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The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero

Gordan Djurdjevic

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0005
The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero

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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

Chapter.  15121 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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