vEDik THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:...from world famous intellectual Aldous Huxley...."LAW OF REVERESED EFFECT"......
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on September 9, 2010


....combining relaxed state of mind with activity...
....let yourself go as a person at the centre of your world...
.....allow your Creator to enter you....
The Above Knowledge Sharing is From 
Aldous Huxley
the 20th Century's leader of modern thought and an intellectual of the highest rank,
highly regarded as one of most prominent explorers of
visual communication and sight-related theories

Aldous Huxley said in the following visionary but metaphysical thinking:
“There is a Law of Reversed Effort.... 
.....The harder we try with the conscious will to do something,
the less we shall succeed.... 
 .....Proficiency and the results of proficiency
come only to those who have learned
the paradoxical art of doing and not doing...
 ....combining relaxation with activity...
....of letting go as a person.... order that
the immanent and transcendent
Unknown Quantity
may take hold.....
....We cannot make ourselves understand...
....the most we can do is
to foster a state of mind which understanding
may come to us....”


(shared by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

.....what does Aldous Huxley mean when he says:

......“Our linguistic habits lead us into error.”.....

This is a profound life-Truth quote from Aldous Huxley....

If we look around our daily life, past and will find how our race and belief based languages of the entire humanity has  created the good, bad and ugly in life at individual, family, community, national and international level...We all have felt that we should not have said something or said it differently or we would say we did not mean is basically or the fault of language....But what is a human language in what Aldous Huxley refers to as our "Linguistic Habits".....which he has told us that it is "leading us into error"....

The True meaning of language can be had from studies of the GNaan (translated simply as "Knowledge of the Truth" about Ourselves and Our relationship to our Creator)... This GNaan or "Knowledge of the Truth" also can be simply stated as Sciences of Life and Creation, sustenance of Life and Creation for Life and Creation to operate according to their designs and functional intents, and finally cyclic re-creation of Life and Creation that we observed in all the cycles of nature such as seasons, seasonal farming, economy, human behaviors, cosmic phenomenon that we understand and are  trying to understand as ontology and metaphysics....and all of the preceding, in sNskRUt language, is called vED.(transliterated without sNskRUt phonetics in English language as veda)..Creation in vED refers to all that we humans can see and not see but know that it is there in some form around us on this planet Earth and beyond in cosmos...Life in vED refers to what animates all Creations to do what it does at macro as in universe as well as micro as in up to sub-atomic and/or non-cognitive human perception levels....

...And  language and its structure empowers Life and Creation to expresses in thoughts , speech and kARm in terms of place of expression, time of expression and reason for expression. The knowledge and power thereof  in language for these expressions is provided through what is called v`yaakrAN, cchNDs and nirtuk`t....

The meaning of v`yaakrAN will take a book itself to translate into English language...but simply put it means what current humanity understands vaguely is called "GRAMMAR"...The science of v`yaakrAN is then interactively and holistically uses the mechanism of the science called cchNDs, which again simply translated in English can be vaguely what is meant by the English words "Prosody/Metrical Sciences"...Both v`yaakrAN and cchNDs then uses niruk`t which is the sNskRUt language compilation of founding words of sNskRUt language......v'yaakrAN, cchNDs and niruk`t are grouped under the label of vEDNg in vED meaning a part of the whole similar to hand, legs, head and other organs are part of a human body without which the human body cannot function fully as per the Creator's design to sustain and maintain itself to operate as per the Creator's design and functional intent but also allowing personal intents....

If one looks at our linguistic habits carefully without personal bias and would find that the majority of the current humanity has vague understanding of the above noted 3 components which makes a language whether good, bad or ugly.....A proof of this is seen even in human leadership at highest national levels... as made famous by media are USA President Bush, USA Vice President Dan Quayle, President Nixon and many non-English speaking national leaders who conversed with English speaking national leaders....many brilliant scientists some who could never speak, economists like Greenspan, name brand entertainers and media talkers who thrive on foul language...and most importantly at base human level of a family where increasingly parent and children are heading towards not understanding what each other say in every race and culture.....

And known history shows that this LACK OF LINGUISTIC PROFICIENCY linguistic proficiency has created major human life disasters of one kind or another through ERROS of human behaviour.....and most of the time these human life disasters have impacted to a degree negatively the rest of the Creation and Life.....

