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"I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done."
The notorious early 20th Century occultist Aleister Crowley was very much a twisted polymath of his time – a gifted mountaineer, friend of the famous, writer, occultist and poet. He studied eastern mysticism and religions and was very familiar with the history and tenets of Buddhism long before it was popular in the West. His philosophy - summed in a nutshell was “Do what thou wilt – this shall be the whole of the law” – a position is at best a perversion of Buddhist philosophy and one that is very much lacking in the key element of compassion. Compassion was a characteristic that Crowley had not at all and delighted in his own inherent cruelty and pursuit of power. That said he had some sympathy for Buddhism as a ‘scientific religion’ based on intuited absolute truths.
If only he had turned his mind to good and used his demonstrable powers of persuasion and influence to advance a philosophy of good, kindness and universal love the world would be a better and wiser place. Sadly however that was no to be.
"An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind."Buddha