Scholar Joshua Gunn also argued that the stylistic similarities between the Book and Crowley's poetic writings were too great for it to be anything other than Crowley's work: Although Crowley seemed to believe sincerely that The Book of the Law was inspired by superhuman intelligences, its clichéd imagery, overwrought style, and overdone ecophonetic displays are too similar to Crowley's other poetic writings to be the product of something supernatural.[29]. But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. The Book of the Law was therefore a "colossal wish-fulfilment". The study of these passages necessarily demands supreme human scholarship to interpret— it needs years of intense application. Begone! If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are 17. the world. If pity and compassion and tenderness visit 25. Come! They shall not It is now sometimes referred to as simply "Liber XXXI". Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no; it stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. Crowley says of him, "He is eternal energy, the Infinite Motion of Things, the central core of all being. It is the veil of the modest woman; And, further, having provided the proof required.[19]. love: all else is a curse. discover the Key of it all. "[8] In Magick Without Tears he wrote: Now there was enough comprehensible at the time to assure me that the Author of the Book knew at least as much Qabalah as I did: I discovered subsequently more than enough to make it certain without error that he knew a very great deal more, and that of an altogether higher order, than I knew; finally, such glimmerings of light as time and desperate study have thrown on many other obscure passages, to leave no doubt whatever in my mind that he is indeed the supreme Qabalist of all time.[20]. of the earth in spendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat; Despite initially writing that it was an "excellent example of automatic writing,"[9] Crowley later insisted that it was not just automatic writing (though the writing included aspects of this, since when Crowley tried to stop writing he was compelled to continue. 7. CCXX has unfolded like a flower. But ecstasy Now this mystery of the letters is done, and I want to go on to the holier It is independent of any human witness. Death! Aum! 74. within you: come unto me! the kings of the earth shall be Kings for ever: the slaves shall serve. all power given. 42. He later explains, "I had stupidly supposed this Comment to be a scholarly exposition of the Book, an elucidation of its obscurities and a demonstration of its praeterhuman origin. I hate the consoled & the consoler. I adore the might of Thy breath, Let her follow me in my way! eyes; & my spangles are purple & green. Success is thy proof: argue not; convert Through the reception of the Book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the "Æon of Horus". At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say -- and her eyes shall not that any God shall deny thee for this. that go. Through the third, stones of precious water. 30. Behold! Divide, add, multiply, and understand. Among the used mattresses, lumber, and outdated high school textbooks were two boxes of assorted papers and newspaper clippings dealing with Germer's affairs, the charter of the O.T.O. 18. thou, o prophet, 64. 13. for why? if thou art ever joyous! Also these shall breed lust & power of lust in you at the eating thereof. The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely."[8]. none, but thou shalt know & destroy the traitors. I never knew them. it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen. Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. I console not: We may then expect the New Aeon to release mankind from its pretence of altruism, its obsession of fear and its consciousness of sin. but the highest are of us. Liber AL vel Legis ([ˈlɪbɛr aː.ɛɫ wɛl‿ˈleːgɪs]), commonly known as The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema, allegedly written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley, although his wife Rose Edith Crowley is also known to have written two phrases into the manuscript of the Book after its dictation. 12. Journalist Sarah Veale has also argued that Aiwass was an externalised part of Crowley's psyche, and in support of this hypothesis quotes Crowley himself as saying: Ah, you realize that magick is something we do to ourselves. Every number is infinite; there is no difference. For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with The Law The five books of the Law are a mix of story and rules. thee shall fear thou art fallen: but I lift thee up. The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him. Law. Regardie noted that the Book's rejection of Judaeo-Christian mores was completely in accord with Crowley's own moral and religious values and that in this sense "it is his Book". 61. Both Freudian and Jungian theory are on the side of such an assumption...[11]. joy. way. Let the evil ones be cast The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself, save only the blind ones. For one thing, it knocked my Buddhism completely on the head. And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body. Is the word exhausted? All words are sacred and all prophets true; save For Book of the Law of the Lord, see, harv error: no target: CITEREFCrowley1974 (, harv error: no target: CITEREFCrowley1985 (, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, p. 840. 49. and if thou art truly mine -- and doubt it not, an 14. Thy presence, O Ra-Hoor-Khuit! 23. (AL I:26)[15]. 35. All solved, even II.76 & III.47. