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47561234 E Witch Teachings of Magickal Mastery

47561234 E Witch Teachings of Magickal Mastery

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I was asked on a radio interview recently if I thought Buddism had

influenced modern witchcraft and the way we practice it today. My answer

was a resounding, ‘Yes’. In fact, many of today’s scholars of the ancient

mysteries are convinced that the influence and crossover of magical links

between India, Asia and Europe go right back to our historical past, spread

over thousands of years of migration, trade and travel between most of

the ancient nations.

Today, many meditation techniques that are integrated into rituals of

wicca and witchcraft as well as procedures such as aligning ‘chakras’ and

‘chi’ energy are obviously from the more Asian practices. It’s very useful to

study at least the basics of Buddhism and to look into other Asian influences

such as Feng Shui and Chinese astrology. If you are really keen to expand

your overall knowledge you may like to visit your local library and research

the Indo-European migration, the Neolithic period of human history and

the fascinating connection between ancient Sanskrit and our own modern

day languages. It is said that even the European Druids had an historical

connection and spiritual brotherhood with the old mystics from the

continent of Asia.

Guatama, The Last Buddha

Guatama was a sensitive intelligent human being, an extraordinary man

who lived and laid down his ideas and spiritual teachings around the sixth

century BC. He was a humble and modest man who personally never

referred to himself as ‘the Buddha’. That title and the Buddhist religion as

we know it today were to come much later.

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Guatama was born a wealthy prince who was tired of the privileged life

he was born into and the ‘goings on’ in the royal court. He was greatly

disturbed by the pain and suffering he saw around him among the poorer

classes. Despite the love from his family and children, he felt an undeniable

and unstoppable calling to go out into the world and look for wisdom

and enlightenment. He searched for and studied with many great mystics

and wise men of his time and after many years wandering his land he

became well versed in the teachings of all the metaphysics his age and

country extended him. But his great intelligence was still dissatisfied with

the solutions being offered to him.

The respected old Indian mystics and their followers believed that power

and knowledge was only obtained after denying many of the normal bodily

needs and desires. The disciplines to attain enlightenment included fasting,

sleeplessness, extreme self-torment and self-denial. Guatama certainly put

all of these ideas and techniques to the test. He took five of his friends

and disciples to a jungle gorge in the Vindhya Mountains where he gave

himself up to fasting and severe penance. But even after a very long period

of near starvation and strict self-denial, he felt no sense of truth achieved.

One day when he was pacing up and down and trying to think clearly,

in spite of his body’s extremely weakened state, his legs gave out from

under him and he fell unconscious. When he finally awoke from his semi-

comatose state, a great wisdom was suddenly very plain to him. He horrified

his five disciples by sitting up and asking for normal food and drink, as

well as wanting to bathe and to be dressed in some clean clothes. The

truth he realized is that whatever wisdom is to be reached, it is best attained

by a healthy body and a properly fed and nurtured brain. His disciples

and followers deserted him in disgust because such a concept was

completely against the religious and mystical ideas of his land and age.

Everyone was certain that the famous young mystic, the wonderful

Guatama had now seriously fallen from grace and for a long time Gautama

wandered sad and alone with his own thoughts and revelations. He finally

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traveled to Benares, an Indian village, and one day sat under a great fig tree

by the side of a river to eat, when another sense of illumination and clarity

of vision came to him. He now saw life in a very simple and wonderfully

plain way. It is said that he sat all day and all night in profound thought,

and then he rose up and set out to gather his disciples once more around

him and traveled even further afield to impart his unique vision to the

world. All his teachings were originally passed on by word of mouth because

there was little or no writing at that time in India. To help communicate

the teachings and commit them to memory, Guatama composed simple

verses and stories, very much like the poems and affirmations we are familiar

with today.

He also worked out lists of separate ‘points’, and knew that it was of great

help to one’s memory to have these points and affirmations numbered. It is

said that Guatama was one of the first mystics to use this simple point system

and numbering method and he is probably the original inventor of the terms,

‘threefold path’, the ‘four truths’ and the ‘eightfold path’. These methods

of imparting great truths in simple and memorable communication have

helped keep his teachings very much alive today, as well as being adapted

by many other spiritual paths, including witchcraft. (This is no surprise

really because the ‘Bardic’ style method of oral teaching through verses

and poetic points is now such a universal and classical theme.)

The clarity of Guatama’s fundamental teachings was purposely designed

to be understood by as many people as possible. After 2500 years they are

still in harmony with our modern urban minds of the 21st century. To

many seekers of knowledge Guatama is not only a great spiritual teacher,

but also a true Master of Magick. There are deep connections and analogies

between the Buddhists and many other world religions and spiritual paths

including witchcraft.

How magickal and inspirational it is that one human being could leave

such a penetrating spiritual legacy which continues to influence the world

and crosses over into so many other cultures and paths.

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