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LEE KEEDICK presents M. H. H. JOACHIM Notable Author and Traveler—A Native of Calcutta, India Foremost Authority on India and its Religions, Literature and Philosophies figure LECTURE SUBJECT: Exclusive Management of LEE KEEDICK, 437 Fifth Avenue, New York The East, Its Message and Its Problems I NDIA'S ancient literature and philosophies have long been fascinating to Western minds, while recently political events—notably the rise of the nationalist movement—have attracted greater attention to India itself than ever before. From this land of mystery, with its teeming millions of many castes and creeds, comes M. H. H. Joachim, who has a distinct and vital message to deliver from the lecture platform. Trained and educated in his own country, and also in Europe, and America, Mr. Joachim has a broad international outlook. He is a profound scholar, a constructive thinker, a writer of note, and ranks as one of the foremost authorities on India. Gifted with a striking personality and power of expression, he has earned a brilliant reputation as a public speaker. Notable Lecture Topics During the present season Mr. Joachim will deliver the following series of lectures, which afford unusual scope for his thorough knowledge of India and Indian affairs: 1. East and West in a New World Renaissance. 2. Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement. 3. Comparative Religions. 4. Hindu Literature, Poetry and Folk-Lore. 5. The Women of India. 6. India's Economic Situation. 7. The Caste System of India. 8. Hindu Philosophical Systems. Educational and Literary Career Mr. Joachim graduated with honors at the University of Calcutta, where he was awarded degrees in English literature and philology. Subsequently, he traveled extensively in Europe and America, completing his training in the most important intellectual centres and having contact with the keenest minds of the day. He then entered the ranks of authorship and published a series of books on India, which received unstinted praise from reviewers and gained a wide circulation. These included What's wrong with India , Has India turned away from Gandhi? America's Attitude toward India's Revolt , Is Independence a Dangerous Road for India? The Women of India , Indian Folklore for American Youth , and the Maharaja's Son. In recent years Mr. Joachim has become well known on the lecture platform, his ability to arouse the interest of even the largest audiences having been remarkable. Kipling's Theory Refuted Mr. Joachim himself furnishes a living refutation of Kipling's theory that East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet , having, in his own training, combined the best elements of the East and West. He is confident, therefore, that a union of Western and Eastern civilization would result in a new world renaissance. In his lecture on this subject he shows that while the world has experienced an intellectual, religious and scientific reformation, it needs to-day a spiritual re-birth that will knit men and nations closer together. The West has its materialistic philosophy, its business efficiency, its perfection of scientific invention, and its ennobling religion; the East has its capacity for self-renunciation, its philosophic temperament, its spiritual instincts and its own religious systems. A process of investigation, comparison, elimination and combination would lead to a renaissance which the world sorely needs. India's Nationalist Movement In his lecture on this subject Mr. Joachim deals with the rise and progress of the relations between Great Britain and India. The latter country, with its vast area and enormous population, occupies to-day a position unparalleled in history by reason of the fact that it is controlled from a distance. Mr. Joachim traces the rise of the nationalist movement and the advent of Gandhi, the Hindu reformer, whose principles and acts have clashed with British rule. He discusses the leaders of the nationalist movement, Indian and English; and while he does not express any prejudice concerning the opponents of this movement, he does not minimize its importance. He presents facts rather than speculations. World Religions Compared Mr. Joachim, in his lecture, Comparative Religions , discusses the following world faiths: Christianity, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Zoroastrianism. In an unbiased manner he reviews these religions and singles out the faith with the most satisfying moral revelation for mankind. He points out the truths and errors of certain religions, their positive and negative qual ties, and their place in universal history. He also shows to what extent they have assisted or retarded the world's progress. Incidentally, he makes it clear that most of the great religions have satisfied a great spiritual hunger of the human heart and have directed the human conscience toward the right. Women of India Having been reared in India, and being thoroughly familiar with conditions in his native land, Mr. Joachim is exceptionally well qualified to discuss the position of Hindu women. In his lecture on this topic he explains the influence of the joint-family system, which has prevailed in India for 2,500 years and is patriarchal in form. While the subjection of Hindu women constitutes a national handicap, the majority are not dissatisfied with their lot because they do not realize that any other is possible or right. Emancipation has been started, but political suffrage remains an unheard of dream. India's Economic Situation Mr. Joachim, in his lecture on India's economic situation, gives a remarkably thorough account of the country's resources and commercial outlook. He deals with such matters as India's finances, banking systems, currencies, railroads and telegraphs, imports and exports, tariffs, agriculture, mining, forests, and fisheries. He also discusses capital and labor and trade unions. India, he shows, while rich in raw materials is poor in manufacturing achievements. The country, however, is copying Western methods and is rapidly developing an independent economic personality. The Caste System In this lecture Mr. Joachim explains the real meaning of India's caste system with its peculiar ideas of purity and pollution. He shows how each caste has its restrictions, duties and privileges, which constitute a great obstacle to India's unity and progress. Caste is a difficult problem for anyone who is not a Hindu to understand. It cannot be removed by attacking its religious or philosophical aspects but by emphasizing its unsocial results and its injurious effect on the nation. Hindu Philosophies In his lecture on the Hindu philosophical systems Mr. Joachim traces their progress from 700 B. C. to the present day. He explains such notable teachings as the Sankhya philosophy of Kapila, dealing with the functions of mind and matter, soul and God. The great Germans, Schopenhauer and Hartmann, borrowed liberally from this system. Next came Patnjali's Yoga system concerning the mind and the deity, and Gautama's Nyaya system, which deals with perception, inference, analogy and testimony. Aristotle seems to have borrowed from the latter. Then followed the famous Vedantha system which has engaged the attention of foremost European and American scholars. Mr. Joachim discusses these and other philosophies and shows to what extent they have influenced modern Hindu thought. Success as a Lecturer Since his appearance on the American lecture platform, Mr. Joachim's ability as a lecturer has won many tributes from the press. He has also received unqualified endorsement from the heads of various organizations under whose auspices he has spoken, including the following. National Secretary of the Gideons : I heard Mr. Joachim lecture on comparative religions at the Men's League Convention in Columbus, Ohio, and was much impressed by his thrilling address, which surpassed anything I have heard for years. His English was faultless. J. Knox Montgomery, President, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio : No speaker has so challenged the attention of our student body or so thoroughly gripped them with the mastery of his presentation as did Mr. Joachim when he lectured on comparative religions. It was one of the keenest discussions, as far as its analysis is concerned, that it has been my privilege to hear. David Beecroft, President, Scarsdale, N. Y., Congregational Church Men's Club : Mr. Joachim's lecture on Gandhi was one of the clearest and most logical presentations of what the reformer stands for that I have ever listened to. Secretary, Women's Club, Princeton, N. J. : Mr. Joachim speaks with the compelling eloquence of one who loves his subject and must make others love it. His style is vigorous, intense, vivid, and his splendidly rounded sentences bear a message that holds the interest of every hearer.
|Title||M.H.H. Joachim: notable author and traveler - a native of Calcutta, India|
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|Personal Name Subject||Joachim, M.H.H.|
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