I recently watched the film ‘Crowley’, and it reminded me of those days in my youth when I used to read some of that stuff. I decided that Crowley was a pretty nasty, unpleasant, depraved and potentially dangerous man. If what he said was genuine, then nothing would have stood in the way of his own pursuit of… well, it is pretty hard for me to work out what the fuck he was trying to achieve really. So, I looked through the writing I have of his, and came across this, and you know, it is quite astute. There is a certain resonance with what I read in Jesus and the Buddha. I don’t like the implications, but this is quite profound really.
Liber 41 – Thien Tao
But what of the Great Tao? By solitude and fasting for the social and luxurious, by drunkenness and debauch for the austere, by scourging for those afraid of physical pain, by repose for the restless, and toil for the idle, by bull-fights for the humanitarian, and the care of little children for the callous, by rituals for the rational, and by philosophy for the credulous, shall these men, while yet unbalanced, seek to attain to unity with the great Tao. But for those whose intellect is purified and co-ordinated, for those whose bodies are in health, and whose passions are at once eager and controlled, it shall be lawful to choose their own way to the One Goal; videlicet, identity with that great Tao which is above the antithesis of Yang and Yin….