Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2017.
BARNES AND NOBLE
A beautifully evocative account of one man’s odyssey to discover authentic and unbroken magical traditions in the East and reawaken them in the West
• Details the author’s encounters with the Naga Babas, his initiation into their tradition, and his experience at the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth
• Shares the similarities he discovered between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons
• Introduces a wide cast of characters, including Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, a “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva
Beautifully detailing his spiritual pilgrimage from West to East and back again, in the age of strife known as the Kali Yuga, Aki Cederberg shares the authentic and unbroken magical traditions he experienced in India and Nepal and how his search for a spiritual homeland ultimately led him back to his native Europe.
Cederberg explains how his odyssey began as a search for spiritual roots, something missing in the spiritually disconnected life of the Western world, where the indigenous traditions were long ago severed by the spread of Christianity. Traveling to India, he encounters the ancient esoteric order of mystic, wild, naked holy men known as the Naga Babas, the living source of the Hindu traditions of magic and yoga. Immersing himself in the teachings of the tradition, he receives an initiation and partakes in the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth. With his evocative descriptions, Cederberg shows how traveling in India can be an overwhelming, even psychedelic experience. Everything in this ancient land is multiplied and manifold: people and things, sights and sounds, joy and suffering. Yet beyond the apparent confusion and chaos, a strange, subtle order begins to reveal itself. He starts to glimpse resemblances and analogies between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons. He meets a wide cast of characters, from mystical hucksters in Rishikesh and the veritable army of naked, chillum-smoking mystics of Maya Devi to Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, an urdhvabahu or “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva.
After extensive traveling and immersing himself in the extraordinary world of India, Cederberg returns to his native soil of Europe. Traveling to holy places where old pagan divinities still linger in the shadows of the modern world, he dreams of forgotten gods and contemplates how they might be awakened yet again, reconnecting the West with its own pre-Christian spiritual traditions, sacred landscapes, and soul.
"In his rip-roaring English-language debut, Cederberg sets himself as neither guide nor guru, allowing readers to truly participate in his journey without worrying about what exactly they are supposed to learn."
- Publishers Weekly
“Often one has to travel far afield to the farthest edge to find out where one belongs. Aki Cederberg tells us the fascinating tale of his journey to the wild heart of mythical India, a journey that changed his life and led him back to his roots.”
- Wolf-Dieter Storl, Ph.D., author of Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
“Cederberg has made the outer and inner journey from one end of the geography of tradition to the other, which is only an outer reflection of the inner journey many pilgrims make from the outer world to inner experience. What is remarkable about Cederberg’s journey is that he, like Odysseus of old, found his way home again. The knowledge he gathered on his journeys gave him the tools he needed to discover the inner treasures of his own homeland. By reading this book you can gather some of this knowledge without ever going to India.”
- Stephen E. Flowers, author of Original Magic
“From the erotic passion of Shiva to the surreal bliss of the Khumb Mela, Aki Cederberg chronicles his search for meaning in modern India. But, as he discovered, ‘Pilgrimages have to come to an end. Ultimately, one must return home’--not just physically but spiritually as well. His story of how his own native European gods called to him is powerful, beautiful, irresistible. This book bears an important message for our times and delivers it in a way that captivates the reader. I recommend Journeys in the Kali Yuga without reservation.”
- Stephen McNallen, author of Asatru: A Native European Spirituality
“Aki Cederberg is an outsider in the modern, spiritually barren West. His quest for a sense of spiritual place takes him to the exotic East. There he is an outsider as well but is allowed something close to an insider’s participation in a living pagan religious tradition. Instead of satisfaction, he finds only more yearning--for the largely forgotten traditions of his own people. Cederberg’s journey--which makes for a highly colorful, absorbing tale--functions as a kind of initiation into those traditions. It is a journey home.”
- Collin Cleary, author of What is a Rune? And Other Essays
“This book is as much a classical adventure story as it is a tale of genuine spiritual progress. Cederberg’s travels in search of the roots of pagan/religious culture and how they affect us is both a personal vision quest and a wider speculation. Every plant has its roots, and Cederberg is generous to share his own roots exploration in such an eloquent way. The book is inspiring, intelligent, and a truly great read.”
