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Eight Lectures on Yoga The Equinox 3. Hymenaeus Beta Editor. Aleister Crowley was among the first Europeans to study, preactice and teach Yoga. His intellectual hallmark—a philosophical synthesis of mysticism, magick and science—is rooted in his Yoga studies in the East at the turn of the last century. These eight lectures, written in , set forth some of Crowley's conclusions after a lifelong philosophical investigation.
Speaking Aleister Crowley was among the first Europeans to study, preactice and teach Yoga. Speaking in turns as mystic, magus, philosopher, scientist and seasoned adventurer, few sacred cows escape the Mahatma Guru Sri Paramahansa Shivaji, who even delights in poking fun at himself.
The first series of lectures is introductory, and is entitled Yoga for Yahoos. The elements of Yoga are introduced, examined and demystified with a view to extracting the practical essence of Yoga doctrine.
Yoga is also correlated to astrology and the Qabalah. The second, more advanced series of lectures is entitled Yoga for Yellowbellies. Here Crowley weaves Yoga into a conceptual framework that encompasses Western philosophy, magick and mathematical physics. He introduces relativity and quantum mechanics, and discusses their implications for ontology and consciousness. Crowley's humor suffuses thee talks, which are as entertaining as they are illuminating, and his wit elucidates concepts that elude rational explanation.
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Jan 09, Dr. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it it was amazing Shelves: magick-parapsychology-anthropology , reference , biography , to-reread. Consice , simple, and vital to any "Thelamites" curriculum vitae. It is too often forgotten, overlooked, or simply ignored that Crowley ended his life as a Mystic and viewed Yoga as an aim "Higher" than Magick.
A goal to be achieved after one learned all one could from Magick. One of his last books.. Oct 19, Jure rated it really liked it Shelves: magick-mysticism , thelema. I learned most of my knowledge on Yoga in this small book! View 2 comments. Oct 19, Matt rated it it was amazing. Outstanding expository of yogic philosophy stripped of dogma.
Further this analyses the essence of magick and religious mysticism. The language is extremely readable, despite the occasional joke inserted pertaining to specifically English or early 20th century culture. An essential read for the serious student of magick and yoga. Aug 06, Tommi rated it it was amazing. Read the Finnish edition to see how it is translated. An excellent and even humorous book, a cross-treatise on Yoga, metaphysics and mathematics and their internal relations.
A must-read. Jan 26, A. Jan 19, Tere rated it it was ok. I write as I read. As you can see with my notes there is quite a bit of editing needed. Sentences are out of order and sometimes in the wrong essay. This makes re reading a necessity. This leads me to believe just about any other book on the subject would be better. He does a lot of blah blah blah too. Essay 1 Yoga is union of the perceived and what perceives. What perceives has been multiplied in quantity to increase its experiences, but our will s thus remains the same.
Amoeba example in essay 2. Desire for experiences brings sorrows. Each of us is opposites?? Minus points here, there should be a footnote. Essay 2 This was confusing until I looked up what Yama is. Yama is something like moral precepts. The essay says that these moral rules should not necessarily be for all people or for all times.
Rather the rules should be based on what you need to keep progressing on your journey to accomplishing your true will to unite the perceiver and perceived?
Essay 3 Return to Yama. He admits his way is to explain the most with as little explanation as possible. Yama is to manage towards the goal of not having any negative energy disturbances true will? Thus, the rules should Practicing yoga makes you hypersensitive.
Talks about various virtues of which are associated with a particular planet. To accomplish the goal. Essay 4 Pranayama is the control of your muscles, conscious, and unconscious, so that no messages reach your mind.
Sitting still makes one conscious of the body. There are methods to dealing with the annoyances you feel while sitting, find your own. Long breaths to exhaust the muscular-system and still it. Four stages of results of doing this the first he will not tell you, the second he gives a hint. Not going to finish Sep 24, Malini Chaudhri rated it really liked it. This book is of interest as its author is a very controversial Occultist that managed the Queens and courts of England with Alchemy.
He was seen in levitation, and there was news of him being an accomplished yogi, with skills to support his practises in magic. In a nutshell, he brings out keynotes of 'control,' 'breath' and 'mantra,' involuntary movements as 'frog' jumping and places it in a yoga contect. Actually he seems located in Thelema. The book frequently moves away from yoga and into ramb This book is of interest as its author is a very controversial Occultist that managed the Queens and courts of England with Alchemy.
Eight Lectures on Yoga – Aleister Crowley
Eight Lectures Yoga by Crowley Aleister
The work is largely a demystified look at yoga, using little to no jargon or satirical humor. It is divided under two sections into eight parts, which are transcripts of eight one-hour lectures on the subject given by Crowley. The book was originally published in In the book, Crowley instructs students on the steps needed to approach mysticism through Yoga, and details the complications that arise along the path.
Eight Lectures on Yoga