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Term: Svecchachara

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Svecchachara:

(Sanskrit; pronounced s'vek-cha-kar-uh) An ancient Tantric term that means, "The path of doing one's own Will." Some readers will see the similarity between this ancient Sanskrit word and Aleister Crowley's Thelemic concept, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." However, there is a different. The Thelemic concept is to discover what your True Will is. Your True Will is your direction in life and will be in complete harmony with the universe and the "will" of the Divine. In some ways, it's actually limiting as it is added in Crowley's The Book of the Law (I:42), "thou hast no right but to do thy will." Svecchachara, however, means that you are free to do whatever you want, but you are responsible for whatever you do. There are no limitations, but as per the law of karma, the universe will respond to what you do, positively if you do things that are positive, negatively if you do things that are negative. This is a combination of ultimate freedom combined with ultimate personal responsibility.

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