The speaker, H.D. Goswami, holds a PhD from Harvard in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, and has taught and lectured at universities throughout Europe and North America, on the great wisdom traditions of India. Yet as a novelist, he claims Jane Austen as his “writing guru” who has taught him invaluable lessons on both the writer’s craft and the art of human life.
Indeed, he finds it remarkable that Jane Austen in her novels, and Śrī Kṛṣṇa, in his Bhagavad-gītā, though separated by thousands of years, and thousands of miles, agree on many profound truths that can guide us to a better, happier life. This unlikely meeting of minds, through vast time and space, argues forcefully for the existence of a universal wisdom that our modern world urgently needs to remember.