In western civilization few things are quite as polarizing as Eastern spirituality.
To be fair I grew up in a small rust belt town in a rural area of the United States. Being in high school during the September 11th attacks and watching fearfully in the years following the attacks as nationalism rose to a feverish pitch I saw first hand a lot of misguided anger, racism and hatred.
A hatred fueled by an ignorance that isn’t necessarily most westerner’s fault. As a relatively self absorbed society our education system has failed to adequately teach students more thoroughly on eastern civilization. Leaving a void for biased media to fill in the blanks – rarely showing any of the good of Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism. Leaving a stagnant population assuming all Muslims violent extremists.
It wouldn’t be until my twenties that I would begin to independently read about Eastern religions myself. Self admittedly I am no where near any sort of authority on any subject of spirituality myself, and it’s important to note while I consider myself something closer to an atheist I still appreciate and respect all religions and the good they do for a vast majority of individuals globally.
With all that said, a Twitter user named, “HurroHarraHurro” contacted me independently to show me a the website of a Tantric Sect he studies under- a sect Hurro states that has deep roots in occult and mysticism.
He sent me a link to the group he was a student of. It led me to the website of the International Nath Order.
Founded in 1978 by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath the INO set out to share spiritual development and Magick power with other sincere westerners.
According to the website the International Nath Order is for people who want, and will work for:
1. Spiritual Development toward Awakening.
2. The development of Occult attainment (Siddhi).
3. A new, better, and more enlightened Social Order based on our Pagan past.
The International Nath Order essentially acts as a crash course into meditation for eager pupils. Specifically western seekers. By combining elements of Yoga, meditation and tantric practices from eastern beliefs and combining it with western occult and lifestyle choices it gave me a sense of deja entendu.
And then it hit me. There was no way Aleister Crowley wasn’t involved in this someway or another and lo and behold a simple google search of Shri Gurudev Mahendranath (born Lawrence Miles in London 1911) led me to Crowley.
Crowley was a deep thinker that challenged just about every single societal norm and taboo of his time. If it had anything to do with anything supernatural or occult in the early to mid 20th century he was involved. I’m personally surprised how long it has taken for Crowley to creep up in this blog to be honest and for all things strange – he deserves an entry on his own.
This is not to take away from the International Nath Order or Shri Gurudev Mahendranath. The Order established for over forty years now has mountains of texts and writings by the man himself and his followers. A dedicated blog titled, “The Open Door” and a welcome feeling for all those who are interested or maybe just passing through.
On a personal level I wish there was more community between all religions and beliefs. The world could benefit between a marriage between East and West and a realization that we all have very common and similar goals on this crazy little, spinning ball we call home. – DC
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