Soma: The Divine Hallucinogen

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9780892817313: Soma: The Divine Hallucinogen

The definitive work on the ancient Hindu soma rituals mentioned in the Vedas and debated by scholars for decades.

· The first book to identify the mysterious soma plant.

· A breakthrough book that reenvisions the role of psychoactive plants in religion.

Soma has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. It is simultaneously a sacred hallucinogenic plant used in secret rituals, a personified God, and an important cosmological principle. Summarizing all previous research on the subject, David Spess goes far beyond his predecessors and shows that soma provides an important key to the understanding of the earliest systemized methods of medicine, psychology, magic, rejuvenation, longevity, and alchemy. Most significant is that his intensive research provides the most compelling case yet for actual identification of the plants that served as the basis for the divine hallucinogen Nelumbo nucifera, the sacred lotus of India, as well as some members of the Nymphaea genus.

With the renewed interest in the ritual use of psychoactive substances, shamanism, psychic phenomena, and alternative modalities of healing, Soma provides a much needed bridge between Eastern and Western esoteric traditions. Contained within the enigmatic verses about soma in the Rig Veda is a secret about ourselves and the nature of our relationship to the world and cosmos. Soma makes this knowledge available to us once again.

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This book describes the ethnobotany of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) and various water lilies including the Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata Willd.) which is conspecific with (Nymphaea caerulea) etc., as they pertain to the Asvin's madhu/soma drink in the gveda. The Asvin's drink is mixed with the freshly pressed soma jucie at all three soma pressings, morning, noon, and dusk to create a soma admixture. In addition, one of the main premises of the book is to show that the "Elixir Theory of Alchemy", a drinkable elixir, not the transmutation of lead into gold theory of alchemy, first occurrence was in the haoma/soma sacrifices, especially the soma sacrifices in the gveda. Another major idea put forth in the book is that western magic was influenced by the Indo-Irainian haoma/soma sacrifical rituals. The Arabic Picatrix actually mentions that the Hindus use a special drink in conjunction with their magical practices. A large part of the book deals with the development of the interior subtle [soma] body (somakāya). It also deals with soma's possible influences on hermeticism, alchemy, magic, gnosticism, daoism, merkabah, paranormal activity, miracles, archaeoastronomy, subtle body, magical rituals, etc

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ETHNOBOTANY

Soma has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. It is simultaneously a sacred hallucinogenic plant used in secret Hindu rituals, a personified god, and a vital cosmological principle. Yet despite its importance, scholars have been unable to positively identify soma or to pierce the mysteries surrounding its use. Summarizing previous research on the subject, David Spess goes far beyond his predecessors and shows that soma provides an important key to understanding the earliest systemized methods of medicine, psychology, magic, rejuvenation, longevity, and alchemy. Most significant is that Spess’s intensive research has at last produced a convincing--and surprising--identification of the plants used to create the soma drink: Nelumbo nucifera, the sacred lotus of India, as well as members of the Nymphaea (water lily) genus.

With the renewed interest in the ritual use of psychoactive substances, shamanism, and psychic phenomena, Soma provides a much-needed bridge between Eastern and Western esoteric traditions. Contained within the enigmatic verses about soma in the R. g Veda is a secret about ourselves and the nature of our relationship to the world and cosmos. Soma makes this knowledge available to us once again.

DAVID L. SPESS has a master’s degree in microbiology/mycology and studied Sanskrit at the Naropa Institute. David has traveled throughout India and the Middle East researching this book. He was formerly a research mycologist for the FDA and has taught at the University of Colorado. He lives in New Mexico.

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