LHP and RHP - Further Notes on Western Ideas of These Paths
First of all, this must be understood: All living things have a Black Flame,
they flow with it if they are not klippothic, i.e., if they have not battled
it and themselves their entire lives. But living things are generally more
unaware of it than they are of their arms or legs when they are not using
their arms or legs. E.g., when you are sitting quietly, watching TV or something
else relaxing, you are not "aware" of your legs - and walking is so as-given
that people are also usually not aware of their legs unless they trip. When
Knowledge of this Inner type comes; that flash of KNOWING or SIGHT, then the
person is aware of his own Black Flame. Whether or not he knows what
it is - is another matter - but he is definitely aware of SOMETHING that is
there and this would be the only first step to the Knowledge or Sight of the
rest of what is known as the 5 Dharmas - or the Five Principles on our pentagram.
The doctrines of the Dark Tradition are all about that Something, defining
the Five Principles and every other aspect of this Dark Something.
The best way I've heard LHP/RHP explained is that anytime you give
something a name, it becomes Right-Hand, because now it is in the realm of
communication, the realm of the symbolic, and the realm of the outer.
It is as the traditional systems would have it: the Knowledge is Dark, it's
Wisdom. But the labeling of it is like the Word, the Logos - obviously
Light. Right-Hand path activity is in the realm of "change the world" or even
"study the world." Left-Hand knowledge is something that seems to come
from no source. One day, you might simply go from not-knowing, even if you
cerebrally or analytically know it, to Knowing.
I do not seek to destroy the Right-Hand Path or its ways and means. Knowlwedge,
communication, the wisdom of our elders, all of these things are fine and
valuable. I do not see the Left and Right Hand Paths as being opposed because
in the true sense, they are not opposed, despite what millions on false
paths might think. After all, the person who told me what the Left-Hand Path
is -told- me. She doesn't normally use language, but she can. The actual
Knowingness of the Left-Hand Path is completely inner and, therefore, presymbolic.
Only when it needs to be communicated does it enter the realm of symbol.
Those people who are fully integrated do not need to give words to their Knowing.
They simply Know, wordlessly, and they might not choose to communicate a thing
about it. I have chosen to revolutionize the world, or at least communite
Ideas to those that sincerely wish to know this. This is, of course, a very
Right-Hand Path deed to do.
The key to happiness isn't to avoid being Right-Hand Path, or to shun the
light. It is to acknowledge the proper place of the Right-Hand Path in its
dependence for existence to the Wisdom of the Left, and to acknowledge the
proper place of Yang as the hand which reaches forth on behalf of Yin. This
is also not a case of superiority/inferiority as deluded people falsely think.
Some may misunderstand and think I speak of LHP Knowledge as if it comes
from another world. Obviously, they never had the experiences! Some may insist
that Knowledge, all of it, is handed down from past experiences and work ethic
and a good portion of trial and error. (Tell that to Ramanajuan.) Some say
that if we were going to talk about knowledge in the aspect of the "Self"
or greater "I" and get into a mystic realm then we'd be bordering on Spirtual
escapades which are associated with the RHP. In fact, such behavior would
correctly be a FALSE RHP. Though these who misunderstand this agree that it
is very important to have "Self Realization" and reach the "Man God" status,
we tend to see all this "Man God" rhetoric as hopelessly LaVayan - and we
wholly reject this. This is a misunderstanding of the words I'm using to try
to convey something ELSE. Being aware, as such, that you are an isolated whole
Self with a Black Flame burning within you, even being aware of just what
this Flame is, has nothing to do with "Man God" ideas.
When I talk about Wisdom, I am speaking of something that, although infused
into humanity, is not something uniquely human, but in fact a Principle.
The thing about Principles is that they are TRANSCENDANT in that, although
they are part of this universe, even inside of beings that live in the universe
like us, they are not matter, not energy, and not dependant on the Big Bang.
