Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience, 1931-1963

Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience, 1931-1963

by Aldous Huxley
     
 

PSYCHEDELICS / LITERATURE

“Moksha is more than a book about psychedelics—although it may well be the most intelligent, well-rounded one of its kind. It is also another chance to spend hours in Huxley’s fascinating company as he talks about art, literature, religion, psychology, and ecology.”
Los Angeles Times

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PSYCHEDELICS / LITERATURE

“Moksha is more than a book about psychedelics—although it may well be the most intelligent, well-rounded one of its kind. It is also another chance to spend hours in Huxley’s fascinating company as he talks about art, literature, religion, psychology, and ecology.”
Los Angeles Times

“A remarkably stimulating, worthwhile volume.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“The final chapter, climaxing in Laura Huxley’s description of her husband’s death, is one of the most transfixing pieces of reportage I’ve ever read.”
Soho Weekly News

In May 1953, while in the company of his wife and a physician friend, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. The mystical and transcendent experience that followed set him off on an exploration that was to produce a revolutionary body of work about the inner reaches of the human mind. Huxley was decades ahead of his time in his anticipation of the dangers modern culture was creating through explosive population increase, headlong technological advance, and militant nationalism, and he saw psychedelics as the greatest means at our disposal to “remind adults that the real world is very different from the misshapen universe they have created for themselves by means of their culture-conditioned prejudices.” Much of Huxley’s writings following his 1953 mescaline experiment can be seen as his attempt to reveal the power of these substances to awaken a sense of the sacred in people living in a technological society hostile to mystical revelations.

Moksha, a Sanskrit word meaning “liberation,” is a collection of the prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It includes selections from his acclaimed novels Brave New World and Island, both of which envision societies centered around the use of psychedelics as stabilizing forces, as well as pieces from The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, his famous works on consciousness-expansion. Also included are magazine articles, interviews, letters, and scientific papers that vividly demonstrate the evolution of his ideas and offer an engrossing record of the journey.

MICHAEL HOROWITZ and CYNTHIA PALMER are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world devoted exclusively to the literature of mind-altering drugs. Michael Horowitz was Timothy Leary’s archivist and is coauthor of The High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs. Palmer and Horowitz live in northern California.

Editorial Reviews

Exceptional Human Experience Network
Huxley was one of the first in the modern West to realize the potential value and spiritual implications of drugs. We are fortunate to have this experiential record of drug experiences.
Los Angeles Times
Moksha is more than a book about psychedelics—although it may well be the most intelligent, well-rounded one of its kind. It is also another chance to spend hours in Huxley's fascinating company as he talks about art, literature, religion, psychology, and ecology.
Andrew Weil
This book collects all of [Huxley's] words on the subject and is a valuable addition to the psychedelic literature.
—author of High Times
Terence McKenna
...I read The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, and it just rolled from there. That is what really put me over.|Terence McKenna
Timothy Leary
Huxley had spent years preparing himself for the fearful psychedelic voyage, and he made it without question when it presented itself. . . . He did it, and then the world will never forget it.
—author of Politics of Ecstasy and Outside Looking In
Lester Grinspoon
This collection supplies a good account, in breath and depth, of Huxley's views on psychedelic drugs and is and excellent place to start in exploring the larger implications of Psychedelic drug research.
—Lester Grinspoon & James Bakalar, authors of Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered
Whole Life Times
Huxley was a gifted explorer of transcendental experience, spirituality, and consciousness expansion. It is this side of his remarkable mind that we glimpse in Moksha.
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
The extraordinary richness with which Aldous Huxley describes the depth of his research on LSD and mescaline distinguishes him from thousands of researchers who have experimented with drugs over the years.
Island Views
The main writings of Aldous Huxley about psychedelics and the visionary experience have now been gathered into a single volume [which] should stand as an unparalleled guide to investigators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780701123192
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1980
Pages:
280

Meet the Author

Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world exclusively devoted to the literature of mind-altering drugs. Michael Horowitz was Timothy Leary's archivist and is coauthor of The High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs. Palmer and Horowitz live in northern California.

Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world exclusively devoted to the literature of mind-altering drugs.

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