...of those ignorant of History are bound to repeat the mistakes made by their forefathers. I am reading about the history of the Western tradition of esoteria and New Thought. I have rented from the library the book called Blavatsky's Baboon, which is an OK read by an established and well researched author, Peter Washington. I never knew what was behind the title - that in fact, this thing(a stuffed baboon) was prominently displayed among Blavatsky’s exotic paraphernalia in her flat in New York. The baboon was dressed complete with spectacles holding a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species, mocking the majority . Blavatsky saw herself as Ancient Wisdom’s counterpoint to that "strutting gamecock" of science, whom she often railed against in her two seminal, but allegedly plagiarized tomes, Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. HPB more than anyone has influenced the Western occult tradition. The other, even better book on the complete history of the New Age is Turn off your Mind: the mystic sixties.A very interesting book by the ex-musician/rocker turned author Gary Lachman. Lachman loves to drop names but he has been there and knows a lot of people involved. His book is fascinating read of the sixties (my childhood years) and the involvement of all the iconic counter culture movement in the esoteric. I already wrote my blog on this (what killed the flower power?). Well, obviously it was GREED(Money), the participants ego on steroids and drugs. The Lachman book as inaccurate as some claims, is a fascinating read. Lachman himself is into the esoteric is very mum about his own teaching or path. I am sure he also took some drugs at one point or other during his music career. Taking drugs is a double edged sword. Most people should not do it at all. It works for a select few. In the book Teaching of Don Juan, the author describes an Indian shaman and his philosophy on life, which to some is a life altering read. (very much part of the New Age bibliography). The message is, drugs are dangerous, but the ancients had a better grip on how and when to use them. The flower power was killed by the white powder.
.... Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. HPB more than anyone has influenced the Western occult tradition. ... Well, obviously it was GREED(Money), the participants ego on steroids and drugs. ... In the book Teaching of Don Juan, the author describes an Indian shaman and his philosophy on life, which to some is a life altering read. (very much part of the New Age bibliography). ... The message is, drugs are dangerous, but the ancients had a better grip on how and when to use them. The flower power was killed by the white powder.
Hi, a few comments. Earlier in my quest I read Blatvatsky's work, in fact, had the two books you mention. Being in my early 20s at the time, her writing seemed daunting. I lent the books and never got them back, much to my disappointment. She was a firecracker, a huge vault or tome of knowledge. She did influence me a great deal. Carlos Castaneda was a wonderful writer, and nobody could write those things without experiencing them. It doesn't matter to me the controversy over his writing, they are from a genuine 'Source'. My one thing to say about the flower power dying, is that it was a short blip in a larger movement to free ourselves. Only a few hardy individuals who must live on the fringe for their sanity, could carry the 60s ideals forward. Now they are gardeners living off the land somewhere, setting an example for others. The human brain was not made to be constantly altered without ill effects; to do so stunts the higher mind's growth. Used in the right way, certain drugs early on in life can be beneficial as an opening tool. These are my experiences. Later, honesty seems to be the best opening tool. No need for artificial anything. Thanks for your post.