On honouring the Gods
At the beginning of time stands the Unity and with it a perfect peace. The Unity opened itself up and from this Godhead flowed all that lives and all that is.
The world we know is not a random chaos, but the result of this divine force. The force was already there before the universe became visible, a perfect concentration of what was to be. That is why we call her the Unity. The Unity divulged itself in many parts and divulges itself again every minute in every part of the cosmos. She is the eternal Mother-Father.
The cosmos and everything within it, is the body of the Unity. The Unity is present in everything, through the entire body, in every fibre. Mankind lives in the body of the Unity, but just as a fish does not know what water is, the people do not know what the Unity is. In the world of the people the power of the Unity is only visible through the mediation of the Goddess of the Invisible world, Eleima, and through the mediation of the God of the Material world, Kelaino.
The Goddess gives beauty and pleasure, the God gives matter and desire. Man is in-between them and is the bridge to peace. It is the duty of the people to unite the visible and the invisible world in everything they do, by making sacrifices and accepting the gifts of the Gods in equal measure. Through the labour of the people the harmony of the Unity becomes visible in this world. If the people fail in their duties there can be no harmony. Without harmony, peace becomes war and The Unity fragments ever further. Then, the eternal Heart is chained to the body. Even after the body has decayed the Heart keeps wandering in the world below the world.
The rivers of Love and Beauty flow over the earth; but so do those of Blood and Anger. Where the rivers of Love and Beauty converge the Goddess is present and she is visible as joy and pleasure. There, she shows her enchanting face, the love of the Unity. But in the place where the rivers of Blood and Anger swirl, the Moon-God Kelaino obtains his power. In the place where blood and anger converge Kelaino smashes new fragments off The Unity and new worlds continually arise.
Kelaino is not only malignant, his ways are also dark and unpleasant. The people who walk these ways seek malignancy and will find it within themselves. The God will seduce them, but he will not support them, they turn to him in vain, their voices are lost, they vanish along with body and mind. The Moon-God leads the people away from The Unity, makes them wander aimlessly on the road to the Return. Every action of mankind that causes conflict, conflict either within themselves or in the world outside of themselves, strengthens the power of the God and makes him cause more discontent and creates more and more division.
Eleima, the Goddess, is not mere beauty, she also brings much joy to the people. Those who travel with her, experience the ecstasy of the divine Heart when it arises in their blessed body, the Goddess gives them satisfaction and shows them new panoramas again and again. But in this lustful opulence the danger of powerlessness is hidden, the Goddess is greater than the people, she submerges them in pleasure until, like sleepwalkers, they go through life unnoticed. Therefore, with everything they sacrifice to the Goddess, the people must also always keep the image of the God in mind, so that they can exist forcefully in this world.
Because of the labour of the people the rivers flow faster, as we can see and experience everywhere. It is up to the people to make the rivers of Love and Beauty and the rivers of Blood and Anger flow because of their labours. It is the duty of the people to connect to the Gods through this flow, to honour them and to seduce them into showing themselves to the people peacefully as well as forcefully. When the face of Kelaino becomes visible in the rivers of Blood and Anger, it is up to the people to support the Goddess. When Eleima robs the world of its decisiveness through the beckoning of Love and Beauty, it is up to the people to support the God.
When the people aim to reconcile the Moon-God and the Earth-Goddess, new Beauty can blossom from Anger, and new Love can originate from Blood. If the people deny the Gods and keep wandering in their sadness there is nothing above them but brutish, uncaring emptiness, and nothing below them but the hungry earth. It is the duty of the people to reconcile the visible and the invisible world, to honour the Gods and in so doing, while they live, keep the body of the Unity in good health.
It is the actions of the people in their surrender to the Goddess and their travels with the God, and through their careful and conscientious reconciliation of the Love and the Anger, through which the return to the Unity is possible. It is equally so in the actions of the people with whom they one-sidedly create their own world, through which time and again further fragmentation can originate.
At the end of times there is a return to the Unity and with it comes the return to a state of perfect peace. This return, that is a new beginning, is what our pursuits must be aimed at. In the pursuit of the return, peace is already stored away. By honouring the Gods as it is described in the holy verses, the people make the return to the Unity possible. Those who seek the Unity shall find the Unity in the peace of the Gods, now and forever.