(The above is quite a complex presentation in itself but presented as a simplified overview of part of vED connected with today's news/Knowledge offering by PVAF...Any one who wish to expand their understanding of the above overview presentation may contact by email directly Champaklal Mistry by clicking here...The above is from Chmapaklal Mistry's  vED library and continuing learning life sciences of  vED there-from through daily svaaDH`yaay and stsNg....

The sNskRUt language words in the sharing are in bold italics blue and transliterated in English language to realize the phonetics of sNskRUt language....

Wikipedia has increasing amount of vEDik knowledge and PVAF in its mandate to expand human knowledge has started recently to hyperlink vEDik words/concepts in PVAF publishing to Wikipedia where available...but the accuracy of this linked Wikipedia info is suspect and/or incompete and/or misrepresentation due to partisan belief systems...all these from a vEDik perspective of Champak Mistry to know vED as is in the entire corpus of vED texts in original vEDik sNskRUt language....please contact Champak Mistry directly as noted above for this discussion ...

Also for increasing your English language power, key English words are also being hyperlinked to Wikpedia and /or other dictionary sources....just click on the hyperlinked words to go to Wikipedia ) .)

Today's news/knowledge sharing with humanity is on this knowledge-sharing PVAF website   to serve the primary PVAF mandate of sharing all the kli-yug available GNaan (Knowledge) that exists in our world today.... "to make your tomorrow happier than today".... simply because today you are increasing life knowledge.... which in turn will empower you to live the lifestyle you may wish today and tomorrow......without hurting yourself or any other creations because you did not know you are hurting yourself and others....and you do not know this because you simply lack life sciences Knowledge.... )

Please click on the last line to go to the next webpage of this sharing read a sample of the profound thoughts of Aldous Huxley and clarity of those thoughts in his English language and his expressions  in  English language...

This Huxley phenomenon was very
vEDik in nature and thus is still evergreen even today....Sadly from the fact that majority of the current humanity does not care about the Huxley phenomenon and/or appears to be difficult to be understood by those who do not daily live by the life sciences of vED of which DHARm.... (transliterated without sNskRUt phonetics in English language as Dharma)...

vEDikly DHARm is the operating system of Life and Creation....similar to what Microsoft is the 80 percent of computers in the world today.....and just imagine what will happen to the computer world of today if Microsoft disappears...same is happening in living daily life without DHARm.....

You can also read in brief the life history
of Aldous Huxley at the end of the above noted sampling to the end of next webpage....





MOKSHA: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience.
ISLAND: This was Huxley's last novel, first published in 1962. While Island is a work of fiction, it is the vehicle Huxley used to communicate his ideas about how people in a good society would interact with each other and their environment.
BRAVE NEW WORLD:  Aldous Huxley's 1932 classic before advent of Star Trek's futuristic sci-fi story telling is ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece....even selling today in reprints and unavilabe readily in library because of holds and in-circulation..... Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society in Savage Reservations. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy ....except for a renegade desiring to break free... 

(From: Internet)
   “If you go to New South Wales, you will see marsupials hopping about the countryside. And if you go to the antipodes of the self-conscious mind, you will encounter all sorts of creatures at least as odd as kangaroos. You do not invent these creatures any more than you invent marsupials. They live their own lives in complete independence. A man cannot control them. All he can do is to go to the mental equivalent of Australia and look around him.”

“From the point of view of an inhabitant of the Old World, marsupials are exceedingly odd. But oddity is not the same as randomness. Kangaroos and wallabies may lack verisimilitude; but their improbability repeats itself and obeys recognizable laws. The same is true of the psychological creatures inhabiting the remoter regions of our minds.”

“What is good enough for the waking consciousness is evidently good enough for the personal subconscious which finds it possible to express its meanings through uncolored symbols. Color turns out to be a kind of touchstone of reality. That which is given is colored; that which our symbol-creating intellect and fancy put together is uncolored/.../(It is worth remarking that, in most people’s experience, the most brightly colored dreams are those of landscapes, in which there is no drama, no symbolic reference to conflict, merely the presentation to consciousness of a given, non-human fact.)”

“The non-symbolic inhabitants of the mind’s antipodes exist in their own right, and like the given facts of the external world are colored. Indeed, they are far more intensely colored than external data. This may be explained, at least in part, by the fact that our perceptions of the external world are habitually clouded by the verbal notions in terms of which we do our thinking. We are forever attempting to convert things into signs for the more intelligible abstractions of our own invention. But in doing so, we rob these things of a great deal of their native thinghood.”

