Lectionary Readings for Friday, May 29th, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Friday, May 29th, 2020

Book of Wars Against Jehovih Chapter 49, Chapter 50

Chapter 49

1. Osiris then instructed King Thothma to drive out of the land of Egupt all the Faithists,
especially the shepherd kings, who could not be made slaves of.

2. Thothma impressed an army of two hundred thousand warriors, and drove off
the shepherd kings, putting to death more than three hundred thousand of them. And
from the Faithists he took all their possessions, such as houses and lands, and suffered
them not to hold any mortal thing in possession; neither permitting them to till the
soil, save as servants, nor to engage in any other labor save as servants. And there went
out of the land of Egupt, to escape the tyranny of Thothma, three millions of Faithists,
including the shepherd kings, the unlearned. And in regard to the Faithists, who remained
in the land of Egupt, Osiris, through king Thothma, made the following laws, to wit:

3. Thou shalt not possess any land, nor house, nor ox, nor any beast of burden,
nor cow, nor calf, nor shall thy people possess an altar of worship, nor temple, nor
place of sacred dance. But a servant and a servant of servants shalt thou be all the
days of thy life. But in thy sleeping place and in the sleeping place of thy family
thou shalt do worship in thine own way, nor shall any man molest thee therein.

4. Thou shalt not profess openly thy doctrines under penalty of thy blood and thy flesh;
nor shalt thou teach more in the schools or colleges; nor shall thy children receive great
learning. And of thy arts, of measuring and working numbers, thou shalt not keep them
secret longer, or thy blood be upon thee.

5. And if thou sayest: Behold, the Great Spirit; or Jehovih, the Ever Present, thou shalt
suffer death, and thy wife and thy children with thee. And if a man query, to try thee,
asking: Who created the world? thou shalt answer: Behold, God! And if he should further
ask: Thinkest thou the Creator is Ever Present? thou shalt say: Nay, but as a man that hath
finished his labor, he sitteth on his throne in heaven. And if he further ask thee: Where is
God? thou shalt answer: On the Mountain Hored, in heaven. And if he still further ask
thee: Is the Ever Present a Person? thou shalt say: Nay, the Ever Present is void like the
wind; there is but one ruler in heaven and earth, even Osiris, who is Lord the God, Savior
of men.

6. Who else but doeth these things shall be put to death; whoso boweth not unto
Thothma, my earthly ruler, shall not live, saith God.

7. These laws were entered in the libraries of Egupt, and also proclaimed publicly by the
scribes and seers. And yet with these restrictions upon them there remained in the land of
Egupt more than two million Faithists.

8. And it came to pass that Thothma began the building of the TEMPLE OF OSIRIS (pyramid),
and he impressed two hundred thousand men and women in the building thereof, of
which number more than one-half were Faithists. And these laborers were divided into
groups of twelves and twenty-fours and forty-eights, and so on, and each group had a
captain; but for series of groups of one thousand seven hundred and twenty-eight men and
women, there were generals, and for every six generals there was one marshal, and for
every twelve marshals was one chief, and these chiefs were of the Privy Council of the

9. And the king allotted to every chief a separate work; some to dig canals, some to
quarry stone, and some to hew the stones; some to build boats, some to provide rollers,
and others timbers, and yet others capstans.

10. Two places the surveyors found stone with which to build the temple, one was
above the banks of the great river, Egon, at the foot of Mount Hazeka, and the other
was across the Plains of Neuf, in the Mountains of Aokaba. From the headwaters of
Egon a canal was made to Aokaba, and thence by locks descended to the Plains of
Neuf, and thence to Gakir, the place chosen by the king for the temple to be built.

11. And as for the logs used in building, they were brought down the waters of Egon,
even from the forests of Gambotha and Rugzak. These logs were tied together and floated
on the water to the place required, where, by means of capstans, they were drawn out of
the water ready for use.

