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The Jedi in the Lotus is the first-ever examination of the Star Wars universe from a Hindu perspective, illuminating many hitherto undiscovered aspects of the background and meaning of the widely acclaimed film series.

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We are shown how its creators were influenced by the famed mythologist, Joseph Campbell, whose reading of the ancient Indian Epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, can be seen throughout the Star Wars films. This book also demonstrates how the metaphysical understanding of the Jedi Knights and the divinity conceived of as ‘the Force’ have resonances with teachings passed down by Hindu gurus and mystics for centuries, and how fantastic worlds and technology similar to that of the Star Wars universe were described in myths that are millennia old — and may even have had some basis in reality. Finally, The Jedi in the Lotus shows us how the Hindu traditions at the basis of Star Wars offer an alternative vision to the purely materialistic, soulless world of modernity.

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Author Steven Rosen
Full Title Jedi in the Lotus: Star Wars and the Hindu Tradition
Binding Softcover
Publisher Arktos Media (2010)
Pages 186
ISBN 978-1-907166-11-2
Language English
Short Description The Jedi in the Lotus is the first-ever examination of the Star Wars universe from a Hindu perspective, illuminating many hitherto undiscovered aspects of the background and meaning of the widely acclaimed film series.
Praise 'By the end of the book, readers have gained a convincing overview of Rosen’s argument that the Hindu tradition, specifically Vaishnava or devotional Hinduism, plays a critical role in the “Star Wars” ethos. I highly recommend the book to fans of “Star Wars” and anyone interested in the millennial roots of a contemporary entertainment phenomenon. '
- Joshua M. Greene, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Hofstra University

'A striking outcome of Rosen’s analysis is possibly to heighten the interest of readers in the relevance of the mythic traditions of India to the sensibility of a modern cinematic artist. With that deeper insight they are given the opportunity through George Lucas’s films to journey imaginatively to participate with him in the reality of India’s ancient mythic experience.'
- Charles S. J. White, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents About the Author
Foreword by Jonathan Young

Introduction – Is there Really a Correlation Between Hinduism and Star Wars?
Chapter One: Setting the Scene – Lucas’s Influences
Chapter Two: Close Encounters of Three Kinds
– The Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and Star Wars
Chapter Three: A Force to be Reckoned With
– Star Wars and Brahman (God)
Chapter Four: The Mechanic-Organic Dichotomy
– Nature in Hinduism and in Star Wars
Chapter Five: Veda to Vader:
Spaceships and the Vedic Literature
Chapter Six: Jedi Warriors and the Kshatriya Ideal
Afterword: Resonances and Conclusions
About the Author
Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) is the founding editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies and associate editor of Back to Godhead. He has published twenty-one books in numerous languages, including the recent Essential Hinduism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting (FOLK Books, 2008); and Krishna's Other Song: A New Look at the Uddhava Gita (Praeger-Greenwood, 2010). His official website is: http://www.sjrosen.com/

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