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Is the Law for All?

From: (nigris (333))
Subject: Is the Law for All? (was basic Thelemic tenets?)
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 11:47:34 -0800 (PST)

5000207 IVom Hail Mara!

> It seems from most of the Thelemic writings I have read on the 
> 'net, most tend to downplay the literal meaning of those passages.  

promoting metaphorical interpretation, almost ANY interpretation
becomes acceptable. with any interpretation available to the
cult member, the cult text can be used as a bludgeon to inspire
additional conversions and beat down the opposition with fervor.
what a useful tool!

> ...Crowley in his commentaries does the same thing... interpreting 
> these passages in such an abstract way while downplaying their 
> literal meaning.  But the literal meaning is still there.  I've 
> seen people do the same thing with the Bible and other religious 
> writings, and to me it seems that there's a limit to which you can
> ignore the literal meaning of something in favor of abstraction 
> and numerical language games.

religious persuasion uses ambiguity in scripture to promote the
particular point of the raver. the Evul Book is a tar baby on
account of its exascerbation of this quality as well as its
many tweaking recommendations against proselytizing (the Comment,
"argue not, converteth not", etc.). simultaneously it makes
available the most potent weapon for fundamentalism available
(for the promotion of the Crowleyan cult) and condemns it as
evidence of corruption (emphasizing the individualism inherent
to the Crowleyan Thelemite).

this is a clear trap which inspires fundies to make themselves
visible to the actual Thelemites so as to be avoided and
shoved to the sidelines of any organized Thelemic pursuit.
those who have an interest in group-expressed will without
such fundamentalism will valuably make use of "Liber Al vel
Legis" as a kind of test to determine who is worthy of
continued membership in projects of genius and liberation.
winnowing out the fanatics as noncomprehending of the Law.
> So, why do you think those passages are there?  Is there 
> anyone on here who actually agrees literally with these 
> "Nietzsche on meth" passages?

"Liber Al vel Legis" was Crowley's Bi(b)le. considered more
than this, it is over-rated. there are some cultists who
think that all passages in that text are "absolutely and
irrevocably true" (if properly understood). who shall
gainsay them? it wouldn't be worth my time.

> ...characteristic of Western religions in that they all have 
> parts of the holy texts that even the most devout tend to 
> skip over or downplay or interpret in some intensely abstract 
> way.   Look at some of the stuff in the Bible about burning 
> people alive and stoning people for what most would see as 
> rather modest 'sins' while at the same time Kings are 
> glorified for committing genocide against whole nations.  I 
> don't know of any Christians who aren't a little uncomfortable 
> with some of this.  It's like almost all western religions 
> require one to apologize a bit for one's God... "yeah, he tends
> to go off on these crazy rants sometimes... but he's really a 
> good guy once you get to know him..."

the Law is different for the God than for the man, say the
religions of the Old Aeon. New Aeon cults make no differences,
affirming that the Law is do what thou wilt and nothing more.
it is this which makes them valuable sources of inspiration
and symbolic implication of the divinity of living beings
> The Eastern faiths seem to be the only ones in which a person 
> of sound mind can accept everything in their holy texts.

where you are drawing your 'Eastern' and 'Western' lines would
seem to influence the truth of this assertion. there are crazy
scriptures in Asia and India too, you know. look to the life
story of Padmasambhava as told by Yeshes Tsogyal in "The
Tantra of the Great Liberation" (one of my favorites, though
I have so far only read it as translated by Evans-Wentz).
Padmasambhava, like some other bodhisattvas, goes on rampages
where he kills people, lives in charnal grounds, eats human
flesh, and wears their skins as clothing. as in 'the West',
what is told of the elevated or elite spiritual is not always
to be emulated or adored. the Law is different, say the
religious, for the saint and exalted, accomplished adept.

but should it be? how shall we discern the former from 
the latter?

blessed beast!
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