The first people originated from the Unity and were promised that mankind would return there. The Unity was always present for those who came first, as a memory and as a vision. The Unity was directly connected to the people and to all that lives. This explains the happiness of these first people.
As is known, a disastrous war was waged after this initial blissful time between the children of the Unity, The Gods of the earth and the moon. After the Gods had reconciled, together they created a new people, one that was equal to the first people in many ways. To these new people the Unity has gifted the Heart and the Heart is visible in all these people.
All later people are thus descendants of these earlier people, but they are not like the first. What has been and what will be, connects the people to the Gods in a continuous line. The later people are the children of the Gods, and the memory of the battle between the Gods resides within all later people like a slumbering volcano. The memories of the living go through to the memories of the Gods.
Each later human being originates from an earlier one, so it follows that the memory of the return to the Unity becomes further and further removed; and the promise of the Return is each time preceded by the memory of those who came before. The Origin and the Return therefore are not only of import to the first people and the Unity. The memory has become a part of the world of the Gods. The later people are connected to the Unity through the Gods, and it is only through their intermediacy that the Unity is still recognisable to them.
We are those later people, the imperfect successors of earlier, perfect creatures. In each of us the seed of perfection is still present, as it has been passed on from the Unity to the Gods and from them to their creation, the fourth people. It is our duty to remember that we are the ones who must make the seeds of perfection blossom. We are the gardeners in the garden of the Gods, and we are the garden. In our quest to become better people we must acknowledge this: that we must prepare ourselves for the return to the Unity by continually searching within ourselves for the seeds of perfection.
Everywhere around us we see imperfection, we see evil, jealousy, callousness and avarice. But perfection is also visible, in every leaf of a tree and in the beauty of a body in motion. For those who aim for a return to perfection there is only one way: the way that leads memory back to the Unity and on which no bad memories are formed and sad memories are erased by better memories.
The people know that what they do influences this world. After all, because everyone eventually returns to the Gods with their memories, the memory of the Gods can be tainted. If evil is reciprocated with evil, that brings about more and more evil each time; no roses grow in a dumping ground; and those who live with violence shall not rest in peace. Those who bring filth to the Gods receive filth in return.
Harmony can be found in the creation of good memories for as many living creatures as possible, people and animals and trees and plants alike. The people that cherish within themselves the seed of perfection express reverence to the Gods. They honour the divine by striving for perfection in this world, in the light of the memory of what has once been perfect and what can be perfect again. These people do not turn away from the memory of what was and what was imperfect. On the contrary, they honour their own imperfections and strive for a good life for all.
Because the return to the Unity means the unison of the people with a state of perfect harmony, it is better to strive for peace with the Gods in this life already, so that the Gods receive them and make all Hearts one in preparation of the Return.
The world of every person is only temporary. A human life seems long but it is short. So it is of great importance to spend that time as well as you can. That means not to fear life but to seek the beautiful and the good, for one’s self and for others and for its own sake. By seeking the good and not dwell on the bad, people precipitate the return to the Unity by increasing the joys of the many.
This is the task people have: let your garden blossom perfectly. Give attention to memories. Strive for a unison with the Unity, which will mean the return to a carefree time for all. Leave behind what can be left behind.
Some people are like a glass bottle full of feelings. Their feelings are perpetually visible and they regard their feelings as the truth. They become one with these feelings and are overpowered by them. There is no divide between the feelings that are important and the feelings that can lead to nothing but unrest. In the bottle of feelings everything ferments into one mixture.
What is important to everything that lives, including the people therefore, is to live in the goodness of the world and to avoid or end unbearable suffering. In this life the Gods accompany all living creatures, they show the ways, they are the surrounding world, they do not turn away from unbearable suffering, they stood at the beginning and they lead all living creatures back to the Unity.
Only man has the ability to see his place in the world, and to choose which road to travel; the road that leads to greater wellbeing or the road that leads to greater suffering. In order for that choice to truly be a choice, knowledge of both good and evil is needed, and insight into what is perfect and knowledge of what is imperfect.
It is often unclear where feelings come from and whether they even have a cause. Many feelings arrive like an uninvited guest at a wedding, suddenly they are there and it seems impolite to send them away. But when the party is over these strangers turn out to have tainted the air with their presence.
