Thu, 28 Nov|
SOLD OUT Yoga's Hidden Occultism
The occult powers attributed to yoga and why the Victorians feared and derided it.
Time & Location
28 Nov 2019, 19:30 – 21:30
Treadwell's Books, 33 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BS, UK
About The Event
Yoga is far more occult and magical than we think, and tonight shows you how and why. Phil Hine will tell of flying Buddhist monks and yogic spies and colonial accounts of 'half-naked mendicants and dirty devotees.' It was considered dangerous by Victorians because of the magical powers it allegedly gave practitioners: flying through the air, entering the body of another person, assuming the form of animals, and bending reality to one’s will. In this lecture, Phil Hine relates the story, touching on classical Indian literature and key texts such as the Yogasutra of Patanjali. You'll never see yoga as tame, ever again. Join us.
Phil Hine is a longstanding practitioner of magic with an equally long career of research and writing on the subject. Involved in the occult and its traditions since the 1980s, his most recent decades of work have concentrated on tantra and the relations between Indian traditions and the West. He is the author of the blog site enfolding.org, where he publishes much of his ongoing work. He lives in London.
Yoga's Hidden Occultism