- Carl Abrahamsson, publisher and author of Occulture
“Unlike the congratulatory stories told by self-proclaimed gurus or superhero yoga masters, this is the spiritual autobiography of a guy like you or me who’s just trying to figure it all out in a world that has lost its way.”
- Joshua Buckley, editor of TYR: Myth, Culture & Tradition
“Ever since the Beatles, India has had its fair share of ‘spiritual’ tourists. Aki Cederberg is not one of them. The gurus and babas he described having encountered there obviously viewed him as a sincere spiritual pilgrim. His odyssey to the East seems best summed up in the lines of a poem by T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets: ‘And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’”
- Robert N. Taylor, musician and author of Remnants of a Season
“Aki Cederberg’s Journeys in the Kali Yuga offers a visceral, gritty, and at times humorous account of the dreamlike world of Indian Naga Babas. A story of an ongoing search for something real in a world where the deepest concerns of human spirit have become mere commodities, this is a timely book about timeless topics.”
- Matti Rautaniemi, author and yoga historian
“Written in poetical prose that is sharp, witty, and honest, the book is a valuable offering to all seekers and pilgrims on the eternal search of self.”
- Yogananda Puri, Naga Sannyasi
“Whereas most Westerners drawn to Indian spirituality have an interest in yoga or meditation, it was his passion for magic that led Aki Cederberg to the Naga Babas. With a background within European pagan magic, he is particularly capable of appreciating the esoteric dimensions of the yoga tradition--dimensions largely shunned within modern Western yoga.”
- Christian Möllenhoff, founder of Yoga & Méditation Paris
Pyhiinvaellus - Matkalla Intiassa ja Nepalissa
Käännös: Ilkka Salmenpohja
Nidottu, sivumäärä 173
Pyhiinvaellus on Aki Cederbergin syvällinen, humoristinen ja henkilökohtainen kertomus kaukokaipuusta, pyhiinvaelluksesta ja sukelluksesta esoteerisen perinteen maailmaan.
Intiassa ja Nepalissa kokemiensa viskinhuuruisten seikkailujen jälkeen Cederberg päätyy magian ja perinteisen joogan alkulähteille, pelättyjen “pyhien hullujen” eli naga-babojen maailmaan. Hän raottaa verhoja tähän länsimaalaisilta useimmiten suljettuun, muinaiseen perinteeseen ja tarkastelee analogian keinoin suhdettaan omaan maahansa, perinteisiinsä ja itseensä. Lopulta hän vastaanottaa initiaation ja osallistuu Kumbh Melaan, maailmaan vanhimpaan ja suurimpaan uskonnolliseen juhlaan. Todellisuus on usein tarua ihmeellisempi, ja pian Cederberg huomaa itse muuttuneensa osaksi suurta tarinan virtaa. Se on tarina vastoinkäymisten sävyttämästä sankarin tehtävästä, joka pohjimmiltaan on jokaisen ihmisen suuri matka.
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THE FENRIS WOLF, issue nr.8
Carl Abrahamsson: Editor's Introduction, Vanessa Sinclair: Polymorphous Perversity and Pandrogeny, Charles Stansfield Jones (Frater Achad): Alchymia, Tim O'Neill: Black Lodge/White Lodge, Nina Antonia: Bosie & The Beast, Aki Cederberg: Festivals of Spring, Michael Moynihan: Friedrich Hielscher’s Vision of the Real Powers, Friedrich Hielscher: The Real Powers, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Ear Horn: Shamanic Perspectives and Multi-Sensory Inversion, Zbigniew Lagosz: The Figure of the Polish Magician: Czesław Czynski (1858-1932), Gary Lachman: Rejected Knowledge: A Look At Our Other Way of Knowing, Carl Abrahamsson: Intuition as a State of Grace, Bishop T Omphalos: The Golden Thread: Soteriological Aspects of the Gnostic Catholicism in E.G.C., Kendell Geers: iMagus, Johan Nilsson: Defending Paper Gods – Aleister Crowley and the Reception of Daoism in Early 20th Century Esotericism, Gordan Djurdjevic: The Birth of the New Aeon: Magick and Mysticism of Thelema from the Perspective of Postmodern A/Theology, Tim O'Neill: The Derleth Error, Antti P Balk: Greek Mysteries, Carl Abrahamsson: The Economy of Magic, Stephen Sennitt: The Book of the Sentient Night: 23 Nails, Henrik Dahl: We Ate the Acid: A Note on Psychedelic Imagery, Jason