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Which is better: to have
Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of
Words, to have Tomorrow's Misdeeds out of Yesterday's Miscreeds?
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Culture and the Individual," in Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963) (ed. by Horowitz and Palmer, 1977).
liberation: rescue, redemption, salvation, moksha, deliverance
Hindus believe that karma can be counteracted by atonement and rituals, by "working out" through punishment or reward, and by achieving release (moksha) from samsara through the renunciation of worldly desires.
Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience_
by Aldous Huxley, Michael Horowitz (Editor), Cynthia Palmer (Editor)
Paperback - (April 1, 1999) 304 pages
Andrew Weil, author of High Times
This book collects all of [Huxley's] words on the subject and is a valuable addition to the psychedelic literature.
Then I read _The Doors of Perception_ and _Heaven and Hell_, and it just rolled from there. That is what really put me over.
Leary, author of _Politics of Ecstasy_
and _Outside Looking In_
Huxley had spent years preparing himself for the fearful psychedelic voyage, and he made it without question when it presented itself. . . . He did it, and then the world will never forget it.
Lester Grinspoon & James Bakalar, author of
_Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered_
This collection supplies a good account, in breath and depth, of Huxley's views on psychedelic drugs and is and excellent place to start in exploring the larger implications of Psychedelic drug research.
The main writings of Aldous Huxley about psychedelics and the visionary experience have now been gathered into a single volume [which] should stand as an unparalleled guide to investigators.
A pharmacological goldmine, supplementing Huxley's classic, _The Doors of Perception_.
A remarkably stimulating, worthwhile volume.
A controversial, mind-expanding book that confirms Huxley's position. . .as the father of the modern drug movement.
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
The extraordinary richness with which Aldous Huxley describes the depth of his research on LSD and mescaline distinguishes him from thousands of researchers who have experimented with drugs over the years.
Moksha is more than a book about psychedelics--although it may well be the most intelligent, well-rounded one of its kind. It is also another chance to spend hours in Huxley's fascinating company as he talks about art, literature, religion, psychology, and ecology. (Los Angeles Times)
Selected writings from the author of _Brave New World_ and _The Doors of Perception_ on the role of psychedelics in society.
Includes letters and lectures by Huxley never published elsewhere.
In May 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. The mystical and transcendent experience that followed set him off on an exploration that was to produce a revolutionary body of work about the inner reaches of the human mind. Huxley was decades ahead of his time in his anticipation of the dangers modern culture was creating through explosive population increase, headlong technological advance, and militant nationalism, and he saw psychedelics as the greatest means at our disposal to "remind adults that the real world is very different from the misshapen universe they have created for themselves by means of their culture-conditioned prejudices." Much of Huxley's writings following his 1953 mescaline experiment can be seen as his attempt to reveal the power of these substances to awaken a sense of the sacred in people living in a technological society hostile to mystical revelations.
Moksha, a Sanskrit word meaning "liberation," is a collection of the prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It includes selections from his acclaimed novels _Brave New World_ and _Island_, both of which envision societies centered around the use of psychedelics as stabilizing forces, as well as pieces from _The Doors of Perception_ and _Heaven and Hell_, his famous works on consciousness expansion.
About the Author
Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world exclusively devoted to the literature of mind-altering drugs. Michael Horowitz was Timothy Leary's archivist and is coauthor of _The High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs_. Palmer and Horowitz live in northern California.
In Hinduism and Jainism, moksha (Sanskrit: liberation) or mukti (Sanskrit: release) refers to liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Beliefs as to how moksha may be achieved differ considerably from tradition to tradition. Overall, three distinct approaches or margas (Sanskrit: paths) are recognized: