On 11/8/2014 5:18 PM, steve.sun...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:

wouldn't ya just love to hear a definition of "real mediation"

anyone want to step to the plate?


1. to think calm thoughts in order to
relax or as a religious activity:
Sophie meditates for 20 minutes every

2. to think seriously about something
for a long time: He meditated on the
consequences of his decision.


Cambridge University Dictionary/

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <turquoiseb@...> wrote :

Anyone ignorant enough to post that Huxley was unfamiliar with meditation (see jr post below) has clearly never read his best novel, "Island." Huxley was practicing real meditation decades before Maharishi invented his faux version and called it TM.

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

    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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedanta_Society_of_Southern_California>, founded and headed by Swami Prabhavananda <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Prabhavananda>. Together with Gerald Heard <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Heard>, Christopher Isherwood <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Isherwood>, and other followers he was initiated by the Swami and was taught meditation and spiritual practices.^[3] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley#cite_note-FOOTNOTERoy2003-3> In 1944, Huxley wrote the introduction to the "Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God",^[22] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley#cite_note-IsherwoodSwami_Prabhavananda1987-22> 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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley#cite_note-23>

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---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <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.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>, <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.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>, <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 situation.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>, <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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