> i am now convinced that not only was the Old Beast 'Willing Us' to
> Study The Book, He was Willing Us to discuss its contents,as well
> Willing Us to decide questions of the Law by appealing to Many
> different points of view, and to the worlds Many writings/writers.
> For there is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
The Following Mail could be seen as discussing the contents of the
Book of the Law, individuals frightened by such things should delete
this mail before resuming the Ostrich asana.:-)
Given how often you see mails here starting with somthing like the
above there certainly seems to be an awfull lot of pussyfooting
around the Comment.
That it may mean more than would be suggested by a first reading is
implied by AL,III:63-68 'The fool readeth this Book of the Law,AND
IT'S COMMENT; & he understandeth it not.' (emph. added.)
'let him come through the first Ordeal & it will be to him as
silver.' & etc.
That Crowley encouraged study of the Book is made clear, by what he
presented as the 'first secret of our Order' in the first degree OTO
ritual. I also seem to remember him urging 'dig deep with your
qabalistic trowel' in ref. to a query on a passage of AL in Magick
I am also astounded by how often, 'All questions of the Law are to be
DECIDED only by appeal to my writings, each for himself.'
is read as if it it said ' All Questions...are to be ANSWERED only by
appeal to my writings...'
if such was the case we would have an awfull lot of unanswered
questions ! ;-)
Misreading of the Comment seems to be rife - how many people loosely
aquainted with Thelema have you met who think the comment urges you
to BURN the book after the first reading?
Even supposed Thelemic Scholars are guilty of this, Hymenaeus Beta's
intro to the 'Authorised' edition of the 'Law is for All' is a
classic example, I don't have it to hand but didn't he describe the
Comment as; 'expressly forbidding commentary on the text by anyone
other than the beast.'? - of course the actual text says nothing of
It seems to me that an awfull lot of this pussyfooting and misreading
is based on FEAR, the conquering of which seems to form a major part
of the Ordeals, passage through which the Book informs us will ensure
the Book AND it's Comment are viewed in a different light.
D.P. (not speaking for O.T.O.F.)