“For most of us most of the time, the world of everyday experience seems rather dim and drab. But for a few people often, and for a fair number occasionally, some of the brightness of visionary experience spills over, as it were, into common seeing, and the everyday universe is transfigured. Though still recognizably itself, the Old World takes on the quality of the mind’s antipodes/.../then suddenly my consciousness was lighted up from within and I saw in a vivid way how the whole universe was made up of particles of material which, no matter how dull and lifeless they might seem, were nevertheless filled with this intense and vital beauty. For a second or two the whole world appeared as a blaze of glory. When it died down, it left me with something I have never forgotten and which constantly reminds me of the beauty locked up in every minute speck of material around />
SSimilarly, George Russel writes of seeing the world illumined by ‘an intolerable lustre of light’; of finding himself looking at ‘landscapes as lovely as a lost Eden’; of beholding a world where the ‘colors were brighter and purer, and yet made a softer harmony.’ Again, ‘the winds were sparkling and diamond clear, and yet full of color as an opal, as they glittered through the valley, and I knew the Golden Age was all about me, and it was we who had been blind to it, but that it had never passed away from the world.’”

“Preternatural light and color are common to all visionary experiences. And along with light and color there goes, in every case, a recognition of heightened significance. The self-luminous objects which we see in the mind’s antipodes possess a meaning, and this meaning is, in some sort, as intense as their color. Significance here is identical with being; for, at the mind’s antipodes, objects do not stand for anything but themselves. The images which appear in the nearer reaches of the collective subconscious have meaning in relation to the basic facts of human experience; but here, at the limits of the visionary world, we are confronted by facts which, like the facts of external nature, are independent of man, both individually and collectively, and exist in their own right. And their meaning consists precisely in this, that they are intensely themselves and, being intensely themselves, are manifestations of the essential givenness, the non-human otherness of the universe.”

“The landscapes, the architectures, the clustering gems, the brilliant and intricate patterns--these, in their atmosphere of preternatural light, preternatural color and preternaturalbr />

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Aldous Huxley
Blurry monochrome head-and-shoulders portrait of Aldous Huxley, facing viewer's right, chin a couple of inches above hand
Born Aldous Leonard Huxley
26 July 1894(1894-07-26)
Godalming, Surrey/a>,
Died 22 November 1963 (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Resting place Compton, Surrey,
Occupation Writer (fiction & non-fiction)
Notable work(s) Brave New World,
Island, Point Counter Point,
The Doors of Perception

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts.


Aldous Huxley was a humanist and pacifist, and he was latterly interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. He is also well known for advocating and taking psychedelics.


By the end of his life Huxley was considered, in some academic circles, a leader of modern thought and an intellectual of the highest rank, and highly regarded as one of the most prominent explorers of visual communication and sight-related theories as well.[1]




[edit] Life and career

[edit] Early years

Aldous Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, UK in 1894. He was the third son of the writer and school-master Leonard Huxley and first wife, Julia Arnold who founded Prior's Field School. Julia was the niece of Matthew Arnold and the sister of Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Aldous was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, the zoologist, agnostic and controversialist ("Darwin's Bulldog"). His brother Julian Huxley and half-brother Andrew Huxley also became outstanding biologists. Huxley had another brother Noel Trevenen (1891–1914) who committed suicide after a period of clinical depression.[2]


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Huxley began his learning in his father's well-equipped botanical laboratory, then continued in a school named Hillside. His teacher was his mother who supervised him for several years until she became terminally ill. After Hillside, he was educated at Eton College. Huxley's mother died in 1908, when he was fourteen. In 1911, he suffered an illness (keratitis punctata) which "left [him] practically blind for two to three years".[3] Aldous's near-blindness disqualified him from service in the First World War. Once his eyesight recovered sufficiently, he was able to study English literature at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1916 he edited Oxford Poetry and later graduated with first class honours.

"I believe his blindness was a blessing in disguise. For one thing, it put paid to his idea of taking up medicine as a career...His uniqueness lay in his universalism. He was able to take all knowledge for his province." [4]

Following his education at Balliol, Huxley was financially indebted to his father and had to earn a living. He taught French for a year at Eton, where Eric Blair (later known by the pen name George Orwell) and Stephen Runciman were among his pupils, but was remembered as an incompetent and hopeless teacher who couldn’t keep discipline. Nevertheless, Blair and others were impressed by his use of words.[5] For a short while in 1918, he was employed acquiring provisions at the Air Ministry.

