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Law of Thelema

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The Law of Thelema is;

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." (AL I:40)

which is to be considered to be complimented by;

"Love is the Law, love under will" (AL I:57)

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Will

θελημα (http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/93), Thelema means will.

The word of the Law is Thelema or will. It is essential to understand that in Thelema, the concept of will is used in a much more specified sense than how the word is normally used in general society. In Thelema, the word Will (often capitalized) pertains to what one may think of as the "higher will". In Thelema, the Will is not a series of desires, wishes and whims, but rather something singular and pure. It is what unites the self with the universe. Though the phrase does not appear in the Book of the Law itself, in many other Thelemic books, the phrase True Will is used to keep this in mind.

The alternate phrase "Pure Will" is used in the Book of the Law and is referred to as being "in every way perfect." (AL I:44)

Reinforcing the idea that this Pure Will unites the self with the not self, the following line of the Book says;

"The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two" (AL I:45)

θελημα, Thelema

θελημα is one of a number of Greek words that translates into English as the word "will". This exact Greek word (to the exclusion of the other candidates in Greek) seems to have intentionally been given as the Word of the Law in Book of the Law because only this word in Greek numerology or Isopsephy yields a value of 93 which seems highly significant when one considers that Αγαπη - agape, the Greek word for a transcendent love (as opposed to eros, a sexual love) shares the same numeric value. In Isopsephy and indeed in Thelema this indicates that the two ideas θελημα, Thelema and Αγαπη, agape share the same essence or nature.

Will, Not Whim

Though it is a common accusation leveled at Thelema and Crowley that the Law Do what thou wilt means "do whatever you want" and is therefore a license for unrestrained behavior, which, it is assumed, must result in a breakdown of all ethical behavior and social order(as if this would be the inevitable reaction to the lack of moral authority and divine enforcement in the age where Nietzsche tells us that God is dead), both within The Book of the Law and in other Thelemic texts it is made abundantly clear that the Law of Thelema is by no means an advocacy for doing whatever you want.

Adherence to the Law of Thelema - "Do what thou wilt" - actually requires a commitment to strict personal integrity, effort and discipline, that of finding and living one's True Will. This can be understood deeper by consulting the sections on True Will, Pure Will, Transcendent Will, and by consideration of the quotes below.

Next, find the minimum of daily time which is in good sooth necessary to your natural life. The rest you shall devote to the True Means of your Attainment... ...It shall not be very long before you come to understand that such a life is the true Liberty. You will feel distractions from your Will as being what they are. They will no longer appear pleasant and attractive, but as bonds, as shames. And when you have attained this point, know that you have passed the middle gate of this Path. For you will have unified your Will... ...Persevere. You have never yet known Liberty. When the temptations are overcome, the voice of Reason silenced, then will your soul bound forward unhampered upon its chosen course, and for the first time will you experience the extreme delight of being master of Yourself, and therefore the universe.
When this is fully attained, when you sit securely in the saddle, then you may enjoy all those distractions which first pleased you and then angered you. Now (they) will do neither any more: for they are your slaves and toys.
Until you have reached this point, you are not wholly free. You must kill out desire, and kill out fear. The end of all this is the power to live according to your own nature, without danger that one part may develop to the detriment of the whole, or concern lest that the danger should arise.
Nerve thyself, then, to seek it and to do it. Naught can satisfy thee but the fulfillment of thy transcendent Will, that is hidden within thee. For this, then, up to arms! Win thine own Freedom for thyself! - The Law of Liberty Liber CL לענ De Lege Libellum

The Word of the Law

"The Word of the Law is θελημα" (AL I:39)

θελημα is one of a number of Greek words that translates into English as the word "will". This exact Greek word (to the exclusion of the other candidates in Greek) seems to have intentionally been given as the Word of the Law in Book of the Law because only this word in Greek numerology or Isopsephy yields a value of 93 which seems highly significant when one considers that Αγαπη - agape, the Greek word for a transcendent love (as opposed to eros, a sexual love) shares the same numeric value. In Isopsephy and indeed in Thelema this indicates that the two ideas θελημα, Thelema and Αγαπη, agape share the same essence or nature. Just as with the True Will, with Agape we see the theme of uniting.

The Nature of the Law

"Love (http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/93) is the law, love under will (http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/93)." (AL I:57)

This numerical value in Isopsephy (Greek numerology) is 93.

Also, consider that in Thelema, a magus utters the word of his aeon and as the Logos of the Aeon is the word; in the case of the Master Therion (Aleister Crowley as a Magus) that word is θελημα, Will. (see Liber II : The Message of the Master Therion (http://www.sacred-texts.com/oto/lib2.htm) )

Consider Chapter 61 : On the Magi of the A.'.A.'. in Whom the Word Takes Flesh in Liber Aleph vel CXI : The Book of Wisdom or Folly

I conjunction, consider Liber I : The Book of the Magus (http://www.sacred-texts.com/oto/lib1.htm) where the Master Therion utters,

It follows that if the Magus is Thelema (Will) and the Magus is Agape (Love) then in essence the nature of the Law is Love.

The Law

Once the above is understood, the Law of Thelema can be more simply restated;

means that one does their True Will and all other issues theoretically fail to arise. Hence,

Fulfilling the Law

To live the Law of Thelema;

References


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