Is Thelema not so different?
Apparently, the answer to the thread topic is No, Thelema is not so different.
It really depends on the people.
There may have been lots of "insane" comments on this thread, but that's usually what happens when the nitty-gritty aspects of one's religion get critiqued. If people didn't feel so strongly about their beliefs they wouldn't get so defensive and irrational. Hence my comment above - no, Thelema is not so different. The only caveat is for those who don't consider it a religion, but a philosophy or method of personal practice. Once it becomes a belief system, it becomes like every other religion that exists, dogma that must not be questioned or criticized.
Ah, you got me! My 379 posts were probably all in response to this thread LOL Whatever. I've made many posts few years in many various threads, but usually the threads don't get as drawn out as this one. That was more my point with the sphinx comment... not that people should completely shut up or not make posts at all, Mika, since you choose to take words literally, but that people learn when its best to just shut up.
As for the latter part of your post, you are free to believe what you will about whether or not this has been the "nitty-gritty" of Thelema on this thread. If you ask me, this thread has been in Da'ath for a couple of months now, and quite a few pages of forum bandwidth, if there is such a thing.
It's true though, I may not have gotten much out of reading this thread but that doesn't mean others haven't, so I concede on that point. I should really just stop reading the thread. It's not so much "nitty-gritty" for me personally as it is rudimentary. With that, I'll leave you and some others to your regurgitation of ideas and "initiated" discussion of elementary concepts (LOL).
Hear! Hear! Azidonis, I really hoped this one would've gotten locked long ago, but alas I'm not the moderator. Its another one of those threads where it just seems like a pack of dogs barking back and forth, over and over again......geez 🙄
Los, you have repeatedly given very nice summaries of anticipated results of certain practices (as in "Mysticism" per Crowley, as given in Book 4, Pt. 1) through the level of Pratyahara, and have done so once again with your comments concerning the subject of 'Silence.' If I'm not mistaken, and I may be, Michael is viewing the same process but from a different perspective, a perspective which shifts the emphasis to a different portion of the same process in a major way. Michael, please correct me if I'm mistaken? Los, are these practices the same or similar to what you advocate?
Lol! If it is your Will - make a new thread!!!
As Charlie Chan would have said, "Please to observe my most recent post in the 'The Comment' thread, first paragraph, final sentence.
And as Thelemic forum pioneer RS Montgomery, under one name or another, would have said, " I regret to inform you that, as my Will is one, my thread is one."
And I'll let your relative mind slide under the scope for your cleverness (for now)... lol.