Significantly, Huxley also worked for a time in the 1920s at the technologically-advanced Brunner and Mond chemical plant in Billingham, Teesside, and the most recent introduction to his famous science fiction novel Brave New World (1932) states that this experience of "an ordered universe in a world of planless incoherence" was one source for the novel.[6]

Huxley completed his first (unpublished) novel at the age of seventeen and began writing seriously in his early twenties. His first published novels were social satires, beginning with Crome Yellow (1921).

[edit] Middle years

During the First World War, Huxley spent much of his time at Garsington Manor, home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, working as a farm labourer. Here he met several Bloomsbury figures including Bertrand Russell and Clive Bell. Later, in Crome Yellow (1921) he caricatured the Garsington lifestyle. In 1919 he married Maria Nys (10 September 1899 – 12 February 1955), a Belgian woman he met at Garsington. They had one child, Matthew Huxley (19 April 1920 – 10 February 2005), who had a career as an epidemiologist. The family lived in Italy part of the time in the 1920s, where Huxley would visit his friend D. H. Lawrence. Following Lawrence's death in 1930, Huxley edited Lawrence's letters (1933).


Works of this period included important novels on the dehumanizing aspects of scientific progress, most famously Brave New World, and on pacifist themes (for example, Eyeless in Gaza). In Brave New World Huxley portrays a society operating on the principles of mass production and Pavlovian conditioning. Huxley was strongly influenced by F. Matthias Alexander and included him as a character in Eyeless in Gaza.


In 1937, Huxley moved to Hollywood, California with his wife Maria, son Matthew, and friend Gerald Heard. He lived in the U.S., mainly in southern California, until his death, but also for a time in Taos, New Mexico, where he wrote Ends and Means (published in 1937). In this work he examines the fact that although most people in modern civilization agree that they want a world of "liberty, peace, justice, and brotherly love", they have not been able to agree on how to achieve it.


Heard introduced Huxley to Vedanta (Veda-Centric Hinduism), meditation, and vegetarianism through the principle of ahimsa. In 1938 Huxley befriended J. Krishnamurti, whose teachings he greatly admired. He also became a Vedantist in the circle of Hindu Swami Prabhavananda, and introduced Christopher Isherwood to this circle. Not long after, Huxley wrote his book on widely held spiritual values and ideas, The Perennial Philosophy, which discussed the teachings of renowned mystics of the world. Huxley's book affirmed a sensibility that insists there are realities beyond the generally accepted "five senses" and that there is genuine meaning for humans beyond both sensual satisfactions and sentimentalities.


Huxley became a close friend of Remsen Bird, president of Occidental College. He spent much time at the college, which is in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. The college appears as "Tarzana College" in his satirical novel After Many a Summer (1939). The novel won Huxley that year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.[7] Huxley also incorporated Bird into the novel.


During this period Huxley earned some Hollywood income as a writer. In March 1938, his friend Anita Loos, a novelist and screenwriter, put him in touch with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who hired Huxley for Madame Curie which was originally to star Greta Garbo and be directed by George Cukor. (The film was eventually filmed by MGM in 1943 with a different director and stars.) Huxley received screen credit for Pride and Prejudice (1940) and was paid for his work on a number of other films, including Jane Eyre (1944).


However, his experience in Hollywood was not a success. When he wrote a synopsis of Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney rejected it on the grounds that "he could only understand every third word".[8] Huxley's leisurely development of ideas, it seemed, was not suitable for the movie moguls, who demanded fast, dynamic dialogue above all else. For Dick Huemer, during the 1940s, Huxley went to the first of a five meetings' session to elaborate the script of Alice in Wonderland but never came again.[9] For author John Grant, although the movie's character the Caterpillar displays some characteristics familiar from Huxley's discussion of his experiments with hallucinogens, Huxley's contribution to the movie is nonexistent.[10]


On 21 October 1949, Huxley wrote to George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, congratulating Orwell on "how fine and how profoundly important the book is". In his letter to Orwell, he predicted:

"Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience."[11]

[edit] Post-war

After the Second World War Huxley applied for United States citizenship. His application was continuously deferred on the grounds that he would not say he would take up arms to defend the U.S. He claimed a philosophical, rather than a religious objection, and therefore was not exempt under the McCarran Act.[12] So, he withdrew his application. Nevertheless, he remained in the country, and in 1959 he turned down an offer of a Knight Bachelor by the Macmillan government. During the 1950s Huxley's interest in the field of psychical research grew keener, and his later works are strongly influenced by both mysticism and his experiences with psychedelic drugs.


