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Ranga Rao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001

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Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision

Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision

Ordeal and Aftermath*

(p.65) 7 Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision
R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Ranga Rao notes the year of disaster in Narayan’s life—1939, the year his wife Rajam passed away. The period that followed, of over five years, was replete with loneliness; this period also was the most critical formative period that resulted in a vision and an outlook of a new kind. His wife’s death and the times following thereafter further shaped Narayan’s spiritual as well as social and literary values. Narayan focused on mind control and achieved this state through psychic-training exercises. He also succeeded in controlling his sexuality. Narayan’s attitude to work too changed during this crucial period. The self-education did not lead to any withdrawal from life; it resulted in greater social participation.

Keywords:   Rajam’s death, yogic practices, mind control, psychic training, control over sexuality, self-education

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