Liber OS ABYSMI vel Daath
sub figurâ CDLXXIV
Publication in Class B.
N. Fra A∴ A∴
- This book is the Gate of the Secret of the
- Let the Exempt Adept procure the Prolegomena of
Kant, and study it, paying special attention to
- Also Hume's doctrine of Causality in his
- Also Herbert Spencer's discussion of the three
theories of the Universe in his "First
Principles," Part I.
- Also Huxley's Essays on Hume and Berkeley.
- Also Crowley's Essays: Berashith,
Time, The Soldier and the
Hunchback, et cetera.
- Also the "Logik" of Hegel.
- Also the "Questions of King Milinda"
and the Buddhist Suttas which bear on Metaphysic.
- Let him also be accomplished in Logic. (Formal
Logic, Keynes.) Further let him study any
classical works to which his attention may be
sufficiently directed in the course of his
- Now let him consider special problems, such as
the Origin of the World, the Origin of Evil,
Infinity, the Absolute, the Ego and the non-Ego,
Freewill and Destiny, and such others as may
- Let him subtly and exactly demonstrate the
fallacies of every known solution, and let him
seek a true solution by his right Ingenium.
- In all this let him be guided only by clear
reason, and let him forcibly suppress all other
qualities such as Intuition, Aspiration, Emotion,
and the like.
- During these practices all forms of Magick Art
and Meditation are forbidden to him. It is
forbidden to him to seek any refuge from his
- Let then his reason hurl itself again and again
against the blank wall of mystery which will
- Thus also following is it said, and we deny it
not. At last automatically his reason will take
up the practice, suâ sponte, and he shall have no
- Then will all phenomena which present themselves
to him appear meaningless and disconnected, and
his own Ego will break up into a series of
impressions having no relation one with the
other, or with any other thing.
- Let this state then become so acute that it is in
truth Insanity, and let this continue until
- According to a certain deeper tendency of the
individual will be the duration of this state.
- It may end in real insanity, which concludes the
activities of the Adept during this present life,
or by his rebirth into his own body and mind with
the simplicity of a little child.
- And then shall he find all his faculties
unimpaired, yet cleansed in a manner ineffable.
- And he shall recall the simplicity of the Task of
the Adeptus Minor, and apply himself thereto with
fresh energy in a more direct manner.
- And in his great weakness it may be that for
awhile the new Will and Aspiration are not
puissant, yet being undisturbed by those dead
weeds of doubt and reason which he hath uprooted,
they grow imperceptibly and easily like a flower.
- And with the reappearance of the Holy Guardian
Angel he may be granted the highest attainments,
and be truly fitted for the full experience of
the destruction of the Universe. And by the
Universe We mean not that petty Universe which
the mind of man can conceive, but that which is
revealed to his soul in the Samadhi of
- Thence may he enter into a real communion with
those that are beyond, and he shall be competent
to receive communication and instruction from
- Thus shall We prepare him for the confrontation
of Choronzon and the Ordeal of the Abyss, when we
have received him into the City of the Pyramids.
- So, being of Us, let the Master of the Temple
accomplish that Work which is appointed. (In Liber CDXVIII. is an
adequate account of this Ordeal and Reception.
See also Liber CLVI. for the preparation.)
- Also concerning the Reward thereof, of his
entering into the Palace of the King's Daughter,
and of that which shall thereafter befall, let it
be understood of the Master of the Temple. Hath
he not attained to Understanding? Yea, verily,
hath he not attained to Understanding?