"Work out your own salvation."
Granville Savidge wrote:
>I am hoping this email will reach whoever is beginning these messages with "do as please" I am >not sure why ythis is bing typed but if it it is being used as an Thelemic greeting it is highly >offensive to the Thelemic community Do what thou whilt is the whole of the law and means the >exact opposite to do what you want. I just wanted to let you know because if you wanted to send >an Thelemic greeting 93 is oppriate Althought is even an apperation that many do not like but for >T93 its ok.
This is some funny stuff. I consider myself to be, abstractly speaking, a denizen of the "thelemic community" ...referring to a vague but general discourse. Yet, I do not find any well meant or playful greeting to be offensive or out of sorts with the spirit of Thelema itself ...and I have looked but close into the word. So you are not speaking for "the Thelemic Community," but only yourself, as am I.
Still, the above brings to mind a couple of questions. First, why should one not do what pleases them? How is this contrary to "doin' yor will"? ...Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing yeah, yeah.... Why should my doing my Will be 'unpleasant'? (What would Wilhelm Reich think about such a thing?)
There seems to be some enormous misperception that one's pleasure ...Spending one's life doing things that bring them pleasure is somehow 'undesirable' in "thelemic culture." If so, "thelemic culture" isn't worth a wipe of Pantagruel's 'goose.' What?... Should one find guilt in that which pleases them? If there is guilt, how can it be real pleasure? Could it be that what pleases one distracts you from your true will, or that the true will is without the pleasure of "A Love Supreme"? Could it be that doing one's pleasure and one's will are contrary things? If so, then the will is divided for love's sake ...for the chance of union. (Seems "pleasing" to me.)
"The strong brown reaper swept his swathe and rejoiced. The wise man counted his muscles, and pondered, and understood not, and was sad. Reap thou, and rejoice!"
You don't have to look too far or too deep. Go read some Rabelais (not just the chapters describing the establishment of the Abbey, but the events leading up to it, and the further mystery of TRINC) ..read some Eliphas Levi (much better in the French as Waite seemed to have substituted Levi's brilliant sense of humor and levity with a bunch of dry psuedo-academic prose, and me thinks something was lost in the exchange.) Also, if one follows the roots of the word back to the New Testament, one will see that it actually does mean pleasure, desire, preference. These people who were mining "Thelema," what they found and how they influenced culture, thought, life ...don't just disappear because you're only content to stand their with a crowd and look at one statue in a museum.
2. How is it furthering my doing my true will to 'conform' to some social expectation, and some most convoluted 'logic' ...If I should say, for instance, "Do what you want and want what you do" ...and I write that from the depths of my heart and mean it with every enflamed fiber of my being... Isn't this more honest than some stiff repetition that I couldn't possibly mean and used it only to reaffirm some status quo interpretation of 'the edge' or the crossroads between dimensions?
There are a number of people who flirt with these forums ,,,thelemic subba-cultuah... who aren't gonna just leave it with Crowley ..."Vote for me. I'm King Minos. I'm not goin' away." ...who can appreciate AND depreciate some things Aleister Crowley wrote without being hooked on one seriously misunderstood collection of thoughts, and using that collection to justify just about anything under the sun. I need no such justification. I'm just as capable as anyone of failing all on my own!
Crowley's little Thelemic barrel-raft is just one small bump on one tiny wave in a mighty big ocean. The description on this forum expresses an acknowledgement of this by encouraging discussion about Thelema other than Crowley. Those who are aware of this are not so likely going to worry about making some cheap-ass, social faux pas ...by modifying "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." as it pleases them at a given moment. ...Besides, that phrase is only meaningful among those who are ready to do what pleases them, take pleasure in what they do, and know the intimate beauty of the fleetingness of this mystery called life... Anyone else who uses it without knowing that their life is but a fleeting moment, and the pleasures therein even more fleeting, makes it a meaningless phrase to identify a clique of cads. It certainly has no real 'authority'. (author -ity)
Anybody that actually has the time to get offended by the "improper" but well-meant greeting needs to get the pentagram out of their arse ...and 93/93 is even worse than meaningless. It is the herd's accepted variation of the "invariable greeting." ...Invariable ...interesting word. As soon as one says that one variation is 'ok' ..then any variation is equally ok ...every number is infinite... There is division hither homeward, so take it easy.
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