By Stephen E. Flowers
Examines the left-hand direction and divulges the masters of the culture
• Explores the practices and ideology of many left-hand direction teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Hell-Fire membership, and heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects
• Investigates many notorious occult personalities, together with Helena Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, and Anton LaVey
• Explains the real distinction among the right-hand course and the left-hand path--union with and dependence on God as opposed to person freedom and self-empowerment
From black magic and Satanism to Gnostic sects and Gurdjieff’s Fourth means, the left-hand direction has been associated with many practices, cults, and contributors around the a while. Stephen plants, Ph.D., examines the equipment, teachings, and historic position of the left-hand direction, from its origins in Indian tantric philosophy to its underlying impression in present international affairs, and divulges which philosophers, magicians, and occult figures all through heritage can actually be known as “Lords of the Left-Hand Path.”
Flowers explains that whereas the right-hand course seeks union with and therefore dependence on God, the left-hand direction seeks a “higher law” in line with wisdom and tool. it's the manner of self-empowerment and actual freedom. starting with historic Hindu and Buddhist sects and relocating Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand course teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Yezidi satan Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire membership, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and several other heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a delicately crafted definition of a real adherent of the left-hand direction in line with major principles--self-deification and problem to the conventions of “good” and “evil”--the writer analyzes many well-known and notorious personalities, together with H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and divulges which occult masters have been Lords of the Left-Hand course.
Flowers indicates that the left-hand course isn't inherently evil yet a part of our background and our deep-seated wish to be loose, self sustaining, and in command of our destinies.
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This is ruled over by the god Indra in the Vedas and the god Thor in the Norse Eddas. The third order is that of natural procreation or vitality, which is governed by the Ashvinau in India and by the Vanic deities Frey and Freya—the Lord and the Lady—in Germania. 1. indd 22 5/25/12 11:24 AM The Eastern Traditions 23 kings, philosophers, judges, and magicians; a warrior class; and a provider class of farmers, craftsmen, entertainers, and so forth. This very ancient division is also reflected in Plato’s idealized society discussed in The Republic (ca.
219) states: “Through enjoyment one gains liberation; for enjoyment is the means of reaching the Supreme Abode. ”38 Vimalananda alludes to a reason why a left-hand-path practitioner does not unify with the divinity outside himself. ”39 Those on the vamamarga eventually reject totally the methods and rituals of the dakshinamarga as being inefficient or of no real help in their progress. They may, however, continue to worship their deity during the day in a traditional way while they perform rites of the vamachara at night.
Profane” things are made “pure” as an exercise of the mind. Vajrayana is heavily influenced on a philosophical and practical level by Indian (Hindu) tantrism, indigenous Tibetan religion (Bon), and Central Asian shamanism. ” In Buddhism, as in Hinduism, the left-hand path ends not in the absorption or annihilation of individuality in moksha or nirvana, but in a perpetuation of that individuality on a more permanent plane of existence.