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A 'received' text expressing the essence of Shakti-Babalon and the Tantrik union of the Dyad, revealing old Mysteries and making new ones. Sex & Death & Flesh is All.
OM HRIM SHAKTI-BABALON NAMAH SVAHA!
The Book of Shakti-Babalon
Via Aion – 'In Absu' – Deep Pacific Ocean – off Alaska – 5/30/01
This Book is Opened
With the Seed of the Sun and the Kalas of the Moon
Conjoined in Bliss.
The Image is that of the Yoni Yantra (Inverse Triangle with Centerpoint).The points are:
Knowledge Action * Will
The center Bindu-point is Love Eternal, uttered from the Moment of Creation as:
This is the Key that opens every Door and the Feather found upon every shore.
- Upon the Endless Sea with no ending and no limit
floats the preceived Atman of Consciousness
And the Goddess takes this gently up onto her palm, embraces it to her breast
And it becomes her Lord & Chela
And so she begins the teaching, the mystery of Shakti-Babalon,
a Pearl split in two and hidden as halves in the mists of East and West.
Her Palm closes & opens and Lo! The Pearl is conjoined
and the mystery is revealed
and upon the endless ocean
the Mother of All Waters begins her Tantra:
“Know that my worship is of Flesh
All else is abstract, obtuse and as dust.
Flesh of Flesh is sacred to me
The points of Connection & the Wheels of Configuration of release”
- A lotus rises from the Primal Ocean & Blooms in a glory of sunrise colors.
Upon it enthroned is the Faceless Goddess who begins to speak:
“Who does not particularize my rapturous mystery worships me thus as Veiled Isis and creatrix of light.
Joyful and worthy, this Image of Goddess serves to instruct, inspire & guide
But of Magick, it speaks not.”
A Mirror in female form appears, it is of itself the Great Goddess
and reflections of All Things spiral within it as she speaks:
“Sex in all its infinite forms is Shakti as restless and endless as the Ocean about you
As the tidally-sparked blood within your Flesh
Ever flowing, ever seeming to encompass All Things
Ever filling and settling into All Spaces
Sex is my Mantra, my Spell, My Siren Cry
And it is I who always answer this cry,
it is the glory of my Flesh that suffuses the Mystery
And the release of Orgasm that calms the turbulent Ocean that is also I.
You see me as a Mirror Image of All, so as to mate with me
And so become whole.
Mystery of Anima & Animus
Flesh & Spirit
Nu & Hadit
And the restless Shakti ripples
Pan & Babalon reveal this age-old Mystery
As do Shiva & Shakti
Yin & Yang
And every archetypal dyad eternally mating
Great Ocean of Bliss
This is the Teaching of All Schools, All Mysteries, All Faiths;
though Isis has been veiled and Sophia's Flame hidden and the wonders of Fatima buried in the sands.
The Aeon-old drive of Sex
Enthrones & goads the species
And so I offer the Key to your liberation!
Self reflected Self
Union & United:
The barrier is gone!”
- The Mirror-image flows into drops of watery liquid falling & swirling into a brilliant Chalice…
“Now the Hidden Teaching, long divided, for what is spoken in your Cells you know.
The Mystic worships me as All and dissolves into Prima Materia and is content –
For I am Tao & embrace All as the endless Ocean.
Ah! But Magickians must worship my Mystery in/with Flesh, in Human Image
In the sacred rites of Tongue & Hand & Eye & Phallus & Yoni
In Juices and Pleasures with a mind focused on OM.
Flesh is here the Key, Flesh upon Flesh in Joy Unutterable
Such Union of Shiva & Shakti
Calms the Ocean of Samsara
And so reveals the depths wherein reside the Mystery of Mysteries you seek
For every particle of Self, every thought & dream, idea, image and ghostly desire
Must be poured into my Chalice, my Grail, my Cauldron
Until Naught but ashes of ashes remain – soon these too are gone –
In this way One may GO.
So the Mysteries of Shakti-Babalon have been elucidated
Here and elsewhere – for nothing is truly New
But this is only half the Pearl.
