This talk focuses on the Tamil yogin Śri Sabhapati Swami (ca. 1828–1923/4) and how some of his techniques of Śivarājayoga, or “The Royal Yoga for Śiva,” were discussed by the “Founders” of the Theosophical Society, Helena Blavatsky and Henry Olcott, and the theosophical author Franz Hartmann, as well as integrated into the Thelemic Magick of Aleister Crowley. Beginning with an overview of Sabhapati Swami’s life and works, many of which are out of print, we will discuss what specific portions would have been of interest to these Theosophists, Crowley, and by extension later Thelemites, and also contextualize Sabhapati’s vernacular Tamil and Hindi works that include many more detailed instructions on ritual and mantra that should be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike.
Dr. Keith Edward Cantú is currently a visiting research fellow at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, in the DFG-funded project “CAS-E, Alternative Rationalities and Esoteric Practices from a Global Perspective” (https://cas-e.de/). His forthcoming book Like a Tree Universally Spread: Sri Sabhapati Swami and Śivarājayoga will be released in June of this year by Oxford University Press. He has been an avid reader of Aleister Crowley since high school, has previously been a member of Horizon Lodge and affiliate member of Star Sapphire Lodge, and currently resides with his wife in Erlangen, Germany.
(note: This presentation was not recorded. Anyone interested in viewing it is welcome to contact Felicia Heidrick directly. It was awesome.)
Join us at 6pm Pacific Time, Thursday February 25th as we host Felicia Heidrick as a special guest lecturer for this presentation. Though not a member of Ordo Templi Orientis, Felicia has a profound wealth of experience and we’re delighted that she has volunteered to share her time and wisdom with us! This presentation is open to the public, so please feel free to share it far and wide.
You’ve read Magick in Theory & Practice and perhaps The Equinox, in which Aleister Crowley refers to the Shiva Samhita. You’ve celebrated and perhaps memorized Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass. You’ve learned that you are the talisman, the point, the Mystery, incarnate; that Thou art That and That am I. BUT do you really know it with every fiber of your being? Join Felicia Heidrick (yes, that Heidrick) to explore “waves of bliss” (the literal translation of Anandalahari) another method of Crossing the Abyss. And, because our method is science, you can look forward to science-based supporting facts. Buckle your seatbelt, it’s not gradual. Come prepared to take your own notes–Felicia doesn’t share hers.
About Felicia: In 1997, Felicia met author Donald Michael Kraig. From Don, Felicia received pathless path mentoring in the practices of a Shakta tantric tradition based in Sri Vidya which, as it happens, is quite Thelemic. She will be sharing what worked for her all those years ago.