Vision Of Spirituality In Bhabani Bhattacharya's A Dream In Hawaii: A Study In Postcolonial Contact
Bhabani Bhattacharya is known as one of the greatest novelists in Indian English Literature. After getting independence from British rule. Indians were still under the influence of Westerners. Swami Yogananda who was earlier a professor in an Indian University renounces the materialistic world, leaves his professorship and do0ns saffron robes. Yogananda has taught philosophy for six years in the universities before becoming "Swamy" at the age of thirty he becomes "one of India's fanned spiritual leaders" Under the influence of Hindian Hindu scriptures like the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita he becomes Yogi and transformed himself. Stella Gregson, on American lady, changed her attitude towards life. She finds in Yogananda a saviour. "Who will lead today's Americans from darkness into light." This is why she takes him to the East-West cultural centre in Hawaii. She wants to show the right path to the distracted Americans through Yogananda's spiritual preachings. Yogananda understands that American youth wants freedom and morality that is meaningless for them as far as the relationship is concerned. His programme at Kennedy theatre becomes successful. Stella's friend Jennifer, who was disturbed mentally meets Yogananda and finds peace and contentment. Stella reflects: The Swami's relentless guest was directed to the core of reality behind the appearances which were Maya, the stuff of illusion."
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