Louv: Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger and the Psychedelic Interstellar Future we need, Carey Hodges & Chad Hensley: New Orleans Voodoo - An Oddity Unto Itself, Alexander Nym: Kabbalah references in contemporary culture, Zaheer Gulamhusein: Standing in Line, Carl Abrahamsson: As the Wolf Lies Down to Rest, Vanessa Sinclair & Ingo Lambrecht: Ritual and Psychoanalytical Spaces as Transitional, featuring Sangoma Trance States, Hagen von Tulien: Listening to the Voice of Silence - A Contemporary Perspective on the Fraternitas Saturni, Erik Davis: Infectious Hoax: Robert Anton Wilson reads H.P. Lovecraft, N: II. Land, Kadmus: Neo-Chthonia, Kadmus: A Fragment of Heart - A contribution to the Mega-Golem, Stojan Nikolic: The One True Church of the Dark Age of Scientism, Miguel Marques: The Labors of Seeing – A Journey Through the Works of Peter Whitehead, Renata Wieczorek: The Conception of Number According to Aleister Crowley, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Fragments of Fact, Derek Seagrief: Conscious ExIt, Kasper Opstrup: By This, That – A spin on Lea Porsager’s Spin, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Greyhounds of the future.
384 pages of occultural bliss and inspiration. Standard edition (softbound), Limited Edition (77 hardbound copies), Print Edition (23 hardbound copies w signed print of the beautiful cover artwork by Andreas Kalliaridis) Info & ordering at www.trapart.net
THE FENRIS WOLF, ISSUE No. 6
This book includes my article The River of Story, in which I reflect over the lack of living pagan traditions and teachers in the West, in the aftermath of my adventures in India at the world's largest religious fair, the Kumbh Mela.
Edited by Carl Abrahamsson. Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg. The sixth issue of The Fenris Wolf touches upon topics as diverse as occult London, Tantric quests, rune magic and neurology, Cannabis, LSD, entheogenic influences on culture, the Mega Golem, Aleister Crowley in China, Bogomil Gnostics, decadent French author Josephin Péladan, the birth and death horoscopes of the Great Beast 666, Liber AL vel Legis, the psycho-sexual surrealism of Hans Bellmer, healing, death, the extraterrestrial origins of language, Ernst Jünger’s psychedelic approaches, recent Satanic cinema, the occult potential of contemporary physics, “Babalon” as a magical formula, the mystical art of Sulamith Wülfing and a never before published poem, The Litany of Ra, by Charles Stansfeld Jones a.k.a. Frater Achad. And more...
Carl Abrahamsson – Editor’s Introduction
Frater Achad – A Litany of Ra
Kendell Geers – Tripping over Darwin’s Hangover
Vera Nikolich – Eastern Connections
Carl Abrahamsson – Babalon
Freya Aswynn – On the Influence of Odin
Marita – Runic Magic through the Odinic Dialectic
Aki Cederberg – The River of Story
Shri Gurudev Mahendranath – The Londinium Temple Strain
Gary Dickinson – An Orient Pearl
Derek Seagrief – Aleister Crowley’s Birth & Death Horoscopes
Tim O’Neill – Shades of Void
Nema – Magickal Healing
Nema – A Greater Feast
Philip Farber – Sacred Smoke
Robert Taylor – Death & the Psychedelic Experience
Michael Horowitz – LSD: the Antidote to Everything
Alexander Nym – Transcendence as an Operative Category...
Carl Abrahamsson – Approaching the Approaching
Renata Wieczorek – The Secret Book of the Tatra Mountains
Sasha Chaitow – Legends of the Fall Retold
Sara George & Carl Abrahamsson – Sulamith Wülfing
Robert C Morgan – Hans Bellmer
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – Tagged for Life
Carl Abrahamsson – Go Forth and Let Your Brain-halves Procreate
Anders Lundgren – Satanic Cinema is Alive and Well Anton LaVey – Appendices
Published 2013. 336 pages, 148 x 210 mm, softbound. Limited to 666 hand-numbered copies (Standard Editio
n). The first 100 copies are hardbound, with dustjacket (Limited Edition).
Order from: http://www.edda.se
THE FENRIS WOLF, ISSUE No 5
This book includes my article/travelogue At the Well of Initiation, which is about the tradition of hermetic gardens and specifically about the Quinta da Regaleira in the small village of Sintra, Portugal.