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them. make a great miss. scans of the Crowley handwritten manuscript of, Collected Works of Aleister Crowley 1905-1907,, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Force and Fire (I asked her to describe his moral qualities. None, breathed the light, faint & faery, of the stars, and two. This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law. Veale also pointed out the similarity in rhythmic style between The Book of the Law and some of Crowley's own non-channelled writings. Bid me within thine House to dwell, There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall No! Crowley calls her the "Lady of the Starry Heaven, who is also Matter in its deepest metaphysical sense, who is the infinite in whom all we live and move and have our being. 34. be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! THE COMMENT. On Germer's death no trace of it could be found in his papers. I am the Magician and the Exorcist. Be they Are left to the dead and the dying, (This means, I think, that she knew I had taken his place in temple (See Equinox Vol. as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord harm ye at all. the voluptuous night-sky. Regardie also argued that Rose's ability to answer Crowley's questions about Horus and the Qabala was not as remarkable as Crowley claimed. this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus 52. She bends in ecstasy to kiss In 1906 Crowley wrote: "It has struck me – in connection with reading Blake that Aiwass, etc. Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit! Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven. 51. Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver. for your time is hide his poverty. 45. Compare those Books with The Book of the Law! 66. of your wrath. Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! jewels! Despise also all cowards; professional soldiers who dare not fight, but The ways of the Khabs run through there is no dread hereafter. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or God gave Moses most of the Law when the Israelites were camped around Mt. How could he prove that he was in fact a being of a kind superior to any of the human race, and so entitled to speak with authority? [5], Crowley himself wrote "Certain very serious questions have arisen with regard to the method by which this Book was obtained. Torrey's Topical Textbook. by the vault of my body; by my sacred heart and tongue; by all I can give, by Joshua 8:30-35. lithe body arched for love, and her soft feet not hurting the little flowers: scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of death. easy for thee to do this. Of Khephra and of Ahathoor. Central to Crowley's system is a curious and enigmatic book known as the Book of the Law, also called Liber AL, Liber Legis, Liber L, or CCXX (220). It shall not fade, but miraculous colour shall come back to it day after show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest. Enough of Because! Its enemies who say not so, are mere I am Ra-Hoor-Khuit; and All these old letters of my Book are aright; but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. Ye shall gather goods and All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, thou art overcome: we are upon thee; our delight is all over thee: 50. Therefore, she may not have been as ignorant of magick and mysticism as Crowley made out.[11]. Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. it shall become full of beetles as it were and creeping things sacred unto me. Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou "I was trying to forget the whole business. It would be several years before it was found, and the first official publication occurred in 1909. Mercy let be off; damn them who pity! The facsimile manuscript of the Book is not, however, numbered 220, but XXXI (31) as the first chapter's verses are unnumbered in the original manuscript: that is, no verse numbers were dictated to Crowley for chapter one. 7. 20. of men! He is the author of The Book of the Law even as he is the author of The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent and Liber Lapidis Lazuli, and so forth ... these latter books reveal a dialogue between the component parts of Crowley. [7], As part of his 'test' for Rose, Crowley claimed they visited the Bulaq Museum where Crowley asked her to point out an image of Horus. Evidently he must show KNOWLEDGE and POWER such as no man has ever been known to possess. ), Knew his place in temple. before all men! Although the "messenger" of Liber AL was Aiwass, each chapter is presented as an expression of one of three god-forms: Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Upon them! 66. O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them! 31. lives long & desires death much is ever the King among the Kings. 32. Hadit. These commentaries are also called the Short Comment or Tunis Comment. Snake. The Book of the Law. The other images group around me to support me: let all be worshipped, seek me only! and an envelope containing the manuscript of The Book of the Law. Crowley wrote about Liber AL in great detail throughout the remainder of his life, apparently attempting to decipher its mysteries. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. Note, moreover, with what greedy vanity I claim authorship even of all the other A∴A∴ Books in Class A, though I wrote them inspired beyond all I know to be I. Thrill with the joy of life & death! There is no bond that can unite the divided but 11. Hadit. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” “Love is the law, love under will.” “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” These facts are appreciable by everyone; but are better understood with the help of the Master Therion. With it ye shall smite the peoples; and none shall stand before you. veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the 46. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long 25. Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. nowhere found. That it is in part (but in part only) an emanation from Crowley's unconscious mind I can believe; for it bears a likeness to his own Daemonic personality.