Good point.  According to Wikipedia, Huxley had association with the Vendanta 

 Association with Vedanta[edit] 
Beginning in 1939 and continuing until his death in 1963, Huxley had an 
extensive association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California, founded 
and headed by Swami Prabhavananda Together with Gerald Heard, Christopher Isherwood, and other followers he was 
initiated by the Swami and was taught meditation and spiritual practices.[3]
 In 1944, Huxley wrote the introduction to the "Bhagavad Gita: The Song of 
 translated by Swami Prabhavanada and Christopher Isherwood, which was 
published by The Vedanta Society of Southern California.
 From 1941 until 1960, Huxley contributed 48 articles to Vedanta and the West, 
published by the Society. He also served on the editorial board with Isherwood, 
Heard, and playwright John van Druten from 1951 through 1962.
 Huxley also occasionally lectured at the Hollywood and Santa Barbara Vedanta 
temples. Two of those lectures have been released on CD: Knowledge and 
Understanding and Who Are We from 1955.
 After the publication of The Doors of Perception, Huxley and the Swami 
disagreed about the meaning and importance of the LSD drug experience, which 
may have caused the relationship to cool, but Huxley continued to write 
articles for the Society's journal, lecture at the temple, and attend social 
functions. His agnosticism, together with his speculative propensity, made it 
difficult for him to fully embrace any form of institutionalized 
religion.Aldous Huxley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
 Aldous Huxley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Aldous Leonard Huxley 
/ˈhʌksli/ (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, philosopher 
and a prominent member of the Huxley family...
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---In, <noozguru@...> wrote :

 What about the Vedanta Society?  What about Paramahansa Yogananda?  Arthur 
Avalon?  Not to mention relatively unknowns who probably migrated to the UK and 
taught yoga.
 On 11/07/2014 05:49 PM, jr_esq@... mailto:jr_esq@... [FairfieldLife] wrote:

 Huxley didn't appear to know about the advantages of meditation.  Obviously, 
during his lifetime, TM was not around then.
<s3raphita@...> mailto:s3raphita@... wrote :
 Aldous Huxley quote (1931): 
 "So far as I can see, the only possible new pleasure would be one derived from 
the invention of a new drug — of a more efficient and less harmful substitute 
for alcohol and cocaine. If I were a millionaire, I should endow a band of 
research workers to look for the ideal intoxicant. If we could sniff or swallow 
something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as 
individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and 
make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful 
and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a 
kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged 
constitution — then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one 
small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth 
would become paradise."
 Sounds great - but I suspect that humans are so constituted that changing our 
brains with chemicals is always going to have unwanted side-effects.

<fleetwood_macncheese@...> mailto:fleetwood_macncheese@... wrote :
 I used to buy Ritalin over the counter, in Macau, and did a fair amount - 
Yuck. Couldn't get weed, but any big pharma drug was there for the taking. Bad 
<s3raphita@...> mailto:s3raphita@... wrote :
 Re "Cocaine DEFINITELY sucks": 
 Amen to that. Like you I only tried it a few times and the after-effects were 
a warning I heeded. Ditto speed.
 God knows what I'd have felt like after a methamphetamine binge (the drug of 
choice today) - pretty sure I'd be suicidal.




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