Eastern Alchemy, Yoga and Tantra. Note: This article originally appeared in the Alchemy Journal, a vital resource provided by the International Alchemy Guild in collaboration with Salamander & Sons Press.
Images provided by Sera Timms The Alchemy of India, so often overlooked by Westerners, provides a vital decryption of the global Alchemical cipher. It can be said that each culture, era and individual Alchemy has passed through expresses a different aspect of its teachings and potentiality, so to emit any one amalgamation of it would only provide a disservice. To see all the intricate coils of Alchemy’s serpentine union with humanity, we must include the practices of the East. India provides a missing link alluded to but never explicitly explained in the European Alchemical texts, which provides the key to unlocking the true goal of the Magnum Opus.
Yoga is Alchemy. To find out what something is, it is helpful to look at where it comes from. “The word Hatha also has a deeper esoteric significance. Footnotes: The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists by Paracelsus. Sacred-Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next.
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Mead, , at sacred-texts.com p. v Preface. The Hermetic Problem of Salt — Aaron Cheak. References 1.
Commentary on the Hikma al-‘arshīya, 187, 227; Henry Corbin, Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1977), 102-3. 2. Gerhard Dorn (fl. 1566-1584), ‘Speculativae philosophiae, gradus septem vel decem continens’, in Theatrum Chemicum (Strassbourg: 1602-61), 307; Johan Christoph Steeb, Coelum Sephiroticum Hebraeorum (Mainz, 1679), 29: ‘sal sit ultimum in corruptione, sed & primum in generatione’; De Lubicz reformulates the bivalence of the alchemical salt in terms of ‘a ligature of concreteness and abstraction’. Alchemical Properties of Foods: Hundreds of Foodstuffs Classified According to Their Elemental Nature. Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium - Reality Sandwich. ‘One is the serpent whose poison is doubly composed’ — Cleopatra.
The following piece is adapted from the introductory chapter to my book, Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde (Numen Books, 2013). The book is a collaborative study of Eastern and Western alchemies, featuring emerging and leading scholars of the world’s alchemical traditions. The present article deals with alchemy from an etymological and historiographical perspective, and then looks more closely at the metaphysics underpinning alchemy as a nondual process. Alchemy may be described, in the words of Baudelaire, as a process of ‘distilling the eternal from the transient’.  As the art of transmutation par excellence, the classical applications of alchemy have always been twofold: chrysopoeia and apotheosis (gold-making and god-making)—the perfection of metals and mortals.
Al-Kīmiyā Etymologies. Terence McKenna The Alchemical Dream part 1. Salamander and Sons - Esoteric, occult and arcane book publishers. Eastern Alchemy, Yoga and Tantra. Emerald Tablet of Hermes. Sacred-Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next.
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Meads' collection of Hermetic literature focuses on the residual texts known from second- and third- hand references. Title PageContents. Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part One. Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 153.
Alchemical archives. The New Alchemy - Alan Watts. Alan Watts an essay from This is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience, by Alan Watts, Vintage Books, 1973, copyright Alan Watts 1958, 1960.
This essay was written in 1960. Besides the philosopher's stone that would turn base metal into gold, one of the great quests of alchemy in both Europe and Asia was the elixir of immortality. In gullible enthusiasm for this quest, more than one Chinese emperor died of the fabulous concoctions of powdered jade, tea, ginseng, and precious metals prepared by Taoist priests. But just as the work of transforming lead into gold was in many cases a chemical symbolism for a spiritual transformation of man himself, so the immortality to be conferred by the elixir was not always the literally everlasting life but rather the transportation of consciousness into a state beyond time.
To many people such claims are deeply disturbing. It was not until a year later that I tried LSD again, this time at the request of another research team. Alchemy Journal Vol. 2 No. 5. T h e E m e r a l d T a b l e t s. Cosmic Races in the Bible. Gnostic Media - Research & Publishing with host Jan Irvin. The Light of Egypt or the Science of the Soul and the Stars.
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