Religion: Ex-Commissar v. the Yogis

In his famed 1945 essay, The Yogi and the Commissar, Author Arthur Koestler contrasted their ways of coping with the world—the commissar trying to change his environment, the yogi trying to change himself. Having qualified as an expert on the commissar's way of doing things (he resigned from the Communist Party in 1938), Hungarian-born Author Koestler, 55, journeyed to India and Japan last year to investigate the yogi's. He came back with a cargo of provocative conclusions that are causing controversy in Britain around his new book, The Lotus and the Robot, to...

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