status in his family the boy was a shining light When the boy was murdered in front of Mohan I cried I had to put down my text and mourn this child and the loss of beauty and hope I hesitated in picking up the text againThe following stories of the executive and courtesan lifted my spirits Each not only overcame a negative situation but seemed to be the better for having suffered through it I started to connect to the novel and felt hope returning In The Musician s Story however I was again faced with life s horrendous presence Though it was clear at the beginning of The Musician s Story that there was not going to be a happy ended I did not think it would be uite so grim When the ugly woman was betrothed I saw a glimmer of hope Her passion for music began to soar As she spent time with the bridegroom her father s student I believed I saw love in the making Knowing the story would end sadly I feared her bridegroom was going to be killed The fact that he freely chose not to marry her was actually far sadder Though this was not as heartbreaking as the murder of the young boy in The Teacher s Story I was again left wondering Why do we have to face this pain How are we supposed to reconcile itThe novel answered these uestions for me as it approached the fourth function of mythology All societies are evil sorrowful ineuitable and so they will always be So if you want to help this world what you will have to teach is how to live in it And that no one can do who has not himself learned how to live in it in the joyful sorrow and sorrowful joy of the knowledge of life as it is Campbell Myths to Live By 104 The Minstrel s Story reveals to readers that one cannot hide from life but must face it head on in order to actually be aliveNaga Baba first appears to us as a peaceful ascetic It is rather shocking when we later discover that he has become the unspiritual archaeologist And while this may be a rather dramatic example it acutely demonstrates how we must reenter the world Mehta 281 We cannot dwell in our sorrows nor hide from the world in a cave We must be in the world to experience it and to live Life eats on life Campbell has told us this A River Sutra has demonstrated it Life can be horrific However it does not end there It is horrific because we care because we have both passion and compassion Passion fuels us Without desire pain and struggle the glory of the world would mean nothing The pain that we feel in our life of passion is a sign that we are alive If we moved through safely unharmed untouched unmoved what would be the point

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A River Sutra

Ming Conveys A River PDF a world that is spiritual foreign and entirely accessible Vanity Fair Reading tou. This book has stayed with me for years The poetry touched my heart when I was very impressionable I love how all the stories were woven together so seamlessly It made me realize at a very young age how connected we all are A beautiful work that I highly recommend

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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling wit. I simply adore this book It was reuired reading for my freshman core class and so I first read it the summer before college then again twice in college and once after And I will probably go on reading it forever My copy is all battered and torn up and highlighted and that is exactly the way I enjoy it I still am not sure what it is about this book that touches me so and I end up in tears for no reason every time I finish This is a novel about India and the sacred Narmada River which flows through the country India is a melting pot of several religions races languages and peoples and this novel serves to unite the country through this sacred river In doing so I believe Gita Mehta has united the entire human race in the processThe novel is held together by a thread of stories heard by an old caretaker who lives on the Narmada s banks He has come to escape from the world because he believes the world has nothing left for him and he in turn has nothing left for the world It is said that the Narmada River contains 400 billion sacred places and people from all over come to its shores for redemption hope enlightenment divine interception but most of all because they need to believe in something Each story is laced with emotions deep and moving and are characterized by Mehta s intoxicating writing style I believe that Gita Mehta s writing is the most beautiful prose I ve ever read Her sentences have the cadence and flow of poetry and her words can be so powerful that they seem to speak to you She writes a lot of the last part of the novel in song and you can almost hear the music playing as you readEach story brings new emotions to the table and each serves the purpose of uniting human beings Just as India is a melting pot of different cultures so is the world No matter a person s religion economic standing social status culture upbringing age gender sexual orientation or ethnicity we are all human beings and are affected by the same emotions We all feel pain and loss happiness and prosperity sadness and anger at some point in our lives Our narrator comes to realize that the river though some believe it is not divine in any way serves the purpose of a beacon of hope A River Sutra which connects the human race to the earth and to each other Sutra in Hindi means a thread or a string I had begun this review by thinking I would describe each story as it connects to the whole but I think that would be unnecessary as the plot of the stories are only vessels to guide the reader through the novel and to arrive at its universal conclusion It is above all a novel and not a collection I continue to treasure this and will keep it on my shelf and open it every so often throughout my lifetime to rekindle my love of its pages I can not recommend this book enough to everyone out there who reads I hope that it will change and move you as it has done me over these past 10 years


10 thoughts on “A River Sutra

  1. says:

    How to describe this novel? What it is about? I would say that is about life itself about life love and suffering “In his attempt to frighten me my father had made me realize that to prevent suffering a man must be capable of suffering that a man who cannot suffer is not alive”― Gita Mehta A River SutraThe majestic river serves as a connector to all these stories This is a novel about India the modern and the old country of

  2. says:

    I simply adore this book It was reuired reading for my freshman core class and so I first read it the summer bef

  3. says:

    I hate reading HindiSanskrit poetry in translationNow that it is out of my system I have mixed feelings about this one Stories are interesting

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    A Government official in India is in charge of a Government Rest House a sort of inn He is told stories about various individuals a

  5. says:

    Of the many stories and themes that flow through A River Sutra one stands out above all passion The individual stories that are told alongside this river are both awe inspiring and heartbreaking Altogether these stories of passion the story of A River Sutra function to demonstrate the functions of mythology as set by Joseph Campbell Here I

  6. says:

    Lush descriptions dreamy stories

  7. says:

    loved it

  8. says:

    Indian stories woven together but not fantastic Only one story stood out that of an old music teacher taking a young blind exceptional singer under his wing Absolutely moving very sad story Love reading it again and again

  9. says:

    This book has stayed with me for years The poetry touched my heart when I was very impressionable I love how all the stories were woven together so seamlessly It made me realize at a very young age how connected we all are A beautiful work that I highly recommend

  10. says:

    A nicely written peek into a somewhat different world Smooth and easy to digest I found myself trying to actually see the bungalow the jungle and importantly the river in my mind The chapter about the poor little singing chi

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