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Indiana Jones: Journey of Radiance Indiana Jones
"Journey of Radiance"
(Originally TV episode "Benares, January 1910")
(0:00-47:30 on the Journey of Radiance DVD)
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh
Story by George Lucas
Directed by Deepa Mehta
Bookends directed by Carl Schultz
Original air date: July 3, 1993

Little Indy meets a boy believed by some to be the vessel of the new World Teacher.

 

Read the "Spring 1910" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode

 

Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology

 

This episode takes place in Benares, India in January 1910.  

 

Didja Know?

 

The title of this episode ("Journey of Radiance") was assigned by me from the title of the TV movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Journey of Radiance, a TV movie repackaged for the Family Channel from the original Young Indiana Chronicles episodes "Benares, January 1910" and "Peking, March 1910."

 

    Some new introductory and interstitial scenes were filmed in order to turn this Young Indiana Chronicles episode into the second half of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Passion for Life TV movie. Actor Lloyd Owen, portraying Henry Jones, Sr. had worn brown contact lenses to cover his own blue eyes in order to match the eye color of actor Sean Connery (1930-2020)who had played the character earlier in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade during the first season of the TV series, but did not during the second season and for the new material shot in 1996 for Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV movies. Hence, we see the senior Jones sometimes with brown eyes, but more often with blue!

    New scenes shot with Little Indy actor Corey Carrier are also noticeable for his contradictory heights between scenes due to much the actor had grown!

 

Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles

 

The bookends take place at Mike's Roadhouse Restaurant. This is a fictitious establishment, but was filmed at the real world Big Dog Cafe, 1632 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, North Carolina.

 

Old Indy tells the trucker he's talking to at the cafe that when he went to India as a child of 11, he saw the Taj Mahal and all the other palaces. However, in January of 1910, he would have been just 10 years old. Also, the Taj Mahal is not actually a palace, but an enormous mausoleum serving as the tomb of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666) and his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631).

 

Old Indy refers to Jiddu Krishnamurti, whom he met in India, as the most extraordinary person he ever met. That's saying quite a lot considering all the people Indy has met in the many travels of his illustrious career! Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a philosopher, speaker, and writer. Just as depicted in the episode, he was thought by the Theosophical Society to be the next vehicle of the spiritual World Teacher and, as a boy, was adopted and groomed by them to be such. For a long time, Krishnamurti assumed this was true because that's how he was taught, but he rejected this status in 1929 and ended his relationship with the Theosophical Society.

 

Indy says his meeting with Krishnamurti took place in Benares, a city on the sacred Ganges River. Benares is generally called Varanasi now and is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, and also important in Buddhism and Ravidassia.

 

Indy says his family had been invited to stay at the Hindu National College while his father lectured in the area. He is presumably referring to Central Hindu College, founded in Benares in 1898 by Annie Besant, whom we meet in this episode. It is currently known as Central Hindu School

 

 

 

Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones

 

The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 

 

The journal as published skips over this time in Indy's life. In fact, it goes from September 1909 to June 1912...a period of almost three years! Are we to believe that Indy made no journal entries that entire time? Perhaps the entries were excised by the Russians for some reason when it was in their possession? 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Indiana Jones

Louise

cafe diner

trucker

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Nityananda

Helen Seymour

Annie Besant

Henry Jones, Sr.

Anna Jones

Hubert Van Hook

Mrs. Van Hook (Hurbert's mother)

Charles Leadbeater

Mr. Mukherjee

Richard McAllen 

 

Didja Notice?

 

Krishnamurti's brother, Nityananda (Nitya), seen here, was very close to him in real life all the way until Nitya's death in 1925 at the age of 27.

 

The car Miss Seymour picks up Indy in at 5:44 on the DVD is a 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton.

 

    Not having yet met Annie Besant (1847-1933), Miss Seymour seems to disapprove of her, saying she's "a believer in free love and a socialist and an atheist." But, Miss Seymour is incorrect in that Besant abhorred the concept of free love and, while she did not believe in a God per se, she did believe in a higher spiritual world beyond the material realm.

   Henry, Sr. claims that Besant was the first woman to enter London University. While she was one of the first, she was not the first. 

 

While espousing Besant's bona fides, Henry, Sr. says she is a friend of George Bernard Shaw. This is true. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and political activist.

 

Henry, Sr. explains to Indy that Theosophists believe in the commonality of all religions and have an interest in psychic and supernatural phenomena. Though the supernatural is not evidenced in this episode, Indy will experience many supernatural events during his adult career.

