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# An interesting summery of what might be called
# the "nagasiva school," reflective of that
# online body of work.
a clever way of avoiding an actual response to
that poster's missive -- paint hir with a wide
brush within the confines of some other person's
"school" who similarly is critical of your writ
and the aggrandizements of English blowhards.
you did something similar in your response to me
when you took out everything but something to
which you might react as if I was more extreme.
this minimizing perspective allows you to give
the *impression* of reducing your correspondent
to someone who might fit into a 'school', but
ultimately it fails as it disallows coherent and
respectful response outside that artificiality.
# It does, unintentionally, recapture the sense
# of Crowley as the modern esoteric anti-hero
# that has such broad appeal today.
I don't find Crowley's 'anti-hero' stance to fit
very long. within such stylized characters he is
more often a better fit for (Maugham's?) villain,
and for fake-o fraudulent mystic (after HPB). you
have failed, as most who adore the man, to provide
any scrap of believable support for his 'wisdom'
or indeed his 'spiritual condition'.
your reference must be to the 'Crazy Wisdom' style
of mystic impersonators and neuvoyogis, after such
illustrious individuals as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or
better, Swami Muktananda, or Gurdjieff or Rajneesh.
that you believe that this anti-hero has 'broad
appeal' may be more a matter of their broadening
base of support from miscreants and misanthropes
who, with the advent of the glut of human genetic
proliferation, are receiving far more than their due
share of attention based primarily on deception.
# Each time that the narrative threatens to teeter
# toward emotional imbalance, the pendulum is
# thrust in the opposite direction, such as with
# the etymological exposition upon the word 'Aeon.'
# Of course, the readers of this forum will be
# familiar with the ongoing analysis of "Crowley's
# flawed aeonics."
few have taken the time to analyse to profit or
prophet how and why Crowley's notion of time was
in error, and how and why his heralding wasn't in
actual tune either to astronomical or cosmic rhythms.
that he was attempting to compete with *astrological*
'ages' that have age-old reputation but little to no
actual use for him seems obvious enough now. that
his egyptomania occluded his ability to present
meaningfully may be a factor in both his lingering
popularity *and* his eventual outdatedness (along
the lines of "Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs,
cf. this proseic and wonderous cover:
# Suffice it to say that the word 'Aeon' has taken
# on an additional definition today,
it had many more than one previously, and some cults
have attempted to usurp and control this so as to
emphasize their particular cult leader's authority.
when did these word usages begin? do you know?
# that of a measured stage of human spiritual
where did this notion start? did Crowley invent it?
he doesn't seem to have invented much that is
attributed to him, and because of his lack of
transparency (not uncommon for occultists) didn't
identify either those upon whom he built *or* those
from whom he stole without proper credit for his
occult expositions (e.g. PBRandolph, others).
# and that Crowley probably had it only partially
# figured out, due to the limited historical data
# available during his lifetime, as well as his
# lack of perspective on his own role therein.
full of glorified implication and glitzy inference.
Crowley's mixture of ignorance and awareness is a
conglomeration it can take some years to figure out,
and his inherence to egyptomania and fabrications
inside the Budgean paradigm (Hadit) seem unique.
that Crowley was blinded by substance-abuse and
insufficient scientific education seems apparent
(as any who encounters Crowley's outmoded notions
reproduction and its masculine-focus can see).
# Both perfectly understandable.
you forgive too much while rushing to worship.
# The writer's own frustration is certainly evident,
that frustration might be with the promise what does
exist in the occult world if only its cultism and
debilitating clinging to outmoded imagery and
standards (more conducive to the liberation of post-
Christian character than to those without this
religious hang-up than to more mature newcomers)
can be discarded. Crowleyans usually can't escape.
# and he seems genuinely haunted by the growing
# popularity of Aleister Crowley, but the reader
# is left with one eyebrow raised, and is thus
# unsympathetic to his plight.
your projection of 'the growing popularity of
Aleister Crowley' is stuck in the 80s, methinks. ;)
what with the proliferation of the internet, such
characteristics as his heinous treatment of women,
children, and 'dark races' marks this 'Beast' and
some of his contemporaneous frauds like HPB as
both behind the times as well as imperialist scum
attempting to hide within the Old AEon character
of the perveyor of orientalist mystik wisdom (akin
to de Laurence and his 'Hindoo' books he revised
after initial turban-wearing became controversial).
you've mistaken the glorification of Crowleyan
cultists with the growing popularity of the Beast,
when in fact his edges are fraying all around him,
and he is becoming more and more often known for
his faults in his actual (rather than any imagined
and white-cotton-shielded and ignorant) context.
false assertions about the lack of illuminated men
of his background and time and a willingness to
excuse his manner of crude, hostile, and backwards
ethics straight out of his class and culture are
liable to tell us far more about the people who
become his acolytes and worshippers than anyone
about whom they are promoting and praising.