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“The Bhagavad Gita is a classical spiritual text, but whoever would have imagined that it could serve as a guide to psychedelic experience? Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds is a tribute to the insight and creativity of its author, Scott Teitsworth, a longtime scholar of Indian philosophy. Teitsworth takes his readers on a tour of Vedic teachings, one that avoids simplification. But the challenge is worth it; with or without the use of mind-altering substances, an immersion in this work cannot help but open the door to that intangible goal known as enlightenment.”
“The whimsically titled Krishna in the Sky With Diamonds takes an essential and much-welcomed place among books measuring the psychedelic experience against Eastern religion and spirituality, such as Allan Hunt Badiner and Alex Grey's fine compilation Zig Zag Zen and the Leary et al. classic, The Psychedelic Experience. And the ancient poetry of the Gita is still spectacular!”
“This book is a fresh appraisal of The Song of God. Teitsworth bravely ventures into the as yet terra incognita: science of consciousness. Unlike Carlos Castaneda, there is no question of the authenticity of Teitsworth’s scholarship. Speaking from my own experiences, the psychedelic experience should always be done with care and guidance. There is no better place to start for guidance in this exploration than Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds.”
Posted December 15, 2013
Posted March 22, 2012
Making the leap from academic reading to deep spiritual understanding is the theme of this lively book. KSD is a commentary on the famous chapter in the Gita where Arjuna is face to face with Krishna as divine reality. Teitsworth probes the hints that this vision was granted through the help of psychedelics and comes up with an exegesis that illuminates not only that multifaceted vision but the understanding that allows Arjuna to lead an aware and integrated life post-hallucinogenic endeavors. Whether the reader uses psychedelics or not, this book is insightful, contemporary and helps explicate the nuances of ancient symbolism.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.