It is written that we must learn what can be learned and in this learning lies our reward. What cannot be learned but comes only through experience forces us to seek experience. This means that we will refuse no experiences, not even if they are displeasing to us. To be overcome by unpleasant feelings is certainly an experience we would rather avoid, but we cannot always do so.
This does not mean that all feelings are equally valuable and that we must allow for them. Feelings of fear and unrest, such as worries and jealousy, darken the light of the days. Everyone can see that such feelings suck the pleasure out of life, but it is not easy to escape their destructive powers. And although they do not lead to happiness, people are still attached to them, so that they think they are aiming for happiness when their feelings can cause nothing but unhappiness.
But the happiness of the people changes shape for them again and again, because they are people, and because the appeal of new things always seems irresistible. So it is important to see what can bring true happiness and what is only an illusion. And it is important to differentiate between that which causes suffering and that which, while it is unpleasant, may provides more joy.
Learning is enough reason for humanity to be, so it is written. But there is something to be learned from every experience, and yet man must not be dragged along by the tide of experiences. People should not seek out experience in itself, only experience that can lead to true knowledge. This means that the search for pleasant experiences must always be paired with attention.
If the pleasurable experience can contribute to the development of knowledge just as easily, is it not then better to seek out the pleasurable experience and avoid the unpleasant experience? Anyone can see that this is not the case. Knowledge is not to be divided in pleasant and unpleasant knowledge, it is all knowledge and it can all be of service to a person. Knowledge in itself is neither good nor evil, but the way people use this knowledge causes chaos or strengthens the Unity.
Yet it cannot be said that there is only knowledge in the world that makes people better. On the contrary, we all know how certain knowledge can make the heart heavy. There are evil people who have perpetrated horrendous actions and knowledge of these actions will improve no one. But that is exactly why good people will not worry about their feelings: so that they can learn from what is already existent in the world but shall not be poisoned by what the suffering in the world has caused.
Much has been said of suffering. If we are honest, we cannot deny that we do not wish to suffer. We would rather become wise through our prosperity, even if this prosperity is not of our own making. We would also love to believe that there can be prosperity without adversity and that there can be joy that lasts forever. This belief in the absence of suffering makes people defenceless and dumb. Sensible people will acknowledge that suffering exists and that they themselves will suffer sooner or later. Sensible people will therefore also acknowledge that joy exists; that this joy originates from the same source as suffering; and that it is the way of the world to partake of joy and suffering in equal measures.
The conclusion can be nothing else than that we are bound to acknowledge suffering and benefit from it. We must learn how to alleviate suffering, without becoming prideful or seeing ourself as though we are not part of the world of the others. Suffering belongs to everybody and we will embrace it, and in that embrace our feelings will go out to the comfort of others and not to ourselves.
So seek enjoyment and do not reject those things that can give pleasure, and learn from it. Then go forth and be strong. Keep confronting the experiences that give sadness but also knowledge of joy. Always keep joy as an example.
On the freedom of the people
I hereby come back to my earlier remark about the imperfection we see everywhere, and how it relates to the perfection we also see. It is incomprehensible to the people that both these things can exist.
Many say: ‘The Gods have abandoned us,’ or even ‘why would we honour Gods that care so little for their people’? And it is true that there are people that live in miserable circumstances, so that it is hubris or folly - or both - to minimise the suffering of another with a call to the wishes of the Gods. So I want to clarify what I wrote before, so that those who wish to turn their back on the Gods will understand that the Gods themselves have not turned their back on this world nor will they do so.
As we know, the First came from the cosmic ocean to this universe. The creation of the people was a part of that becoming. Only mankind received the gift of insight, only people received the gift to move themselves from place to place and put their mark on every place. Why not one of the animals? Why, for example, is it not given to the whales to come to land and build themselves a house there? Why is it impossible for the wolves to take to sea? The answer can be nothing but that from the First every creature has come to its place and the place of mankind is not tied to any medium.
What has become out of the First may seem like an eternal organisation. Everything is in its place and since the place of the people is everywhere, it can be said that people can be everywhere and rule over everything. It appears the First has determined that every man can choose for himself where his place shall be. Whereas the whales and the wolves can only rule over a limited realm, the people are free to subject all realms to their will.
