Meditations for the Philosophus

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Control of Action
Mastery of the three exercises in Liber III secures Adepts who are, as a result, imbued with patience, control, introspection, and strength. The Philosophus undertakes mastery of the second exercise, with the third completed by the Dominus Liminis. In these exercises, the mind and will are used to complete the final measures of control necessary within the Aspirants of the first order.
~Additional Instructions and Clarifications ~
In the second exercise, two adequate examples are provided, these may be used or others can be fashioned as a substitute. It is the intent that must be accomplished, and as with all methods, they should be adapted to the circumstances of the Philosophus.

Additionally, the punishment detailed may be substituted for something as severe, but less damaging. Therefore, let it be considered that the recommended punishment in this exercise is provided as a demonstration of the severity of the practice, and rarely is the razor slashing necessary.

[Students within the Invisible House Society have devised many severe punishments that provided less scarring, yet were equal in physical or psychological pain. For example; a small hammer upon the knuckles of the hand and upon bashing all ten knuckles, the practice was terminated and attempted at a later date; kissing the feet of the closest person, no matter whom, without explanation; etc.]

The minimum accomplishment of these exercises is seven days without error. Success is not always forthcoming on the first attempt. If seven days passes with an error on each day, then the practice is retired until a later date. If more than ten errors arise before the successful completion of an error-free day, then the practice is retired until a later date.

Any real accomplishment cannot be recognized if the daily routine of the Philosophus is changed. It is absolutely vital that complete control be established in the normal course of daily life.

The record of the practice is best kept in a small pad, which is carried at all times, with the finished record entered into the Magick Journal at the conclusion of the practice, whether it is successfully accomplished or not.

Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti comes from the root Bhaj, which means to be attached to God. The devotion is to God and God alone. There is no selfish expectation or fear, only a purity best described as love, and this is the method of union. Bhakti is the slender thread of love binding the heart of the devotee with the lotus feet of the Lord. It is accomplished by intense devotion and supreme attachment to God (love). The attainment is not describable in words and has to be experienced by the devotee.
First arises conviction, followed by attraction, leading to complete adoration, and this is easily recognized with the suppressing of all mundane desires. The result is a satisfaction, attachment and supreme love towards God. In this highest form of Bhakti all attraction and attachment of both joy and sorrow are transferred and resolved in the God. This can eventually lead the devotee to an eternal union that culminates in oneness.
~ Practical Training ~
Unlike Gnana Yoga, a complete and masterful instruction exists for the Philosophus in Liber CLXXV, and a superior set of instructions for the required level of attainment will not be found in any other instruction. It is recommended that a complete procedure be devised, following the steps within the instruction, in the form of a point form list.

The Key of it All
When in these wonderful works the Philosophus has undertaken, accomplished and refined, then from such attainment, he or she shall be assured that the second stage of independence has been attained.

Liber XVI, Liber Tvrris Vel Domus Dei
The Philosophus completes the exercise, having identified the source – origin – position of where thought arises within the mind in Practicus, now let the destruction of thought be accomplished.

Liber DCCCXIII, Vel Ararita
This holy book contains seven chapters and each of these contains thirteen numbered verses [7 * 13]. Therefore, create a table with seven columns and thirteen rows and let the verses be placed therein, and let the understanding of the order be thus:
Contrast each verse of Cap. I with the corresponding verse of Cap. II for the first of these methods. Thus in Cap. III (still verse by verse correspondence) the Quintessence of the ideas is extracted; and in Cap. IV they are withdrawn each one into the one beyond it. In Cap. V they have disappeared into the Method itself. In Cap. VI they reappear in the Form appointed by the Will of the Adept. Lastly, in Cap. VII they are dissolved, one into the next until all finally disappear in the Fire Qadosh, the Quintessence of Reality [Quoted from CDXVIII ].
Let the seven permutations of each verse be rewritten, artistically interpreted with scientific wording, thus creating thirteen thesis of the formula of the hexagram.

Liber VI, Liber O Vel Manus et Sagittæ (Chapter 5 & 6)
Let the Philosophus decide his or her advancement, and this by means of ascending the 25th path, through an act of pure will.

Then shall the middle pillar again infuse thee with strength, and this through equilibrium, that the most difficult of obstacles, still hiding in wait, may be overcome.