August 16, 2007

PKD document: the “Tagore” letter

Filed under: philip k. dick — ubikcan @ 7:55 pm

This is a scan of a copy of the famous “Tagore” letter written by Philip K. Dick in 1981. The text has appeared before (eg., in Scott Apel’s book Philip K. Dick: the Dream Connection).

According to Apel, this letter was mailed to many people, perhaps around 85 or so, following a revelation that PKD had in September of 1981. Sutin, probably PKD’s best biographer (certainly the most thorough) states:

on the night of September 17, 1981, Phil was just about to fall asleep when he was startled awake by a hypnagogic vision of the savior, named Tagor, who was living in Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. In a September 19 letter to [his agent Russ] Galen he avowed that “I got more than information, more than words by AI voice; I actually saw Tagore, although imperfectly. The vision will remain with me forever” (Sutin, Divine Invasions, 1989: 283).

My copy was sent to me 7 years ago by PKD’s psychiatrist, Barry Spatz, fictionalized as “Maurice” in Valis (see a documentary with him here). In fact Spatz sent me a number of documents, including his case file and psychiatric evaluation which for obvious reasons I won’t place online since it gives the real names of Phil’s friends and girlfriends.

The text the Tagore letter has long been public; still, it might be of interest to PKD fans to see the actual letter, and perhaps serve as a reminder that the PKD Letters project has not yet published the final volume, despite the fact that they were typed in many, many years ago.

The “Tagore” Letter





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  3. Tagore was an actual person, a Bengali poet who was knighted by the British and won the Nobel Prize. Tagore died in 1941 at the age of 80, but he did have a son, and Tagore is their last name, so there is still a Tagor (or more than one) living today.

    Phil probably got most of the ideas in his Tagore letter from Benjamin Creme (sp?), the “prophet” who is promoting the Maitreya (sp?).


    Comment by Tessa Dick — November 27, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  4. Rabinadrath Tagore, Bengali poet, musician, author, and mystic. He was the spiritual mentor of Gandhi, it is Tagore who gave Gandhi the title « Mahatma», meaning: Great Soul. He once had a metaphysical discussion with Albert Einstein, which prompted Einstein to question his understanding of reality…


    Comment by Etienne Dion — December 30, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  5. Brian Josephson, a Nobel laureate in physics, believes that “Tagore is saying that truth is a subtler concept than Einstein realizes”. Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, goes so far as to say: “Curiously enough, the present evolution of science is running in the direction stated by the great Indian poet.”

    Comment by Etienne Dion — December 30, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

  6. time does not take away the richness of ideas that PKD fans ( or his former wives) show us thx to the internet

    Comment by DERRUFO — February 3, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

  7. Reblogged this on syndax vuzz.

    Comment by syndax vuzz — October 30, 2014 @ 2:37 am

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