Ordo Templi Orientis
HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT
Anational Grandlodge & Mystic Temple:
"VERITÀ MISTICA", Or.·.Ascona.
MOTTO: My soul is sick with every day's report
Of wrong and outrage with which earth is filled
To All whom it may concern:
THE HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT, known as the: O.T.O., (whose headquarters
have been trasferred to Switzerland since the commencement of this world-war)
sends the following Message to all its members, and to all men and women who have
peace and the advancement of humanity at heart. --
More powerful than anything that ever has happened within the memory of mankind
this war has revealed the underlying deeply rooted antagonisms whuch divide mankind
in its aims and aspirations.
Vainly has the gospel of universal brotherhood been preached by an aristocracy of
spiritually advanced men and women.
Millions of brotherly ties have been rudely and cruelly severed.
Half the world has become the enemy of the other half.
Finally only force and Money did count in the world.
Blood has been shed in streams. Prosperous countries have been turned into wastes.
Human beings into demons. For what? For filthy lucre!
The world has been shaken to its foundations in order to satisfy the greed of
a small class of irresponsible, demoniacal capitalists!
It is high time that people of clear sound views, and firm will, hailing from
all parts of this globe, should combine, concert measures and take steps to
prevent this fratricidical feud from becoming a normal state of affairs.
In order to prevent the nations being divided into permenantly hostile camps these
measures and steps must be taken without delay.
The peoples must be reminded, and brought to realize that mankind as a whole, has,
and can have but One aim which is the advancement of Humanity itself.
To achieve this end, true brotherly cooperation is required.
Not only theoretically but in practical cooperation of necesity must be to
gather up the broken threads of international friendship and retie them.
The next step must be to commence rebuilding what has been destroyed.
This may best be achieved by establishing Brotherhood Colonies on cooperative bases
all over the world, aside from all capitalists societies and enterprises.
New ethics, a new religion, a new social order, based on the principle of
cooperation of All, on the common possession of the soil and the means of
production by All, and on true freedom (under strictest self) control in all, must become
the guiding lights and landmarks of these new colonies and settlements.
There should be no more waiting until the mass of the peoples might
be ready to accept this new form of society.
The leading organisation in this movement is determined to set the peoples
an example, which they may follow.
THE HERMETIC BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT, known as the O.T.O., stands for a practical
brotherly cooperation between All, men and women alike, without distinction of
creed, race or nation, for the advancement of humanity.
The O.T.O. advocates new ethics, a new social order, and a new religion.
The O.T.O. possesses the Secrets of Mystic attainment.
The O.T.O. members are all: Phree-Masons.
Therefore it takes the initiative in this new world movement and calls an:
for organising the reconstruction of Society on practical cooperative lines.
to be held from August 15. to 25. A.D.
on Monte Verità at Ascona (Switzerland).
All those organisations in every country of this glove who stand for the
advancement of the race on cooperative lines, and for the healing of the wounds
which this fiendish war has inflicted on mankind are invited to send delegates
to this congress.
Full details of the programme of this congress will be sent to all regularly
elected and accredited delegates on receipt of their credentials.
Members of the O.T.O. need only send in their names and the name of their
lodge or habitation.
There are two centres of the O.T.O., both in neutral countries, where
enquiries can be lodged by those interested in the aim of this congress.
One is at New-York (U.S. of American), the other at Ascona (Italian Switzerland).
Arrangements for the journey in company for all American and Australian delegates
will be made through the American Headquarters of the O.T.O., while all arrangements
for delegates from Europe, Asia and Africa will be made through the European Headquarters.
In the first instance all enquires should be addressed to:
SECRETARY: J. ADDERLEY, MONTE VERITA, ASCONA (Switzerland)
enclosing stamped and addressed envelopes for reply, and 1 Dollar or 5 Shillings for
postage of congress publication.
Masons of all denominations will find opportunity to attend Lodge Meetings while
Theosophists will be able to attend lectures on Theosophy and kindred subjects.
Mystics will be invited to witness a representation of Aleister Crowley's Mystic
Poem "The Ship".
Members of the O.T.O. will receive instrucions through their local secretaries.
Issued by Order of the O.H.O.
January, 22. 1917, at Ascona (Switzerland).
X J. Adderley, Secretary: H.B.L.
Love is the Law
Love under Will!