Feast of Krishna in Hermeneuticon at Hermetic Library

Krishna, Kṛṣṇa

Listed as a Magister Templi in Liber CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies Falsely So Called, 7 ΚΕΦΑΛΗ Ζ THE DINOSAURS

Listed as a Magi in Liber Aleph, Chapter 71, Βρ. DE SRI KRISHNA ET DE DIONYSO. And, his word is given as “INRI with the secret IAO concealed therein” but also “the true Word of Krishna was Aum”.

“Krishna has Names and Forms innumerable, and I know not His true Human Birth, for His Formula is of the Major Antiquity. But His Word hath spread into many Lands, and we know it today as INRI with the secret IAO concealed therein. And the Meaning of this Word is the Working of Nature in Her Changes; that is, it is the Formula of Magick whereby all Things reproduce and recreate themselves. Yet this Extension and Specialisation was rather the Word of Dionysus; for the true Word of Krishna was AUM, importing rather a Statement of the Truth of Nature than a practical Instruction in detailed Operations of Magick. But Dionysus, by the Word INRI, laid the Foundation of all Science, as We say Science to-day in a particular Sense, that is, of causing external Nature to change in Harmony with our Wills.”—Part 2 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

Listed as Initiator in The Heart of the Master, the-initiation

“In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as […] Krishna”—Liber LII Manifesto of the O.T.O.

“But in order to grow to manhood, he must cease to depend on her, earning the Lance (Parzival), claiming his arms (Achilles), or making his club (Hercules), and wander in the waterless wilderness like Krishna, Jesus, Oedipus, χ. τ. λ. —until the hour when, as the “King’s Son” or knight-errant, he must win the Princess, and set himself upon a strange throne.”—Chapter V The Formula of I.A.O.

“4. This car of Krishna is an empty thing, for Krishna is not there.
5. This car is but an idol of a people drunk on wine of carnal things.”—Chapter VIII Jesus Reveals to the People of Their Sinful Ways in The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America

“For them, what we call Progress, namely the history of the world and of men, was but the evolution in time and space of this Central Cause and this Last End. And you may think that these theosophists were pure contemplatives, impotent dreamers, fakirs perched on their columns? Error, the world has not known greater men of action, in the most fruitful and incalculable sense of the word. They shine like stars of the first magnitude in the heaven of souls. They are called: Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Hermes, Moses, Pythagoras, Jesus, and they were powerful masters of spirits, formidable awakeners of souls, beneficial organizers of societies.”—Introduction to the Esoteric Doctrine

“In this series, Rama shows only the surroundings of the temple. Krishna and Hermes give the key. Moses, Orpheus, and Pythagoras show the interior. Jesus Christ represents the sanctuary.”—Introduction to the Esoteric Doctrine

  • Born (celebrated) Krishna Janmashtami, “eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shraavana of the lunar Hindu Calendar and Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad of the lunisolar Hindu Calendar, which overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar.”1)
  • Died (speculatively) February 18, 3102 bce, at Prabhas Patan, Gujarat, India.2)

T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Krishna on August 26 on his Liturgical Calendar.

Krishna appears in all versions of Liber XV, published during Aleister Crowley's lifetime. Krishna is not on the short list of any version, and is therefore a name celebrated only at performances where the full Saints Collect is read.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna
  • Red Flame No. 2 – Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism by Tau Apiryon and Helena; Berkeley, CA 1995 e.v.
  • Arnold, Sir Edwin; The Song Celestial [1885], Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Ill.
  • Campbell, Joseph; The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Bollingen Series XVII, Princeton/Bollingen, Princeton NJ 1949/1968
  • Forlong, J.G.R.; Faiths of Man, a Cyclopaedia of Religions [Bernard Quaritch, 1906], University Books, NY 1964
  • Lévi, Eliphas; The Book of Splendours, Samuel Weiser, New York 1973/1984
  • Masson-Oursel, P. and Louise Morin; “Indian Mythology” in The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, Hamlyn, NY 1959/1968
  • Vyasa; The Mahâbhârata, retold and introduced by William Buck, Mentor, New York 1976


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