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Dreaming Awake At The End Of TimeSan Francisco, December 13, 1998 Join Terence McKenna, author, explorer and philosopher for a think along deconstruction of the deepening worldwide weirdness. With his characteristic hope and humor, McKenna examined time and its mysteries, the nature of language, the techniques of ecstasy, high technology and virtual cyberspace, the role of hallucinogenic plants in shamanism and the evolution of human cultures, and the foundations of post-modern spirituality. The lecture and discussion was didactic, syncretic, challenging, eclectic, eidetic and irreverent intellectual adventure - "for those who have grown weary of Moldevite suppositories and unicorny flimflam! offliberty

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Secret Teachings of All Ages: The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part One Sacred Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next p. 153 ALCHEMY, the secret art of the land of Khem, is one of the two oldest sciences known to the world. The other is astrology. The beginnings of both extend back into the obscurity of prehistoric times.

Notes from the Psychedelic Salon » Quotes, comments, and audio files from Lorenzo's podcasts Guest speaker: Terence McKennaListen Download Subscribe MP3 Free PCs – Right click, select option Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option Terence McKenna [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A psychedelic point of view means a point of view which honors consciousness.” Companion to Asian gardens: belief, history and design 3000 BCE to 2000AD This webpage provides an online companion guide for Tom Turner's history of Asian Gardens: history belief and design ISBN: 978-0-415-49687-2 was published in March 2010, by Spon/Routledge. It has a similar format to Tom Turner's Garden history philosophy and design 2000 BC to 2000 AD from the same publisher, and to European Gardens, published in 2011. A book on British garden history was published in 2013: Tom Turner, Asian gardens 3000 BCE to 2000 CE London:Routledge 2010 ISBN: 978-0-415-49687-2 CONTENTS: Asian Garden History

Thrice-Greatest Hermes, Vol. 3 Index Sacred Texts Gnosticism and Hermetica Buy this Book at Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Contents Start Reading Page Index Text [Zipped] This, the third and final part of G.R.S. Meads' collection of Hermetic literature focuses on the residual texts known from second- and third- hand references. Kerouac's Breakthrough The following is excerpted from The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, published by Viking, 2012. On October 7, 1951, after a gloomy Sunday when he seemed to be making no progress on the chapters about Neal Cassady he was adding to On the Road, Jack went to Birdland to hear the alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who recently had come into his own as a leading innovator of cool jazz. During Konitz's solo in "I Remember April," which he played as if it were "the room he lived in," his music sounded "so profoundly interior" to Jack that he was sure very few people would understand it. In fact, he compared Konitz's extended phrases to the sentences he was writing lately, sentences whose direction seemed mysterious until the "solution" was suddenly unveiled in a way that shed light backward on everything that had preceded it. On October 15, Jack was still in a state of panic when he met Ed White in a Chinese restaurant near Columbia.

The Mughal gardens at Splendor of ancient India! – Green Bells Mughal gardens are a group of rectilinear gardens designed within the walled enclosures. The style is heavily influenced by the Persian gardens particularly the Charbagh structure. The founder was Babur, first Mughal emperor, and there are a number of Mughal gardens which differ from their Central Asian predecessors. From the beginnings of the Mughal Empire, the construction of gardens was a imperial pastime. Julie Scott Meisami describes the medieval Islamic garden as “a hortus conclusus, walled off and protected from the outside world; within, its design was rigidly formal and the essential features included running water and a pool to reflect the beauties of sky and garden; trees of various sorts, some to provide shade merely, and others to produce fruits; flowers, colorful and sweet-smelling. The numbers eight and nine were considered auspicious by the Mughals and can be found in the number of terraces or in garden architecture such as octagonal pools.

Emerald Tablet of Hermes Sacred-Texts Esoteric Index Previous Next The Emerald Tablet of Hermes History of the Tablet History of the Tablet (largely summarised from Needham 1980, & Holmyard 1957) The Tablet probably first appeared in the West in editions of the psuedo-Aristotlean Secretum Secretorum which was actually a translation of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar, a book of advice to kings which was translated into latin by Johannes Hispalensis c. 1140 and by Philip of Tripoli c.1243. Other translations of the Tablet may have been made during the same period by Plato of Tivoli and Hugh of Santalla, perhaps from different sources. Page 13, "we're closer to the pet shop here," to Page 23, "rather close to the Weatherman faction." I'm using quotes as well as page numbers to make things easier for folks who may be using ebooks. -- The Mgt. This is the section in which Saul Goodman and Barney Muldoon begin examining the memos to Joseph Malik, editor of "Confrontation" magazine, giving background to the magazine's mysterious Illuminati project. Most of the references in the memos are quite straightforward, and even now, when interest in the Illuminati seems to be continuing, looking up the references in the memos is a good way to research the alleged secret society. But one of the memos is, well, kind of different.

The Persian Garden story No one can inspire humans with hope like Mother Nature and nowhere can she playfully display the greater extent of her will than in the garden of human mind. The summer of passion and recline, the autumn of loss and melancholy, the winter of despair and isolation and once again the spring of growth and the rebirth of hope. Through all cycles of life, it is only by tending to the garden and watching over it that one can notice even subtlest weeds of fear, for even the best of gardens may have weeds. Persian worldview and culture does not regard humans sans Nature.

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.

Knowledge and civilization Aj Sak Teles, Late Classic Mayan Lord Last night, my friend David pointed out an interesting passage in in search of the miraculous, in which Gurdjieff tells Ouspensky a number of interesting things about the nature of knowledge. Gurdjieff, of course, drew a clear distinction between knowledge and understanding, but this particular passage makes it clear that he, like Ibn Arabi, thought knowledge to be an inestimably valuable substance: an essential factor in the culture of man. The very nearly anti-intellectual stance which one frequently encounters in the Gurdjieff work stands in stark contrast to the appreciation for the intellect which is actually needed in order to conduct any serious spiritual work. This is what interested David, and, of course, it ought to be of great interest to the rest of us, because it certainly does seem as though we are now in such a moment.