Lords of the Left-Hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent by Stephen E Flowers

By Stephen E Flowers

Examines the left-hand direction and divulges the masters of the tradition

• Explores the practices and ideology of many left-hand course teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Hell-Fire membership, and heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects

• Investigates many notorious occult personalities, together with Helena Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, and Anton LaVey

• Explains the genuine distinction among the right-hand direction and the left-hand path--union with and dependence on God as opposed to person freedom and self-empowerment

From black magic and Satanism to Gnostic sects and Gurdjieff’s Fourth manner, the left-hand direction has been associated with many practices, cults, and contributors around the a long time. Stephen plants, Ph.D., examines the equipment, teachings, and old position of the left-hand direction, from its origins in Indian tantric philosophy to its underlying effect in present international affairs, and divulges which philosophers, magicians, and occult figures all through background can actually be referred to as “Lords of the Left-Hand Path.”

Flowers explains that whereas the right-hand course seeks union with and therefore dependence on God, the left-hand course seeks a “higher legislation” in line with wisdom and tool. it's the method of self-empowerment and precise freedom. starting with old Hindu and Buddhist sects and relocating Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand course teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Yezidi satan Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire membership, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and a number of other heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a delicately crafted definition of a real adherent of the left-hand direction according to major principles--self-deification and problem to the conventions of “good” and “evil”--the writer analyzes many well-known and notorious personalities, together with H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and divulges which occult masters have been Lords of the Left-Hand Path.

Flowers indicates that the left-hand course isn't really inherently evil yet a part of our background and our deep-seated wish to be loose, self sustaining, and in charge of our destinies.

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