A Key was lost from the West
When the Mystery was split
And what was missing to many is now revealed:“
- The Image changes to that of a beautiful woman who is all women who have ever been – she walks forward, shifting & changing, a whirlwind of changing faces, energy & color – she is Anima…
“For All Women are Shakti-Babalon as All men are PanShiva,
yet restlessly seeking me in many women merely begins the Great Work,
over & over,
while never bringing it to fruition!
Herein is the true mystery, the second half of the Pearl:
The fiery ignition of Sex is only the beginning, the Prologue & Invocation of my Being –
The True Ritual unto me is one of years & years – Flesh Transmuting Flesh
Mind Transmuting Mind
Spirit Transmuting Spirit
Turning Dross into Gold: Mine Alchemy.
In one night of sexual bliss is the Work completed? Think you so?
It demands a lifetime of lifetimes measured in devotion & dedication
For my Throne is the Mountain top, I am a Goddess of Yoga (Union)
I must be sought after through trials & ordeals
I must be wooed
I must be honored, treasured, worshipped: Adored!
And I demand ALL as Pan is ALL
For offering nothing short of ALL will win you the Wish Fulfilling Gem.
So – the Teaching lost from the West is one of Patience, of Uniting over Years.
A Shakti/Shakta is not forged from a brief flame of lust imposed upon any person one would pleasure with
Shakti is Self in Flesh, the Key to all your Works
Mate & Materia Magicka for your Magnum Opus
As such I am the Alchemical Furnace of Time, the Alembic cherished for a lifetime
- Now comes the image of Heiros Gamos, the Sacred Marriage: Yin united with Yang, male & Female conjoined in a brilliant vision of Yab Yum mating, they meld and become one bright image…
“To come unto Shakti-Babalon, one must give All,
Not just a bit of seed and a few words of power!
You of the West know little of True giving, of letting GO and surrendering Self!
I demand ALL of your Mind, Spirit & Flesh in my pyre!
All of your Time
Actions & Desires
All of your Material & Esoteric Wealth
All of your Thoughts, Prayers & Rites
Until you are wholly mine in EVERY respect
I am wholly yours!”
- There is an image of ending – open Ocean under an Open Starry Sky
“In your blood are the tireless legends
Beginning is my Endless Space & Waters
And so in The End.
Devote yourself to me
With Knowledge, Will & Action
United in the Total Love which is my Essence
Devote yourself to ONE
For as PAN is ALL, Shakti is always ONE
For I am NONE indeed.
SHE who is Shakti incarnate will find you who are unworthy
When you show a glimmering of worthiness.
Woo her, honor her, worship her
Care for her, adore her
Deck her in jewels, fine garments & regale her with endless presents & praises –
For she is YOUR Shakti
The Key to YOUR transformation!
She is the Alchemical Furnace of your Work
and the Key to uncovering All Mysteries!
This is REAL, Flesh, no abstract symbol or ideal!
She is YOUR Goddess and You are Her God
(O Man! Woman has this Book writ in monthly blood and
the sighs of her rejection – she needs not words to unveil the Truth – she IS the Truth)
You shall transmute each other through Sex & Union
Rituals & Sorrows
Fighting & Loving
Play & Work
And in this Dance you will BECOME Lila – the PLAY of the Cosmos
Prakriti – the Energy Storm of Creation
Prana – the Winds of Life & Power behind All.
You will become the Primordial SHIVA & SHAKTI and so attain enlightenment!
- There is a last image as all fades… the divine Yoni Yantra descending triangle… becoming the Ocean…
“All Flesh is my Flesh and all Magick is my Flesh
All Goddesses are Women and All Women is A Woman.
If Shakti-Babalon is not Enthroned in your Bed
Your Thoughts, Dreams & Death
Then she is NOT
And you are merely playing with Shadows of yourself
Cast upon MY Ocean of Bliss
With a touch of my hand
They are gone
And you awake
To my Laughter!”
