THE GAROTTE



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THE GAROTTE

IT moves from motion into rest, and rests from rest
into motion. These IT does alway, for time is not.
So that IT does neither of these things. IT does
THAT one thing which we must express by two
things neither of which possesses any rational
meaning.
Yet ITS doing, which is no-doing, is simple and yet
complex, is neither free nor necessary.
For all these ideas express Relation; and IT, com-
prehending all Relation in ITS simplicity, is out of
all Relation even with ITSELF.
All this is true and false; and it is true and false to
say that it is true and false.
Strain forth thine Intelligence, O man, O worthy
one, O chosen of IT, to apprehend the discourse
of THE MASTER; for thus thy reason shall at
last break down, as the fetter is struck from a
slave's throat.

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COMMENTARY ({Lambda-Alpha})


The number 31 refers to the Hebrew word LA, which
means "not".
A new character is now introduce under the title of
IT, I being the secret, and T being the manifested,
phallus.
This is, however, only one aspect of IT, which may
perhaps be defined as the Ultimate Reality.
IT is apparently a more exalted thing than THAT.
This chapter should be compared with Chapter 11;
that method of destroying the reason by formulating
contradictions is definitely inculcated.
The reason is situated in Daath, which corresponds
the the throat in human anatomy. Hence the title of the
chapter, "The Garotte".
The idea is that, by forcing the mind to follow, and
as far as possible to realise, the language of Beyond
the Abyss, the student will succeed in bringing his
reason under control.
As soon as the reason is vanquished, the garotte is
removed; then the influence of the supernals (Kether,
Chokmah, Binah), no longer inhibited by Daath, can
descend upon Tiphareth, where the human will is
situated, and flood it with the ineffable light.