TCM had a Tyrone Power festival yesterday. Among the films they showed was The Razor's Edge.
I'd seen the film a few times, although not in awhile, and each time it makes more sense. *This* time it was clear that Tyrone Power's Indian guru is urging him on the path of Vedanta, or Jnana Yoga, and that Power achieves God-realization before being sent back into the world.
The scene with the guru is loosely based on Somerset Maugham's encounter with the great jnaniRamana Maharshi. Read Maugham's account here.
Click here to learn more about the four main paths of yoga.
Back home, Power's old friends have had their primary attachments ripped away form them, and they're miserable (no backup light!). They find Powers to be content, yet aloof.
While folks were flocking in droves to the disco and the Sex Pistols were making their first tour of America and Egypt was making peace with Israel at Camp David and Pope John Paul II was being installed and Steve Dahl was debuting in Chicago and Son of Sam was being sentenced in New York....
“The Yogi tries to drive his mind to the goal, as a cowherd drives a bull with a stick, but on this path [of jnana/knowledge or vichara/self-inquiry] the seeker coaxes the bull by holding out a handful of grass!...
..."You have to ask yourself the question, Who am I? This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem, and you will solve all other problems thereby."
"Prana is not matter, but it is in matter;
Prana is not mind, but it makes the mind to think;
Prana is not air, but it makes the air to blow;
Prana is not breath, but it makes the breath go in and out."