Book: “The Satanic Bible” by Anton Szandor LaVey

The Satanic Bible is a collection of essays, observations, and rituals published by Anton LaVey (an American author, musician, and occultist, also the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism) in 1969. It is the central religious text of LaVeyan Satanism, and is considered the foundation of its philosophy and dogma. It has been described as the most important document to influence contemporary Satanism.

What can be a better way to start a new year than reading The Satanic Bible? Actually, when I first got to know about this book (happened just few months ago), I was a bit hesitant to read it, because my assumption was that the book will be full of weird magic and creepy rituals.

But I was slightly impressed how easy-to-read, different-of-what-I-expected and acceptable the book is, how well it goes along with my philosophy and way of living – you are a God for yourself, you decide your life and all you get is just the result of your actions. You cannot pray for some imaginary forces and actually expect that magic will hit in. If you are not doing anything to make your dreams come true, they will remain only as dreams in your head. If you want your body to look good for the summer season, you have to work hard to get it in shape. I would say that, as it was also said in the book: The Satanic Bible was about the realities of human nature, so that there was “nothing [in the Satanic Bible] that I didn’t already know or believe myself prior to reading it.”” Indulge life!

However, some parts in the book are actually about the rituals, worshiping and magic. I read them through, but those parts are beyond my believes. I must say that it’s where stops my acceptance of this book. Well, if you consider the ‘art’ of using your own potential and abilities in different forms such as flirting, talking, being knowledgeable etc., in order to get what you want and, plus, you do that consciously and intentionally, then ok – so be it called the magic (as I depicted from some chapters). But if you are making altars and mumbling weird texts, while burning candles – that’s already too far.

There are a lot of quotes/ideas from the book I liked. Here are just few of them:

  • Satanism is a blatantly selfish, brutal philosophy. It is based on the belief that human beings are inherently selfish, violent creatures, that life is a Darwinian struggle for survival of the fittest, that only the strong survive and the earth will be ruled by those who fight to win the ceaseless competition that exists in all jungles—including those of urbanized society.
  • Satanism advocates unrestricted freedom, but only to the extent that one’s preferences do not impinge upon another’s.
  • As LaVey pointed out, all other churches are based on worship of the spirit and denial often flesh and the intellect.
  • The Satanist shuns terms such as “hope” and “prayer” as they are indicative of apprehension. If we hope and pray for something to come about, we will not act in a positive way which will make it happen. The Satanist, realizing that anything he gets is of his own doing, takes command of the situation instead of praying to God for it to happen. Positive thinking and positive action add up to results.
  • Since man’s natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners; and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there.
  • He [devil → word “devil” comes from the Indian devi which means “god”]  has been given an evil role simply because he represents the carnal, earthly, and mundane aspects of life.
  • Satanism represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates! You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can. If you love everyone and everything you lose your natural powers of selection and wind up being a pretty poor judge of character and quality. If anything is used too freely it loses its true meaning. Therefore, the Satanist believes you should love strongly and completely those who deserve your love, but never turn the other cheek to your enemy!
  • If people had to take the consequences of their own actions, they would think twice!
  • Satanism has been thought of as being synonymous with cruelty and brutality. This is soonly because people are afraid to face the truth—and the truth is that human beings are not all benign or all loving.
  • Without being able to experience one of these emotions [love and hate], you cannot fully experience the other.
  • Heaven or Paradise, to most people, represents a vision of having their desires fulfilled … these very desires being those which, if practiced during their earthly lives, would certainly have sent them to Hell!
  • Only if a person’s ego is sufficiently fulfilled can he afford to be kind and complimentary to others without robbing himself of his self‐respect.
  • You get out of life exactly what you put into it!
  • The winner makes mistakes and learns from them not to make the same mistake again. The loser makes mistakes and never learns a thing from them.
  • No one should be protected from the effects of his own stupidity.
  • […] “The Satanic Bible advises to ‘question all things’….”
  • “The more I study religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.” by Sir Richard F. Burton, African explorer (1812‐1890).

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