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Eight Lectures on Yoga

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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 1937, set forth some of Crowley's conclusions after a lifelong philosophical investigation.

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Published June 1st 1992 by New Falcon Publications (first published March 21st 1939)
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Jure
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I learned most of my knowledge on Yoga in this small book!
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
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..
Matt
Oct 19, 2017 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.
Tommi
Aug 06, 2013 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.
A.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Genius. Along with Book IV: Part II, Patanjali, and the works of Vivekenanda comprise all one needs in the way of yoga.
Tere
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
feel free to correct me/answer my questions. 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. He withholds knowledge on purpose and doesn’t explain enough sometimes. 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 be
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Malini Chaudhri
Sep 24, 2018 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
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Nick
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
No nonsense, or total nonsense!
Jorjun
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-classics
Crowley is superb when he is in this Cambridge syncretist mood. In this classic work he successfully achieves two objectives: dispels the idea that yoga is a triviality and then manages to get across philosophical essentials without burdening the reader with romantic foreign terms. Except for the terms "Yama" and "Niyama" which he gets across with usual masterful prose, undisguised awe & fitting reverence for the culture of an obviously advanced, albeit ancient, human culture.

Yoga is probabl
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Aaron
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Unlike his insufferable autobiography, this one is much more readable. It helps to have some background in philosophy, logic and the kabbalah to get the maximum out of it (which I either never had or forgot.) No advice on yogic positions or anything you could take to yoga class at the gym. More of a discussion of the limbs of yoga and the altered states of consciousness associated with it. Generally clear and precise with good humor. Still, he can't resist referring to his own publications frequ ...more
T.R. Wolfe
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult, yoga
Crowley doing what he sometimes does best: clear, lucid expositions, this time on yoga. If you fail to come away with the true understanding of yoga after reading this, well, may I suggest www.girlsinyogapants.com/ YELLOWBELLIES!
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Fratrem Ozomahtli
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much more on the philosophies of yoga than the actual practice. If that's what you're looking for, I'd suggest checking out the first half of Book 4. None the less though this was quite a good read and shed light on a few other things within the general scope of Thelema.
Cynthian Leather
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Not incredibly clear or to the point, though Crowley explores some useful ideas in the big picture of Yoga. This is not a book about asana, or even meditation or pranayama. Each lecture seems to examine an approach to Unity or Oneness. Yoga.
Beata
Sep 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-dnf
średniawka. nudzi.
(sidenote: czyżby się wypaliła w czytaniu po Ulissesie?!)
Mark Richfield
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Excellent little volume...
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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and mystic. He was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law , the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained much notori ...more

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