Yoga Morality: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis, by Georg Feuerstein
Hohm Press, 1890772666, 292 pp. (incl. bibliography and index), 2007
“The idea current in some circles that spirituality has nothing to do with morality is an unproductive and even dangerous will-o’-the-wisp. If spirituality is not embodied here and now, it is nothing at all.”
In the preface Feuerstein writes that “Yoga is not to be measured by the glamour of its spectacular physical postures or fabulous states of meditation.” Instead he notes that yoga is a spiritual tradition “concerned with personal growth and the goal of self-transcendence to the point of perfect inner freedom.” As such, this book as little to do with the yoga we’ve become familiar with, no postures, no exercises. Instead, Yoga Morality focuses on the ethical side of things, as Feurerstein sees it. Continue reading
The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, by Richard Kaczynski, edited and introduced by James Wasserman
Weiser Books, 978157634569, 126 pp. (incl. appendices), 2009
Richard Kaczynski is the author of the acclaimed biography, Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (sadly out of print), and it’s not surprising that he is able to sketch the outlines of Crowley’s life so. Naturally, the book begins with a biography of Crowley, briefly describing his early life, his time at Cambridge, poetry, the Golden Dawn, the reception of Leiber AL vel Legis, the OTO and the A.’. A.’., the Abbey of Thelema and his end. The section concludes with an annotated list of twelve books of Crowley’s work as recommended reading.
Part I deals with “Mystical and Magical Societies”, specifically Continue reading
The Aquarian Age is allegedly upon us, despite what actual astrological events indicate. One of the hallmarks of the New Age is said to be a shift in consciousness, from a materialist mindset to a more spiritually evolved one. This leave an unasked question: evolved from and to what? How does the spirit evolve, what will it ultimately become? Unfortunately, the basic assumptions underlying that question are flawed, and the real question remains unasked: why does the spirit need to evolve?
Evolution is a process of change. Scientists seeking to categorize forms of life did so by grouping life forms according to similarities in physical structure. It was noticed that many of these similar structures seemed to be related to simpler life forms that had more primitive versions of these structures. Eventually, a theory was established that all forms of life had originated from a common ancestor, with small variations in form compounding into massive changes between widely divergent species. Evolution was established and widely accepted as fact, well before Charles Darwin developed a working theory of natural selection, which allowed this process to take place.
Unfortunately, evolution is Continue reading
The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, by Gerald del Campo
Megalithica Books, 9781905713189, 434 pp. (incl. bibliography and recommended reading), 2008
“If a Holy Book were to be taken literally, there would be no point in studying magick or the Qabalah – no mystery…no excitement of the chase, and not much of a holy book either. Thelema is not a religion for the intellectually lazy.”
The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema is comprised of three books in one. The first, New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, was first published by Llewellyn in 1994, while New Aeon English Qabalah Revealed was published in 2003 by Luxor Press. The third book, The Ethics of Thelema, has never before been published and is original to Megalithica Books.
New Aeon Magick was written for Continue reading
The basis of Thelema is the Will (which is Thelema itself in Greek). The command “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” (Liber AL I:40) and “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt” (Liber AL I:60) is often distinguished from the often misunderstood and mistranslated statement of “Do what you want.” Why is “Do what thou wilt” different from “Do what you want?” and is it similar in some respects? On this point, we may examine the positive and negative aspects of Thelema/Will insofar as positive means affirming and negative means denying. Continue reading