12. As for the stones of the temple they were hewn in the region of the quarries. And
when properly dressed, were placed on slides by capstans, and then, by capstans, let down
the mountain sides, to the water, whereon they were to float to the place required for

13. The floats were made of boards sawed by men skilled in the work, and were of
sufficient length and width to carry the burden designed. And at the bottom of the floats
were rollers, gudgeoned at the ends. Now when a stone was let down from the place of its
hewing on to the float, it was ready to be carried to its destination. And when the float

thus arrived near Gakir, ropes, made of hemp and flax, were fastened to the float, and, by
means of capstans on the land, the float was drawn up an inclined plane out of the water,
the rollers of the float answering as wheels.

14. When all things were in readiness for building the temple, the king himself, being
learned in all philosophies, proceeded to lay the foundation, and to give instruction as to
the manner of building it.

15. These were the instruments used by the king and his workmen: The gau, the length,
the square, the compass, and the plumb and line. Nor were there any other instruments of
measure or observation used in the entire building of the temple. And, as to the measure
A LENGTH, it was the average length of a man, after trying one thousand men.
This was divided into twelve parts, and these parts again into twelve parts, and so on.

16. After the first part of the temple was laid, the builders of the inclined plane began to
build it also, but it was built of logs. And when it was raised a little, another layer of the
temple was built. Then again the inclined plane was built higher, and another layer of the
temple built; and so on, the inclined plane, which was of wood, was built up even the
same as was the temple.

17. The width of the inclined plane was the same as the width of the temple, but the
whole length of the inclined plane was four hundred and forty lengths (of a man). Up this
inclined plane the floats, with the stones thereon, were drawn by means of capstans and
by men and women pulling also.

18. For four and twenty years was Thothma building the temple; and then it was
completed. But it required other half a year to take away the inclined plane used in
building it. After that it stood free and clear, the greatest building that had ever been built
on the earth or ever would be.

19. Such, then, was Thothma’s TEMPLE OF OSIRIS, THE GREAT PYRAMID.

20. Jehovih had said: Suffer them to build this, for the time of the building is midway
betwixt the ends of the earth; yea, now is the extreme of the earth’s corporeal growth; so
let it stand as a monument of the greatest corporeal aspiration of man. For from this time
forth man shall seek not to build himself everlastingly on the earth, but in heaven. All
these things shall be testimony that in the corporeal age of the earth man was of like
aspiration, and in the spiritual age of man in an opposite condition of corporeal
surroundings; for by the earth I prove what was; and by man prove what the earth was and
is at certain periods of time.

Chapter 50
1. When the temple was completed, and the king and his four high priests entered into the
Holy Chamber, the false Osiris, through his servant God, Egupt, came in sar’gis, and
spake unto the king, saying: Here am I, O king!

2. Thothma said: My labor is well recompensed. That thou hast come to me, O Lord
my God, I am blessed. Osiris said: Keep holy my chambers; suffer no man, nor
woman, nor child, that dwelleth on the face of the earth, to know the mysteries of
these, my holies, save and except my adepts. Here layeth the key of everlasting life.

3. Thothma said: How sayest thou, the key of everlasting life? Osiris said: Herein is that
which is of good and evil, as I commanded thy forefathers; to eat whereof man shall

become as Gods, and live forever. For this is the triumph of man over death, even for
which I created him on the earth.

4. Thothma said: Shall only we five know these things? Osiris said: Nay, verily; else
the light of my kingdom would not be full. Behold, thou, how I built the temple! Was
it not in the keeping of adepts? So, then, as I have given unto thee to know my
kingdom, thou shalt give unto others, not suffering these lights to come, save through
my commandments.

5. Now in the second month after the temple was completed, Thothma, the king, having
put the affairs of his kingdom in order, went into the H
OLY CHAMBER, and thence
ascended into the C
HAMBER OF LIFE AND DEATH, leaving the four chief priests in the Holy
Chamber. And Thothma
CAST HIMSELF IN DEATH (dormancy) by swallowing his tongue.
Whereupon the priests closed the entrance and sealed the king within.

