Are you using and/or refining alchemy?

Are you using and/or refining alchemy?

Baba interviewed by Willi Paul at PlanetShifter Magazine

Actually, alchemy is a interesting connection point between East and West, because it gives us an opportunity to consider a different kind of vocabulary when thinking about India, and especially Oral Tradition.  Spiritual India is normally represented in the West with a human sciences’ vocabulary of Comparative Religion or Psychology, which gives a very distorted result.  But, if we should use the vocabulary of Hermeticism, with it’s focus on connecting with the Natural World, as opposed to mapping things according to the categories of discourse & connecting with only fickle ideas of the time, I find a convenient bridge to allow sharper commentary and interpretation.

I use Indian Alchemy, which I don’t think of as a science, but a knowledge that must be gleaned from Nature and one’s lineage, not on the basis of a rational methodology and discursive reasoning, but through experience, exposure, intimacy, and invocation.  So, the task is an ongoing one of knowing oneself and knowing the Natural World, and seeing the mirror reflection between the two; there is no issue of refining Alchemy, as such.  That being said, I have been slowly converting to more modern apparatus, and adapting to the technology that is readily available.


  1. I experience alchemy as the process of inner transformation arising from the continuing uniting with the divine…nature…the cosmos…that energy that transforms each cell of the body…the process that makes bread into blood.I think of it as a science but I could be completely wrong about this. Knowing oneself and the natural world are vital components however as one observes the process it changes from the very act of observing and being observed. The seer the seen and the act of seeing in the cosmic dance of existence…back and forth in the act of seeing.When the seer dissolves in the absolute wonder of it all the act of seeing ceases and bhakti comes into being.Alternatively the seer renounces the seen…scene…focusing deeply inwards…the scene drops..the act of seeing stops and a sharp intense inner knowing comes to be…gnana…All the maps , categories interpretations seem somehow less important and the practice , the experience and the flow are what feels true.

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