Magic and Mystery in Tibet: The Adventures of a French Explorer and Buddhist Scholar
Magic and Mystery in Tibet is a book by Madame Alexandra David-Neel, a French orientalist who spent more than 14 years in Tibet, studying and practicing Buddhism and occultism. She was one of the few Westerners who had access to the hidden and mysterious land of Tibet, where she met lamas, magicians, yogis, and hermits. She witnessed and experienced many psychic phenomena, such as visions, telepathy, levitation, reincarnation, and corpse-magic. She also learned the secrets of tumo (the yoga of heat control) and tulpas (the creation of thought forms).
The book is not a travelogue or an autobiography, but a study of psychic discovery and a description of the mystical and spiritual theories and practices of Tibet. It is based on her personal observations and experiences, as well as on her extensive knowledge of Tibetan language, culture, and religion. She wrote the book in French under the title Mystiques et Magiciens du Thibet (Mystics and Magicians of Tibet) and it was first published in 1929. It was later translated into English by A. D'Arsonval and published by Dover Publications in 1971.
Magic and Mystery in Tibet is a fascinating and captivating book that reveals the hidden aspects of Tibetan culture and spirituality. It is also a testimony of Madame David-Neel's remarkable courage, curiosity, and perseverance in exploring the unknown and challenging the conventional. It is a classic work of occult literature that has inspired many readers and seekers of wisdom.The Life and Legacy of Madame David-Neel
Madame David-Neel was not only a prolific writer and a daring explorer, but also a remarkable woman who defied the conventions and expectations of her time. She was born in 1868 in France, to a wealthy but unhappy family. She showed an early interest in travel, adventure, and spirituality, and rebelled against the restrictive norms of Victorian society. She married a railway engineer named Philippe Neel in 1904, but soon left him to pursue her own dreams.
She traveled extensively throughout Asia, especially India, China, and Tibet, where she studied Buddhism and learned from various masters and teachers. She became a Buddhist herself, and adopted the name Lama Yongden as her adopted son and companion. She also practiced meditation, yoga, tumo (the art of generating inner heat), and other esoteric disciplines. She claimed to have witnessed and performed many supernatural feats, such as levitation, telepathy, invisibility, and creating tulpas (thought forms).
She was fascinated by Tibet, which was then a forbidden land for foreigners. She disguised herself as a pilgrim and managed to enter the holy city of Lhasa in 1924, becoming the first Western woman to do so. She met the 13th Dalai Lama and received his blessing. She wrote about her experiences in her best-selling book Magic and Mystery in Tibet, which introduced Tibetan culture and spirituality to the Western world.
She continued to travel and write until her death in 1969, at the age of 100. She left behind a rich legacy of books, articles, letters, diaries, and photographs that document her extraordinary life and adventures. She also inspired many people with her courage, curiosity, and wisdom. She was a pioneer of intercultural dialogue, a champion of women's rights, and a visionary of human potential. aa16f39245