In October 1930, the English occultist Aleister Crowley dined with Huxley in Berlin, and to this day rumours persist that Crowley introduced Huxley to peyote on that occasion. He was introduced to mescaline (considered to be the key active ingredient of peyote) by the psychiatrist Humphry Osmond in 1953.[13] Through Dr. Osmond, Huxley met millionaire Alfred Matthew Hubbard who would deal with LSD on a wholesale basis.[14] On 24 December 1955, Huxley took his first dose of LSD. Indeed, Huxley was a pioneer of self-directed psychedelic drug use "in a search for enlightenment", famously taking 100 micrograms of LSD as he lay dying. His psychedelic drug experiences are described in the essays The Doors of Perception (the title deriving from some lines in the book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake), and Heaven and Hell. Some of his writings on psychedelics became frequent reading among early hippies[citation needed]. While living in Los Angeles, Huxley was a friend of Ray Bradbury. According to Sam Weller's biography of Bradbury, the latter was dissatisfied with Huxley, especially after Huxley encouraged Bradbury to take psychedelic drugs.


In 1955, Huxley's wife, Maria, died of breast cancer. In 1956 he married Laura Archera (1911–2007), also an author. She wrote This Timeless Moment, a biography of Huxley. In 1960 Huxley himself was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, and in the years that followed, with his health deteriorating, he wrote the Utopian novel Island,[15] and gave lectures on "Human Potentialities" at the Esalen institute, which were fundamental to the forming of the Human Potential Movement.

[edit] Death

On his deathbed, unable to speak, Huxley made a written request to his wife for "LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular". According to her account of his death, in This Timeless Moment, she obliged with an injection at 11:45 am and another a couple of hours later. He died at 5:21 pm on 22 November 1963, aged 69. Huxley's ashes were interred in the family grave at the Watts Cemetery, home of the Watts Mortuary Chapel in Compton, a village near Guildford, Surrey, England.[16]

Media coverage of his death was overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on the same day, as was the death of the Irish author C. S. Lewis. This coincidence was the inspiration for Peter Kreeft's book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley.

Huxley's only child, Matthew Huxley, was also an author, as well as an educator, anthropologist, and prominent epidemiologist. Aldous Huxley is also survived by two grandchildren.

[edit] Association with Vedanta

Beginning in 1939 and continuing until his death in 1963, Huxley had an extensive association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California, founded and headed by Swami Prabhavananda. Together with Gerald Heard, Christopher Isherwood, and other followers he was initiated by the Swami and was taught meditation and spiritual practices.


In 1944 Huxley wrote the introduction to the "Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God",[17] translated by Swami Prabhavanada and Christopher Isherwood, which was published by The Vedanta Society of Southern California.


From 1941 through 1960 Huxley contributed 48 articles to Vedanta and the West, published by the Society. He also served on the editorial board with Isherwood, Heard, and playwright John van Druten from 1951 through 1962.


Huxley also occasionally lectured at the Hollywood and Santa Barbara Vedanta temples. Two of those lectures have been released on CD: Knowledge and Understanding and Who Are We from 1955.


After the publication of The Doors of Perception, Huxley and the Swami disagreed about the meaning and importance of the LSD drug experience, which may have caused the relationship to cool, but Huxley continued to write articles for the Society's journal, lecture at the temple, and attend social functions.

[edit] Literary themes

Crome Yellow (1921) attacks Victorian and Edwardian social principles, which led to World War I and its terrible aftermath. Together with Huxley's second novel, Antic Hay (1923), the book expresses much of the mood of disenchantment of the early 1920s. It was intended to reflect, as Huxley stated in a letter to his father, "the life and opinions of an age which has seen the violent disruption of almost all the standards, conventions and values current in the present epoch."[18]


Huxley's reputation for iconoclasm and emancipation grew. He was condemned for his explicit discussion of sex and free thought in his fiction. Antic Hay, for example, was burned in Cairo and in the years that followed many of Huxley's books were received with disapproval or banned at one time or another.


