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Eight Lectures on Yoga Paperback – June 1, 1992
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I have to disagree with one of the other reviewers: I don't think Crowley was at all condescending. I think the lectures are successfully aimed at a general audience. Remember that these are transcripts of lectures given to a small, private group. Although the audience was assumed to be unfamiliar with yoga (which makes the lectures good for someone new to the subject), they also shared some knowledge, and some of the references in the lectures are lost to readers who don't share that knowledge. I don't think this obscures any of the content, I don't think you're missing any vital information because you don't know what the "Equinox" is, and I don't think Crowley was doing it to "show off" or to appear superior. He was just addressing his audience. Any lectures that are truly "lectures" will have this drawback: they were meant for a specific group, most likely not the group that will be reading those same lectures in book form. If this is a major drawback for you, consider another text on yoga. I didn't think that it detracted from the book.
Another problem is the translation of oral humor and tone to the written word.Read more ›
Gsibbery seems to have little understanding of Crowley and the law of Thelema--"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." Yogaic Union and the Thelema are not contradictory in the slightest. "Do what thou wilt" does not mean do whatever your foolish human body desires; it means strive to discover and achieve your True Will, which can be likened to the "voice of god" within you (in religious terms). Yogaic Union with your body and with reality is essential for discovering your True Will and your holy purpose on this planet. No contradiction there.
Beware of people speaking hatefully of the "Great Beast"--it is all too likely that they are christians or narrowminded or both. Crowley was a genius--a flawed genius, sure, but a genius all the same. And besides that, he's entertaining as hell.
I would not recommend this book to anyone seeking an introduction to yoga. The way to learn yoga is to do it. Once you get comfortable doing it and youve read a few introductory books & would like to think more deeply about the philosophy behind yoga, then go ahead & read this book. But you might not enjoy it unless you are familiar with Crowley's works. I'd recommend "Cosmic Trigger" by Robert Anton Wilson as a good introduction to mad Uncle Aleister.
It's a very short work, but very dense and full of information. There will be parts of the book that will certainly test your mind and definitely make your head hurt!
The eight lectures are split into two parts: Yoga for Yoga for Yahoos and Yoga for Yellowbellies, which consist of four lectures each. The first part basically gives the reader a general overview of what is yoga, and explains the eight arms of yoga and what the mean and what they stand for, and the second part gives four lectures on more advanced concepts.
The book is a very quick read. It's only about 120 pages long not counting the notes in the back of the book.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to ease into Crowley and his works, and learn his take on the ancient practice of Yoga.
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my husband is very happy with the like brand new condition of the book.Published 17 months ago by r. louise philipsen
it is always good to listen to the Master.
good complementary reading to Swami Vivekananda's raja yoga.
This book by Crowley is easy to understand. It is written for the beginning and intermediate student. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003 by Amazon Customer
In Magick Book 4, Crowley gives a clear and concise commentary on the eight limbs of Raja Yoga. Here, Crowley delivers the message in lecture form (via the printed page)in his own... Read morePublished on October 5, 2001 by rareoopdvds
This is Crowley's attempt at describing the parctice of Yoga as he thinks it should be done. Unfortunately, one of the biggest faults with this book is Crowley's habit of trying to... Read morePublished on June 9, 2000