6. Osiris, through his servant God, Egupt, said unto the priests: One alone shall remain; in
quarter-watch shall ye dwell within the Holy Chamber, and I will remain also. And the
priests cast lots, and divided the watch in six hours each, unto every day. And Osiris sent
Baal to the spirit of Thothma, and took him to Agho’aden, Osiris’heavenly place, showing
the spirit unto the glory of the throne, saying: Behold the God of Gods. Thothma said: It
is a great glory; lo, mine eyes are blinded by the light of the Lord my God. After this, Baal
took the soul of Thothma into a thousand heavenly places in Osiris’kingdom, and showed
him the glory thereof.

7. Thothma said unto Baal: Thou angel of God, thou hast shown me, of a truth, God is in
the image of man. Nor is there any but one God, who ruleth over all.

8. Baal said: How sayest thou then; who is God? Thothma said: How sayest thou? For
behold, his glory was so great I could not look upon him.

9. Then answered Baal, saying: Only angels and mortals; these are the sum of all things.
He, thou hast looked upon, was even as thou art; a one-time mortal on a far-off starworld. He attained unto the Godhead, to create a world unto himself, even as thou, who art an adept, canst create flowers and plants and serpents. Thus he came into the void
regions of space and created the earth and her heavens, and they belong unto him, for they
are his. And in like manner is every star-world, created and ruled by a God like unto thy
God, who is Lord of all.

10. Thothma said: O that all people knew these things! O that I may remember them
when I am returned to earth. Baal said: More than this shalt thou remember; for I will
now take thee to the hells of the idolaters and the Jehovihians. Baal then took the soul of
Thothma to the hells of De’yus, and showed him the horrors thereof. But he took him not
to the regions of God, in Craoshivi.

11. Now when Thothma had traveled in heaven for thirty days, Baal brought his spirit
back to the Chamber of Death, and showed him how to regain his corporeal part, the
which he did. And then Baal signaled unto Egupt, and the latter spake to the priest on
watch, saying: Behold, Thothma hath returned; go thou and fetch thy brother, and deliver
him into the Holy Chamber.

12. And when they came they unloosed the sealing stones and delivered the king into the
Holy Chamber, and he was awake from his trance, and remembered all he had seen in
heaven, which he related to the high priests who were with him. And both Baal and Egupt
came in sar’gis and talked in the Holy Chamber with Thothma and the priests. For one

day the king remained in the Holy Chamber, that his spirit be reconciled to the flesh; and
on the next day he and the priests came forth out of the temple and sealed the door
thereof, and placed the king’s guard in charge, that no man or woman might molest the
place. Now Thothma had been in the death trance forty days.

13. The three angels, Egupt, Baal and Ashtaroth, came into the altar in the king’s palace
that night, and showed themselves to the college students who had attained
spake orally before them, directing his words to the king, saying: Behold, I am the angel
of God thy Lord, whom thou hast beholden in heaven; I am the same who traveled in
heaven with thee. What I speak, I say in the name of the Lord our God, whose servant I
am. On the morrow shall thy high priests draw lots, and one of them shall enter the
Chamber of Holies, in the Osirian Temple, and do even as thou hast. And after him,
behold, another of the high priests shall do likewise; and so on, until the four have had
thy experience.

14. And it came to pass that the four priests in turn CAST THEMSELVES IN DEATH, and visited
Osiris’heavenly kingdoms, and also many of the hells of De’yus, being led in spirit by
Baal or Ashtaroth, Egupt being the guardian God of the temple.