 

Charles Leadbeater (1854-1934) was a Theosophist who "discovered" the 14-year old Jiddu Krishnamurti and declared him to be the vessel of the expected messianic entity to be known as the World Teacher.

 

When the Jones' and Miss Seymour attend the meeting of the Theosophist Society, Leadbeater introduces and thanks for their generous donations to the Society, Mr. Mukherjee of Calcutta and Richard McAllen of Edinburgh.

 

Introducing Jiddu Krishnamurti to the meeting, Leadbeater proclaims, "It is always a momentous occasion when the spiritual powers send one of their own to teach us the way. So it was with Sri Krishna in the fourth century B.C. So it was with Jesus Christ, in the first century A.D." Krishna ("Sri" is an Indian honorific denoting prosperity) is the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu in Hinduism. Jesus Christ was a first-century Jewish preacher who became the central figure of Christianity, whom later Christians believe was the son of God and the awaited Messiah (the Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.

 

Leadbeater tells of discovering Krishnamurti on the beach at Adyar. Adyar is a neighborhood of the city of Chennai, India on the Adyar River. Leadbeater says he recorded his clairvoyant investigation of Krishnamurti's past lives in a book he holds up before the crowd. The book he holds is seen to be titled The Lives of Krishnamurti. As far as I can tell, Leadbeater never published a book with this exact title, but he did publish (with Besant) The Lives of Alcyone, Alcyone being a name Leadbeater assigned to Krishnamurti as a spiritual being; however, even then, the book was not published until 1924. The book's appearance here, in a 1910 setting, may be intended to suggest that Leadbeater is largely a con man selling books and speaking appearances, as he was indeed accused of being during his life.

 

When Henry, Sr. introduces Besant to Miss Seymour, he says Miss Seymour is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Victorian Order and that many Oxford scholars are in her debt as a tutor. For the Royal Victorian Order, admission can only be granted by the British monarch.

 

Miss Seymour remarks that Besant discovered Hubert Van Hook in Chicago before Leadbeater discovered Krishnamurti at Adyar. As far as I can tell, Hubert Van Hook is a fictitious character, though Besant did spend time in Chicago in 1893.

 

At 23:37 on the DVD, Indy and Krishnamurti visit a Christian church in Benares. It is St. Mary's Church of the Church of England.

 

Krishnamurti tells Indy about the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama. What he tells Indy is accurate for the legend of Buddha. Buddha was the Indian spiritual teacher Siddhārtha Gautama whose teachings began the Buddhist religion.

 

   Krishnamurti asks Indy what he desires most in all the world and Indy answers that he wants to live forever. Krishnamurti responds that everybody has to die and how does that make Indy feel, to which Indy responds, "Sad, I guess," and Krishnamurti says, "You see? People want things they cannot have and that makes them sad and they suffer." He goes on to say that Buddha realized this and stopped wanting things he could not have and he was content.

    Indy's desire to live forever may be a foreshadowing of the events of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where he drinks from the Cup of Christ, which is alleged to grant immortality.

 

The ghat Krishnamurti describes at the Ganges River as a place of bathing for Hindus to purify themselves is accurate. There is a ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, along the Ganges in Benares, which is where this scene was actually shot.

 

Krishnamurti's comment to Indy that Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are the most important three of the many gods of Hinduism is more-or-less correct.

 

When Miss Seymour goes looking for where Indy has got to with Krishnamurti, she finds Hubert reading Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica. It's full title is Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work describing Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, and a derivation of Kepler's laws of planetary motion.

 

Krishnamurti's description of Islam and the prophet Muhammad when he and Indy visit a mosque is accurate. The scene was shot at Gyanvapi Mosque in Benares.

 

    Indy gives his prized Ty Cobb baseball card to his new friend, Krishnamurti. Yet, the card is seen taped into Indy's journal when copies of it are released to various governments around the world in the early 2000s. It's possible Indy simply obtained another identical card to replace it or maybe Krishnamurti gave it back to him at some point after this episode.

    The Ty Cobb card (the so-called "Bat off shoulder" card) is a real one that was made as a promotional item for Croft's Cocoa and Candy and Nadja Caramels. 

 

Memorable Dialog

 

what does it look like I'm doing?.mp3

psychic and supernatural phenomenon.mp3

the new World Teacher.mp3

don't give him any ideas.mp3

peacefulness and tranquility.mp3

rather dull.mp3

there are many things which cannot be seen through Western eyes.mp3

I started thinking about apple pie.mp3

God is love.mp3

 

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