The Magician, His Training & Work, by W. E. Butler
As one occult writer, Israel Regardie says, and very truly: "here is no place to utter portenteous
warnings about the use and abuse of magical powers and spiritual knowledge. Within the psyche
itself is a sentinel who never sleeps. It is a guardian of the moral law whose punishment is so dire
and devastating that there is no appeal, save by expiation of the crime. From the dicta and
judgements of this inner Self, there is no escape, except through the admission and the acceptance
of the abuse, followed by a grim determination forever to avoid a similar deed."
From: Bhagavad Gita
Chapter 16. The Divine And Demoniac Natures
"They believe that to gratify the senses unto the end of life is the prime necessity of human
civilization. Thus there is no end to their anxiety. Being bound by hundreds and thousands of
desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification."
PURPORT: "...The demoniac person, who has no faith in God or the Supersoul within himself,
performs all kinds of sinful activities simply for sense gratification. He does not know that there is a
witness sitting within his heart. The Supersoul is observing the activities of the individual soul. As it is stated in the Vedic literature, the Upanisads, there are two birds sitting in one tree; one is acting
and enjoying or suffering the fruits of the branches, and the other is witnessing. But one who is
demoniac has no knowledge of Vedic scripture, nor has he any faith; therefore he feels free to do
anything for sense enjoyment, regardless of the consequences."
The Teachings of Silvanus
From The Nag Hammadi Library
"Abolish every childish time of life, acquire for yourself strength of mind and
soul, and intensify the struggle against every folly of the passions of love and
base wickedness, and love of praise, and fondness of contention, and tiresome
jealousy and wrath, and anger and the desire of avarice. Guard your (pl.) camp
and weapons and spears. Arm yourself and all the soldiers, which are the words,
and the commanders, which are the counsels, and your mind as a guiding
My son, throw every robber out of your gates. Guard all your gates with
torches, which are the words, and you will acquire through all these things a
quiet life. But he who will not guard these things will become like a city which
is desolate, since it has been captured. All kinds of wild beasts have trampled
upon it, for thoughts which are not good are evil wild beasts. And your city
will be filled with robbers, and you will not be able to acquire peace, but only
all kinds of savage wild beasts. The Wicked One, who is a tyrant, is lord over
these. While directing this, he (the Wicked One) is beneath the great mire. The
whole city, which is your soul, will perish.
Remove yourself from these things, O wretched soul! Bring your guide and your
teacher. The mind is the guide, but reason is the teacher. They will bring you
out of destruction and dangers.
Listen, my son, to my advice! Do not show your back to enemies and flee, but
rather, pursue them as a strong one. Be not an animal, with men pursuing you;
but rather, be a man, with you pursuing the evil wild beasts, lest somehow they
become victorious over you and trample upon you as on a dead man, and you perish
due to their wickedness.
Oh wretched man, what will you do if you fall into their hands? Protect
yourself, lest you be delivered into the hands of your enemies. Entrust yourself
to this pair of friends, reason and mind, and no one will be victorious over
you. May God dwell in your camp, may his Spirit protect your gates, and may the
mind of Divinity protect the walls. Let holy reason become a torch in your mind,
burning the wood which is the whole of sin.
And if you do these things, O my son, you will be victorious over all your
enemies, and they will not be able to wage war against you, neither will they be
able to resist, nor will they be able to get in your way. For if you find these,
you will despise them as deniers of truth. They will speak to you, cajoling you
and enticing (you), not because they are afraid of you, but because they are
afraid of those who dwell within you, namely, the guardians of the divinity and
My son, accept the education and the teaching. Do not flee from the education
and the teaching, but when you are taught, accept (it) with joy. And if you are
educated in any matter, do what is good. You will plait a crown of education by
your guiding principle. Put on the holy teaching like a robe. Make yourself
noble-minded through good conduct. Obtain the austerity of good discipline.
Judge yourself like a wise judge. Do not go astray from my teaching, and do not
acquire ignorance, lest you lead your people astray. Do not flee from the divine
and the teaching which are within you, for he who is teaching you loves you very
much. For he shall bequeath to you a worthy austerity. Cast out the animal
nature which is within you, and do not allow base thought to enter you. For ...
you know the way which I teach."