Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
To whom it may concern
In the Temple of Nuit, an outer manifestation of the Sempiternal Order A∴A∴,
the intellectual or mental tendency to approach the grade work is not encouraged.
In our Order A∴A∴ , the attainment of any given grade signifies the actual attainment of the awareness required to express the essence of each grade.
There is no way intellect or reason can bring about control over the astral plane (emotions, lucid dreaming, etc.) or mastering pratyahara, what to speak of the attainment of the K&C of HGA or successful crossing of the Abyss – the two single most essential attainments in our Lineage (and indeed in the overall human development as per Order A∴A∴, and according to Master Therion as well).
Therefore, in the Temple of Nuit, intellectual or mental work is tolerated; even more importantly, the empirical knowledge and pragmatical approach to the grade work is recommended and supported to and beyond the Abyss.
In our Temple, the essential work is to meet with the ever-deeper Reality, engage with others and everyday life, and NOT avoid and escape from it.
All aspirants to our noble Order A∴A∴ are therefore invited to consider this fact before applying to join our Lineage.
“Now a curse upon Because and his kin!
May Because be accursed forever!
If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought.
If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.
Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.
Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog!
But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!”
–The Book of the Law II:28-34
We must be careful, however:
We must not suppose for an instant that the Book of the Law is opposed to reason. On the contrary, its own claim to authority rests upon reason, and nothing else. It disdains the arts of the orator. It makes reason the autocrat of the mind. But that very fact emphasizes that the mind should attend to its own business.
It should not transgress its limits. It should be a perfect machine, an apparatus for representing the universe accurately and impartially to its master.
The Self, its Will, and its Apprehension, should be utterly beyond it. Its individual peculiarities are its imperfections. If we identify ourselves with our thoughts or our bodily instincts, we are evidently pledged to partake of their partiality. We make ourselves items of the interaction of our own illusions.
– Liber AL II:28, the new comment by A. Crowley
Love is the law, love under will.