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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism$
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

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The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero

The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero

The Role of Yoga and Tantra in Aleister Crowley’s Magick

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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Gordan Djurdjevic

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the roles of Tantra and Yoga. It considers the argument that Crowley's practice of magick can be clarified if one tries to understand features of it against the background of Tantra and Yoga, such as the hidden aspects and powers of the human body as explained in tantric theory. This chapter also takes a look at the tantric spiritual techniques of “transgression” and “decadence”, which can be used to understand the spiritual crisis Crowley went through from 1920 to 1923.

Keywords:   Tantra, Yoga, practice of magick, hidden aspects, tantric theory, tantric spiritual techniques, spiritual crisis

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