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   "Sunt duo modi per quos homo fit Deus: Tohu et Bohu.
   "Mens quasi flamma surgat, aut quasi puteus aquae quiescat.
   "Alteri modi sunt tres exempli, qui illis extra limine collegii sancti dati
sunt.
   "In hoc primo libro sunt Aquae Contemplationis."
   "Two are the methods of becoming God: the Upright and the Averse.  Let the"
"Mind become as a flame, or as a well of still water."
"   Of each method are three principal examples given to them that are without"
"the Threshold."
"   In this first book are written the Reflexions"

   "Sunt tres contemplationes quasi halitus in mente humana abysso inferni.
Prima, Nu epsilon kappa rho omicron sigma ; secunds, Pi upsilon rho alpha mu iota sigma ;
tertia Phi alpha lambda lambda omicron sigma  vocatur.  Et hae reflexiones aquaticae sunt
trium enthusiasmorum, Apollonis, Dionysi, Veneris.
   "Tota stella est Nechesh et Messiach, nomen HB:Heh HB:Yod HB:Heh HB:Aleph  cum
HB:Heh HB:Vau HB:Heh HB:Yod  conjunctum."
   "There are three contemplations as it were breaths in the human mind, that"
"is the Abyss of Hell: the first is called" Nu epsilon kappa rho omicron sigma ", the"
"second" Pi upsilon rho alpha mu iota sigma ", and the third"
"Phi alpha lambda lambda omicron sigma "."
"   These are the watery reflexions of the three enthusiasms; those of Apollo,"
"Dionysys, and Aphrodite."
"   The whole star is Nechesh and Messiach, the name" HB:Heh HB:Yod HB:Heh HB:Aleph " joined"
"with "HB:Heh HB:Vau HB:Heh HB:Yod "."  {7}






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                              SUB FIGURA CCCXLI.

                  CONTINET CAPITULA TRES: MMM, AAA, ET SSS.

                                      I

                                    M M M

   "I remember a certain holy day in the dusk of the Year, in the dusk of the
Equinox of Osiris, when first I beheld thee visibly; when first the dreadful
issue was fought out; when the Ibis-headed One charmed away the strife.  I
remember thy first kiss, even as a maiden should.  Nor in the dark byways was
there another: thy kisses abide."  --- LIBER LAPIDIS LAZULI. VII. 15, 16.

   0. Be seated in thine Asana, wearing the robe of a Neophyte, the hood
drawn.
   1. It is night, heavy and hot; there are no stars.  Not one breath of wind
stirs the surface of the sea, that is thou.  No fish play in thy depths.
   2. Let a Breath rise and ruffle the waters.  This also thou shalt feel
playing upon thy skin.  It will disturb thy meditation twice or thrice, after
which thou shouldst have conquered this distraction.  But unless thou first
feel it, that Breath hath not arisen.
   3. Next, the night is riven by the lightning flash.  This also shalt thou
feel in thy body, which shall shiver and leap with the shock, and that also
must both be suffered and overcome.  {8}
   4. After the lightning flash, resteth in the zenith a minute point of
light.  And this light shall radiate until a right cone be established upon
the sea, and it is day.
   With this thy body shall be rigid, automatically; and this shalt thou let
endure, withdrawing thyself into thine heart in the form of an upright Egg of
blackness; and therein shalt thou abide for a space.
   5. When all this is perfectly and easily performed at will, let the
aspirant figure to himself a struggle with the whole force of the Universe.
In this he is only saved by his minuteness.
   But in the end he is overthrown by Death, who covers him with a black
cross.
   6. So lying, let him aspire fervently unto the Holy Guardian Angel.
   7. Now let him resume his former posture.
   Two and twenty times shall he figure to himself that he is bitten by a
serpent, feeling even in his body the poison thereof.  And let each bite be
healed by an eagle or hawk, spreading its wings above his head, and dropping
thereupon a healing dew.  But let the last bite be so terrible a pang at the
nape of the neck that he seemeth to die, and let the healing dew be of such
virtue that he leapeth to his feet.
   8. Let there be now placed within his egg a red cross, then a green cross,
then a golden cross, then a silver cross; or those things which these shadow
forth.  Herein is silence; for he that hath rightly performed the meditation
will understand the inner meaning hereof, and it shall serve as a test of
himself and his fellows.  {9}
   9. Let him now remain in the Pyramid or Cone of Light, as an Egg, but no
more of blackness.
  10. Then let his body be in the position of the Hanged Man, and let him
aspire with all his force unto the Holy Guardian Angel.
  11. The grace having been granted unto him, let him partake mystically of
the Eucharist of the Five Elements and let him proclaim Light in Extension;
yea, let him proclaim Light in Extension.


                                      II

                                    A A A

   "These loosen the swathings of the corpse; these unbind the feet of Osiris,
so that the flaming God may rage through the firmament with his fantastic
spear."   --- LIBER LAPIDIS LAZULI. VII. III.

