Monday, June 25, 2007

Thoughts on Liber XC, Liber Tzaddi Vel Hamus Hermeticus

Initiation is the end of sorrow, salvation from the black earth of malkuth. Salvation from folly, idleness, and slavery. In initiation you will discover that earthly pleasures are nothing but shadows and dust.

As Fear is failure, therefore be without fear, demand to do your will and nothing else and above all never bow to the slavery of fear. As Demeter fed the boy nectar and ambrosia of the Gods to make him immortal so shall initiation into the mysteries. Thus we too become proud, beautiful, strong, and swift as the weaknesses of the timid, the tearful, and the cowardly are our enemies. Become as the double cube alter, An Abyss of Height and as an Abyss of Depth. Do not seek only the higher but rather become the unity of all. Seek equilibrium in all things! If you are drawn and attracted only to the darkness then seek the light, if you are drawn to light then seek the dark. Only imbalance is evil, and equilibrium is perfect.

They shall be masters of majesty and might; they shall be beautiful and joyous; they shall be clothed with victory and spledour; they shall stand upon the firm foundation; the kingdom shall be theirs; yea, the kingdom shall be theirs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Outline of Liber ABA (part 1) Mysticism

I have been rereading Crowley's Book 4 part 1 and I noticed that the introduction entitled "Preliminary Remarks" is nothing more than an essay outlining his theorem based "Postcards to Probationers". Or more to the point, Postcards is the summery of part 1. He then proceeds in the text to outline each step and how to accomplish it. So to further that work I shall write up a short outline of Part 1 of Book 4.

Preliminary Remarks outlines the appearance of Genius or as in Postcards "super consciousness or christs". That they all had only one thing in common, they disappeared from society for awhile before returning changed as having seen God. The entire book of part 1 outlines the steps to accomplish this.

To sum up, we assert a secret source of energy which explains the phenomenon of Genius. We do not believe in any supernatural explanations, but insist that this source may be reached by the following out of definite rules, the degree of success depending upon the capacity of the seeker, and not upon the favour of any Divine Being. We assert that the critical phenomenon which determines success is an occurrence in the brain characterized essentially by the uniting of subject and object. We propose to discuss this phenomenon, analyse its nature, determine accurately the physical, mental and moral conditions which are favourable to it, to ascertain its cause, and thus to produce it in ourselves, so that we may adequately study its effects.1:

1. Asana: Before a man can still the mind he must first still the body. Choose a posture and master it before you can move on.

2. Pranayama: Breathing correctly fortifies the body and stills the emotions in able to fully focus upon the mind. Mantra or any steady breathing shall accomplish this.

3. Yama and Niyama: Ethics and good works are needed so the passions may not disturb the work. The law of thelema covers these both adaqualey.

4. Pratyahara: Observing the mind. Before the mind can be controlled the thought processes must be mapped out and understood. This can be accomplished through detached observation of the thoughts during meditation. Or as advised by the Master Therion the use of Liber III vel Jugorum.

5. Dharana: Now to the meat of the practice, the mind must be forced to concentrate upon a single object only and count the breaks in practice. This will lead to the ends. In Liber E, Crowley advocates the use of the tattwas to focus your concentration on.

6. Dhyana: Once the body and breath have been stilled as to not interfere with practice and sufficent progress has been made in Dharana you may experence Dhyana. It is not a practice but a experence. In it the object meditated upon and the meditator become one. The mind becomes a blank and a spiritual experence happens.

7. Samadhi: The culmination of the work. Literally meaning union with the divine. Dhyana extended into a true mystical experence resulting in attainment of samadi. The Master Therion suggests the practices in Liber Thisharb vel Vaie Memoriae towards these ends.

“Q.” And how do you proceed?
“A.” Firstly, we still the body by the practice called Asana, and secure its ease and the regularity of its functions by Pranayama. Thus no messages from the body will disturb the mind.
Secondly, by Yama and Niyama, we still the emotions and passions, and thus prevent them arising to disturb the mind.
Thirdly, by Pratyahara we analyse the mind yet more deeply, and begin to control and suppress thought in general of whatever nature.
Fourthly, we suppress all other thoughts by a direct concentration upon a single thought. This process, which leads to the highest results, consists of three parts, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi, grouped under the single term Samyama.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Outline of Postcard to Probationers

The Theorems state simply the value of the work. The work leads to super consciousness, making christs. The appearance and presence of christs advances the world. Therefore our work advances the world around us. This relates to the alchemical idea that when a material is perfected it causes the exaltation of materials that comes into contact with it. Like begets like.

The methods to attain this super consciousness are retirement and concentration as the state is a natural process and not dependent on theology or morality. Since truth is super rational it cannot be expressed or attained through reason but only through balance and equilibrium.

The method of equilibrium:
1. Passions: Since attainment is not dependent on theology or morality, they need not concern you.
2. Reason: Since attainment is not possible through reason, contradict every idea that presents itself to you.
3. Spiritual: Since man is finite and is unable to comprehend the infinite, contradict every vision that presents itself to you.
Thus balanced the result shall be a trance state and the supreme method of silence being Samyama.

Yoga and Magick are the art of uniting the mind to a single idea, be it knowledge, will, love, courage, speech, or work. As balance is key, understand all these things and unite them with the supreme method of silence in Samyama.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Outline of Liber II, The Message of the Master Therion

The law of Thelema states:
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
"There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt."

Both statements of Law in essence say the same thing but only with slightly different wording. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law, states your one and only purpose and goal is to perform your will and nothing else as this is the whole of the Law. There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt, states there is no other Law than doing your will, this and this only.

These statements are strengthened by the antithesis that states, "The word of Sin is Restriction." That the only sin is the sin of obstacles to that will regardless if those be internal or external. This includes other actions that are not of your will or in support of your will. The Law of Thelema is absolute freedom and absolute slavery. You must pursue and perform your will, not your wants but your will, regardless of any obstacles or imposed moral codes. You have the freedom to do your will in any way, shape, or form it takes but you are also a slave to your will as you must follow it and nothing else. Anything performed outside of your will is a "sin" as it takes away from your will. If you consume food know that it is only to maintain life so you may do your will. If you sleep know that it is only to have the strength to follow your will. All of your being and all of your actions must be in support of your will and nothing else.

Therefore the Message of the Master Therion is thus:
1. Find out what is thy Will.
2. Do that Will with:
a. one-pointedness
b. detachment
c. peace

To accomplish the first part the Master Therion recommends the practices outlined in Liber Thisarb (Liber CMXIII Liber Thisharb vel Vaie Memoriae) or something similar. Once that is done it must be done and nothing else, forsaking all else, and without concern. Do this and the peace of love shall be the result as it is written, Love is the law, love under will.