Indra: Beat Generation and Eastern Cultures

The effervescence of the 1960s had created a stage for modern utopia: in the USA, having experienced the aftermath of the World War II, new perspectives arose as an extension of a certain need to escape or deviate from each other.

Influenced by art and culture from Eastern countries such as India, China, and Japan, the Beats came into existence. Their experiences with LSD and other psychedelic drugs enhanced many of their spiritual potentials and, above all, a notion of interbeing that is highly characteristic of Eastern thought.

The Beats did not only import Buddhism and other oriental philosophies, but through their writings, especially poems, expressed a necessity of caring for the environment. The experience of this generation is something we can still learn from today. There is much more to tell about psychedelia than what is mostly associated to the western countercultural 60s.

In this issue of Indra, readers will be able to immerse in the influences of and by the Beat Generation towards the idea of the Indra’s Net; that one is not independent from the other, but they also reflect themselves into one another, in an endless pattern of mutual change. In addition to the book, readers will find an image booklet which completes the previous by exploring and interpreting suggestive visuals through photography and cinema.

 

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