15. When they had thus accumulated the same knowledge of heaven and earth, the five of
them were of one mind as to attaining life everlasting in the corporeal body. Osiris said:
Behold, I will bring many back who are already dead; and they shall call unto their
embalmed bodies and wake them up and inhabit them. Go ye, then, to the root of the
matter, and prepare my people, for I will come in person and inhabit the temple ye have
built; and my heavenly kingdom shall descend even to the earth. Prepare ye the C

16. Thothma built a column to the east line of the slat, seven lengths, and the height was
thirty-six lengths; of wood and stone built he it, with an opening from the bottom to the
top, and the width of the opening was six lengths. In the walls thereof was a winding
stairway, and there were windows looking out to the east and west and north and south,
that the stars from every quarter might be observed. On the summit of the column were
dwelling-places for the seers and mathematicians, with places for the measuring
instruments and lenses.

17. When this was completed, Thothma built of wood and stone an external wall across
the slat of the temple; and within this wall were stairs also, and these led to the top of the
pyramid. This wall was also provided with windows, that the northern stars might be

18. Thothma made an observing column for the sun, and it was provided with lenses of
all colors, so that adepts standing at the base of the pyramid could see the sun at every
hour of the day, and distinguish the spots and their changes. A gau was set within each of
the angles of observation, that the relative position of the sun with northern stars could be
determined every day.

19. By these two columns, therefore, Thothma and his mathematicians measured the sun
and moon and stars, as to the distances and sizes thereof. And Osiris commanded the king
to send into the far-off lands of the earth his wisest mathematicians, to observe the winds
of heaven, and the drought upon the earth; and the abundance of the yield of the earth in
different regions, in different years and seasons; and to observe famines and pestilences,
and all manner of occurrences on the face of the earth. He said unto the king: When thy

mathematicians are returned to thee with their accumulated wisdom, thou, or thy
successor, shall examine the sun and the stars and moon, as compared to the things
whereof the mathematicians shall relate, one year with another; and three years with
another three years, and five with five, and seven with seven, and so on for hundreds of
years, and thousands of years.

20. And when thou hast taken in the term of three thousand three hundred years, and
compared the sun and moon and stars, as relate to the occurrences of the earth, thou shalt
have the key of prophecy for three thousand three hundred years ahead. And thou shalt
say of this land and of that land; and of this people and that people, how it will be with
them, and thou shalt not err.

21. Thothma, the king, called together his mathematicians, and, according to their grade,
chose from amongst them twelve hundred. These he divided into groups of one hundred
each; and he gave them a sufficient number of attendants; and he sent them toward all the
sides of the world, allotting to them sixteen years each for observation, according to the

22. And they took with them all kinds of instruments to measure with, besides scribes to
make the records of such matters as came before them. And they went throughout
Arabin’ya, and Vind’yu, and Jaffeth, and Parsi’e, and Heleste, and Uropa, even across to
the western sea; and to the south extreme of Arabin’ya, and to the great kingdoms of the
interior, and to the north of Heleste and Parsi’e, and Jaffeth, to the regions of everlasting

23. And in sixteen and seventeen years they returned, save some who died on the
journeys. And most wonderful was the knowledge these mathematicians gained. In some
countries they found philosophers who had the knowledge required even at their tongues’
end. Thothma received them in great pomp and glory, and awarded all of them with great

24. And Thothma had these things rewritten and condensed into books, and named them
books of great learning, and they were deposited within the south chamber of the
pyramid, where never harm could come to them.

25. And Thothma made it a law, that other mathematicians should travel over the same
regions for other sixteen years and make like observations; and after them, yet other
mathematicians to succeed them, and so on for three thousand three hundred years. And
accordingly, a new expedition started forth. Now during the absence of the first
mathematicians, Thothma and his philosophers observed the sun and moon and stars
every day, and a record was made thereof, as to the earth in the regions of Thothma’s
home kingdom. And these observations were reduced to tablets and maps, and a record
made of them in Parsi’e’an language, which was the language of the learned. For the
Eguptian language of that day was spoken mostly by the unlearned, and was mixed with
the Fonecean, a language of sounds.

