Hermit in the Water of Life

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI:
Hermit in the Water of Life

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This chapter presents the author's thoughts on the life story of Brijen Gupta, who, he says, contained multitudes. The individual elements did not always coexist easily within him. But he refused to suppress any one. When Brijen was honored with the India Community Center of Rochester's first award for lifetime achievement in 1997, it was not only for his financial and personal gifts to this community, or even for his efforts as a social activist over many years, but for a humanitarianism that was realized through adversity and vitality rather than spelled out as a set of precepts to which lip service alone was due—a humanism born of a struggle to reconcile spiritual and political passions—the hermit and the water of life made one.

Keywords: Brijen Gupta; humanitarian; life story

Chapter.  11496 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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