The Law of Thelema:
Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. Ohh yeah Bitch!
HGA - the holy guardian angel. The double, the silent self, the secret self, the DOUBLE.
"My Divine twin revealed to me the mystery of light and darkness, the mystery of destruction... the mystery of the creation of Adam, the first man. He also taught to the mystery of the tree of knowledge from which Adam ate and his eyes were opened." - Mani the Prophet.
When Crowley wrote the Book of the Law, he tells us that the whole thing was dictated to him by a being called Aiwass. Crawley was sitting at his desk in Cairo (in Egypt) on his honeymoon with his wife. The voice of Aiwass came from over his left shoulder in the furthest corner of the room. This voice is described as passionate and hurried, and was "of deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce or aught else as suited the moods of the message. Not bass—perhaps a rich tenor or baritone." Further, the voice was devoid of "native or foreign accent." Which meant it talked like Crowley, an annoying Brittish.
Within Thelema the HGA, Holy Guardian Angel, is your silent self. Each man has a Guardian Angel individual to him alone. It can be construed as your soul, or your double in Carlos Castaneda's book. To explain it to someone dumb i would say it is your shadow self that exists in the Umbra, your Avatar. Since the spirit world is the Divine Twin of the Material world, each man also has a Devine twin the spirit world. There are two worlds that cannot exist without one another, Umbra and the Physical. They are inseperable and one is only the mirror of the other. Your Divine twin is your reflection in that world.
This notion has apeared throughout history in many different cultures. Pre-Europian America, Iran, China, the modern west via Crowley. It's a common theme throughout historty. Mani the Prohit, as I quoted earlier, was a Persian prophit in the third century AD who developed his own little version of Monotheism. One that in no way corresponds to Crolwey's Law of Thelema. However, the common theme of being enlightened by their silent self is there.
Crowley approaches his silent self in a similar way that Carlos Castaneda does. Carlos meets his divine twin after a series of ritual preperations and the taking of hallucinagenic drugs. Crowley suggests an elaborate ritual, much more elaborate then Castaneda's called The Abramelin ritual.
I have always used the term Double to describe this, I got it from Carlos Castaneda who I like a lot because he is simple and direct with his language. I came across a mention of the Divine Twin when I was delving into some Iranian studies and it made me investigate this notion further. For this subject has a lot of sway in modern religious movements. People seem to be growing away from what they consider to be an archaic spirtualism given to them by Christianity. They prefer new age and mystical interpretations, filled with ideas of enlightenment and higher spiritual knowledge gained by comming to some sort of understanding via meditation or spiritual vision. And by people I refer to the west, white people. Blacks and hespanics are still content with Mr. Ten Commandments.
Crowley, like Mani the Prophet, were visited by thier Divine Twin and dictated a new religion. Crowley, like Mani, was very charsmatic and converted people often times by the sheer "presence" of thier personas. Another interesting thing was how Aiwess apeared garbes as a Parthian (an Iranian tribe), as Mani was a Parthian. He "seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw. The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely." This is a strange coincidence considering Crowley had no knowledge of Mani, or at least never so much as mentioned him ever. No one besides this reporter, Philip Hudson, has ever compared these two men, as far as I know. I am good at finding these things.
But, besides the mention of this silent self, Crowley and Mani bring two very different messages. Crowley brings the Law of Thelema, written in just a few hours dictated by his Divine Twin Aiwass or Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Ra-Hoor-Khuit means "Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons." An appellation of Ra, identifying him with Horus, showing the two as manifestations of the singular Solar Force. Ra-Hoor-Khuit is Aiwass, the speaker in The Book of the Law.
"The existence of true religion presupposes that of some discarnate intelligence, whether we call him God or anything else. And this is exactly what no religion had ever proved scientifically. And this is what The Book of the Law does prove by internal evidence, altogether independent of any statement of mine. This proof is evidently the most important step in science that could possibly be made: for it opens up an entirely new avenue to knowledge. The immense superiority of this particular intelligence, AIWASS, to any other with which mankind has yet been in conscious communication is shown not merely by the character of the book itself, but by the fact of his comprehending perfectly the nature of the proof necessary to demonstrate the fact of his own existence and the conditions of that existence. And, further, having provided the proof required." - Crowley
In summary, Crowley beleived in True Will, as in True Destiny. True Will is an idea that could be described in its dynamic aspect as the singular path of possible action that encounters no resistance in going because it is supported by the inertia of the whole Universe; theoretically, no two True Wills can contradict each other because each one has its own absolutely unique career in its passage through Infinite Space. Hence, to follow one's True Will means to respect all True Wills, described as "Love is the law, love under will". The apparent pacifism of this doctrine is complicated, however, by the possibility that the majority of beings do not know their True Will.Crowley referred to the process of discovering the Will as the Great Work, the basis of which is Love or Union with the All (similar in vein to the mystical aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism). The term Magick is applied to the general set of techniques used to accomplish the Great Work, which usually includes practices based on Yoga, the Qabalah, Hermeticism, and ceremonial ritual. According to Crowley, the two great milestones in this process are attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of one's Holy Guardian Angel (which Crowley described as a person's "Secret Self") and then crossing the Abyss, a mystical process where the individual ego is "annihilated" (symbolized by the spilling of the blood into the Graal of Babalon) and the adept achieves union with the All by entering the City of the Pyramids. After this, the "Master of the Temple" may either remain there, move on to higher states, or return to every-day life to fulfill some earthly destiny.
