By Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley thought of AHA! my maximum magical poem. This profoundly esoteric paintings highlights the 2 imperative reports of the trail of the clever the data and dialog of the Holy mother or father Angel and the Crossing of the Abyss. It additionally marks Crowley s ultimate popularity of the mysteries of The booklet of the legislations, and provides his assessment of Initiation and the suggestions in which religious Enlightenment could be achieved.
This elevated variation incorporates a new research by way of esoteric instructor and writer, J. Daniel Gunther, who offers Qabalistic insights into the poem s awesome intensity. James Wasserman, a widely known author and scholar of Crowley, has increased upon the parable of Marsyas and Olympas, whereas putting AHA! in the context of Crowley s total existence and educating. Frater Achad, one in every of Crowley s most crucial early disciples, wrote an exceptional yet little-known statement on AHA! that's incorporated the following. This quantity additionally positive aspects an essay by means of Dr. Israel Regardie, a main Crowley biographer and spokesman.
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And One supreme there is Whom I have known, being He. Withdrawn 52 QLYIIPAS. KARSYAS. OLYMPAS. KARSYAS. Within the curtains of the dawn Dwells that concealed. Behold I he is A blush, a breeze, a song, a kiss, A rosy flame like Love, his eyes Blue, the quintessence of all skies, His hair a foam of gossamer Pale gold as jasmine, lovelier Than all the wheat of Paradise. o the dim water-wells his eyes I There is such depth of Love in them That the adept is rapt away, Dies on that mouth, a gleaming gem Of dew caught in the boughs of Day I The hearing of it is so sweet I swoon to silence at thy feet.
Black, black, intolerably black! Go, spectre of the ages, go! Suffice it that I passed beyond. I found the secret of the bond Of thought to thought through countless years, Through many lives, in many spheres, Brought to a point the dark design Of this existence that is me. All I was I brought into the burning-glass And aU its focussed light and heat Charred aU I am. The rune's complete When aU I shaU be flashes by Like a shadow on the sky. 31 Then I dropped my reasoning. Vacant and accursed thing!
OLYMPAS. lIARSYAS. Life is one. Magic is life. The physical (Men name it) is a house of call For the adept, heir of the sun I Bombard the house I it groans and gapes. The adept runs forth, and so escapes That ruin I Smoothly parallel The ruin of the mind as well ? Ay I Hear the Ordeal of the Veil, The Second Veil I ... 0 spare me this Magical memory I I pale To show the Veil of the Abyss. Nay, let confession be complete I Master, I bend me at thy feetWhy do they sweat with blood and dew? Blind horror catches at my breath.