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This is the
secret of the Holy Graal, that is the sacred vessel of our Lady the Scarlet
Woman, Babalon the Mother of Abominations, the bride of Chaos, that rideth upon
our Lord the Beast.
drain out thy blood that is thy life into the golden cup of her
mingle thy life with the universal life. Thou shalt keep not back one drop.
thy brain be dumb, and thy heart beat no more, and all thy life shall go from
thee; and thou shalt be cast out upon the midden, and the birds of the air
shall feast upon thy flesh, and thy bones shall whiten in the
the winds gather themselves together, and bear thee up as it were a little heap
of dust in a sheet that hath four corners, and they shall give it unto the
guardians of the abyss.
there is no life therein, the guardians of the abyss shall bid the angels of
the winds pass by. And the angels shall lay thy dust in the City of the
Pyramids, and the name thereof shall be no more.
therefore that thou mayest achieve this ritual of the Holy Graal, do thou
divest thyself of all thy goods.
wealth; give it unto them that have need thereof, yet no desire toward
health; slay thyself in the fervour of thine abandonment unto Our Lady. Let thy
flesh hang loose upon thy bones, and thine eyes glare with thy quenchless lust
unto the Infinite, with thy passion for the Unknown, for Her that is beyond
Knowledge the accursèd one.
love; tear thy mother from thine heart, and spit in the face of thy father. Let
thy foot trample the belly of thy wife, and let the babe at her breast be the
prey of dogs and vultures.
thou dost not this with thy will, then shall We do this despite thy will. So
that thou attain to the Sacrament of the Graal in the Chapel of
behold! if by stealth thou keep unto thyself one thought of thine, then shalt
thou be cast out into the abyss for ever; and thou shalt be the lonely one, the
eater of dung, the afflicted in the Day of Be-with-Us.
verily this is the Truth, this is the Truth, this is the Truth. Unto thee shall
be granted joy and health and wealth and wisdom when thou art no longer
every gain be a new sacrament, and it shall not defile thee; thou shalt revel
with the wanton in the market-place, and the virgins shall fling roses upon
thee, and the merchants bend their knees and bring thee gold and spices. Also
young boys shall pour wonderful wines for thee, and the singers and the dancers
shall sing and dance for thee.
thou not be therein, for thou shalt be forgotten, dust lost in
the æon itself avail thee in this; for from the dust shall a white ash be
prepared by Hermes the Invisible.
is the wrath of God, that these things should be thus.
is the grace of God, that these things should be thus.
I charge you that ye come unto me in the Beginning; for if ye take but one step
in this Path, ye must arrive inevitably at the end thereof.
is beyond Life and Death; it is also beyond Love; but that ye know not, for ye
know not Love.
end thereof is known not even unto Our Lady or to the Beast whereon She rideth;
nor unto the Virgin her daughter nor unto Chaos her lawful Lord; but unto the
Crowned Child is it known? It is not known if it be known.
unto Hadit and unto Nuit be the glory in the End and the Beginning; yea, in the
End and the Beginning.