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About the Author Foreword by Jonathan Young Introduction - Is there Really a Correlation Between Hinduism and Star Wars? Chapter One: Setting the Scene - Lucas's Influences Chapter Two: Close Encounters of Three Kinds - The Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and Star Wars Chapter Three: A Force to be Reckoned With - Star Wars and Brahman (God) Chapter Four: The Mechanic-Organic Dichotomy - Nature in Hinduism and in Star Wars Chapter Five: Veda to Vader: Spaceships and the Vedic Literature Chapter Six: Jedi Warriors and the Kshatriya Ideal Afterword: Resonances and Conclusions
Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is also founding editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies and associate editor of Back to Godhead. He has published twenty-one books in numerous languages, including the recent Essential Hinduism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting (FOLK Books, 2008); and Krishna's Other Song: A New Look at the Uddhava Gita (Praeger-Greenwood, 2010).
'In conclusion, I can only say that The Jedi in the Lotus is a breakthrough book when it comes to understanding the mythic depth of the Star Wars epics. Steven J. Rosen uses his masterful grasp of the Eastern traditions to explain the secrets of the most successful film series ever. This book also shows us why Joseph Campbell loved the wisdom tales from India, and, for those who found the Star Wars adventures memorable, this is a truly illuminating book.' - Dr. Jonathan Young, from the Foreword