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This is a Copy of Liber II - The Message of the Master Therion

This Epistle first appeared in The Equinox III(1) (Detroit: Universal, 1919).  The quotations are from Liber Legis-The Book of the Law.- H.B.

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``Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.''
``There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt.''
``The word of the Law is Velhma.''

Velhma--Thelema--means Will.

The Key to this Message is this word-Will.  The first obvious meaning of this Law is confirmed by antithesis; ``The word of Sin is Restriction.''

Again: ``Thou hast no right but to do thy will.  Do that and no other shall say nay.  For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.''

Take this carefully; it seems to imply a theory that if every man and every woman did his and her will--the true will--there would be no clashing.  ``Every man and every woman is a star,'' and each star moves in an appointed path without interference.  There is plenty of room for all; it is only disorder that creates confusion.

From these considerations it should be clear that ``Do what thou wilt'' does not mean ``Do what you like.''  It is the apotheosis of Freedom; but it is also the strictest possible bond.

Do what thou wilt--then do nothing else.  Let nothing deflect thee from that austere and holy task.  Liberty is absolute to do thy will; but seek to do any other thing whatever, and instantly obstacles must arise.  Every act that is not in definite course of that one orbit is erratic, an hindrance. Will must not be two, but one.

Note further that this will is not only to be pure, that is, single, as explained above, but also ``unassuaged of purpose.''  This strange phrase must give us pause.  It may mean that any purpose in the will would damp it; clearly the ``lust of result'' is a thing from which it must be delivered.

But the phrase may also be interpreted as if it read ``with purpose unassuaged''--i.e., with tireless energy.  The conception is, therefore, of an eternal motion, infinite and unalterable.  It is Nirvana, only dynamic instead of static--and this comes to the same thing in the end.

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