Bharati, Agehananda (1923-1991)

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Bharati, Agehananda (1923-1991)

Scholar of Eastern religion and mysticism who was ordained as Acharya in Dashanami Mahavidyalaya, Benares, India, in 1951. Scholars in the West considered him an important interpreter of Hindu tradition, especially tantra. He became a professor and chair of the department of anthropology at Syracuse University, New York. He traveled throughout Thailand and Japan as a visiting professor and is the author of a number of scholarly but somewhat skeptical writings about Eastern mysticism. In 1974 he contributed an important paper on "Separate Realities: Sense and (Mostly) Nonsense in Parapsychology" to the Rhine-Swanton Interdisciplinary Symposium on Parapsychology and Anthropology. Bharati died in 1991.


Bharati, Agehananda. The Light at the Center: Context and Pretext of Modern Mysticism. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Ross-Erickson, 1976.

. The Ochre Robe. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1970.

. "Separate Realities: Sense and (Mostly) Nonsense in Parapsychology." In Extrasensory Ecology: Parapsychology and Anthropology. Edited by Joseph K. Long. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1977.

. The Tantric Tradition. London: Rider, 1965.