Montenegro to Naber, 30-XI-68 - Ordo Templi Orientis
Ordo Templi Orientis Gabriel Montenegro Vargas + the European Thelemites Hermann Joseph Metzger O.T.O. in Switzerland
Montenegro to Naber, 30-XI-68
Dr. Gabriel Montenegro Vargas
P.O. Box 76
Daly City, California 94016
Care Frater Beatus:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
It was not my intention to delay so much in answering your kind and
informative letter of 29 October. The same is true regarding Bro.
Englert's communication. But I had been away on family business, and
you know how fast time passes by.
I am enclosing herewith c.c. of my letter to Bro. E. I have done my
best to be candid, impartial, and straightforward, with only one
thought in mind, that it may serve a good purpose.
Please not carefully how clearly I point out to our good Bro., the
apparent contradiction regarding his claim and/or appointment as OHO,
and the implications thereby.
I can well appreciate your feelings and your disappointment regarding
Fra. Paragranus and Stein. At the same time, one must be grareful for
courtesy and favors received. But I understand what you mean when you
say that regardless of whatever consideration, you join in the general
criticism because there are motives of importance; in other words,
there are times when a man cannot compromise because a principle is at
stake. Believe me, care Frater, after more than 30 years on the Path, I
too, have suffered many disappointments. Sometimes with others; other
times with my own self. But it is important to persevere and endure
all things till the end. As it is written: "How should it be otherwise,
O man, whose life is but a day in Eternity, a drop in the Ocean of
time; how, were thy trials not many, couldst thou purge thy soul from
the dross of Earth? Is it but now that the Higher life is beset with
dangers and difficulties; has it not ever been so with the Sages and
Hierophants of the past?" I say, let us be of good cheer and carry on!
And now, care Frater Beatus I must close. Do answer soon and give me
your general impression, telling me also about "all other still open
questions" you mention in your letter.
Advent is here, and I already begin to feel the gentle vibrations of
the coming birth of the Cosmic Christ. This is indeed the most
auspicious time of the year for spiritual progress and for Union. I
shall be expecting one of those beautiful Christmas cards which only
the Germans know how to make, and with which you favour me during La
Fiesta de las Luces.
I remain as always, with my heartiest Brotherly greetings for you,
dear Brother, and for Sor Barbara.
Love is the law, love under will.