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-'''Thelema''' is a philosophy of life based on the rule or law, ''"Do what thou wilt."'' The ideal of "Do what thou wilt" and its association with the word ''Thelema'' goes back to [[François Rabelais]], but was more fully developed and proselytized by [[Aleister Crowley]],who founded a religion named '''Thelema''' based on this ideal. The word itself is the English transliteration of the [[Koine Greek]] for "will", from the verb ''θέλω'': to will, wish, purpose. Early Christian writings use the word to refer to the will of God, the human will, and even the will of God's opponent, the [[Devil]]. 
-In the [[16th century]], [[François Rabelais]] used ''Thélème'', the French form of the word, as the name of a fictional Abbey in his famous books, ''[[Gargantua and Pantagruel]]''. The only rule of this Abbey was "fay çe que vouldras" <!-- please do not "fix" this quote; it is a direct quote in archaic French. Thanks -->+# The "common" Greek language that developed and [[flourish]]ed between 300 BC and AD 300 (the time of the [[Roman Empire]]), and from which [[Modern Greek]] [[descend]]ed. It was based on the [[Attic]] and [[Ionian]] dialects of [[Ancient Greek]].
-("''Fais ce que tu veux''," or, "''Do what thou wilt''"). This rule was revived and used in the [[real world]] in the mid [[18th century]] by [[Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron Le Despencer|Sir Francis Dashwood]], who inscribed it on a doorway of his abbey at [[Medmenham]], where it served as the motto of [[The Hellfire Club]].+
-The same rule was used in [[1904]] by [[Aleister Crowley]] in ''[[The Book of the Law]]''. This book contains both the phrase "Do what thou wilt" and the word ''Thelema'' in Greek, which Crowley took for the name of the philosophical, mystical and religious system which he subsequently developed. This system includes ideas from [[occult]]ism, [[Yoga]], and both Eastern and Western [[mysticism]] (especially the [[Qabalah]]). 
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-[[Shri Gurudev Mahendranath]], in speaking of ''[[svecchachara]]'', the Sanskrit equivalent of the phrase ''"Do what thou wilt"'', wrote that "Rabelais, Dashwood, and Crowley must share the honor of perpetuating what has been such a high ideal in most of Asia."  
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  1. The "common" Greek language that developed and flourished between 300 BC and AD 300 (the time of the Roman Empire), and from which Modern Greek descended. It was based on the Attic and Ionian dialects of Ancient Greek.




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