But despite what people may think, mankind is not the ruler of the world. The First has placed us under the care of the Gods. The world is in the power of the Gods, whose task it is to keep what has come out of the Unity safe until all of this will return into itself to a single state, as it was in the beginning.
What we know is that the First has given freedom to the people to do good and evil. People do not do these things for the sake of the First, they do these things because they are free. All those who can do evil do it of their own volition.
Is it the duty of the Gods to protect the people from themselves? Is it the duty of the Gods to limit the people in their abilities? If that were their task, they would doubtlessly perform it. So there are two possibilities: either it is not the duty of the Gods to preserve the people, or they do preserve us but we do not understand them.
The minds of the Gods are inscrutable to the people. If we were able to understand we ourselves would be Gods, but we are not. We are nothing but creatures of the Gods, we are the fourth people. We also cannot blame the Gods that we cannot understand them, because that would be like blaming them that they are not like us - and we know they are not like us, so we would only make fools of ourselves by blaming the Gods for our own ignorance.
If such a freedom was given to the people, should they not be allowed to use it as they deem right? Apparently not. After all, there are Gods who have to preserve the earth up until the time of the return to the Unity. We do not know what they will do if we provoke them too often and too annoyingly. Sometimes they exterminate a handful of people by making them disappear into the earth, and at other times they make the waters sweep the land until nothing is left but mud and debris. Sometimes they cut down a single person with a rock, or they cut down many by sending plagues.
It is not up to the people to hold the Gods accountable. The suffering of the people cannot be the result of the evil intentions of the Gods. It is their task to preserve the world, and they do this as they are wont to do. It thus follows that the suffering of the people is an affair of the people themselves; and the termination of suffering is therefore an affair of the people themselves as well. This does not mean that mankind is essentially alone and that the Gods look upon them unmoved. The world is in the body of the Unity and She is perfect, the people carry within themselves the possibility of being perfect too, and it is up to the people to make that perfection visible through their good works.
When the Goddess spoke to the people, she gave directions and commandments regarding how they should distinguish the good from the evil. In the holy verses the guidelines are laid down that she has given to the people to organise their lives with. The people appear free to deviate from the holy commandments and do unspeakable evil unto their fellow people. The people even appear to be free to use the holy earth as they see fit. But it is certain that the Goddess will not neglect her duty. After all, she is the Goddess, the people will bow down to her. The people should understand that their liberty is so that they are free to do what is right.
By honouring the Gods in our actions and our rituals, we acknowledge that we ourselves are not Gods and that we must continually look within ourselves for the perfection. Deference to the Gods helps the people to lead the best possible lives.
On the nature of the Unity
We originate from the Godhead named the Unity. Once the Unity was a perfect center, then She opened up and fragmented into the universe, with the sun and the moon, the stars and the earth. In this multitude the Unity transformed into this universal body and her mind became the Cosmic Awareness.
The Cosmic Awareness can be known by the people through the mediation of the God of the Material world and the mediation of the Goddess of the Invisible world. The Cosmic Awareness is changed by the thoughts and actions of mankind.
If our thoughts and actions are violent and chaotic, the Cosmic Awareness becomes equally violent and chaotic, which becomes visible in a chaotic and violent world. If our thoughts and actions are harmonious and good, the Cosmic Awareness thus becomes equally harmonious and good, which becomes visible in a harmonious and good world. So it is important that our thoughts and our actions are harmonious and good.
In order to achieve that our thoughts and actions are good, we must turn ourselves into a perfect bridge between the God of the Material world and the Goddess of the Invisible world. In order to become this perfect bridge, we must live in the way the Book teaches us. If we are the perfect bridge, we connect again to the Unity and make the Cosmic Awareness harmonious and good.
If the Cosmic Awareness is harmonious and good, the fragmentation of the Unity will end, and the Unity will once again become the perfect center that She once was. The visible and the invisible world, and all that lived before and was dead, will be in this perfect center, and everything will be at peace.
On the return to the Beginning
The Unity is like a sheet of paper, the Cosmic Awareness is like ink on that paper. The visible world is the script that is fashioned out of that ink, the invisible world is the space around the letters.
You must learn to read the text and fully comprehend it, and once you have done so, you will see that the text starts to flow and the ink disappears. At that moment, with one hand you can fold the paper into a ball, and you yourself are at the center of that ball.