Wisdom exists simply because it chooses to, or as the Eastern Doctrines state
"out of Necessity." Although the basic foundational statement of all true
LHP is that "all things are knowable through the flesh," it has to be understood
also that not all that is known is fleshly. It is very difficult for
me to communicate concepts that are as alien to me as Theurgy. The Right-Hand
Path seems mystical because it is based on Faith. That is, most RHP is based
on the Knowledge imparted to them by LHP people , in attempts to impart it
using WORDS. That is, people try to impart this Knowledge - TO others who
simply believe them on Faith! All of it is this, unless, of course, it's a
money making scam which we are not talking about here. But even such things
as scams prove the fallability of Faith and give testament to the amount of
gullible people in the world that believe because they WANT to believe - believe
The scenario one imagines is that a Guru, or a person seeking Knowledge,
has an Awakening (Left-Hand Path) which changes his whole life (Yin). He then
goes and tells people who, on account of his charisma (Yang), decide to create
a religion around him (Right-Hand Path) or around what he said (RHP) while
not having had this awakening themselves. At the core of every religion is
a Mystical subgroup. In Buddhism, we have Tantra. In Islam, we have Sufism.
In Hinduism we have Vedanta. In Christianity, we have something nameless,
but it's there.. In Platonism and Pythagoreanism we have the Mathematikoi.
In Satanism, we have the Dark Doctrines people. Some of these people, such
as Ole Wolf and Philip Marsh, have sought to FIND what scientific knowledge
there is out there that would back up these things, such as neurological modern
testing to show just what is going on when these "flash knowledges" happen.
No one can doubt that Ramanajuan gave us empirical mathematical equasions,
provable math, not platitudes or ethics or morals or idealism. Namagiri TOLD
him the answers by showing him. What is Namagiri? It's Ramanajuan's ethnic
group's name for an aspect of the SAT. The ToS might call that Set. Ramanajuan
was also trained enough (RHP), or smart enough (inborn), to be able to remember
and understand what he was being shown by Namagiri (LHP). Anyone else
with lesser training or memory would have had to try to remember it, perhaps
interpret it wrongly, remember it in bits mingled with cultural human constructions,
or put some cultural context on it or make "sayings" out of it.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the Mystical, until it is grasped
wrongly by those who cannot understand it. Those people then turn it into
a religion. That's WHY groups stay secret, or why 90% of LHP practitioners
stayed solitary in history.
The best and most well known example of the difference between a radical
Right and radical Left approach is in the comparison of The Way. Two
examples. Jesus said, "I am THE WAY, the truth, and the light." But Lao Tze
said, "THE WAY that can be DEFINED is NOT THE TRUE WAY." Lao Tze is a Lylythian
Saint (Patron Saint of the Left-Hand Path, in fact). Jesus is, in the words
of my mother, "a distraction."
I suppose another living example of this would be in the Left vs Right methods
of prayer. The Right Hand Path would be a mixture of praise and requests,
or doing things to appeace some outside Powerful Deity. Either way, the person
is talking, talking, talking at the Divine, praising or asking or otherwise
ranting and rambling, usually with some anthropomorphic image in their minds
that is a cultural icon. The Left-Hand Path method of what loosely passes
as prayer, is to completely silence the mind and listen with inner ears. The
Left-Hand Path assumes that whatever you want to commune with already has
a good idea what you want because you are part of It, and It is part of you.
Some might STILL misunderstand these words and think that I'm defining a
LHP based on an outside force for recognition and granting, and not basing
it on the individual fullfilling his/her own wishes. Many might assume this
by my choice of words "Commune With." In which case I have to use this analogy:
"commune with nature" usually means doing something on a solitary level, not
talking to trees or dirt. The person gets quiet within and becomes aware of
things, sounds, smells that he/she is normally oblivious of. That is "communing
with nature." It has something to do with immersion of one's self IN nature,
becoming aware of things that are generally outside of the concrete city with
all its mechanical noises. The word "commune" is easily misunderstood.
Some might counter that by insisting that what isn't defined by perception
does not exist within the being to "acknowledge" it, thus it is irrevelant.
I can counter that by simply saying that no one goes around "noticing" or
"acknowledging" his/her atoms. People didn't even know what atoms were a short
time ago, yet people existed and people are, in fact, atomic matter - their
noticing or acknowledging these atoms didn't bear on their existence at all.
People still don't notice or acknowledge their atoms. Atom BOMBS, however,
very much exist and are definitely noticed by all.
One might also say, since we are bordering on Mysticism here, everything
percieved is all an illusion and nothing really exists, which might not seem
like a Satanic ideal here. Ideal? Idealism is not the same as Realism. Also,
this is not the case at all. True LHP systems CLAIM that all is Samsaric (illusory,
fleeting) and by that they mean that there IS Being, and there IS Non-Being
- these are absolutes. But all we can ever dwell in or understand or see or
know is Becoming, which is a fleeting moment that is past as soon as it is
the now. We can never know the "thing in itself" because we provably
change it by merely observing it. This is a fact - not mysticism. This is
Realism, not Idealism.
