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  Two Faces of the Beast

Self Realization Posted by <Xnoubis> on Sunday October 22, @05:15PM
from the if-it-ain't-one-thing-it's-another dept.

Lately, I've been considering the Beast archetype as a conjunction of two usually distinct principles.

On the one hand, there is Beast as transcendental destroyer, a reframing of the antagonist in the Revelation of St. John. This aspect could be compared to the Hindu deity Shiva, the opening of whose eye destroys the universe. This is the eye depicted in the Tower trump of the Thoth deck.

  1. O Thou great hooded sun of glory, cut off these eyelids!

  2. Nature shall die out; she hideth me, closing mine eyelids with fear, she hideth me from My destruction, O Thou open eye.

  3. O ever-weeping One!

Liber VII, Chapter I </blockquote></HTML> On the other hand, there is the Beast in the sense of our existence as incarnate animals. This is our starting point, and no lasting progress can be made without coming to terms with ourselves in this regard. This is one aspect of the Hindu Ganesha, the elephant-headed god:

  1. Also I prayed unto the Elephant God, the Lord of Beginnings, who breaketh down obstruction.

Liber LXV, Chapter III </blockquote></HTML> In the Book of Thoth, elephants are described as being of the nature of Taurus, to which “Therion” (Greek for “beast”) is attributed in Liber Reguli.

So the Beast is both the beginning (in the sense of Ganesha) and the destination (in the sense of Shiva) of the initiatory journey.*

* One could speak of a third face, the incarnate animal transforming into the transendental destroyer, as typified by Paul Maud'dib in Dune, for example. But that aspect of the Beast archetype is probably best represented for each initiate by his/her own life.

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**Re: Two Faces of the Beast**
by Mordecai Shapiro on Monday October 23, @12:16AM

One could speak of a fourth face, symbolized by an animal-headed, androgynous, Kundalini-awakened deity (e.g., Zurvan Akarana, Baphomet) that represents the fully enlightened initiate, informed by infinite time/space, utterly natural and ultimately transcendent at once.

**Re: Two Faces of the Beast**
by Charles Humphries on Monday October 23, @01:19AM

What about the “magnificient beasts of women,” spoken of in Chapter Two of Liber AL vel Legis?

Wouldn't you like to be a hermit, too?

- Ch

**Re: Two Faces of the Beast**
by <Craig> on Monday October 23, @03:11AM

speaking of beasts and elephants, i had this dream
recently wherein i seemed to be in a large dark interior where i saw what appeared to be two elephants up close laying on the floor of what
could have been a cage, what i saw was these huge
beasts (elephants) that were dying, and i saw thier eyes very vivid big abbysmal sad eyes, i felt the acute suffering and what felt like they where tring to convey some secret to me, as i was invited to experiance thier journey, thier story,
the eye held me captive as i watched spellbound
the whole terrible tale unraveled, i saw thier death approach with such concrete inevitableness,
such stealthy suddeness, such lurid resignation…
that i was overcome with unbearable gravity, but
just as death seemed to overtake the light in these prone mamoths, just before the light was extinguished, and i was awash in a sea of anguish at this beast to human communication of some
forgotten travisty to these sweet wise old creatures…it was as if at the very moment of
infinite sorrow and ancient dread, the eyes swallowing me in thier narly deepth, i felt a
transcendent light equal the darkness of thier
impossible deaths…

**Re: Two Faces of the Beast**
by Joe Eckert on Thursday November 02, @01:14PM

I like the mention of the story of Paul Maud'dib as an illustration of the initatory experience. One thing I would like to point out though, as a fan of the Dune series of books, that Paul's son, Leto II, in fact became a sandworm, thus trasmuting himself into the “Beast” physically. This being is known in the later books as “ the worm who is God” and called Shaitian as well as the prophet. A bit of transcending dualism there I think. Or was Frank Herbert just hip?
(Hipper than L.Ron Hubbard to be sure)

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