Edited by Carl Abrahamsson. Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg.
Carl Abrahamsson – Editor’s Introduction
Jason Louv – The Freedom of Imagination Act
Patrick Lundborg – Such Stuff as Dreams are Made of
Gary Lachman – Secret Societies and the Modern World
Tim O’Neill – The War of the Owl and the Pelican
Dianus del Bosco Sacro – The Great Rite
Philip H Farber – Entities in the Brain
Aki Cederberg – At the Well of Initiation
Renata Wieczorek – The Magical Life of Derek Jarman
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – A Dark Room of Desire
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – Kreeme Horne
Ezra Pound – Translator’s Postscript
Stephen Ellis – Poems for The Fenris Wolf
Hiram Corso – Mel Lyman
Mel Lyman – Plea for Courage
Gary Dickinson – The Daughter of Astrology
Robert Podgurski – Sigils and Extra Dimensionality
Frater Nigris – Liber Al As-if
Peter Grey – The Abbey Must be Built
Vera Mladenovska Nikolich – A Different Perspective of the Undead
Kevin Slaughter – The Great Satan
Lionel Snell – The Art of Evil
Phenex Apollonius – The Quintessence of Daimonic Ipseity
Phanes Apollonius – Infernal Diabolism in Theory and Practice
Anonymous – Falling with Love: Embracing the Infernal Host
Lana Krieg – Sympathy with the Devil: Faust’s Infernal Formula
Carl Abrahamsson – State of the Art: Birthpangs of a Mega-Golem
Carl Abrahamsson – Hounded by the Dogs of Reason
Published 2012. 352 pages, size A5 (148 x 210 mm), softbound. Standard edition of 666 hand-numbered copies. The first seven ”planetary” copies were hardbound in leather and were issued in a slipcase, each together with a unique water colour painting by Fredrik Söderberg. These seven copies are sold out.
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THE FENRIS WOLF, ISSUE No 4
This book features my long, in-depth travelogue and story, In Search of Magic Mirrors, which is about pilgrimage and my journeys in India and Nepal. The article was later to form the part of my book published Pyhiinvaellus ("Pilgrimage").
Edited by Carl Abrahamsson. Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg.
Carl Abrahamsson – The whys of yesterday are the why-nots of today
Hermann Hesse – The Execution (translated by Michael Moynihan)
Fredrik Söderberg – Black and White Meditations 1-23
Peter Gilmore – Every Man and Woman is a Star
Peter Grey – Barbarians at the Gates
John Duncan – Hallelujah
Ramsey Dukes – Democracy is dying of AIDS
Tim O’Neill – The Technology of Civilization X
Thomas Karlsson – Religion and Science
David Beth – Bloodsongs
Payam Nabarz – Liber Astrum
Hiram Corso – Unveiling the Mysteries of the Process Church
Jean-Pierre Turmel – The Pantheon of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Kendell Geers – The Penis Might Ier Than Thes Word
Z’ev – The Calls
Robert Taylor – Dreamachine
Phil Farber – An Interview with Terence McKenna
Phil Farber – McKenna, Ramachandran and the Orgy
Thomas Bey William Bailey – The Twilight of Psychedelic America?
Ernst Jünger – LSD again/Nochmals LSD
Baba Rampuri – The Edge of Indian Spirituality
Aki Cederberg – In Search of Magic Mirrors
Carl Abrahamsson – Thelema & Politics
Carl Abrahamsson – Someone’s messing with the Big Picture
Carl Abrahamsson – An Art of High Intent?
Carl Abrahamsson – A Conversation with Kenneth Anger 2008
Published 2011. 310 pages in size A5 (148 x 210 mm), softbound. Standard edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. The first 100 copies were hardbound and in a dustjacket. The limited edition consisted of the first 23 copies, which were issued together with an original ink drawing by Fredrik Söderberg, from the series (included in the book) "Black and White Meditations".
Läs recension av The Fenris Wolf No.4 i Tidningen Kulturen: "(...) den verklige bladvändaren är nämnda Aki Cederbergs djupt personliga skildring av sitt sökande efter det heliga i Indien och Nepal 2005-2010. "
*All editions of The Fenris Wolf Issue No. 4 are sold out.