By Aldous Huxley
Chosen writings from the writer of Brave New World and The doorways of Perception at the position of psychedelics in society.
• contains letters and lectures via Huxley by no means released elsewhere.
In might 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. the magical and transcendent adventure that set him off on an exploration that was once to supply a progressive physique of labor concerning the internal reaches of the human brain. Huxley was once a long time sooner than his time in his anticipation of the risks smooth tradition used to be growing via explosive inhabitants elevate, headlong technological enhance, and militant nationalism, and he observed psychedelics because the maximum skill at our disposal to "remind adults that the genuine global is particularly various from the misshapen universe they've got created for themselves through their culture-conditioned prejudices." a lot of Huxley's writings following his 1953 mescaline test may be obvious as his try and show the facility of those ingredients to evoke a feeling of the sacred in humans dwelling in a technological society adversarial to mystical revelations.
Moksha, a Sanskrit be aware that means "liberation," is a set of the prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It comprises choices from his acclaimed novels Brave New World and Island, either one of which envision societies based round the use of psychedelics as stabilizing forces, in addition to items from The doorways of Perception and Heaven and Hell, his recognized works on realization enlargement.
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Extra resources for Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
Humphry Osmond in 1953, which provided the crucible for Huxley’s personal experiments in challenging this “minimum working hypothesis,” is the logical starting place for this present collection of writings. Mescaline, then a little-studied drug found in the dumpling cactus Anhalonium lewinii, was to serve as the catalyst for this experiment. Mescaline was first isolated from the plant in 1894 by Heffter, first synthesized by Spath in 1919, and pharmacologically explored by Rouhier and Beringer in the middle 1920s.
A dwarf, but immensely powerful in his malignity, Muyalaka is the embodiment of ignorance, the manifestation of greedy, possessive selfhood. Stamp on him, break his back! And that’s precisely what Nataraja is doing. Trampling the little monster down under his right foot. But notice that it isn’t at this trampling right foot that he points his finger; it’s at the left foot, the foot that, as he dances, he’s in the act of raising from the ground. And why does he point at it? Why? That lifted foot, that dancing defiance of the force of gravity—it’s the symbol of release, of Moksha, of liberation.
He was the third son of Dr. Leonard Huxley—teacher, editor, man of letters—and of Julia Arnold, niece of the poet Matthew Arnold and sister of the novelist, Mrs. Humphrey Ward. He was the grandson of T. H. Huxley, the scientist, and the great-grandson of a formidable moralist, Dr. Thomas Arnold. His eldest brother, Julian, died February 21, 1975, ending that generation of world-recognized Huxleys. Huxley’s own writings best document his transition from poet to novelist to mystic to essayist to scientist.