to a creative endeavor that came out of nowhere!
have examined Hercules in a series of articles for Gurukulam Magazine, which
turned out to be a very rewarding exercise in tuning in to long lost threads of
wisdom teaching. Recently a couple of friends teamed up on me to beg me to
polish up the articles and get them published, and I am in the process of
complying with their request.
don’t even remember how I got started on this project; it must have been the
gods enchanting me. At the outset I knew almost nothing about the topic. It is
certainly true that this ancient myth brimming with psychological wisdom has
been utterly debased for centuries if not millennia. It is high time that a
corrective interpretation was offered, if only to please the gods. They appear
to have handed it off to me….
original articles were posted in the Magazine Articles page of this site, but
I’m going to put the new versions on their own page, even while they are works
in progress. Because I began the project as an innocent, and I was writing for
an audience grounded in Indian philosophy, the earlier Labors need more fixing.
The later ones are rather good, and do not need much polishing. There was never
an introduction, so introductory material is scattered throughout the various
Labors. I’ll be culling all that out and making it chapter one. An introduction
is paradoxically the last thing to be written, but there will be lots of
fascinating passages in there starting now.
keep you posted on my progress. As of now, all the Labors have been
upgraded but not finalized, and the introduction is already quite substantial
and very helpful. It may even have to become two chapters, but we’ll see.