Mani on the other hand beleived in a Dualist Monotheism. That is, he beleived in an evil god and a good god, a god of light and darkness. Iranian cultures have always been influanced by the notion of two opposing gods, Zaroastrianism being the most populer. In Zaroastriansim, Ahura Mazda is the creater god of light, he reperesents everything good and just and controls an army of angels. Ahriman, the good of darkness, represents everything that is evil and wicked, and controls an army of demons. These angels and demons are of the same race, called Immortals, and their only difference is in their descisions to either serve Ahura Mazda or Ahriman. Basically they are angels who either sided with god or the devil.
Mani brought this message, and also taught worship of the god of light in order to drive away the evil spirits of the devil. Mani also taught that the physical world was evil and that everything born of it could not be pleasing to god. He commanded his followers to give up worldliness, and even went to the extream to say that is was good to die from laying in one place and not moving because all work or movement to survive adds to the industry of the physical world and is thus evil. He was speaking to some christian baptists, "Why do you ritually wash yourself every day? From this it is evident that you become loathsome to yourself every day, and because of that foulness you ritually wash yourself before you can be purified. It is clear and very plain that all defilement is from the body. Behold, you yourself are clothed in it." He also talked of "shameful excrement." I have fun imagining some raving prophit running around yelling and screaming at people for taking shits. And when I say fun, I mean a lot of fun. Maybe I will start doing that. THE TIOLET IS A DEN OF INIQUITY.
So, why does the higher self of Mani offer a different truth then the higher self of crowley? And why are they both so similar? I drew up a connection immediatly. Especially since this Aiwess character made clear he was Horus. I had a vision of Horus myself once when I asked the god Set to send me a sign. However, I never felt the vision I had was my divine twin, or that it had any relevance to an awakening of any kind concernimg myself. It seemed only evil. The god Set is ofcoarse the god of vengeance and in most occult circles considered to be the "TRUE INCARNATION OF THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS."
If you look at some of the things this god Aiwess is saying, you might draw a slight connection to Set, the god of vengeance. Just look at these quotes:
"I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will bring you to victory & joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, in my strength; & ye shall turn not back for any!" - Aiwass, Book of the Law
"I am the Secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is joy. If I lift up my head, I and my Nuit are one. If I droop down mine head, and shoot forth venom, then is rapture of the earth, and I and the earth are one. There is great danger in me..." - Aiwess, Book of the Law
"Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance." - Aiwass, Book of the Law
"Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth or under the earth. Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am the strength, force, vigour, of your arms." - Aiwass, Book of the Law
And Crowley himself, being an inquisitive fellow, later evolved his theory of the divine self. He began to see that this Aiwass was not his higher self at all, but was totally seperate and individual.
"Now, on the other hand, there is an entirely different type of angel; and here we must be especially careful to remember that we include gods and devils, for there are such beings who are not by any means dependent one one particular element for their existence. They are microcosms in exactly the same sense as men and women are. They are individuals who have picked up the elements of their composition as possibility and convenience dictates, exactly as we do ourselves... I believe that the Holy Guardian Angel is a Being of this order. He is something more than a man, possibly a being who has already passed through the stage of humanity, and his peculiarly intimate relationship with his client is that of friendship, of community, of brotherhood, or Fatherhood. He is not, let me say with emphasis, a mere abstraction from yourself; and that is why I have insisted rather heavily that the term "Higher Self" implies a damnable heresy and a dangerous delusion." - Crowley, Magic without tears.
Hmm dangerous? Be careful of your double people.
Mani's double and Crowley's double would disagree with eachother in a philospoical debate. While Crowley's double was talking about individual destiny and war, Mani's would be talking about the light of god protecting him from demons and the mechinations of the devil, and living a state of non harm to all creation. So perhaps a man's double can disagree with another man's double? That brings up the question, well if doubles are just as devided on truth as the rest of us, what good are they?
Or maybe these doubles are just Jinn, playing pranks.
In my insane opinion, which most of you will not understand. Crowley was visited by Set to promote this new religion (the Temple of Set would probably agree with me.) I speculate that it was also Set who payed a viset to Nietzsche, though Nitzsche's might be a different demon more associated with Dionysus. Mani on the other hand was visited by some sort of non evil spirit, perhaps a jinn. Jinn are like people, they have free will and free choice. They also have religions, some Jinn are Muslim for instance. Maybe Mani's jinn had Zaraostrian leanings. Why Mani's jinn used Taqiyya (deception) and apeared as his double is a question I cannot answer. Jinn are notoriously dishonest to meet their ends. But Mani's jinn does not seem as wicked and powerful as Aiwess, he tells you to submit to god. Anyone who tells you to submit to god and follow moral law is at least trying to be good. But the insanity of Mani's religion might be a Jinn's way of having a mostly harmless prank.
I beleive that their is one or a group of Demons originating from Iran (because it seems to be a common aesthetic amung them) that like to viset people and bring revelations of a new exciting faith. Nitzsche's Zarathustra, Mani himself, Crowley. I beleive maybe Set's true name is Iranian. Perhaps Iran is the cradle.
Thy servants are we.
our lord who sits up high,
Thy rod and thy staff,
shall comfort and guide our hands
- Philip Hudson, submit to god or face his wrath on your day of death.