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Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley.
    #2266823 - 01/23/04 09:36 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I'd like to post 2 excerpts from Aldous Huxley's book Island. The book is his illustration of an ideal society, taking the best of eastern and western wisdom. These sections are in regards to mushrooms which are called Moksha-medicine in the book.


Page 141 of 295, or .48)

"Do you like music?" Dr. Robert asked.

"More than most things."


"And what, may I ask, does Mozart's G-Minor Quintet refer to? Does it refer to Allah? Or Tao? Or the second person of the Trinity? Or the Atman-Brahman?"

Will laughed. "Let's hope not."

"But that doesn't make the experience of the G-Minor Quintet any less rewarding. Well, it's the same with the kind of experience that you get with the moksha-medicine, or through prayer and fasting and spiritual exercises. Even if it doesn't refer to anything outside itself, it's still the most important thing that ever happened to you. Like music, only incomparably more so. And if you give the experience a chance, if you're prepared to go along with it, the results are incomparably more therapeutic and transforming. So maybe the whole thing does happen inside one's skull. Maybe it is private and there's no unitive knowledge of anything but one's own physiology. Who cares? The fact remains that the experience can open one's eyes and make one blessed and transform one's whole life."


(Page 188 of 295, or .64)

"Is there any connection," Will asked, "between what you've been talking about and what I saw up there in the Shiva temple?"

"Of course there is," she answered. "The moksha-medicine takes you to the same place as you get to in meditation."

"So why bother to meditate?"

"You might as well ask, Why bother to eat your
dinner?"

"But according to you, the moksha-medicine is dinner."

"It's a banquet," she said emphatically. "And that's precisely why there has to be meditation. You can't have banquets everyday. They're too rich and they last too long. Besides, banquets are provided by a caterer; you don't have any part in the preparation of them. For your everyday diet you have to do your own cooking. The moksha-medicine comes as an occasional treat."

What do you think?


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2267176 - 01/24/04 01:42 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Its one of the best books ive ever read. It turned me on to mushrooms and gave me hope for a better more appreicative understanding of that which I can make for myself.


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2267859 - 01/24/04 10:54 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book...
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_brave new world_ made me want to run & hide...
_island_ made me want to get a visa & emigrate...
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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2268510 - 01/24/04 04:53 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I really really really need to read that book. I really loved those two quotes. Both EXCELLENT analogies. Thanks for posting that. :thumbup:
Peace.


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: fireworks_god]
    #2268678 - 01/24/04 05:54 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I havn't read the book either, I found the link on this online library http://www.deepleafproductions.com/utopialibrary/authors/AldousHuxley.htm

more specifically http://www.island.org/huxley/

There are a lot more excerpts on a variety of different topics, I believe I posted another one about science recently.

I'm getting my eager little hands on this one as soon as I can.


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2268686 - 01/24/04 06:01 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

a banquet no less....awesome read.  aldous is the man!!!! :grin:


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Annnnnnd I had a light saber and my friend was there and I said "you look like an indian" and he said "you look like satan" and he found a stick and a rock and he named the rock ooga booga and he named the stick Stick and we both thought that was pretty funny. We got eaten alive by mosquitos but didn't notice til the next day. I stepped on some glass while wading in the swamp and cut my foot open, didn't bother me til the next day either....yeah it was a good time, ended the night by buying some liquor for minors and drinking nips and going to he diner and eating chicken fingers, and then I went home and went to bed.---senior doobie


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2268699 - 01/24/04 06:07 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Thanks for the link, I've bookmarked it so I can read later! :wink:

And tusen takk for posting this to begin with, you've instilled in me a desire to pick up these books. :grin:

Much love! :heart:
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If I should die this very moment
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For I've never known completeness
Like being here
Wrapped in the warmth of you
Loving every breath of you

:heartpump: :bunnyhug: :yinyang:

:yinyang: :levitate: :earth: :levitate: :yinyang:


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2269677 - 01/25/04 12:09 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Thank you.

I've never read anything that so perfectly described my own internal (and pretty much indescribable, especially when tripping) thoughts.

I will be sure to get my hands on a copy as soon as I can.


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Re: Moksha -medicine, mushrooms, huxley. [Re: NiamhNyx]
    #2270594 - 01/25/04 05:50 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Hmm, I must read this book, i've read Brave New World and enjoyed it thoroughly, I'm sure this book will be just as good.

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