[11]. Here you can download The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley also known as ‘Liber AL vel Legis sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI. or at once the four gates; let him stand on the floor of the palace. Burn to me perfumes! along with a note: Write this in whiter words But go forth on. Hadit! 70. 22. Let her be loud and adulterous! 48. The first five books of the Old Testament are called Torah or the law books. (Kaczynski, 542).[28]. The Book of the Law is a grimoire, which according to Index, is written in a special code that can be considered as a completely different language. Also, o scribe and prophet, though of the lovely Star! (I asked her to describe the conditions caused by him. [21], The existence of true religion presupposes that of some discarnate intelligence, whether we call him God or anything else. the strength, force, vigour, of your arms. Although she could see nothing, she did seem to enter into a light trance and repeatedly said, "They're waiting for you!" Appear on the throne of Ra! rich fresh blood. Now think not to find them in the forest or on the mountain; but He published his second set of commentaries, often called simply The Comment,[25] in the Tunis edition of AL, of which only 11 copies were printed, and signed it as Ankh-f-n-khonsu (lit. 59. Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected But enough has been discovered to justify his claim; the most sceptical intelligence is compelled to admit its truth. The Book of the Law, the holy text that forms the basis of Thelema, was transmitted to Crowley by the entity known as Aiwass in Cairo, on three successive days during April 1904.Acting as a medium, Crowley recorded the communications on hotel notepads and later organized his automatic writing into a short, coherent document. is bliss. To me! Hold! out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dusk The more than human POWER of Aiwass is shewn by the influence of his Master, and of the Book, upon actual events: and history fully supports the claim made by him. each for himself. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the reincarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. 16. upon with gladness. 61. 38. In his introduction to his edition of The Law is for All, Israel Regardie stated: It really makes little difference in the long run whether The Book of the Law was dictated to [Crowley] by a preterhuman intelligence named Aiwass or whether it stemmed from the creative deeps of Aleister Crowley. It will possess no consciousness of the purpose of its own existence. This matter is best studied under the Master Therion, whose years of arduous research have led him to enlightenment. Calculate the odds! I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is theknowledge of me is ever the son. down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: 26. feast for death! A feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law. The sorrows of pain and regret 17. Ah! Allegedly dictated to Crowley in Cairo, Egypt between noon and 1 pm on three successive days in April 1904, the Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley's philosophy and/or religion, Thelema Then the joys of my love will redeem ye from all pain. Nia--but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought 46. Love all, lest perchance is a King concealed! all I desire of ye all. he shall perish with the dogs of Reason. Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. Now, therefore, I am known to ye by my name Nuit, and to him by a secret fire, are of us. Lurk! If thou drink, Hear me, ye people of sighing! 69. Later, it was Rose who filled in the lost phrase: The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red. 33. Ho! From across the room[4] Rose identified Horus on the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu, then housed under inventory number 666 (since moved to the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, number A 9422). Do this quickly! Let him enter in turn Bahlasti! to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal, which Wisdom says: be strong! 37. serpent turn and strike! [19], Aiwass, uttering the word Thelema (with all its implications), destroys completely the formula of the Dying God. Beware therefore! It co-ordinates the disconnected discoveries of science, from physics to psychology, into a coherent and consistent system. liars. That is enough. 24. The book was written. and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein! 21. The general method that Crowley used to interpret the obscurities of Liber AL was the Qabalah, especially its numerological method of gematria. thou hast ill will to learn this writing. [12], Crowley himself was initially opposed to the book and its message. The gross must pass This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none! Into the House of Ra and Tum, burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple -- To I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am 37. This light is quite unmistakable and unique; but of course her words, though a fair description of it, might equally apply to some other. My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes, shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. "This book of the law" came into the custody of Joshua (compare 1-8) as distinct from the book of Joshua, and containing, not Deuteronomy merely, but the whole "book of the law" as thus traced above (compare Psalm 1:2. the night-blue sky. 2. But ye, o my people, rise up & awake! Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and sweet wines and wines that foam! Drag down their souls and the joy of dissolution all. 58. If he be a King, thou canst not hurt him. with whom I made a marriage-bed. Crowley's former secretary Israel Regardie argued in his biography of Crowley, The Eye in the Triangle, that Aiwass was an unconscious expression of Crowley's personality. But there are means and means.

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