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Crowley's Mystical Authority

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.consciousness.mysticism,talk.religion.misc,alt.thelema,alt.magick.order
From: (nigris (333))
Subject: Crowley's Mystical Authority (was Ruminating on the Law)
Date: 23 Jul 1999 22:10:09 -0700

IIIom 49990416 

# Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The word of Sin is Restriction.

nigris (333):
#> aside from reading a translation of Patanjali, where did Crowley
#> learn his yoga?  from whom? for how long?  did his guru ever
#> provide an expression of assessment with regard to his progress?
Mark S Stoner :
# He studied in Ceylon with Allen Bennett and under the watchful 
# eye and tutelege of Bennett's guru...P. Ramathan ( Sri 
# Parananda)...the Solicitor-General of Ceylon, I believe.

for how long? what was involved in his tutelage? what type of
yoga did Parananda teach and what lineage was he associated
with in traditional Indian yogic culture?  if Crowley was
familiar enough to instruct (and co-opt) this tradition, then
why did Hymenaeus Alpha go to HHH for kundalini instructions?

# Who can tell if he ever recieved an "expression of Assessment" 
# from either one...

there are traditional ascriptions of progress and achievement
in yogic culture as I understand it.

# I am sure that a "graduation certificate" or some such thing
# was not a common practice for Yogi's to give back then.

not paperwork, but there are traditional periods of study,
ascriptions of abilities and spiritual state, etc. there are
oral lists of gurus and their successors which ought to
include Crowley (by whatever pseudonym) if he was provided
with a real pedigree of instruction by Indian gurus.

are you aware of any further details?

Invoke me under my stars.
# Love is the law, love under will.

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