Matrkabheda Tantra. Maharaj LOKANATHA, From the David Tibet collection.

Matrkabheda Tantra.

London: (Sothis-Weirdglow), ND [1983 ]. First Edition. Softcover booklet. Octavo. 48pp. Green stapled card covers with titling and illustration in black on covers. The first English translation of the fourteen chapters (patala) of Matrkabheda Tantra, an alchemical tantra of the Rasheshvaras or Natha Siddhas, translated from a Sanskrit edition edited P. C. Bagchi for the University of Calcutta. This copy from the library of British artist, writer and musician DAVID TIBET (founder of the music group Current 93) with his contemporary OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE "Pavo Kapilanath" and the Thelemic number "93" in the upper margin of the first page ([Frater] "Pavo" was his magical name as as a member of the Typhonian OTO and [Sri] Kapilanath his name as a member of AMOOKOS). Although the translator is anonymous it was without doubt Lokanath Maharaj, which is the initiated name of Michael Magee (b. 1949), a journalist and writer, who is most widely known as a former editor of "Sothis" magazine, and more recently for his books on tantra and translations of tantric texts. In 1978, he travelled to India and met Dadaji: Shri Paramahamsha Mahendranath (born Lawrence Amos Miles: 1911-1991), an Englishman who is said to have had a youthful acquaintance with Aleister Crowley and who in later life embraced Indic religion and Tantrism, becoming a guru of the northern Indian Uttarakaula Tantric Order having received initiation under Shri Pagala Baba of Ranchi, Bihar. Magee was given instruction and initiation into the Order by Dadaji, and took the tantrik name of Lokanath. He was also given a charter to teach and form his own group, which he did back in England, where in 1982 he founded "Arcane Magical Order of the Knights of Shambhala (AMOOKOS). Magee began his study of Sanskrit in 1976, and since has devoted much of his time to the study of the language and the translation of tantric texts. Modest "fanzine" type production values. Wrappers show light ordinary wear, edges a bit chafed and darkened, some staple rust. Still a tight, clean VG+ copy. Item #68495

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