93 Frater FIAOF,
In a message dated 01/03/2005 8:17:58 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> Monday, January 3, 2005, 3:46:12 PM, you wrote:
> camlion> ...the reference in published works to OTO degree material,
> camlion> while withholding privileged details and elaboration, is a
> camlion> long standing precedent set Crowley. Why should this policy
> camlion> change now?
> Hello Camlion,
> Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
> As Hal pointed out, times have changed. Crowley is long dead, and the
> secrets well known. Crowley ridiculed the G.D. for swearing him to secrecy, and
> then entrusting him with the Hebrew Alphabet...
Some of the very basic foundations of the OTO system, structure and even
essence have been exposed briefly from time to time. However, there is a
progressive process to the system, one of individual self-realization over time,
without which the bare bones of the system are worthless. At least this is my humble
understanding of the matter. In any event, the organization is private, is
entitled to possession of private property, intellectual and otherwise, and its
success in providing this individual initiation depends upon the lawful
protection of those rights.
> The question can be approached from other directions as well.
> Crowley declared himself, among other things, the "World Teacher." Such
> exalted claims, if taken seriously, give his writings the same
> historical/religious significance as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
> He claimed to possess special status, said that he was the Word of the Aeon,
> and ranked himself alongside Moses, Buddha, and Mohammad. He claimed to be
> a messenger of the Gods, wrote/channeled inspired "Holy Books." Liber AL is
> to be "a New Law for mankind. It replaces the moral and religious sanctions
> of the past..."
> In light of this, his writings belong to the world. Everyone has the right
> to fully investigate these claims, and decide for himself how to respond to
> them. Was Crowley a prophet or a fraud? It matters; we're talking about
> replacing all moral and religious sanctions.
> Every scrap that Crowley produced or wrote is part of the historical record,
> and should be available at bookstores etc. for everyone's own private
> research. Even the Comment to Liber AL insists: "All questions of the Law are to
> be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself."
> A small group tried to horde the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls, explaining
> that they could only release them in annotated editions. But years went by,
> and precious little got published. Finally, others made all the material
> available, everybody was able do his own research, and the world was better off
> because of it.
> Love is the law, love under will.
> Frater FIAOF
Even the most rudimentary understanding of the history and structure of the
old aeon religious structures that you mention reveals that there were always
layers of elite mysticism or priority priesthood, if you will, set apart from
the rest of the lay following.
Today, the Law is for all. It has been given. Appeal to those of the
prophet's writings intended for publication has been facilitated by his appointed
custodians of that body of work. Certain of his unpublished writings were
obviously not intended to be published publicly, as they pertain to private
dispensation. In other words, to put it as simply as possible, Liber AL and 777 are
available at your local book seller. VII* is available by appointment only,
through membership in OTO. This was Crowley's intent. His being long dead does not
alter that fact.
Finally, as most interested parties are well aware, all of the relevant
'secrets' were deliberately and liberally scattered throughout his work intended
for public publication. They are there for those with the "will and wit" to find
them, as he often said.
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