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The Importance of Religion Today

ModernGnosis - Sat, 01/10/2016 - 16:28

More and more people are seemingly drifting away from religion, converting themselves from strong followers of a belief, to becoming an atheist who knows no God. But despite of what other people say, religion is still important. It’s a part of our history, and also a current part of ourselves.

Religion is important because…

…it fortifies the confidence of one’s self. Religion provides us something to believe in. It feeds us the idea that everything we do is divine and for worship. This gives people the desire to go out and work each day.

…it has an impact on the political system. Back in the days, religion has played a very important role. And even until today, it still affects the activities and decisions made in the political world. Political leaders take oaths in the name of God, before they can take the seat in the government.

…it affects the economy. One of the many examples is the rise of capitalism, influenced by the Protestant ethics. Meanwhile, the Hindus is very specific of spiritual improvement over material, thus materialism doesn’t develop in India.

…optimum source of social solidarity. The most important requirement to be able to a call group of people a society are the existence of social values where each person controls his/her actions, and of the others. Science nor technology can’t fill this aspect. Science didn’t teach us to obey our parents, nor did technology teach us to be honest at all times.

…it is a medium of socialization and social control. Those who believe in a religion digest certain ideals and values from their belief. It can help the young generation of today to become moral, disciplined and socialized individuals of the society. Religious places also control the behavior of people at a various point.

…it changes animal qualities to human qualities. Religion demands the people to be charitable and kind-hearted. With different religious experiences, a believer forgets the worldly life and the problems that come with it. These experiences discourages the animal desires, and changes the animal aspects of each person to human qualities.

…it promotes social virtues. Through religion, we learn things such as truth, honesty, peace, service, love, morality, and a lot more. A believer of a religion absorbs these social virtues and turns into a disciplined individual of the society.

…it teaches us that doing the wrong things have consequences. If you kill someone, you will not only commit a crime, but you will also take a life of another person that is not yours for the taking. If you lie to someone, you will not only hide the truth from him/her, but you also breaks that trust that he/she has in you.

…it keeps people, specifically depressed ones from committing suicide. We live in a mean world where it is confusing and complicated. No one really knows what happens when we die. Religion is created to answer questions such as, why are we here. Who put me in this world? How was the world made?

 

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Registration open for NOTOCON XI

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 16:00

The eleventh biennial National O.T.O. Conference (NOTOCON XI) will be held in Orlando FL on August 11-13 2017. Registration for this event is now open. You can also reserve a hotel room at the venue. Watch the NOTOCON XI website for updates on speakers, scheduling, and more.

Calendar events outage

OTO US Grand Lodge - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 22:08

We are having technical difficulties with providing information about upcoming U.S. Grand Lodge events on our website. We will have these back in working order as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can always consult the full calendar hosted by Google here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Joseph Peterson (2 hours)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 21:26

WOW!  This is a long one, but a great one.  Buckle up for this two-hour lecture from Joseph Peterson on the Sworn Book of Honorius.  


Joseph Peterson is a renowned scholar of the magical grimoires. Through his web site esotericarchives.com, Joseph has made ancient grimoires availalbe to the public for study and research for many years. His annotations with his notes and research has provided unequaled insight and understanding to modern magicians seeking to tap into the lore and power of the traditional Grimoire traditions.

Thelema Now! Guest: Sallie Ann Glassman (39 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 19/08/2016 - 18:26

Thelema Now talks to one of our favorite people - Sallie Ann Glassman.  Sallie tells host Harper Feist about her journey to New Orleans, doing public ritual, and working with spirits.  Check it out! 

Lon DuQuette: 40 Years in the O.T.O.

Speech in the Silence - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 13:16
Speech in the Silence continues to publish in a new form on YouTube. This previously unreleased material features Lon DuQuette reciting his material from his NOTOCON X lecture entitled "40 Years in the O.T.O.: Observations and commentaries on the growth and evolution of the O.T.O. since my Minerval initiation in 1975 EV to today."

How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

ModernGnosis - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 19:53

Oftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, park. Or go out and buy an automatic espresso maker or even meet up in a coffee shop (see more at http://www.coffeeonfleek.com/best-commercial-espresso-machines-reviews/) . Coffee has quickly become our favorite way to meet people and have exciting intellectual conversations.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.

 

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USGL Annual Report for 2015

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 30/07/2016 - 20:26

The U.S. Grand Lodge annual report for AL Vi (fiscal year 2015) is now online. This and previous annual reports are available on our Mission and Planning page.

NOTOCON XI website

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 01/03/2016 - 00:30

Though the eleventh biennial National OTO Conference is more than a year away (August 11-13 2017), preparations for it are already in progress. The event website is now available, and presentation proposals are being accepted. Registration instructions, hotel reservations, and more are coming soon.

AII AII

Thelema93-L - Sun, 12/05/2013 - 22:25
93s to what seem to be generally more advanced Thelemites than I. I was pleased to discover www.outer-college.org has the Student Oath and reading list with
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Tahuti Lodge, O.T.O., NYC, Calendar of Events for May 2013 e.v.

Thelema93-L - Tue, 07/05/2013 - 04:13
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Tahuti Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, NYC MAY 2013 EV Calendar of Events + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
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File - t93-lmmm.txt

Thelema93-L - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 10:58
===================================================== ADMIN: Monthly Moderation Minder ... Do as you please. Thank you for your participation in Thelema93-L
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Thelema Frater Jake, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... Please tell me who AaaK was? Love is the Law, Love under Will. ALWays, Soror Binah
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Together, they have a nice ring: Aum! let it fill me! [228] Aum! let it kill me! [219] FWIW by EQ11: fill 45: 45 & not & be A worm, a a scholar a foul
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:28
Thelema 93, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... ways of thinking about the material and our relationships with it Thank you so much for
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:33
kill as opposed to fill likely involves AC's extreme & simplistic take on 'Buddhist' ego death; thence to other half baked stuff. Whether Thelema should
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:02
... funnily enough that's where I opened mine ... The pseudo-exegetical process involved in the change sounds dubious; not that I've ever been specially
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 06:49
Dwtw I think Fr. RIKB has accurately summarized the basic arguments pro and con. A couple of notes to add. It is true that the phrase in question reflects
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 07:29
Do what thou wilt Shall be the whole of the Law. The problem here is that this particular line seems to be entirely of Crowley's own invention as a kind of
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