Consider "The Republic," by Plato. Remember, everything perceived is an illusion.
You do not see a thing-in-itself, but e.g., rather a grouping of photons bouncing
off the thing, whatever it is. But even that is a surface and easily proven
analogy, just a provable example about not ever being able to see the "thing
in itself." Also, phonons are much more true-to-reality, but very few people
have bat-like or dolphin-like hearing. There is a line of poetry that the
Temple lifted for it's generic destruction ritual:
"I will show you something different from the shadow at morning that stands
behind you. I will show you something different from the shadow at evening
that rises to meet you. I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
Envision the bottom V of our pentacle. The first top left point Shadow
is Azazel (Birth/Innocence - the newborn being with inchoat mind and who has
ONLY the Black Flame brimming within his/her being). The second top right
point shadow is Samael (Death/dissolution of the living being that is containing
that Black Flame). Life exists between these shadows, a Flame of Light existing
within the Boundless Darkness; the Becoming Black Flame that exists between
Being and Non-Being. Fear is the point at which the Angles (V) of Samael
and Azazel intersect, the bottom point of the Pentagram. It is a part of the
totality of the Dark and it is the End of Light. When Light attempts to extinguish
itself (exoterically, when a person stops being what/who they are in
favor of some game of "pretend"), Ophion is called into the lives of beings
that do this, into their very Beings, and this consumes their Flame! They
invite Fear into themselves. They live IN fear - and that is not living, it
disenables Becoming of the individual, isolate true Self. (We acknowledge
that fear is a great incentive for human societies (groups) to develop weapons
- to destroy others, weapons of mass destruction - and we note that Ophion
is a destroyer).
We can never know Being or Non-Being. ALL we can ever know is Becoming -
and in a universe that contains all things that are constantly Becoming, there
is no stasis. There is ONLY Becoming as far as we can ever experience through
the flesh. Essentially therefore, what I am saying is that our perception
of this world is an illusion, because human senses were meant for animal
survival. Another example: If we understood that walls are not solid, we might
hurt ourselves trying to walk through what is almost entirely empty space.
There is an order of existence beyond the mundame. Yes, it makes no sense
to wander through it blindly, as many Right-Hand Path people attempt to do.
They simply believe what is told to them because they cannot see it or Know
it for themselves. Then, there are those who deny the existence of of all
of what is contained in this LHP Knowledge. While this is a far more useful
or practical perspective to have (in fact, that is a very LaVeyan perspective!),
it is also essentially incorrect.
I have no problem being labled a mystic, because I find pleasure in knowing
certain things that I know. I find no reason to lie.
Some think that the word "Magic" is just a catchy word to make things into
a mystery of sorts. They think that Magic is nothing more then "Will Power"
and the act of energy flow being caste to your desire. This is the idea of
many people into Satanism, though some grant that others are free to believe
in some sort of exterior spirts or demons etc...
Again, this is a misunderstanding of things that might not even be possible
to explain. I will bring up Ramanajuan again. What his "spirit/demon/manifestation
created by his own ego of the SAT itself" told him, which he told us, happens
to be provable, empirical mathematics. Not platitudes, morals, or ethical
ideas or ideals. Empirical math. Ramanajuan is acknowledge by professors and
the entire field of mathematics to have been the greatest 20th century mathemetician.
But who - or what - is Namagiri? See above, I already told the reader.
The Temple took the shortcut and split magic into two large branches: Theurgy
and Thaumaturgy. Thaumaturgy involves anything that relies on the four "Terrestial
Circuits" of perception/cognition. (See the works of Robert Anton Wilson for
further detail on the circuits, or refer to my essay on Epistemelogy). Theurgy
involves the "Extraterristial Circuits." When one KNOWS something without
having to him/herself figure it out, that's an act of Theurgic Divination.
I came to understand, after trying to put pieces together but really not FATHOMING
what I was trying to do, WHY "Wisdom" is a Goddess in the Judiac Mystery Tradition.
It is difficult for me to communicate this. For some reason, I just went from
a scholar, looking and cataloging but not really UNDERSTANDING, to being someone
who is actually IN the Judaic Mystery Tradition (which is a Western Tradition).
As I learned in college, it's a real experience that others who had it can
recognize. People who have had an Awakening have something about them that
others recognize. I'm not superhuman by any stretch of the imagination. I'm
not really all that different from whta I was before, but now I have a greater
capacity for Understanding.
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