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The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick (The Weiser Concise Guide Series) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, February 1, 2007
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About the Author
James Wasserman is a lifelong student of esotericism. His writings include The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art, and Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary. His Chronicle Books edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day features the full-color Papyrus of Ani with integrated English translation. The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven has thus far been published in six languages. His controversial The Slaves Shall Serve: Meditations on Liberty defines political freedom as a spiritual value. His newest book is An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar. He is currently editing a series on Western occultism known as The Weiser Concise Guides. You can find him online at www.studio31.com. He lives in New York City with his wife Nancy.
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In 2009, he participated in an address to the National Press Club with Brother Akram Elias. The occasion was the publication of Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. Jim's portion of the talk may be found on Youtube. In it, he expresses both the truths of esoteric symbolism and the beauty of America's Masonic heritage.
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Top Customer Reviews
Magicians will be eager to read a good book on yoga relevant to their practice. I fell for this appeal and bought the book, but regretted the decision when I started reading. The book on 'yoga for magick' is not "Yoga For Magick"; it is Crowley's "Eight Lectures On Yoga".
As well as the dazzling lack of personal insight or new material, Nancy Wasserman seems to have an no idea of what she wants to accomplish in this book. The introduction and first two chapters talk about the necessity for magicians to cultivate their bodies, and how this can be done by Hatha Yoga. Then we get to the instructions and techniques of... Raja Yoga! There is nothing in this book about strengthening the body, despite the subtitle "Build Mental And Physical Strength For Your Practice". It's really incredible that the author of a book on yoga seems oblivious to the distinction between Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.
This book has many other flaws as well. For example, she mentions that "certain yoga practices" can cause kundalini to rise up from the Muladhara Chakra. "Yes..." we think, "And those practices are...?" The chapter comes to an abrupt ending here and no further mention is made of kundalini. Her description of pranayama is insufficient to guide even the most basic practice. Likewise her advice for dharana, which consists of a passage lifted directly from "The Equinox", an awful simile to the effect that dharana is concentration, but not the kind of concentration of a computer programmer (What?!) and an even worse simile about the mind being like a receptacle of sand and dharana deepening a certain compartment of it.
Israel Regardie, in his "Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic" devotes a section to the minimum work actually necessary for attainment. What I think Nancy's book does so effectively is outline this minimum work within the narrow context of the Thelemic approach to yoga, modified slightly based on the accumulated western yogic tradition in the fifty or sixty years since Crowley published Eight Lectures on Yoga. I noticed that another review dismissed this book as simply being a rehash of Eight Lectures. I do not think that is a fair criticism. The discussion of the Middle Pillar Ritual as well as the presentation of a simple Sun Salutation routine and actual exercises of pratayahara and pranayama make this book quite worthwile in its own right.
If you are an experienced practitioner of hatha or raja yoga, this book is probably not for you. But even experienced magicians who find their yoga skills undeveloped and would like to know where to begin will find this book a helpful introduction. That goes double for beginners of both magical and yoga disciplines.
This book is for the novice to intermediate Magician. It is a book that will get you started and moving down the Path. Nancy has laid out the basics in a simple, easy to understand style.
The book contains excellent exercises, suggestions, and personal insights. It is up to the individual student to apply these lessons.
Buy the book, practice Yoga
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A yoga book based entirely on the yoga writings of Aleister Crowley, especially Book 4. The author should have been a little more original and do a little more research. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jaime Diaz Phi
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