   0. Be seated in thine Asana, or recumbent in Shavasana, or in the position
of the dying Buddha.
   1. Think of thy death; imagine the various diseases that may attack thee,
or accidents overtake thee.  Picture the process of death, applying always to
thyself.
   (A useful preliminary practice is to read textbooks of Pathology, and to
visit museums and dissecting-rooms.)
   2. Continue this practice until death is complete; follow the corpse
through the stages of embalming, wrapping and burial.
   3. Now imagine a divine breath entering thy nostrils.
   4. Next, imagine a divine light enlightening the eyes.
   5. Next, imagine the divine voice awakening the ears.
   6. Next, imagine a divine kiss imprinted on the lips.
   7. Next, imagine the divine energy informing the nerves {10} and muscles of
the body, and concentrate on the phenomenon which will already have been
observed in 3, the restoring of the circulation.
   8. Last, imagine the return of the reproductive power, and employ this to
the impregnation of the Egg of light in which man is bathed.
   9. Now represent to thyself that this Egg is the Disk of the Sun, setting
in the west.
  10. Let it sink into blackness, borne in the bark of heaven, upon the back
of the holy cow Hathor.  And it may be that thou shalt hear the moaning
thereof.
  11. Let it become blacker than all blackness.  And in this meditation thou
shalt be utterly without fear, for that the blankness that will appear unto
thee is a thing dreadful beyond all thy comprehension.
   And it shall come to pass that if thou hast well and properly performed
this meditation that on a sudden thou shalt hear the drone and booming of a
Beetle.
  12. Now then shall the Blackness pass, and with rose and gold shalt thou
arise in the East, with the cry of an Hawk resounding in thine ear.  Shrill
shall it be and harsh.
  13. At the end shalt thou rise and stand in the mid-heaven, a globe of
glory.  And therewith shall arise the mighty Sound that holy men have likened
unto the roaring of a Lion.
  14. Then shalt thou withdraw thyself from the Vision, gathering thyself into
the divine form of Osiris upon his throne.
  15. Then shalt thou repeat audibly the cry of triumph of {11} the god
rearisen, as it shall have been given unto thee by thy Superior.
  16. And this being accomplished, thou mayest enter again into the Vision,
that thereby shall be perfected in Thee.
  17. After this shalt thou return into the body, and give thanks unto the
Most High God IAIDA, yea unto the Most High God IAIDA.
  18. Mark well that this operation should be performed if it be possible in a
place set apart and consecrated to the Works of the Magick of Light.  Also
that the Temple should be ceremonially open as thou hast knowledge and skill
to perform, and that at the end thereof the closing should be most carefully
accomplished.  But in the preliminary practice it is enough to cleanse thyself
by ablution, by robing, and by the rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram.
   0-2 should be practised at first, until some realisation is obtained; and
the practice should always be followed by a divine invocation of Apollo or of
Isis or of Jupiter or of Serapis.
   Next, after a swift summary of 0-2, practise 3-7.
   This being mastered, add 8.
   Then add 9-13.
   Then being prepared and fortified, well fitted for the work, perform the
whole meditation at one time.  And let this be continued until perfect success
be attained therein.  For this is a mighty meditation and holy, having power
even upon Death; yea, having power even upon Death.

   (Note by Fra. O.M.  At any time during this meditation, the concentration
may bring about Samadhi.  This is to be feared and shunned, more than any
other breaking of control, for that it is the most tremendous of the forces
which threaten to obsess.  There is also some danger of acute delirious
melancholia at point 1.) {12}


                                     III

                                    S S S

   "Thou art a beautiful thing, whiter than a woman in the column of this
vibration.
   "I shoot up vertically like an arrow, and become that Above.
   "But it is death, and the flame of the pyre.
   "Ascend in the flame of the pyre, O my Soul!  Thy God is like the cold
emptiness of the utmost heaven, into which thou radiatest thy little light.
   "When Thou shalt know me, O empty God, my flame shall utterly expire in Thy
great N.O.X."   --- LIBER LAPIDIS LAZULI. I. 36-40.

   0. Be seated in thine Asana, preferably the Thunderbolt.
   It is essential that the spine be vertical.
   1. In this practice the cavity of the brain is the Yoni; the spinal cord is
the Lingam.
   2. Concentrate thy thought of adoration in the brain.
   3. Now begin to awaken the spine in this manner.  Concentrate thy thought
of thyself in the base of the spine, and move it gradually up a little at a
time.
   By this means thou wilt become conscious of the spine, feeling each
vertebra as a separate entity.  This must be achieved most fully and perfectly
before the further practice is begun.
   4. Next, adore the brain as before, but figure to thyself its content as
infinite.  Deem it to be the womb of Isis, or the body of Nuit.
   5. Next, identify thyself with the base of the spine as before, but figure
to thyself its energy as infinite.  Deem it to be the phallus of Osiris or the
being of Hadit.
   6. These two concentrations 4 and 5 may be pushed to the point of Samadhi.
Yet lose not control of the will; let not Samadhi be thy master herein.
   7. Now then, being conscious both of the brain and the spine, and
unconscious of all else, do thou imagine the {13} hunger of the one for the
other; the emptiness of the brain, the ache of the spine, even as the
emptiness of space and the aimlessness of Matter.
   And if thou hast experience of the Eucharist in both kinds, it shall aid
thine imagination herein.
   8. Let this agony grow until it be insupportable, resisting by will every
temptation.  Not until thine whole body is bathed in sweat, or it may be in
sweat of blood, and until a cry of intolerable anguish is forced from thy
closed lips, shalt thou proceed.
   9. Now let a current of light, deep azure flecked with scarlet, pass up and
down the spine, striking as it were upon thyself that art coiled at the base
as a serpent.
   Let this be exceedingly slow and subtle; and though it be accompanied with
pleasure, resist; and though it be accompanied with pain, resist.
  10. This shalt thou continue until thou art exhausted, never relaxing the
control.  Until thou canst perform this one section 9 during a whole hour,
proceed not.  And withdraw from the meditation by an act of will, passing into
a gentle Pranayama without Kumbhakham, and meditating on Harpocrates, the
silent and virginal God.
   11. Then at last, being well-fitted in body and mind, fixed in peace,
beneath a favourable heaven of stars, at night, in calm and warm weather,
mayst thou quicken the movement of the light until it be taken up by the brain
and the spine, independently of thy will.
   12. If in this hour thou shouldst die, is it not written: "Blessed are the
dead that die in the Lord"?  Yea, Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord!

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