Death implies change and individuality
if thou be
THAT which hath no person, which is beyond the
beyond changelessness, what hast
thou to do with death?
The bird of
individuality is ecstasy; so also is its
In love the individuality
is slain; who loves not love?
Love death therefore, and long eagerly for
This seems a
comment on the previous chapter; the
Stag-Beetle is a reference the Kheph-ra,
God of Midnight, who bears the Sun through the
but it is called the Stag-Beetle to emphasise
his horns. Horns are the
universal hieroglyph of energy,
particularly of Phallic energy.
key of the Tarot is "The Blasted Tower".
In this chapter death is regarded as
a form of marriage.
Modern Greek peasants, in many cases, cling to
belief, and suppose that in death they are united to the
which they have cultivated during life. This is "a
consummation devoutly to
be wished" (Shakespeare).
In the last paragraph the Master urges his pupils
practise Samadhi every