Liber Porta Lucis
sub figurâ X
A∴A∴ Publication in Class A
I behold a
small dark orb, wheeling in an abyss of infinite space. It is minute among a
myriad vast ones, dark amid a myriad bright ones.
comprehend in myself all the vast and the minute, all the bright and the dark,
have mitigated the brilliance of mine unutterable splendour, sending forth
V.V.V.V.V. as a ray of my light, as a messenger unto that small dark
V.V.V.V.V. taketh up the word, and sayeth:
women of the Earth, to you am I come from the Ages beyond the Ages, from the
Space beyond your vision; and I bring to you these words.
heard him not, for they were not ready to receive them.
men heard and understood, and through them shall this Knowledge be made
therefore of them, the servant of them all, writeth this book.
for them that are ready. Thus is it known if one be ready, if he be endowed
with certain gifts, if he be fitted by birth, or by wealth, or by intelligence,
or by some other manifest sign. And the servants of the master by his insight
shall judge of these.
Knowledge is not for all men; few indeed are called, but of these few many are
the nature of the Work.
there are many and diverse conditions of life upon this earth. In all of these
is some seed of sorrow. Who can escape from sickness and from old age and from
come to save our fellows from these things. For there is a life intense with
knowledge and extreme bliss which is untouched by any of them.
life we attain even here and now. The adepts, the servants of V.V.V.V.V., have
impossible to tell you of the splendours of that to which they have
Little by little, as your eyes grow stronger, will we unveil to
you the ineffable glory of the Path of the Adepts, and its nameless
Even as a
man ascending a steep mountain is lost to sight of his friends in the valley,
so must the adept seem. They shall say: He is lost in the clouds. But he shall
rejoice in the sunlight above them, and come to the eternal
Or as a
scholar may learn some secret language of the ancients, his friends shall say:
“Look! he pretends to read this book. But it is unintelligible— it
is nonsense.” Yet he delights in the Odyssey, while they read vain and
bring you to Absolute Truth, Absolute Light, Absolute Bliss.
adepts throughout the ages have sought to do this; but their words have been
perverted by their successors, and again and again the Veil has fallen upon the
Holy of Holies.
To you who
yet wander in the Court of the Profane we cannot yet reveal all; but you will
easily understand that the religions of the world are but symbols and veils of
the Absolute Truth. So also are the philosophies. To the adept, seeing all
these things from above, there seems nothing to choose between Buddha and
Mohammed, between Atheism and Theism.
change and pass; the one remains. Even as wood and coal and iron burn up
together in one great flame, if only that furnace be of transcendent heat; so
in the alembic of this spiritual alchemy, if only the zelator blow sufficiently
upon his furnace all the systems of earth are consumed in the One
Nevertheless, as a fire cannot be started with iron alone, in the
beginning one system may be suited for one seeker, another for
therefore who are without the chains of ignorance, look closely into the heart
of the seeker and lead him by the path which is best suited to his nature unto
the ultimate end of all things, the supreme realization, the Life which abideth
in Light, yea, the Life which abideth in Light.