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Moksha: Aldous Huxley

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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 internal linkPsychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963) (ed. by Horowitz and Palmer, 1977).



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moksha (noun)

liberation: rescue, redemption, salvation, moksha, deliverance

Hindus believe that internal linkkarma 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.



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_Moksha: internal linkAldous 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.

internal linkTerence McKenna
Then I read _The Doors of internal linkPerception_ and _Heaven and Hell_, and it just rolled from there. That is what really put me over.
Aldous Huxley Timothy Leary

internal linkTimothy Leary, author of _Politics of internal linkEcstasy_ and _Outside Looking In_
Huxley had spent years preparing himself for the fearful psychedelic internal linkvoyage, and he made it without question when it presented itself. . . . He did it, and then the world will never forget it.
Terence McKenna - the force will be with you...always

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.

Island Views
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.

Publisher's Weekly
A pharmacological goldmine, supplementing Huxley's classic, _The Doors of Perception_.

Publisher's Weekly
A remarkably stimulating, worthwhile volume.

Publisher's Weekly
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 internal linkLSD and mescaline distinguishes him from thousands of researchers who have experimented with drugs over the years.
LSD

Publisher's Weekly
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. (internal linkLos Angeles Times)

Book Description
Selected writings from the author of _Brave New World_atomjacked inventory cache and _The Doors of internal linkPerception_ 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 internal linkSanskrit 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.


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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:

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