This Book is Sealed
With the tongues of Shiva/Shakti entwined
About the Elixir of Union: OM
For many years I and other magickians have debated the worth of monogamy, polygamy, polyandry etc. etc. and the variations of core relationships as magickal methods of attainment and new aeonic ways of life. Thelemites, being an ornery bunch as a whole, tend to argue for more open relationships. Yet there are evolutionary patterns that have programmed Homo Sapiens into what recent social scientists calls 'serial monogamy' or 'open monogamy.' Why? It seems that on a functional level (and emotional in terms of hormones, patterns etc.) children are the key. As specialized animals with lengthy gestation periods, some sort of at least short-term monogamy seems to be somewhat necessary to insure the survival of the off-spring, or so the scientists tell us.
This interests me less that the question of the Magickal functions of the dyad – Shiva/Shakti, Yin/Yang etc. 2=0 as it were. It seemed to me that there was a SPIRITUAL and MAGICKAL reflex to this social 'serial monogamy' – or was there? Isn't the creation of the 'magickal child' of alchemy important? If one follows Tantra (and I do) or believes that Sexual Alchemy is key to Magick (and most of you do, I would guess) than this question goes right to the heart of what a magickal relationship means as a mode of attaining liberation & enlightenment. I have puzzled over this for years I finally threw the question out to the Goddess and forgot about it.
I recently took a cruise to Alaska up the inland passage (never mind the particulars and, yes, you should be jealous). After a particularly charged ritual with my wife & Shakti, out in the open ocean of the Arctic, out of sight of land, I lapsed into a trance and received the book you have just read. It seems to answer the question, at least for me. I hope you find it of interest.
Clearly it is mostly directed at male magickians – it states that women '…has this Book writ in monthly blood and the sighs of her rejection – she needs not words to unveil the Truth – she IS the Truth'
So, guys, this one is for you. Women don't need to be told this stuff – they KNOW it. They hold the Grail. Since most magickal women will gladly admit that most men are clueless, I'll leave it there.Comments, as always, welcome.
Om Hrim Shakti-Babalon Namah Svaha!
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While the sort of restless promiscuity that one often sees is indeed sterile and fruitless, I would hesitate to build from that or from purely biological imperatives an argument in favor of monogamy. I've seen deep and rich relationships in many forms – monogamous, polygamous, heterosexual, and homosexual.
The point that this 'received' text makes about the value of making long-term investment in a relationship does, however, sound like good sense. I'm not sure that necessarily equates to monogamy, though it does argue against casually sleeping around as a form of distraction and inattentiveness, the same as in any magical operation.
In any event, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law, or, as it is said on the net, YMMV.
|Re: The Book of Shakti-Babalon\\
by <Aion> on Monday June 25, @11:38PM
Indeed, you hit the nail on the head .\\
That is exactly as I understand it.\\
This does not advocate monogamy per se- just gives a value to 'perserverence furthers', as the I Ching says.\\
The law is and ever was- Do What Thou Wilt- but Love is the Law, Love under Will- which is what is being discussed, I think.\\
Beautiful verse and imagery, Aion.
I agree with Ma'akheru's comments, And feel that some of your commentary perhaps detracts in some ways from the universality of application of the actual verses.
Ultimately I see the work as an adoration of Nuit: intrinsically that there ARE no seperate beings; so 'Serial monogamy' (which is what we all do ultimately with varying timescales, ie. within or beyond the framework of single or even multiple incarnations), polygamy etc. are just illusions -they are all different paths of union with the One Goddess in All women. This broader interpretation allows a greater scope for the work, allowing magickians of any sexual path or persuasion to appreciate the work in terms of their own Wills, with the suggested applications of more longterm and serious relations still implicit for consideration.
Devotion to the Goddess is a many-faceted thing. Some of the commentary, I feel, is more specific to your own personal path.
I especially like the lines about women knowing, through their bleeding, rather than needing to mentally apprehend magick. The seas of Binah!
|Re: The Book of Shakti-Babalon\\
by <Aion> on Sunday July 29, @11:26AM
Thank you for your words!\\
Indeed, this is the trouble about comments- they never seem to work with 'received' works in that 'I' am only perceiving part of the the whole- as I readily admit- and indeed flaw the very transmission by my existance. In many ways a commentary compounds this flaw. Sigh.\\
But still, if one take is as merely 'my take' on on the work (and my intense experience with it) and not as any sort of deffinitive 'truth' we should be OK :)\\
BTW- more of my stuff is on www.psychicsophia.com/aion\\
Love & Will\\
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