'We place no reliance
On Virgin or Pigeon;
Our method is science,
Our aim is religion.'
 A female slave or concubine in a harem
 "Turkish delight", a type of confection based on a gel of starch and sugar.
 A songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry.
 Modern dictionaries give the Sanskrit as yuga.
 "Religion" comes from Middle English religioun (< Old French religion) < Latin religion- (stem of religio) conscientiousness, piety, equivalent to relig(are) to tie, fasten (re- + ligare to bind, tie; compare ligament) + -ion-; compare rely.
 An animal whose embryo develops in an amnion and chorion and has an allantois; a mammal, bird, or reptile. (Amnion: the innermost membrane that encloses the embryo of a mammal, bird, or reptile. Chorion: the outermost membrane that … etc. Allantois: the fetal membrane lying below the chorion in many vertebrates, formed as an outgrowth of the embryo's gut.)
 The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.
 Little known; abstruse. From a French word meaning "hidden".
 A marsh or boggy place.
 Two unrelated murders linked to Brighton, England in 1934. In both, the dismembered body of a murdered woman was placed in a trunk.
 A street in the City of Westminster in London, England which has been noted since the 19th century for its large number of private specialists in medicine and surgery.
 That would be "hydrogen chloride", HCl, which when it gets wet forms hydrochloric acid.
 …And when it does, you get, among other things, chlorine monoxide. The chemical reaction of Cl + O3 (ozone) forms ClO + O2, and depletes the ozone layer.
 Stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority.
 Or "Jahannam". This is the Arabic Language equivalent to Hell. The term comes from the Hebrew Gehinnom, originally the name of a valley outside Jerusalem.
 In music, a "thirty-second note", 1/32 the length of a "semibreve", or "whole note": what you or I would call "a really short note."
 Or "mahseer", a fish of the genera Tor, Neolissochilus, and Naziritor in the family Cyprinidae (carps), Tor being the most common.
 "Mleccha" means "non-Vedic", "barbarian" — the Hindu equivalent of a Jewish "shiksa".
 One of the most desolate parts of the Sahara desert. It is situated along the borders among Algeria, Niger and Mali, west of the Hoggar mountains.
 "Deprecate" means "to express earnest disapproval of."
 In this spelling, this means "enlightened" (bodhi) "existence" (sattva). Traditionally, a bodhisattva is someone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish to attain Budhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.
 An English philosopher (1820 — 1903) who developed an all-embracing conception of evolution as the progressive development of the physical world, biological organisms, the human mind, and human culture and societies.
 A hallucinogenic plant of the mandrake family, whose root resembles a human figure. Long used in magic, it supposedly screams when uprooted. Sometimes it is also said that the scream kills whoever hears it.
 A propitiatory or sacrificial rite in which a person is suspended above ground by hooks through their back and swung about.
 Also called suttee, a religious funeral practice in which a recently widowed woman immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre.
 A theological doctrine holding that during the Christian sacrament, the fundamental substance of the body and blood of Christ are present alongside the substance of the bread and wine.
 Lapsarianism is the set of Calvinist doctrines describing the theoretical order of God's decree (in his mind, before Creation), in particular concerning the order of his decree for the fall of man and reprobation. Supralapsarianism is the view that God's decrees of election and reprobation logically preceded the decree of the fall.
 Here, Crowley uses this metaphor in an aberrant sense. "Old School Tie" refers to what we would call the "old boys' network". It means specifically the practice of wearing the tie of one's school, as a means of being recognized (and thus helped) by others.
 This is a guess on my part, but here I think Crowley intends the Broad Arrow symbolism to refer to the fact that in the Australian colonies, it was used to mark government property — particularly prisoners' clothing. However, I've also seen one source report it as a synonym for the fleur-de-lis.
 Latin: Read! Judge! Be silent!
 Virtue: an alteration of Middle English vertu < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virtut- (stem of virtus) maleness, worth, virtue, equivalent to vir, man (see virile) + -tut- abstract noun suffix.
 "Proteron" means "advance". Depending on its Greek spelling, "hysteron" might be "post" or "lagging behind".
 Lucubration: 1, Study; meditation. 2, A piece of writing, typically a pedantic or overelaborate one.
 Sir Walter Scott, "The Lord of the Isles", Canto VI, 32. (1815)
 Siddhi: 1, Complete understanding and enlightenment possessed by a siddha; 2. a paranormal power possessed by a siddha. A "siddha" is, of course, "one who has achieved spiritual realization and supernatural power."
 From a WW I cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather. Two characters are contemplating a ragged hole in a ruined house. The younger one asks, 'What made that 'ole?' The older retorts, 'Mice.'
 Sibylline [misspelled above]: divinatory: resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy.
 Bioscope: an early form of motion-picture projector, used about 1900.
 Jami, in his work Salaman and Absal. See Works of Edward Fitzgerald (1887), Vol 1, page 110.
 Rishi, an inspired sage or poet. Originally, there were seven Rishis to whom the Vedas were revealed.
 Sanyasi, also called renunciate: a Brahman who having attained the fourth and last stage of life as a beggar will not be reborn, but will instead be absorbed into the Universal Soul.
 Arhat, a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana through rigorous discipline and ascetic practices.
 Betel, an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.
 Bodhisattva, a person who has attained prajna, or Enlightenment, but who postpones Nirvana in order to help others to attain Enlightenment.
 Sorites, a form of argument having several premises and one conclusion, capable of being resolved into a chain of syllogisms, the conclusion of each of which is a premise of the next.
 Sir Henry Lauder, known professionally as Harry Lauder, was an international Scottish entertainer, described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador!"
 Crowley's footnote: "In coitu, of course. —ED."
 Udana as a 'nerve': the nearest I can find for this is that it's a "life sustaining energy of the diaphragm, the third of the five airs of Ayurvedic philosophy, the life force governing upward motion." There, it's a green aura operating from the throat to the head.
 This is probably George Lansbury (1859 - 1940), Member of Parliament for Poplar Bow and Bromley, socialist, Christian pacifist, and newspaper editor.
 Literally "absolute master", used by the English in India to mean "true gentleman" or "excellent fellow".
 Poona, now Pune, in the state of Maharashtra was during Crowley's time the political center of India.
 Crowley's footnote: "One Yeats-Brown. What are Yeats? Brown, of course, and Kennedy."
 Crowley's footnote: "Some Great Thinker once said: 'Time marches on.' What felicity of phrase!"
 The Gallipoli Campaign, or Battle of Gallipoli, took place in WW I in what is now Turkey between April 1915 and January 1916. Its commemoration is highly significant in Australia and New Zealand.
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