Ratings Desires and his work

Carlo Puini, first scholar in Report Wish to, recognizes it as a "document of importance truly scientific: […] what more extensive and accomplished has been written to date 'on the structure of Tibetan religion. "To Wish it undoubtedly, with respect to time his, and for his same absolute value, a prominent place in the history of geographical knowledge and religious Far East ».

Lo svedese Sven Hedin, perhaps the greatest explorer-geographer Tibet and 'Central Asia, recognizes the great merits of Desideri, not only to the company of the journey that, India, through Punjab, Kashmir, Baltistan and Ladakh, had brought him, cousin europeo, to make the entire path up to transhimalaiano Lhasa and beyond («andhad completed a journey worthy of making his name famous forever»), but also for the description that has left, difficult to overcome even by modern travelers. "The work of Desideri is one of the best and most reliable ever written on Tibet», full of precise information, provided with beautiful literary style, to indicate the Jesuit "as one of the most brilliant travelers who have never visited Tibet and, among the ancient, by far the most important and the most intelligent of all ".

Philip De Filippi, one of the dominant figures in the exploration of the area, notes that the Report the missionary, entirely derived from personal observations about the place and from studies of Tibetan texts "has a scientific value of primary importance, not affected by any study so far appeared ".
The most eminent Western Tibetologist, Joseph Tucci, notes that "the arrival of a Wish Lhasa marks a memorable date in the history of Tibetan studies because he was the first to reveal to the West the Tibet, I do not say in his characters in his ethnographic or geographic boundaries, but rather in his deep and profound spiritual reality '. His work, "Even today, Two centuries later, for depth and clarity is one of the safest exhibitions of religious beliefs of the Tibet». Elsewhere the same Tucci appreciates Wish 'for its width of mind and the sympathy with which he had approached the people of host and its culture ». For this he was able to study with Tibetan monks, 'Became accustomed to their way of thinking and therefore was able to see clearly where today many do not find nothing but darkness ", and to fill out "that Report of Tibet for its depth and diligence resists impact of the centuries and to improve the investigation '. With the report and with his works in the Tibetan language produced a "wondrous meeting on the Roof of the World S. Thomas and Tsongkha-pa».

The sinologist John Cow stated that the missionary "sought only to penetrate the soul of the Tibetans, realize their daily life, their feelings and their religious beliefs; wanted to ask to contact them to be able to better estimate, amare, serve. Despite the fact that his work has been truncated in the middle, he did not work and did not live in vain. His life and his way of acting, full of goodness, of benevolence, of righteousness in judging the Tibetans, can usefully be singled out for example ".

Luciano Petech, profound scholar of the history of Tibet, Want defines as "one of the most lucid and profound minds that 'Asia 've ever seen from reaching 'Europe"And says that his life is summed up" in the wonderful journey he has undertaken with youthful enthusiasm, but with full spiritual maturity and with an apostolic zeal which few missionaries never esplicarono ». The Jesuit often reported interesting historical, but "you're not busy to look into the past of the country; he was a man of the present and the future. But however well he observed the terrible events of his time, that influenced in a decisive way on the history of Tibet and whose consequences are being felt far ». With a solitary endeavor admirable reached so successful: "He was the first in the history Tibetologist, although his work was not spread and remained buried for centuries in the archives ».

Fosco Maraini took over the immense damage, for Eastern Studies, caused by the delay in the publication of two centuries of work that you like, if "it had been fully known until the '700, no doubt today we would speak of the author as of a Mark Polo, Cristoforo d'un Colombo of the spirit ". Maraini also appreciates the literary style of the missionary, welcoming to follow "in his adventures, especially as its Italian already nostrale, but not without girigogoli tasty '.

Anthony Attisani, historic theater, in a seminal work on the forms of theatricality Tibetan, as well as underlining the importance of the contribution at every level desiderian, both for the knowledge ("Forerunner in Tibet the Age of Enlightenment Europe ») both for the dialogue, appreciate its literary quality: "Would you mastered a sumptuous language as a writer, processed according to coordinates that make it unique, always full of metaphors and imaginative long pages, able to paraphrase the texts studied with great skill ".
Among the important recognition of the great value of the work of the missionary Pistoia, by the most authoritative experts in each subject area and orientation of each, remember Henri de Lubac, Stephen Batchelor, Donald S. Lopez , Rudolf Kaschewsky, Martin Brew up.

We conclude the anthology of quotations with Luigi Foscolo Blessed, curator of a splendid critical edition The Million Marco Polo, so that presents Wish: "One of the noblest [people] that I have encountered in my wanderings messy scholar. It is a missionary, in the fullest sense and higher, in times of industrious enthusiasm, in one of the most arduous of 'Asia mysterious: the federation sincere, moral and physical qualities of the municipalities have not made him a forerunner of modern mountaineers and explorers […] he believes in the truth of what it teaches and the inherent strength of the truth […] Like all those who have given a purpose to their lives, who actually lived their dream, Want the heroic remains faithful to the idea that inflamed his youth. He acted before he spoke, and now speaks for others to resume the interrupted work and fulfilled ".


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