Note: Because these are modern editions, they may differ from the editions listed in Crowley's list. Effort has been made to refer to scholarly and library quality editions. If you find any errors, or better suggestions regarding specific editions, we'd appreciate your comments. I've expanded the list somewhat to include some closely related texts, so they should be considered as recommendations which may be useful to the student rather than definitive.
"The object of this course of reading is to familiarize the student with all that has been said by the Great Masters in every time and country. He should make a critical examination of them; not so much with the idea of discovering where truth lies, for he cannot do this except by virtue of his own spiritual experience, but rather to discover the essential harmony in those varied works. He should be on his guard against partisanship with a favourite author. He should familiarize himself thoroughly with the method of mental equilibrium, endeavouring to contradict any statement soever, although it may be apparently axiomatic.
The general object of this course, besides that already stated, is to assure sound education in occult matters, so that when spiritual illumination comes it may find a well-built temple. Where the mind is strongly biased towards any special theory, the result of an illumination is often to inflame that portion of the mind which is thus overdeveloped, with the result that the aspirant, instead of becoming an Adept, becomes a bigot and fanatic." -- Aleister Crowley.
"The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation." -- Crowley.
The Equinox Volume III No, 1
Volume III No. 2 not published
The Equinox Volume III No. 3 The Equinox of the Gods
The Equinox Volume III No. 4 Eight Lectures on Yoga
The Equinox Volume III No. 5 The Book of Thoth
The Equinox Volume III No. 6. Liber Aleph Vel CXI : The Book of Wisdom or Folly
The Equinox Volume III No. 7. Shih Yi (I Ching)
The Equinox Volume III No. 8. Tao Te Ching,
The Equinox Volume III No. 9 The Holy Books of Thelema
The Equinox: Volume III No. 10
Edited by Hymenaeus Beta X. Makes public the principles and aims of the O.T.O. and contains The Book of the Law as well as instructional essays by Aleister Crowley on the ethical and practical application of Thelema in daily life. Includes mythological fiction from The Golden Twigs and features new poetry and prose from Robert Kelly, Harvey Bialy, Charles Stein, Gerrit Lansing, George Quasha and Ira Cohen.
The Equinox Volume IV No. 1 Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers
First Paper edition! This issue of "Commentaries On The Holy Books And Other Papers" is a companion volume to The Holy Books Of Thelema (The Equinox Volume Three Number Nine). With 24 color plates, it makes available for the first time practical details that will be of immense value to students of Thelema.
The Equinox Volume IV No. 2 The Vision and the Voice with Commentary and Other Papers,
"These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the robe of sublimest poesy." -- Crowley.
Collected Works of Aleister Crowley (with Portraits), Vol. 1
Collected Works of Aleister Crowley (with Portraits), Vol. 2
Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. 3
"The 'Classic of Changes'; gives the initiated Chinese system of Magick." -- Crowley.
The I Ching
"gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism." -- Crowley.
Lao-Tzu, My Words Are Very Easy to Understand
Tai Chi Master Cheng Man-Ching's commentary on the Tao Te Ching
Tannhauser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the soul; the Tannhauser story slightly remodelled.
"The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism." -- Crowley.
The Upanishads - Volumes I through IV are published by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York which bases it teachings on the principles of Vedanta, or Hinduism. Hinduism teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Hinduism, Truth is universal and all humankind and all existence are one. It preaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimate Reality, and accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth.
These editions feature
Upanishads, Vol. 1
Upanishads, Vol. 2
Upanishads, Vol. 3
Upanishads, Vol. 4
"A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment." -- Crowley.
God Talks with Arjuna - the Bhagavad Gita: Royal Science of God-Realization
This edition features Paramahansa Yogananda's commentaries.
This edition is translated by Christopher Isherwood with forward by Aldous Huxley on the 'Perennial Philosophy.'
The Illustrated Bhagavad Gita : A New Translation with Commentary
The Bhagavad Gita is the single greatest theological and philosophical text to come out of ancient India. It addresses life's most difficult dilemmas, such as how to deal with adversity and how to find peace of mind while living in a tumultuous world. This brand new translation into English is unique in that it complements the text's ancient wisdom with inspirational illustrations. Translator Ranchor Prime has transformed an often obscure original text into language that retains the Bhagavad Gita's poetry, yet is clear and easy to understand for today's readers. His commentaries explain concepts of Hindu philosophy, for instance, karma and reincarnation, which are fundamental to the reader's overall understanding. The Bhagavad Gita is arranged as a conversation consisting of questions and answers between God—or Krishna—and the human soul, represented by Arjuna. This translation presents all 700 verses of the original text, divided into 18 chapters, and taking the form of 140 daily meditations. The book also includes a glossary of Hindu terms and an index. Approximately 120 beautiful color illustrations capture the spirit of this holy text.
Translation by Edwin Arnold
"... with an elaborate commentary by Frater O. M." -- Crowley.
