YAMA AND NIYAMA
The Hindus have place these two attainments in the forefront of their program.
They are the "moral qualities" and "good works" which are supposed to predispose to mental calm. "Yama" consists of non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gift. In the Buddhist system, "Sila", "Virtue," is similarly enjoined, in the Germanic mysteries they are Thews an in Zoroastrianism Amesha Spenta. The qualities are, for the layman, these five: Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt drink no intoxicating drink. For the monk many others are added. The commandments of Moses are familiar to all; they are rather similar; and so are those given by Christ in the "Sermon on the Mount." Some of these are only the "virtues" of a slave, invented by his master to keep him in order.
The real point of the Hindu "Yama" is that breaking any of these would tend to excite the mind. Subsequent theologians have tried to improve upon the teachings of the Masters, have given a sort of mystical importance to these virtues; they have insisted upon them for their own sake, and turned them into Puritanism and formalism. Thus "non-killing," which originally meant "do not excite yourself by stalking tigers," has been interpreted to mean that it is a crime to drink water that has not been strained, lest you should kill the animalcule. But this constant worry, this fear of killing anything by mischance is, on the whole, worse than a hand-to-hand conflict with a grisly bear. If the barking of a dog disturbs your meditation, it is simplest to shoot the dog, and think no more about it.
A similar difficulty with wives has caused some masters to recommend celibacy. In all these questions common sense must be the guide. No fixed rule can be laid down. The "non-receiving of gifts," for instance, is rather important for a Hindu, who would be thoroughly upset for weeks if any one gave him a coconut: but the average European takes things as they come by the time that he has been put into long trousers. The only difficult question is that of continence, which is complicated by many considerations, such as that of energy; but everybody's mind is hopelessly muddled on this subject, which some people confuse with erotology, and others
There will be no clear thinking on this matter until it is understood as being solely a branch of athletics. We may then dismiss Yama and Niyama with this advice: let the student decide for himself what form of life, what moral code, will least tend to excite his mind; but once he has formulated it, let him stick to it, avoiding opportunism; and let him be very careful to take no credit for what he does or refrains from doing -- it is a purely practical code, of no value in itself. The cleanliness which assists the surgeon in his work would prevent the engineer from doing his at all. (Ethical questions are adequately dealt with in "The Tao" in "Konx Om Pax," and should be there studied. Also see Liber XXX of the A. A.
Also in Liber CCXX, the "Book of the Law," it is said: "DO WHAT THOU WILT shall be the whole of the Law." Remember that for the purpose of this treatise the whole object of Yama and Niyama is to live so that no emotion or passion disturbs the mind.)
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Hindus have propose Yama and Niyama, so ‘moral qualities’ and ‘good works’. Yama
consists in don’t kill, don’t rob, continence and don’t receive presents. Buddhists almost
forbid the same: kill, rob, false testimony, adultery and toxic drinks. Moses and Jesus,
masters of Judaism and Christians, do the same, and they forbid a lot of behaviors
Although there are positive things in these prohibitions, like don’t kill or
rob, believes doesn't put in practice by Christians, other norms are concerned to slave
religions. They are heaps of dogmas that want to control and manipulate the whole
reality of individual, to annul his personality and turn him a slave.
Celibate and sexual continence are crimes to body and sex, two realities that generate
life and must respect and glorify. The norm of no receiving present or no drinking toxic
drinks is blameworthy too. Why is bad a glass of wine or a present? Our Liber Oz
says: ‘Man has the right to eat and drink all of what he wants’. And
The Book of The Law explains very clear that free will and freedom must be the pillars of
We must remember that these prohibitions want to control, manipulate and generate
slaves, a logical thing in slavery cults like Christianity, Judaism and Islam… You must
remember anthological sentences of French Philosopher Rousseau ‘Social Contract’:
‘Christianity preaches servitude and dependence. It’s spirit is too much favorable to
tyranny. True Christians are made to be slaves’.
The Book of The Law an Liber Oz accomplish section of Yama and
Niyama with perfection. They contain nobleand individualistic freedom norms that set
free and eradicate slavery and they offer a lot of possibilities to searchers of knowledge
and initiation. Freedom and baance are two fundamental bases of Illuminati Order. Only a
free man, who is balanced to the others, will be able to surpass to himself.
You, in your fourth month of Novice work, must maintain your yoga practices, and
you will be near next step of yoga (pratyahara). This step helps you, in next degree, to
contact with your interior god, studying The Book of The Law and Liber Oz. You must
recite Liber O and read a part of the Book of the Law, when you finish
your daily yoga practices.
Then, you must reflect in them as well and you must incorporate their message of
freedom and balance to your own life and existence. During the fourth month, you have
to intensify your work with the conscience to progress, as we explain you in point 4 of
Presentation and Advices.
When you finish fourth month of work, you have to write a letter or an e-mail to
Illuminati Order, showing your magical record of daily work in the yogas, enneagram
work thus far, and you’re applying of Thelema to your life. If you want to pass to next
degree, you have to show a magical record that demonstrates you are ready for the next
The first three degrees brown stage alchemy lay the foundation for the rest of your
work and if the magical record is not showing your working knowledge after the four
months on you can get an extension for 9 months. The longest a person can remain in the
1st degree is 3 years. If a person goes over the year mark each year they must repay their
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