26. After the mathematicians returned, Thothma and his philosophers examined the
whole matter as compared with the maps and tablets of the heavens, and the facts
deduced therefrom were written in a separate book and called T

27. Copies of this book were made and sent into the lands of Arabin’ya, Vind’yu, Jaffeth,
and Parsi’e and Heleste, and Uropa, to the priests of God, but the original book was filed

in the Holy Chamber, in the Temple of Osiris.

28. Thothma applied himself to impart wisdom unto all men. And during his reign
he built in the land of Egupt seventy-seven colleges of Great Learning, twelve colleges
of prophecy, two hundred houses of philosophy, seven adepteries, and three
thousand free schools, and four thousand houses of sacrifice unto Osiris, Savior of men.

29. Three hundred and forty obelisks to God, thirty triumphal arches to De’yus, four
thousand oans-nus to the Creator, and these were mounted on pedestals of polished stone,
and stood at the street corners.

30. And there were graduated to the rank of adept during Thothma’s reign more than four
thousand men and three hundred women, all capable of the death trance, and of going
about in spirit. And of these over seven hundred were permitted within thirty years to test
the cast of the holy chambers in the pyramid. And their spirits were conducted into Osiris’
heavenly regions, and sojourned there for many days, and returned to their bodies
unharmed. Because of the position of the chambers, there was no action upon their bodies
whilst in the swoon.

31. Thus did Thothma prove himself to be one of the wisest and greatest men that
ever dwelt on the face of the earth. He believed all things the Gods told him,
believed he was Thoth re-incarnated, and believed he would never die as to the flesh.

32. The false Osiris, through his servant God, Egupt, had said to Thothma: This is the
manner of heaven and earth, as regardeth man: All men are re-incarnated over and over
until perfected to immortal flesh; and in that day man hath so perfected his adeptism he
can remain on earth or ascend to heaven, even when he desireth. Hence of all knowledge,
adeptism is the greatest.

33. Thothma asked if there were any new creations. Satan prompted Osiris, who said:
Nay, thy spirit is old as the earth. At first it was small and round, like a grain of mustard,
only it was spirit. And the multitude of these seed comprise the All Unseen. When one of
them taketh root in gestation, then is the beginning. And it is born into the world a frog,
or an ass, or worm, or lion, or small creeping thing; and it liveth its time and dieth. And
the spirit hieth it back again into another womb, and it is born forth a man low as
to knowledge, evil as to life. And he liveth a time and dieth again; but again the spirit
hieth back to another womb, and it is born forth again, another man, but wiser as to
knowledge, and less evil as to life. And this continueth to hundreds of generations and
to thousands. But he who hath attained adeptship hath it in his power to call forth out
of the earth his own corporeality; he needeth no longer to go through the filth of others.

34. Thothma was wise even in his belief; for when he was growing old, and beholding
his flesh sunken, and his eyes growing hollow and dim, and his hands getting withered,
he inquired of the Gods, saying: I know thou hast taught me truth, O God. I am weak
before thee, as to judgment, and curious in my vanity. Osiris said: Speak thou, O king!

35. Thothma said: By all the force of my will; and by my great learning, I cannot stay the
withering of the flesh. If, therefore, I already dry up like a mummy, above the power of
my will, how will it be with me when I am further emaciated?

36. Satan prompted Osiris to answer the king, and so he said: Until thou art even more
emaciated thou canst not understand the power of thine own soul.

37. With this the king was reconciled, and even at the time he was tottering on his
last legs he began to build a new palace, saying: After I have changed this flesh into

immortal flesh, hither will I come and dwell forever. And I shall be surrounded by adepts,
wise and faultless. And this shall be the first colony of the kind I will build on the earth.

38. But afterward I will build many colonies of like kind; more and more of them, until I
have all the earth redeemed to immortal flesh. For of such shall be my kingdom, and all
men and all women on the earth shall own me Lord of all.

39. Nevertheless, with all Thothma’s wisdom, and the wisdom of his Gods, he fell on a
stone and died suddenly on the day he was one hundred years old.

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