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Are beyond the scope of our present concerns, but THE GREAT BEAST AS A TANTRIC HERO 39 it is important to emphasize that the central teaching of the Order is often considered to have connections and parallels with some tantric practices. Gerald Yorke, Crowley’s friend, one-time disciple, and a major collector of his works, explains the essence of the OTO teaching as handed down by Reuss: He explained to Crowley the theory behind that school of Alchemy which uses sexual fluids and the Elixir of Life.
Semen is associated with the Moon, and menstrual blood is associated with the Sun. 57 In tantric Buddhism, the semen is often associated with the “thought of awakening” (bodhicitta). 59 A recurrent motif of Indian spiritual traditions associates semen with the elixir of immortality, amrta,60 or with the divine liquor, the soma.
L. 26 Other features of language, such as its salvific potentials or cosmogonic properties, are similarly attested in both traditions (as in many others), and as such could present an interesting field of comparative inquiry. ” As mentioned earlier (see the introductory chapter), the relation between Indian and Western esotericism resembles the characteristics of the two major forms of magic as analyzed by Frazer: contagious magic—in this context, those areas of esoteric theory and practice that are influenced by direct or mediated historical contacts;28 and sympathetic magic—those areas that mutually overlap in their major formal characteristics (as is the case with alchemy and astrology), or that exhibit mutual analogical relations.