Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story.
Shulgin, Alexander, and Shulgin, Ann. (1991).
Berkeley: Transform Press.
original first edition, xxx + 978 pages. Transform Press, P.O.
Box 13675, Berkeley, CA, 94701.
of phenethylamine, table of contents, foreword, note to the reader,
search for a title, preface, introduction, Book I-The Love
Story, 3 parts: 1. Shura's Voice, chapters 1 - 15; 2. Alice's
Voice, chapters 16-34; 3. Both Voices, chapters 35-42; Book Two-The
Chemical Story; index; appendices: A. Long
Index to Book II, B. Glossary, C. Acknowledgements.
Note: Book II describes
the synthesis, dosage, duration, qualitative comments, and extensions
and commentary for 179 substances.
Excerpt(s): Do you remember
hearing the word, Krystalnacht, from the history of the
rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, in the late 1930's? This
was the might of broken crystal, when there was a sweep of the
state-empowered police and young Nazis through the Jewish sections
of the German cities, when every pane of glass that was in any
way related to the Jewish culture-be it the window of a store,
a synagogue, or a private home-was shattered. "If we rid
ourselves of the scum known as Jews," the authorities said,
"We will have solved the social problems of the nation."
I see a comparable move here, with merely a few
changes in the words. "If we rid ourselves of the scum of
our society, if we deprive them of their homes, their property,
their crack houses, we will have solved the social troubles of
In Germany the Jewish population was attacked and
beaten, some of them to death, in a successful effort to focus
all frustration and resentments on one race of people as the cause
of the nation's difficulties. It forged a national mood of unity
and single-mindedness, and it allowed the formation of a viciously
powerful fascist state. The persecution of the Jews, needless
to say, failed to solve the social problems in Germany.
In our present-day America, the drug-using population
is being used as the scapegoat in a similar way, and I fear that
the end point might well be a similar state of national consensus,
without our traditional freedoms and safeguards of individual
rights, and still lacking resolution of our serious social troubles.
(Chapter 42, Lecture at the University,
PLUS FOUR, n. (++++) A rare and precious transcendental
state, which has been called a "peak experience," a
"religious experience," "divine transformation,"
a "state of Samadhi" and many other names in other cultures.
It is not connected to the +1, +2 and +3 of the measuring of a
drug's intensity. It is a state of bliss, a participation mystique,
a connectedness with both the interior and exterior universes,
which has come about after the ingestion of a psychedelic drug,
but which is not necessarily repeatable with a subsequent ingestion
of the same drug. If a drug (or technique or process) were ever
to be discovered which would consistently produce a plus four
experience in all human beings, it is conceivable that it would
signal the ultimate evolution, and perhaps the end of, the human
experiment. (pages 964-965)
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