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Thelema Sutras by IAO131
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bookshelves: _on-hand, spirituality, thelema, zz-box-sm2, z_lulu, z-storage
Recommended to Keith by: IAO131

This is a solid entry in the continuing trend of engaging the Thelemic system of Aleister Crowley through the lens of Eastern philosophy, particularly Hindu Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. Drawing largely on the Upanishad tradition, and especially the Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya Sutra ("The Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom," commonly: the Heart Sutra), with more than a little tongue-in-cheek humor and copious references to related ideas from Western philosophy (ahem, Nietzsche, cough), this book takes a far less praxis-oriented approach than either Tantric Thelema or Stellar Tantra while complementing both well.

The philosophical approach herein provides a means for filling in some of the gaps in the linkage leading from Crowley's own writings on Eastern systems—such as "Science and Buddhism" and Eight Lectures on Yoga —to these later adaptations of his work by examining ways in which key ideas from Thelema (such as the "0=2 formula") may be seen as recapitulations of ancient principles recast in the more scientific language of modernity and stripped of much of their religious trappings. The author's style manages to keep potentially heavy material comparatively light hearted, though his wit occasionally may be deemed sarcastic by some.

In sum, I can readily recommend this book to anyone who is not too uptight about rigorous scholarship or doctrinal purity while also interested in aligning the apophatic views of these variant, yet closely related, religio-philosophical systems.

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Reading Progress

June 11, 2013 – Started Reading
June 24, 2013 – Shelved
June 24, 2013 – Shelved as: _on-hand
June 24, 2013 – Shelved as: spirituality
June 24, 2013 – Shelved as: thelema
June 29, 2013 –
page 77
27.4% "Part I: Thelema Upanishads"
July 12, 2013 –
page 112
39.86% "Part 8 "Superfice Is Super-nice, and Other Failed Attempts at Cleverness" An Incredibly Long Interlude: The Lost Sutra of Harold"
July 13, 2013 –
page 124
44.13% "Part 11 "Harold Practices Spiritual Optomery as a Wandering Prophet Preaching from the Positionless Position""
July 16, 2013 –
page 135
48.04% "Part 13 "The Re-establishment of the Reality of Hallucination, or How Harold Became a Butterfly""
August 6, 2013 –
page 152
54.09% "Part 18 "Dissolve and Coagulate, or How Harold Avoided Paying His Karmic Debt" An Incredibly Long Interlude: The Lost Sutra of Harold"
August 8, 2013 –
page 155
55.16% "Chapter 1 "Introduction to Thelema Madhyama-Pratipad""
September 3, 2013 –
page 176
62.63% "Chapter 3: "The Diamond Teaching" Part II: Thelema Madhyama-Pratipad"
September 7, 2013 –
page 179
63.7% "Chapter 4: "The Perfection of Understanding Sutra" Part II "Thelema Madhyama-Pratipad""
September 29, 2013 –
page 234
83.27% "Chapter 5: "A Commentary on the Perfection of Understanding Sutra" Part II "Thelema Madhyama-Pratipad""
October 14, 2013 –
page 281
100.0% "Many of the typos have been fixed; the distinct advantage of print on demand."
October 14, 2013 – Finished Reading
August 14, 2017 – Shelved as: zz-box-sm2
August 14, 2018 – Shelved as: z_lulu
September 26, 2018 – Shelved as: z-storage

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