Huxley, however, said that a novel should be full of interesting opinions and arresting ideas, describing his aim as a novelist as being 'to arrive, technically, at a perfect fusion of the novel and the essay'; and with Point Counter Point (1928), Huxley wrote his first true 'novel of ideas', the type of thought-provoking fiction with which he is now associated.


One of his main ideas was pessimism about the cultural future of society, a pessimism which sprang largely from his visit to the United States between September 1925 and June 1926. He recounted his experiences in Jesting Pilate (1926): "The thing which is happening in America is a reevaluation of values, a radical alteration (for the worse) of established standards", and it was soon after this visit that he conceived the idea of writing a satire of what he had encountered.[19]

Brave New World (1932) as well as Island (1962) form the cornerstone of Huxley's damning indictment of commercialism based upon goods generally manufactured from other countries. Indeed also, Brave New World (along with Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Yevgeni Zamyatin's We) helped form the anti-utopian or dystopian tradition in literature and has become synonymous with a future world in which the human spirit is subject to conditioning and control. Island acts as an antonym to Brave New World; it is described as "one of the truly great philosophical novels".[20]


He devoted his time at his small house at Llano in the Mojave Desert to a life of contemplation, mysticism, and experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs. His suggestions in The Doors of Perception (1954) that mescaline and lysergic acid were 'drugs of unique distinction' which should be exploited for the 'supernaturally brilliant' visionary experience they offered provoked even more outrage than his passionate defense of the Bates method in The Art of Seeing (1942). The book went on to become a cult text in the psychedelic 1960s, and inspire the name of the rock band The Doors (it was originally derived from William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" ). Huxley appears on the sleeve of The Beatles' landmark 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

[edit] Eyesight

With respect to details about the true quality of Huxley’s eyesight at specific points in his life, there are differing accounts. Around 1939, Huxley encountered the Bates Method for better eyesight, and a teacher, Margaret Corbett, who was able to teach him in the method. In 1940, Huxley relocated from Hollywood to a 40-acre (160,000 m2) ranchito in the high desert hamlet of Llano, California in northernmost Los Angeles County. Huxley then said that his sight improved dramatically with the Bates Method and the extreme and pure natural lighting of the southwestern American desert. He reported that for the first time in over 25 years, he was able to read without glasses and without strain. He even tried driving a car along the dirt road beside the ranch. He wrote a book about his successes with the Bates Method, The Art of Seeing which was published in 1942 (US), 1943 (UK). It was from this period, with the publication of the generally disputed theories contained in the latter book, that a growing degree of popular controversy arose over the subject of Huxley’s eyesight.


It was, and to a noticeable extent, still is widely held that, for most of his life, since the illness in his teens which left Huxley nearly blind, that his eyesight was exceedingly poor (despite the partial recovery which had enabled him to study at Oxford). For instance, some ten years after publication of The Art of Seeing, in 1952, Bennett Cerf was present when Huxley spoke at a Hollywood banquet, wearing no glasses and apparently reading his paper from the lectern without difficulty: "Then suddenly he faltered—and the disturbing truth became obvious. He wasn't reading his address at all. He had learned it by heart. To refresh his memory he brought the paper closer and closer to his eyes. When it was only an inch or so away he still couldn't read it, and had to fish for a magnifying glass in his pocket to make the typing visible to him. It was an agonizing moment."[21]


On the other hand, Huxley's second wife, Laura Archera Huxley, would later emphasize in her biographical account, This Timeless Moment: "One of the great achievements of his life: that of having regained his sight." Here, she portrays the accomplishment as both metaphorical and considerably physiological in nature, attributing that which she cites J. Krishnamurti as naming the spirit of "freedom from the known", which she suggests that Huxley applied, non-exhaustively, in writing The Art of Seeing and utilizing the Bates Method. After revealing a letter she wrote to the Los Angeles Times disclaiming the label of Huxley as a "poor fellow who can hardly see" by Walter C. Alvarez, she tempers this:"  Although I feel it was an injustice to treat Aldous as though he were blind, it is true there were many indications of his impaired vision. For instance, although Aldous did not wear glasses, he would quite often use a magnifying lens."[22] Laura Huxley proceeds to elaborate a few nuances of inconsistency peculiar to Huxley's vision. Her account, in this respect, is discernibly congruent with the following sample of Huxley's own words from The Art of Seeing. "The most characteristic fact about the functioning of the total organism, or any part of the organism, is that it is not constant, but highly variable."


