The nature of the Will involved in the Thelemic motto: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law’ is that we are not talking about ‘do what you want’, but of an important responsibility to come to the Gnosis of who and what you are. We each have a duty to ourselves, our families, friends and employer, as well as our neighbors and our community. This all needs to be well-thought out and acted upon.
2 thoughts on “JUNE 2016 ROSICRUCIAN MASS SERMON: DUTY”
1. Your first duty is to yourself.
A. Start by self-examination
A1. Talents, Intelligence, physical prowess, Intuition, Emotional State, et al.
A2. Find the right harmony and propertion for all your traits.
A3. More than lifestyle, it’s a personal & spiritual discipline that you are practicing.
B. You, yourself must become whole in order to function well in the world around you.
2. Develop a passionate interaction with every person in your life–your duty to them.
A. Sincerity and confidence come with the discipline that maintains health.
B. Your work in every part of your life should be approached w/strong concentration & impeccable behavior.
C. Personal, professional & public (Internet)lives shoudl be kept in balance & engaged fully.
D. Be polite: of the politeia; a citizen.
D1. A right relationship w/the community becomes possible.
D1a. We are individuals and communitarian
E. Observe and articulate differences & points of view in the people you interact with. And note commonalities, as well.
E1. Make intelligent conversation.
E1a. Talk religion & politics at parties.
E1b. Be controversial, but forgiving & allow others their point-of-view.
E1c. Approach disagreement with a positive attitude.
3. Note well your obligations.
A. Karma Yoga
A1. Yoga of work
A2. Serve all obligations, as in teh spirit of Karma Yoga.
A3. Yama & Niyama
A3a. Good thoughts & good deeds–this clears te mind for virtuous action…to do w/impeccability.
4. Learn the arts of communication, rhetoric, dialogue & debate.
A. Practice on the web.
B. Join a debate club or business group–these practices will help you to better communicate w/yourself, as well as others.
5. Learn the arts of research & rumination.
A. Keep a diary.
B. Study the history of human thought.
B1. Become a philosopher.
C. Quiet contemplation & meditation.
C1. Learn to live w/yourself.
C2. Practice stilling thought in your mind.
6. Develop skills of concentratation & visualization.
A. Dharana; holding a form in your mind.
A1. Start w/shapes & then colors.
A2. Concentrate on the activities that you do.
A3. Visualize & study important spiritual symbols.
A4. Understand mythos.
7. Also know your vices and weaknesses. Strive to master & control them.
A. Some vices are “fun” and simple enjoyments–moderation is a key.
B. Some are destructive and disruptive–cutting these out of our lives is paramount.