COME CARPENTIER DE GOURDON is currently the Convener of the Editorial Board of the WORLD AFFAIRS JOURNAL, a quarterly publication dedicated to international issues, sponsored by the Kapur Surya Foundation (a co-sponsor of the “World Public Forum for Dialogue of Civilisations”) New Delhi, India.
He shares his time between India, France, Italy and Switzerland. He has lived and traveled in more than fifty countries on four continents.
He is an adviser to Goldfield Fragrances/Quintessence Pvt. Ltd, an international, Indian-owned corporation and he provides consulting services to various other companies and foundations in India and Europe. He is an associate of the International Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IISES), Vienna, Austria.
Come Carpentier is the author of various books and a contributor to several others. He has written some two hundred articles, essays and papers published in diverse journals, seminar proceedings, magazines and newspapers on many topics ranging from world history, western and eastern philosophies and religions, to current geopolitical, strategic and social issues, arts and comparative literature.
His latest titles are From India to Infinity; Memories of a Hundred and One Moons-An Indian Odyssey and A Shining City on a Hill-Novus Ordo Seculorum. He is the co-editor with Dr Kapila Vatsyayan of A Pilgrim Across Wordls – Remembering Raimundo Panikkar.
MYTH AND COSMOGRAPHY
One of the very important aspects of mythological thoughts involves its relationship to geographic space and to the symbology of the compass. Physical geography is regarded in that intellectual context as the manifestation or shadow of the mundus imaginalis so that all features of the material world have spiritual dimensions. Thus, East, the abode of the rising Sun is the “Origin”: Orient whence comes light and life but it is also the past in the continuum of time whereas West, the Occident, the sea of darkness where the Sun dies -“occire” is the old french word for killing and a euphemism familiar to various languages equates “going to the west” with dying – enshrines the future.
FROM INDIA TO INFINITY
His recent book is:
FROM INDIA TO INFINITY
This is a collection of essays dedicated to India’s past and present, its role and mission in the world and the contributions it has made and continues to make to the spiritual and material capital of humanity.
After looking at some of the many factors, internal and foreign, that have contributed to the formation of the nation as it is today, the book explores various aspects of the harmonic convergence that can be observed to take place between contemporary scientific discoveries and philosophical insights and the esoteric Indian teachings and symbolic representations concerning the cosmos, nature’s laws, life and consciousness.
India’s intellectual civilization has been since its remote Vedic origins centered on the notion of infinity in time and space, though it was also constantly and simultaneously aware of the impermanence and elusive character of all creation. This book proposes a reflection of the paradoxical but essential connection between seemingly “hard” realities found in history, geopolitics and the economy and the “soft” contemplative truth of metaphysics, mythology and mysticism. That perspective emanates from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and Buddhist scriptures which account for the world as a process of dynamic interaction between consciousness and the inchoate matter in which it watches its own endlessly varying and shifting image.