On April 8, 9 and 10, 1904, e.v. this book was dictated to 666 (Aleister Crowley) by Aiwass, a Being whose nature he does not fully understand, but who described Himself as "the Minister of Hoor-Paar-Kraat" (the Lord of Silence).
The contents of the book prove to strict scientific demon- stration that He possesses knowledge and power quite beyond anything that has been hitherto associated with human faculties.
The circumstances of the dictation are described in the Equinox, Vol. I, No. vii: but a fuller account, with an outline of the proof of the character of the book is now here to be issued.
The book announces a New Law for mankind.
It replaces the moral and religious sanctions of the past, which have everywhere broken down, by a principle valid for each man and woman in the world, and self-evidently indefeasible.
The spiritual Revolution announced by the book has already taken place: hardly a country where it is not openly manifest.
Ignorance of the true meaning of this new Law has led to gross anarchy. Its conscious adoption in its proper sense is the sole cure for the political, social and racial unrest which have brought about the World War, the catastrophe of Europe and America, and the threatening attitude of China, India and Islam.
Its solution of the fundamental problems of mathematics and philosophy will establish a new epoch in history.
But it must not be supposed that so potent an instrument of energy can be used without danger.
I summon, therefore, by the power and authority entrusted to me, every great spirit and mind now on this planed incarnate to take effective hold of this transcendent force, and apply it to the advancement of the welfare of the human race.
For as the experience of these two and thirty years has shown too terribly, the book cannot be ignored. It has leavened Mankind unaware: and Man must make thereof the Bread of Life. Its ferment has begun to work on the grape of thought: Man must obtain therefrom the Wine of Ecstasy.
Come then, all ye, in the Name of the Lord of the Aeon, the Crowned and Conquering Child, Heru-Ra-Ha: I call ye to partake this sacrament.
Know-will-dare-and be silent!
The Priest of the Princes,