Nevertheless, the topic of Huxley’s eyesight continues to endure similar, significant controversy, regardless of how trivial a subject matter it might initially appear.[23]

[edit] Awards

[edit] Others' film adaptations of Huxley's work

[edit] Selected works

[edit] Novels

[edit] Short stories collections

[edit] Poetry collections

  • Oxford Poetry (magazine editor) (1916)
  • The Burning Wheel (1916)
  • Jonah (1917)
  • The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems (1918)
  • Leda (1920)
  • Selected Poems (1925)
  • Arabia Infelix and Other Poems (1929)
  • The Cicadas and Other Poems (1931)
  • Collected Poems (1971, posthumous)

[edit] Essay collections

  • On the Margin (1923)
  • Along the Road (1925)
  • Essays New and Old (1926)
  • Proper Studies (1927)
  • Do What You Will (1929)
  • Vulgarity in Literature (1930)
  • Music at Night (1931)
  • Texts and Pretexts (1932)
  • The Olive Tree and other essays (1936)
  • Ends and Means (1937)
  • Words and their Meanings (1940)
  • The Art of Seeing (1942)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (1945)
  • Science, Liberty and Peace (1946)
  • Themes and Variations (1950)
  • The Doors of Perception (1954)
  • Heaven and Hell (1956)
  • Adonis and the Alphabet (U.S. title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) (1956)
  • Collected Essays (1958)
  • Brave New World Revisited (1958)
  • Literature and Science (1963)
  • Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience 1931-63 (1977)
  • The Human Situation: Lectures at Santa Barbara, 1959 (1977)

[edit] Screenplays

[edit] Travel books

  • Along The Road: Notes and essays of a tourist (1925)
  • Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey (1926)
  • Beyond the Mexique Bay: A traveller's Journey (1934)

[edit] Children's fiction

[edit] Drama

  • The Discovery (adapted from Francis Sheridan, 1924)
  • The World of Light (1931)
  • Mortal Coils - A Play. (Stage version of The Gioconda Smile, 1948)
  • The Genius and the Goddess (stage version, co-written with Betty Wendel, 1958)
  • The Ambassador of Captripedia (1967)

[edit] Articles written for Vedanta and the West

  • Distractions (1941)
  • Distractions II (1941)
  • Action and Contemplation (1941)
  • An Appreciation (1941)
  • The Yellow Mustard (1941)
  • Lines (1941)
  • Some Replections of the Lord's Prayer (1941)
  • Reflections of the Lord's Prayer (1942)
  • Reflections of the Lord's Prayer II (1942)
  • Words and Reality (1942)
  • Readings in Mysticism (1942)
  • Man and Reality (1942)
  • The Magical and the Spiritual (1942)
  • Religion and Time (1943)
  • Idolatry (1943)
  • Religion and Temperament (1943)
  • A Note on the Bhagavatam (1943)
  • Seven Meditations (1943)
  • On a Sentence From Shakespeare (1944)
  • The Minimum Working Hypothesis (1944)
  • From a Notebook (1944)
  • The Philosophy of the Saints (1944)
  • That Art Thou (1945)
  • That Art Thou II (1945)
  • The Nature of the Ground (1945)
  • The Nature of the Ground II (1945)
  • God In the World (1945)
  • Origins and Consequences of Some Contemporary Thought-Patterns (1946)
  • The Sixth Patriarch (1946)
  • Some Reflections on Time (1946)
  • Reflections on Progress (1947)
  • Further Reflections on Progress (1947)
  • William Law (1947)
  • Notes on Zen (1947)
  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (1948)
  • A Note on Gandhi (1948)
  • Art and Religion (1949)
  • Foreword to an Essay on the Indian Philosophy of Peace (1950)
  • A Note on Enlightenment (1952)
  • Substitutes for Liberation (1952)
  • The Desert (1954)
  • A Note on Patanjali (1954)
  • Who Are We? (1955)
  • Foreword to the Supreme Doctrine (1956)
  • Knowledge and Understanding (1956)
  • The "Inanimate" is Alive (1957)
  • Symbol and Immediate Experience (1960)

