Lords of the Left-Hand Path: Forbidden Practices and Spiritual Heresies

Examines the left-hand direction and divulges the masters of the culture

• Explores the practices and ideology of many left-hand direction teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Hell-Fire membership, and heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects

• Investigates many notorious occult personalities, together with Helena Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, and Anton LaVey

• Explains the real distinction among the right-hand course and the left-hand path--union with and dependence on God as opposed to person freedom and self-empowerment

From black magic and Satanism to Gnostic sects and Gurdjieff’s Fourth approach, the left-hand direction has been associated with many practices, cults, and members around the a while. Stephen vegetation, Ph.D., examines the tools, teachings, and old function of the left-hand course, from its origins in Indian tantric philosophy to its underlying effect in present global affairs, and divulges which philosophers, magicians, and occult figures all through background can actually be referred to as “Lords of the Left-Hand Path.”

Flowers explains that whereas the right-hand course seeks union with and hence dependence on God, the left-hand direction seeks a “higher legislations” in response to wisdom and gear. it's the method of self-empowerment and precise freedom. starting with old Hindu and Buddhist sects and relocating Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand direction teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Yezidi satan Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire membership, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and a number of other heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a delicately crafted definition of a real adherent of the left-hand direction in line with major principles--self-deification and problem to the conventions of “good” and “evil”--the writer analyzes many well-known and notorious personalities, together with H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and divulges which occult masters have been Lords of the Left-Hand direction.

Flowers indicates that the left-hand direction isn't really inherently evil yet a part of our history and our deep-seated wish to be loose, self reliant, and in command of our destinies.

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Within the Indian process we additionally detect many technical info demonstrating why and the way this can be so. The seven significant padmas (lotuses) or chakras (wheels) are stated to be the seven seats of femininity inherent in each person: each one of those is the seat of a shakti LoLeHa-noborders. indd 38 5/25/12 11:24 AM The jap Traditions   39 (power) that's, in fact, additionally female in nature. fifty five by means of awakening those shaktis and activating the padmas or chakras (through the strength of kundalini [serpent force], additionally feminine), the vamacharin slowly (or speedy) transforms himself into the Goddess inside of and hence “becomes a girl. ” He has passed through a change into his “opposite. ” In a left-hand-path context, the aghori sage Vimalananda relates that the purpose of kundalini yoga is to reunite Shiva and Shakti, for you to re-create Shiva in his everlasting shape (as Sadashiva): “Sadashiva’s left facet is lady and correct facet is male; the 2 ideas have united yet haven't merged. in the event that they have been to merge that might be the top of the play [lila], and that might be no enjoyable in any respect. ”56 right here it's going to be rigorously famous that Vimalananda subtly distinguishes among union and merger. His final cause of desirous to steer clear of a merger of the 2 rules hinges at the excitement he could lose if this have been to ensue. the basic precept at the back of how the kundalini shakti (serpent strength) is brought on to upward push within the physique is determined by the facility to opposite the standard or traditional (i. e. , traditional) flow-patterns of strength within the physique. The prana power, which certainly flows upward and inward within the physique is made to circulation downward and outward, and the apana strength, which normally flows downward and/or outward is prompted to move upward or outward. while those meet, opposite to their general paradigm of movement, it's acknowledged that they “kiss,” and it truly is then that kundalini shakti starts to upward push. right here it really is transparent that “antinomianism” within the tantric process has prolonged itself even into the world of esoteric body structure. within the ordinary (right-hand-path) perform of kundalini yoga, the aim is to arrive the sahasrara chakra above the top. however it turns out that from a left-hand-path point of view the purpose is barely to elevate the serpent energy to the 6th chakra, or ajna chakra (“command center”), and from there to go into into the 3 hidden chakras. those are the key chakras of golata, lalata, and lalana situated at the uvula in the back of the throat, above the ajna chakra, and in the taste bud, respectively. The aghori, or left-hand-path tantric, won't merge with the sahasrara in which all discrimination among this and that, among “I” LoLeHa-noborders. indd 39 5/25/12 11:24 AM 40   The japanese Traditions and “not-I,” or “I” and “Thou” could disappear—for, as Vimalananda could say, that will be no enjoyable. Vamacharins are literally identified to have interaction in a number of practices thought of nefarious through extra orthodox dakshinacharins. one of the aghora sects, for instance, acts of necrophilia and cannibalism are recognized.

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