Monday, November 24, 2008

Magick & Karma

“This idea of Karma has been confused by many who ought to have known better...

Karma does not work in this way at all. In any case moral fables have to be very carefully constructed, or they may prove dangerous to those who used them...

Karma does not act in this tit-for-tat way. An eye for an eye is a savage justice, and the idea of justice in our human sense is quite foreign to the constitution of the universe.

Karma is the law of cause and effect. There is no proportion in its operations. Once an accident occurs it is impossible to say what may happen; and the Universe is a stupendous accident.

We go out to tea one-thousand times without mishap, and on the thousand-and-first we meet someone who radically changes our lives forever.

There is a sort of sense in which every impression that is made upon our minds is the resultant of all the forces of the past; no incident is so trifling that is has not in some way shaped one's disposition. But there is none of this crude retribution about it. One may kill a hundred thousand lice in one brief hour at the foot of Baltoro Glacier, as Fr. P. once did. It would be stupid to suppose, as the Theosophist inclines to suppose, that this action involves one in the doom of being killed by a louse a hundred thousand times.

The ledger of karma is kept separate from the petty cash account; and in respect of bulk this petty cash account is very much bigger than the ledger.

If we eat too much salmon we get indigestion and perhaps a nightmare. It is silly to suppose that a time will come when a salmon will eat us, and find us disagreeable. On the other hand we are always being terribly punished for actions that are not faults at all. Even our virtues rouse insulted nature to revenge. Karma only grows by what it feeds on; and if karma is to be properly brought up it requires a very careful diet. With the majority of people their actions cancel each other out; no sooner is effort made than it is counter-balanced by idleness. Eros gives place to Anteros. Not one man in a thousand makes even an apparent escape from the commonplace of animal life.”

- Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory & Practice.

“It's about time that we as magicians finally de-demonize this concept of karma and free it from this childish burden. If you punch some guy in the nose, the only "karma" involved is that the person's nose will hurt and that's all! The fact that he might punch you back is a secondary result of your victim's pain, or his anger about his own inability to recognize your aggressive intentions and move his head in time.

But better than the naive, ill-considered burden of the old guilt and repentance complex would be the psychological approach that propagates avoiding any kind of karma at all, otherwise it might lead to a moral conflict that could even go as far as to cause psychosomatic illnesses. In this sense, it would be psychologically a good idea to only do what you really believe in with your whole heart.”

- Fr. UD, High Magick: Theory & Practice.

Theosophical discourses on magick and karma are bogus, and always have been. Right/Left, Black/White worries for wankers who need the universe to love them because they did "the right thing."

Morals matter in magick because we make our own decisions, right or wrong, thus defining ourselves. But it's still a choice on the part of the practitioner; not some universe-instilled dogma dictated by higher sources. The wheel of Karma simply is. To Hell with the rest of the worries. This would is our playground; perceptual reality our tool. We do not desire to be free from the constraints of it's pains or horrors because they shape us, as we too can shape the world.

Love is the goddamn Law. Love under fucking Will.

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