Heruka wrote: Yeshe wrote:
Heruka wrote:yeshe, what do you make of the bush/crowley connection?
I haven't heard of this.
Sounds interesting. Could you elaborate please?
sure i could, but its out there on tinter web.
just wondering what this crowley expert thinks is all.
Just Googled the topic. Interesting to think there may be a direct bloodline, but Crowley seems to have has sex with so many people that only DNA would prove it for sure. If the 'Great Beast' did spawn Bush then the genetic material must have shed at least half of its intelligence content over the generations!
I'm no Crowley expert - read a few of his books and books about him, and like many of his time, he seems to have dipped into whatever was 'occult' and peppered it with drugs and sex. However, he was apparently very gifted in several fields (a top class mountaineer) and did explore religion and the occult with some sincerity. His strongest link with Buddhism was in his relationship with Charles Henry Allan Bennett, aka Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_He ... an_Bennett
The Golden Dawn and the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society both seemed to have attracted several of the cultural icons of the day, such as W B Yeats. Crowley's workings have become very public and open to analysis. Interestingly, the Esoteric Section of the TS survives to this day without revealing its secrets.
As for HPB, some tried hard to discredit her as just another fraudulent medium but having read her major works she exhibits a huge intellect and imagination, and a pioneering spirit willing to explore and examine themes in great depth:http://theosophy.org/blavatsky.htm
The essence of the TS is summarised as:
'There is no Religion Higher than Truth' (Satyan Nasti Paro Dharma). I like it.