Montenegro to Naber, 11-XII-67 - Ordo Templi Orientis
Ordo Templi Orientis Gabriel Montenegro Vargas + the European Thelemites Hermann Joseph Metzger O.T.O. in Switzerland
Montenegro to Naber, 11-XII-67
P.O. Box 76
Daly City, Calif.
11 December 1967
Care Frater Beatus:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Thank you for your letter of the 4th inst., and for the kind and
philosophical expressons you convey to me.
I regret the reason for not writing sooner was due to the language
barrier. Your previous letters have been written in English, well
enough for me to understand fully; after all, English is not my native
tongue either. Anyway, I shall be happy to hear from you in either
language, notwithstanding the fact that English would be more
You are right, time marches on. It does not wait. What a pity! Would
time but wait and cease to be forevermore, at a moment of ecstasy, or
even during one single moment of inocent happiness: how wonderful it
would be! But then, would rapture be no more? Nailed to the cross of
suffering; clamoring Death which does not come; we go through life
leaving little pieces of our hearts here and there - but in the end,
"there is that which remans", and that amounts to pure Joy. "But ye, O
my people, rise up and awake. Let the rituals be rightly performed with
joy and beauty." And after all, dear Brother, for us, the awakened,
that is what life is or should be, a Ritual in continuity; from birth
till death; from the unreal to the real.
You make reference to a nostalgic memory of a certain blossom-time. It
sometimes comes to my memory. I regret things turned out as they did.
It might be wise to leave further comment on this point for another
I am glad you had some alchemyst visitors from the U.S. But who is
Frater A. I am sorry to hear you could not attend. Are you situated
very far from Stein?
I am enclosing a copy of a new printing of The Book of the Law which
just came out here. Could this be the work of the people who recently
visited Stein from America. I think the reprinting of AC's works would
no doubt be a good idea, only that I would like to see it done under
better presentation, stating source and authority thereto. It is hard
for me to imagine that it would be done thusly under the auspices of
Frater P. However, things have changed here tremendously within a
certain segment of the academic community; also since the Hip movement
started some two years ago. Perhaps some of the old timers might raise
a question; but who am I to object at this time? Please give me your
impression and opinion after you have read the comment on the back
page. The text of the Book itself is a "lift" from The Equinox of the
I have not forgotten the book I promise you, only that I have been
waiting to see if I could recover a Thoth I let someone borrow quite
sometime ago. I have now lost hopes. So please answer by return mail
and let me know if you would be happy with an Equinox of the Gods, and
I shall forward smae to you immediately so that you receive it before
Had a visitor here from Zürich last September. A fine young lady who
interpreted a few times during my stay there. I did my best to be a
good host, treating her a Sister, even though, by her own admission,
she has not accepted Thelema as yet. I hope her visit was pleasant, and
that the purpose of her visit here, was duly fulfilled.
Please give my fraternal best wishes to all. My very best for you and
very beautiful sister-wife Barbara: may you be blessed this Advent, and
may the Light of the Cosmic Christ shine before you forever.
Love is the law, love under will.