The Voice of the Silence
A facsimile reprint of the 1889 edition; appears exactly the way Blavatsky wrote it. Includes an index and introduction by Boris de Zirkoff. (This edition does not contain the commentary by Frater O.M.)
"The most intelligible of the mediaeval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favorite Invocation of the Master Therion." -- Crowley.
The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King : Lemegeton, Book 1 Clavicula Salomonis Regis
Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia: Sexual Evocation
The Goetia is brought to life with vivid illustrations of the demons. Commentary by DuQuette and Hyatt bring the ancient arts into the modern day.
The Shiva Sanhita. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
"Similar to The Shiva Sanhita." -- Crowley.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Contains the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, and photographs of all the asanas.
"A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind." -- Crowley.
History of Philosophy
Reprint of the 1890 edition which was translated from the third edition of Erdmann's "Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie".
"A simple manual of Christian mysticism." -- Crowley.
The Spiritual Guide
Michael Molinos came closer to reforming the Catholic church than any other single man in history, yet he ended up sealed in a dungeon, his book condemmed. Now for the first time ever, this book appears in modern English.
The Star of the West. (Captain Fuller.) An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
"The best of the Buddhist classics." -- Crowley.
Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha
This critical edition presents to the English reader for the first time the Dhammapada as it has been known throughout the centuries. With this volume, Carter and Palihawadana make a major contribution to the understanding of the Dhammapada, not only by presenting a new and accurate translation of the verses, but also by enabling readers to see the wake of this remarkable text through centuries of Buddhist tradition. In addition to the original Pali, the editors provide a translation of the commentary on the verses and the subsequent brief explanations of verse and commentarial passages provided by Sinhala sources.
"Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated by dialogues." -- Crowley.
"Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment." -- Crowley
Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature
Paving the way for all modern spiritual thought, The Varieties of Religious Experience was revolutionary in its view of religious life as centered not within the Church, but solely within the person. James, a vivid, subtle stylist writing for the skeptical, non-specialist reader, was the first to define spirituality as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude." In this edition, scholars Taylor and Carrette bring a new understanding to James's life and his determination, in the cold, scientific face of the Industrial Revolution, to reaffirm the power of individual belief.
One hundred years after its publication James's work remains even more vital than before. Beyond its influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, beyond its influence on launching the American pastoral counseling movement, and beyond its role in spawning the psychology of religion, it remains a book that empowers individuals and inspires readers with erudition, insight, and kindness. No discussion of current religion - from the fundamentalist revival to the New Age movement - is complete without an appreciation of this groundbreaking work.
" A good elementary introduction to the subject." --
This text contains The Book of Concealed Mystery, The Greater Holy Assembly, and The Lesser Holy Assembly from the Zohar.
"Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick." -- Crowley.
"An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism." -- Crowley.
In this profound yet accessible work, Egyptologist Violet MacDermot gives us a fresh translation of the Pistis Sophia from the Coptic and discusses it in its historical setting. She also shows us how Sophia's story of is our story. It is a tale of our separation and isolation as a result of ego-consciousness, but it is one in which we, too, can share spiritual liberation. Her engaging discussion relates this work not only to ancient teachings but to the thought of C.G. Jung, Emanuel Swedenborg, and the Kabalah.
Stephan A. Hoeller, one of today's foremost advocates of a renewed Gnostic tradition, gives this work further richness and scope in his foreword.
"An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical. " -- Crowley.
"Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy." -- CrowleyThe Dream of Scipio
"An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master." -- Crowley.Pythagorean Golden Verses: With Introduction and Commentary
"Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy." -- Crowley.
"An invaluable compendium." -- Crowley.
"One of the best treatises on alchemy." -- Crowley.
"German Lutheran alchemist, physician and Rosicrucian apologist. Maier was a contemporary of Robert Fludd. He was the author of "Scrutinium Chymicum" (1687, a posthumously published abridgement of "Atalanta Fugiens"), which is included in Section 1 of the A:. A:. reading list." -- T. Apyrion
"One of the best essays written in recent years." -- Crowley.
"Invaluable to all students." -- Crowley.
(I believe this only contains one of the essays.) -- Webmaster
"The Text-Book of folk Lore. Invaluable to all students." -- Crowley.
The massive 5,614pp 3rd Edition (not yet available)
"Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition." -- Crowley.Age of Reason
Paine wrote: "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."
The cool rationale of Paine's The Age of Reason influenced religious thinking throughout the world; and its pervasive influence continues to the present day.
"An invaluable text-book of old systems of initiation." -- Crowley.
"The Classic of subjective idealism." -- Crowley.Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
Berkeley's World: An Examination of the Three Dialogues
"The Classic of Academic Scepticism." -- Crowley.Philosophical Works of David Hume, 1854
This complete edition is suitable for all students of philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment and would enhance every library's collection.
"The Classic of Agnosticism." -- Crowley.First Principles
"The best introduction to Metaphysics." -- Crowley.
Immanuel Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics: In Focus
"The best text-book of Applied Qabalah." -- Crowley.
"The text-book on this subject." -- Crowley.
"Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose." -- Crowley.