Hi. I've been on the path for many years as a solitary.
Hi. I've been on the path for many years as a solitary.
Well, good for you. Now that you're here, was there something you wanted to say? We have a few solo operators who post regularly here, so you're not alone.
Thanks for the welcome Shiva. Just looking for like-spirited people to learn from.
Just looking for like-spirited people
Well, there are some hard-core Thelemites here who are like the sheep being mentioned over on the Jesus thread. Unless they announce that they are unopinionated, they are usually opinionated. Do not trust people with fixed opinions, other than your own, if you have any.
There are some self-reliant folks who poke their noses into those "damn Eastern teachings." They give AC his due but carry-on further out, too. They can usually be trusted.
Then there are the solo operators, like yourself, who traverse The Path without a guru or a guide. Some even bypass the Angel in their imitation of those "damn Eastern teachings." I have just addressed the solo path in my book, which you can download for free at this other thread ...
I only mention this because there are only 3 days left 'til it disappears.
We also have drive-by posters, none of which are on-scene now, or even in the past few weeks, who usually give us their solution to obscure puzzles, or proclaim their attainment. Do not trust these people 'til they've been pyloned (piled-on) for, say, six months, by our security and sanity force.
Do you do Crowley?
Do you do other things (other than Crowley), like those "damn Eastern teachings" or, say, serious Ancient AEgyptian study or Neurocircuitry?
Thank you for "Hot Zone of Anicca!" I just downloaded it. I love to read. A few years ago I set for myself the goal of reading 1000 books. So far I have 950 Kindles books, and I've read all of them at least once. You're book will be one more book towards my goal! It looks like an interesting one too 🙂
Thanks for the quick orientation! I've met a few people online who are opinionated about their perspective. You find them in every sect and religion. It's not the religion per se that makes them opinionated. Like I tell my friends elsewhere: some people are myopic where their paradigmatic goggles only has one lens. And then there are those few with the mental capacity to work with paradigmatic goggles with many lenses, allowing us to see the same subject matter from many different angles and perspectives, some perspectives of which even contradict one another. Small minds are troubled by contradictions and multiple perspectives, a big mind, vast like the ocean or Cosmos, contains every possible view and world-model.
I do, do Crowley. He's cool. I have a collection of nearly all of his Libers and all of the Equinoxes. I prefer the philosophical and mystical Crowley, as opposed to the Magickal Crowley.
Am I into the Eastern stuff? Yes, I'm actually Asian 🙂 The culture I was raised in is Buddhist. And so, due to being born and raised in a Buddhist/Brahminical culture, things like Buddhism and Vedic Brahmanism as well as Taoism has a philosophical influence on me. Which is one reason why I have a feeling that I'll like you and your book 🙂 One cool thing about Crowley is that in the Equinoxes, he does talk about Buddhism.
But besides being culturally Buddhist, Brahmanist, and Taoist, the Western part of me has been into Satanism since I was 14. During that age my friends also got me into Thelema and the Book of the Law by Crowley. A handful of years ago, I self-initiated myself into the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn.
I do like Crowley, and I enjoy studying his corpus of writings. But I don't worship him, or set him aside as a special human being. I don't even set aside and hold the Buddha to be a special person. Rather than idolize - idol worship - a man, I try to strive to become or emulate people I admire, and Crowley, his Mind, is one person I admire.
There is a Sufi story I love, topical here, which hints at the kind of Satanism I am personally into. One day, before God created humanity, he wondered if his Angels venerated him, obeyed him out of fear of damnation, or out of Free Will and Love. And so, he created a Test. God brought clay from the for corners of the earth, and with that clay he fashioned the Adam, in his own image and likeness. And the Adam was made to look just like God.
And so, God, called all of his angels down to the earth, where he had placed the Adam, and he commanded all of his angels to kneel before the Adam and worship it [the Adam]. And all of his Angels knelt before the Adam and worshiped it. Except one Angel named Iblis. Iblis is the Arabianized Greek Diabolos.
So God said to Iblis: "Why do you not kneel and worship the Adam like the others Iblis?"
And Iblis said: "Because I am better than him. He is made of dirt. I am made of fire!"
God commanded Iblis to kneel and worship the Adam or else he will be punished by being cast into the lake of fire. And again, Iblis refused.
And God said: "I command you Iblis one last time, to kneel before the Adam, and worship him! Lest you be forever removed from my presence for eternity!"
Upon hearing this, Iblis ran to Allah's feet and knelt before God and said to Him: "There is no God but God, and only you are worthy of worship."
Thus did God learn that all of those Angels worshiped the Adam and worshiped Him, not out of Love or Free Will, but out of fear. But Iblis, loved God of his own free will and accord, even willing to defy God's commands.
And so God said to all of the Angels and Iblis: "Because you Angels knelt and worshiped this Man, you all are forever cursed to serve Man and his needs. But to you Iblis, is given this earth to have."
The moral of the story is: No man on earth, Crowley, Jesus, Buddha, whoever, is worthy of worship and blind veneration.
Agios O Theos
opinionated about their perspective. You find them in every sect and religion.
This is true. These are universal principles at play. Our job is to cut through the opinions and bovine excrement to arrive at an understanding of the one true path.
So you've read almost a grand of epistles. That is an impressive Student Reading List. The real question is ... Have you been doing the work (the practices - of any kind) while you've been reading?
allowing us to see the same subject matter from many different angles and perspectives, some perspectives of which even contradict one another.
Yes, this is the right way to go. The contradictions must be discarded, and only that upon which the all agree is (probably) true.
I prefer the philosophical and mystical Crowley, as opposed to the Magickal Crowley.
Oh, you'll get over that preference ... some day.
I don't worship him, or set him aside as a special human being
Not many (if any) around here worship him. We (mostly) are keen to differentiate Frater Perdurabo from the Demon Crowley, which is the first tak of someone who doesn't want to become insane.
Welcome aboard the go(o)d ship LAShTAL
Thank you for the welcome. Pleased to meet you; and everyone else.