VENUS OF MILO
Life is as ugly and necessary as the female body.
Death is as beautiful and necessary as the male
The soul is beyond male and female as it is beyond
Life and Death.
Even as the Lingam and the Yoni are but diverse
developments of One Organ, so also are Life and
Death but two phases of One State. So also the
Absolute and the Conditioned are but forms of
What do I love? There is no from, no being, to which
I do not give myself wholly up.
Take me, who will!
This chapter must be read in connection with Chapters 1, 3, 4, 8, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 29.
The last sentence of paragraph 4 also connects with
the first paragraph of Chapter 26.
The title "Venus of Milo" is an argument in support
of paragraphs 1 and 2, it being evident from this
statement that the female body becomes beautiful in so
far as it approximates to the male.
The female is to be regarded as having been separated
from the male, in order to reproduce the male in a
superior form, the absolute, and the conditions forming
the one absolute.
In the last two paragraphs there is a justification of
a practice which might be called sacred prostitution.
In the common practice of meditation the idea is to
reject all impressions, but here is an opposite practice,
very much more difficult, in which all are accepted.
This cannot be done at all unless one is capable of
making Dhyana at least on any conceivable thing, at
a second's notice; otherwise, the practice would only
be ordinary mind-wandering.
Original text by Aleister Crowley
Commentary by Karl Gerner
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