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“White” magic, as advocated by primitive pagan and modern institutional religions, offers devotees the illusion of “re-inclusion” in the Universal scheme of things through various ritualistic devotions and superstitions.
The Black Magician, on the other hand, rejects both the desirability of union with the Universe and any self-deceptive antics designed to create such an illusion. He has considered the existence of the individual psyche - the “core you” of your conscious intelligence - and has taken satisfaction from its existence as something unlike anything else in the Universe. The Black Magician desires this psyche to live, to experience, and to continue. He does not wish to die - or to lose his consciousness and identity in a larger, Universal consciousness [assuming that such exists]. He wants to be. This decision in favor of individual existence is the first premise of the Temple of Set.
The second premise of the Temple is that the psychecentric consciousness can evolve towards its own divinity through deliberate exercise of the intelligence and Will, a process of becoming or coming into being whose roots may be found in the dialectic method expounded by Plato and the conscious exaltation of the Will proposed by Nietzsche.
Followers of the RHP are those whose stated goal is egocentric absorption into the OU [which they confuse with the universe as a whole]. They wish to harmonize their actions with it, attune their intellects and emotions to what they consider the God of Universal Consciousness, and thus partake of the immortality and divinity presumably characterizing that Consciousness. This is the theoretical nirvana of the Buddhist, the Jainist, and the Hindu; the "salvation" of the Christian.
The dilemma, of course, lies in the problem of "destroying" the ego and then continuing to exist on Earth thinking, talking, writing, and acting as an obviously still-egocentric being who is just as obviously not One with the OU.
As to the lhp or rhp - I find myself stuck in the gray - seeking god and the light while battling the temptation of ego and desires I know will drag me down away from what I aspire to.
The only question is—which sounds better to you?
reply to post by therealguyfawkes
I think you may have missed the point of Mr. Aquino's post. Then again maybe I missed the point.
But my initial reaction to your post here, is that if I am the embodiment of divinity, then everyone is in for a bad time. Or a good time depending on your preference.
There is only one suitable reply for me in this thread... and it's quite short.
Actually the maximally attainable goal for humans is not achievable by either the left or the right paths. The sanskrit word yuganaddha if properly understood explains the target very well.
However the way to the target varies somewhat on a case by case basis. Also of note is that no known path, left or right documents the non-mystical path involved; one must find it without any assistance.
You do make some insightful observations however.
10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire,+ anyone who employs divination,+ a practicer of magic+ or anyone who looks for omens+ or a sorcerer,+ 11 or one who binds others with a spell+ or anyone who consults a spirit medium*+ or a professional foreteller of events+ or anyone who inquires of the dead.+ 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.+
Is the RH path capable of 'solving' the 'problem of evil' ?
There are those who say that Taoism, Buddhism and Advaita Yoga fail to solve 'this problem' which some might say is the 'final obstacle'.