A few quotations to make me feel better

Following on from the recent discussions on the post, Golden Dawn Blogs and Tradition, I quickly looked up these to make me feel better. This is what a blog’s for 🙂

Compassion is a distinguishing feature of the true adept. – Paul Foster Case.

The Traditional Rosicrucian carries within their heart love, compassion and tolerance. – The Rosicrucian Archive.

In these [Rosicrucian] documents, the authors declare a method and society involved in the transformation of man into a compassionate, socially aware individual, committed to the service of the Brotherhood of Humanity, and the extension of the true gifts of Mankind.  – Rosicrucian Order of the Golden Dawn

The ethical foundation of any Theurgical system of Magic, from Iamblichus of the Greeks to the Tibetan Buddhists to the Rosicrucians of Europe, is not self-sacrifice, but Compassion, in the active sense—what the Tibetans call Boddhichitta. In the classic Golden Dawn, such workings of Active Compassion were conducted by G.H. Soror S.S.D.D. (Florence Farr) and her Sphere Group, a cabal of Adepts in London, who specifically identified their work as a form of Boddhichitta. So this ethical force and its mode of expression has been part of the Golden Dawn current since the time of it’s earliest Lodges.  – Open Source Order Order of the Golden Dawn.

At its best religion demands more than just an ekstatis; it demands ethics…it demands to be translated into an ethical compassionate life. – Karen Armstrong, interview Tapestry 22/11/09 ‘Making a Case for God’.

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8 comments

  1. Layo · November 28, 2009

    Your heart seems to be in the right place, but I question getting bent out of shape about it. People get more compassionate when they’re treated with practical compassion. Angry judgment is totally understandable; it just doesn’t work. Organized charitable enterprise is a better way to go. To this day I think very highly of Christianity because of what the churches did for me when I needed help.

    A lot of occultists are either hard-hearted or emotionally immature, but yelling at them won’t change that. If they haven’t experienced being loved, they have no way to know how it works. Certain psychological injuries are very difficult to overcome, taking years of work if they even get as far as wanting to change.

    Regarding my impression of another post I saw here, I question what amounts to telling people who haven’t had the honor of being selected for inclusion in a traditional Rosicrucian society to give up their spiritual practice. I doubt membership will ever happen for me, but I *have* to do this work. What are we supposed to do, give up God because we haven’t been tapped on the shoulder by man? I refuse to let temple politics undermine my spirituality.

  2. Kate · November 28, 2009

    I thought the point always was and shall be to “desire to know in order to serve.” Seems to me compassion is the beginning to this, Peregrin, and all should agree with you.
    This is the foundation.

  3. Peregrin · November 30, 2009

    HI Layo,

    thanks for these views which are very good. I hope I am not shouting at people too much, but presenting what i consider the roots of their traditions. I agree shouting will not work 🙂

    I can’t remember ever saying, or thinking people shoud give up practice becuase they are not blessed to be within a traditional order. can you please clarify? Ta 🙂

  4. Peregrin · November 30, 2009

    Thank you for this reminder Kate. From your reminder I am reminded of J.H. Brennan’s foreword to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki’s The Ritual Magic Workbook, where he talks how at his intiation he gave the required response, “I desire to know in order to serve”. And he lied – unconsciously, thinking he was telling the truth. He goes on to say how the Order held and changed him. This is the beauty of magic. It does change us. And i think if we practice outer acts of compassion and service and charity in conjunction with our magic, it will change us deeper. Thanks 🙂

  5. Kate · November 30, 2009

    Thank you very much for that reference, and I hope you don’t mind if I call you Pippin, even if it is just once 😉

  6. Peregrin · November 30, 2009

    Cute, very cute 🙂 Suprisingly few people get the reference. Ta.

  7. Kate · November 30, 2009

    At your service 🙂

    However, on a more serious note, I just read this passage you refer to, and I find it odd that he says that he lied, because truly, the first steps of the magician [from my understanding] must be to tune and balance oneself in order to help others. So, he would be telling the truth, just one far more distant than he knew at the time.

    Perhaps his feeling of helplessness is really an awakening to the realization that it is not necessary or ultimately the truth. But wouldn’t you distinguish between power for the sake of power over others and the sort of cliche’ “ruler of the universe” kind, etc. ; and power over one’s own actions and self. This is still a step toward compassion. Know thy self, first. It is through this process that we learn of others as well.

    Just some observations, anyway. Thank you.

  8. Layo · December 1, 2009

    Hi there! I really liked the post in which you said this:

    “One of the biggest issues I see time and time again is Outer Order members practicing Inner Order, RR et AC rituals and practices. I know that the line between the two is not so hard and fast these days and one Order has moved all published RR et AC material to the Outer Order (click here for their rationale). However, at least that Order appears to have a graded structure of practice and mentoring which many of these bloggers do not. The conflation between Inner and Outer is, from a traditional viewpoint, very dangerous. I believe practicing magic before the Adeptus Minor initiation or equivalent is one of the most dangerous things we can do.”

    Maybe I misunderstood you when I responded as I did. I’ve been in three GD temples, though the last was a bit unconventional, and it never worked out; I did all the elemental grades with the last one, but was turned away while I was in Portal. I don’t want to try joining a temple again, so Adeptus Minor isn’t an official prospect for me. Nevertheless, I still use this style of invocation every day, and what I get out of it I wouldn’t give up. Basically, what I was trying to say is – do you expect those of us who did not get accepted to the Inner Order to give up the work? I don’t think I can, I really love it. But either way, I like your blog, and nice to meet you. 🙂

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