[edit] Other

[edit] Bibliography

  • Charles J. Rolo (ed.),The World of Aldous Huxley, Grosset Universal Library, 1947.
  • John Atkins, Aldous Huxley: A Literary Study, J. Calder, 1956
  • Nicholas Murray, Aldous Huxley, Macmillan, 2003, ISBN 0312302375
  • Laura Archera Huxley, This Timeless Moment, Celestial Arts, 2001, ISBN 0890879689
  • Sybille Bedford, Aldous Huxley: A Biography, Harper and Row, 1974, rev. ed., Ivan R. Dee, 2002 ISBN 1566634547
  • James Sexton (ed.), Aldous Huxley: Selected Letters, Ivan R. Dee, 2007, ISBN 1566636292
  • David King Dunaway, Huxley in Hollywood, HarperCollins 1990, ISBN 0385415915
  • Aldous Huxley, The Human Situation: Aldous Huxley Lectures at Santa Barbara 1959, Flamingo Modern Classic, 1994, ISBN 0006547327
  • Conrad Watt (ed.), Aldous Huxley, Routledge, 1997, ISBN 0415159159
  • Dana Sawyer, Aldous Huxley, Crossroad Publishing Co., 2002, ISBN 0824519872
  • Jerome Meckier, Aldous Huxley: modern satirical novelist of ideas, Firchow and Nugel editors, LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825896683

[edit] References

  1. ^ Thody, Philipe (1973). Huxley: A Biographical Introduction. Scribner. ISBN 0289701880. 
  2. ^ Holmes, Charles Mason (1978) Aldous Huxley and the way to reality p.5. Greewwood Press, 1978
  3. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1939). "biography and bibliography (appendix)". After Many A Summer Dies The Swan (1st Perennial Classic Ed.). Harper & Row, Publishers. p. 243. 
  4. ^ Julian Huxley 1965. Aldous Huxley 1894–1963: a memorial volume. Chatto & Windus, London. p22
  5. ^ Crick, Bernard (1992). George Orwell: A Life. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 014014563X. 
  6. ^ Baggini, Julian (2009) Atheism, A Brief insight Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009
  7. ^ Haugrud Reiff, Raychel (2003) Aldous Huxley: Brave New World p.103. Marshall Cavendish, 2009
  8. ^ Clark, Ronald William (1968). The Huxleys. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 295. 
  9. ^ (English) David Koenig, Mouse Under Glass, p.82
  10. ^ (English) John Grant, The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters, p.233.
  11. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1969). Grover Smith. ed. Letters of Aldous Huxley. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 070111312X. 
  12. ^ What Happened to Aldous Huxley?author=J Derbyshire. The New Criterion. 2003. 
  13. ^ Martin, Douglas. Friday, 22 August 2008 "Humphry Osmond, 86, Who Sought Medicinal Value in Psychedelic Drugs, Dies". New York: New York Times
  14. ^ Stevens, Jay (1998). Storming heaven: LSD and the American dream. Grove Press. pp. 47–64. ISBN 0802135872. "All sorts of crazy things started happening..." 
  15. ^ Peter Bowering Aldous Huxley: A Study of the Major Novels, p. 197, Oxford University Press, 1969 ASIN B0006CDQZ8
  16. ^ "Aldous Huxley". Find a Grave. 
  17. ^ Isherwood, Christopher; Swami Prabhavananda; Aldous, Huxley (1987). Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God. Hollywood, Calif: Vedanta Press. ISBN 978-0-87481-043-1. 
  18. ^ Ronald T.Sion (2010) Aldous Huxley and the Search for Meaning: A Study of the Eleven Novels McFarland, 2010
  19. ^ Huxley, Aldous (2003). "British Literature (1918–1945)". Words Words Words. La Spiga Languages. pp. 217–218. 
  20. ^ The Times
  21. ^ From Bennet Cerf’s column in The Saturday Review, 12 April 1952, quoted in Gardner, Martin (1957). Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-20394-8. 
  22. ^ Huxley, Laura (1968). This Timeless Moment. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ISBN 0890879680. 
  23. ^ Rolfe, Lionel (1981) Literary L.A. p.50. Chronicle Books, 1981. University of California
  24. ^ Chevalier, Tracy (1997). Encyclopedia of the Essay. Routldge. p. 416. ISBN 1-57958-342-3. 
  25. ^ "Brave move for DiCaprio and Scott". BBC Online. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  26. ^ Bradshaw, David (1993). "Introduction". Aldous Huxley's "Those Barren Leaves" (Vintage Classics Edn., 2005). Vintage, Random House, 20 Vauxhall Brigade Road, London. xii. 
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