Lectionary Readings for Monday, May 20th, 2019

Lectionary Readings for Monday, May 20th, 2019

Book of Wars Against Jehovih Chapters XXXII and XXXIII

Chapter XXXII

1. Te-in, whose heavenly kingdom contained three thousand million angels, being
informed when Osiris and Sudga were gone to Hored, satan said to him: Now is thy time,
call thy Council together; proclaim thyself God of heaven and earth, mighty in all regions,
the Central Kingdom of the Eternal Heavens! Choose from amongst thy Council the
highest grades, and make them Lords under thee. After which thou shalt renew the battles
in Jaffeth, on the earth.

2. Te-in said: Why on the earth? Satan said: Behold, Jaffeth must be subdued to one
nation of people, and this shall be thy footstool, and thy heavenly kingdom’s headquarters. After which thy Lords shall proceed to the lands of Parsi’e and Arabin’ya, and
inspire the inhabitants thereof to another central kingdom, and when mortals are thus
subdued to limited numbers, thou shalt have but few to deal with in order to make thyself
God of the whole earth.

3. Te-in said: Thou art wiser than all Gods. Behold, my way is clear.

4. So on the day of De’yus’meeting with Osiris and Sudga, even the same day, Te-in
severed the bonds betwixt his heavenly kingdom and all others, and he chose twelve of
his highest grade in the Holy Council, and made them Lords of the earth; but he allotted
no portion of the earth to any one alone. He said:

5. I will not give them kingdoms; this is the strongest way; to keep every thing in one’s
own hands.

6. Te-in, then, through his Lords, whom he sent down to the earth, made Kan Kwan
mortal king of Jaffeth, with the title, K
And the Lords caused Kan Kwan to build an oke’spe, where he could receive the

commandments of Te-in, the holiest, all highest ruler of heaven, as to what he should do
in order to subdue the earth unto himself.

7. Te-in said: And, my Gods, say ye to Kan Kwan when the earth is subdued unto
himself: Behold, I will also come down and dwell in the temples he buildeth for my
Lords. And when the king goeth forth and subdueth a place unto himself, he shall
immediately build a worshipful temple and dedicate it to me and my Lords, whose names
ye shall give alike and like in all places. For I will not confuse mortals with a multiplicity
of heavenly Lords. And the king shall show unto the people that there is but one High
Ruler in heaven, whether he be called Ho-Joss or Joss, or Po-tein, or Te-in, and that I am
the Person. But in no case shall the king suffer the worshippers of the Great Spirit to
remain alive upon the earth.

8. Te-in said: My Lords, take with you, each, one million angels, strong and cunning in
war; twelve millions are sufficient, for ye shall not scatter them about, but keep close in
the neighborhood of war and of the king. As when a fire burneth, beginning from a spark
and spreading outward till a city is consumed, so be ye concentrated and potent. This is
the whole art of power. And whilst mortals sleep, your angels shall come upon them and
give them dreams and visions of glorious success, make them see themselves in the heat
of battle, rushing through the jaws of death unscathed, whilst their manly arms slay about
them on every side their enemies by the score in flowing blood. For when these mortals
awake and remember their dreams, they will be well whetted up for the valorous work.
But as to those that are to be conquered, let your angels go to them whilst they sleep, and
give them dreams and visions of horrid deaths; make them see the heat of battle and
themselves overpowered on every hand, and, pierced with sword and spear, they fall,
dying in great agony. For when such mortals wake up and remember their dreams, they
are half conquered already.

9. Te-in said: My Lords, ye shall inspire the king to be merciful and gentle; and when his
soldiers come to a place to subdue it, they shall send truce-men before them, inquiring:
Who, say ye, shall be the ruler? And if the people answer: We are Kan Kwan’s slaves,
they shall not be slain.

10. Te-in said: My Lords, amongst mortals, what is righteousness? Now one Lord said:
Rites and ceremonies. Another said: To worship thee, O Te-in. Another said: To follow
the doctrines of the ancients. Another said: To purify one’s self. Another said: To do good
with all one’s might. Another said: To practice truth. Another said: To harm no man.

11. Te-in said: Not one of you knoweth righteousness. Behold how you stand: The
doctrines of the ancients were their own, and they are as dead. To put on a dead man’s
clothes, will they make the wearer like the dead was?

12. Rites and ceremonies are what show-men train their horses with, to run or leap, or lie
down, to please their masters.

13. To purify one’s self! What is that? A mortal man’s body cannot be purified, for it is
rotten at best.

14. To do good with all one’s might! Who knoweth the meaning of that? To cut off a
crushed foot to save a man’s life: Give him pain in the cutting, even whilst he is suffering.
Then it is well that some men’s heads be cut off for their own good. Yea, even nations
extirpated. Let him that doeth, then, do with all his might. See ye not that in this,
that before one attempteth to do good, he is his own judge, judging by his own judgment?

15. To practice truth! What is that? The Jehovihians say: Jehovih is All Truth. But
Jehovih is nothing, scattered as the wind. Then truth is nothing. Who hath found a man
but saith: To see as I see, is to see the truth; to see as thou seest, is to see falsely? A man
told lies knowngly, and practiced them, and he was all truth to himself, for he was a liar.
Therefore, he practiced truth.

16. To worship me is unrighteousness instead of righteousness. To worship Joss is
unrighteousness; to worship the nondescript Jehovih, is unrighteousness, and to worship
Po is unrighteousness also. Behold this matter: The large trees in the forest were
smothering out the small ones; and the small ones said: We praise you, giant oaks, for the
many blessings we have received; be merciful unto us! The large trees laughed at them,
and they died. Is this not Jehovih? Is this not the Gods? For all mortals, at best, are but as
unhatched eggs; and when they are dead, their souls are as hatched chickens, for the Gods
to play with, and to use in their own way.

17. Te-in said: Teach ye this to mortals; and tell them, moreover, to choose what God
they will; and if it be me, then I will labor for them; if it be not me, then am I against
them. This, then, is righteousness: Reciprocity betwixt Gods and mortals; reciprocity
betwixt mortals themselves; to war for opinion’s sake in order to develop in steadfastness;
to help the helpless, to feed and clothe the stranger, and to worship the father and mother.

Chapter XXXIII

1. Te-in’s Lords and their angels departed out of Che-su-gow, Te-in’s heavenly place, and
descended to the earth on their mission; and this is what came of it, to wit:

2. Kan Kwan was the son of Kwan Ho, a flat-head; but Kan Kwan came of the converts
to the Brahmin priests, and so had not his head flattened. But because su’is and sar’gis had
been long in their family they descended to Kwan all the same. And he could see and hear
the angels and their Lords; hear all the words spoken to him, a most excellent thing in a
king, when drujas are restrained from observing him.

3. The Lords guarded Kan Kwan on every side, day and night, and Kwan being stupid,
because of the flat heads of his parents, he was well suited to carry out all that was
commanded of him. So he at once announced himself with all his titles, and sent heralds
hither and thither to proclaim him and let all peoples and kings know that he was coming
to subdue them unto himself.

4. Kwan issued this decree, to wit: Kan Kwan, king of the world, and of the sun, and
moon, and stars, I command! I, son of the sun, son of Te-in, behold! There is but one
ruler in heaven, Te-in! There shall be but one on earth, Kan Kwan. Bow your heads
down! I come! Choose ye: to bow down, or to die. One or the other shall be. When the
world is subdued to me, I will war no more!

5. In those days there were many great kings in Jaffeth, and their kingdoms were in many
places far apart. Betwixt them, in a sparse region, in the Valley of Lun, lay the city of
Ow Tswe, and this was the small kingdom of Kan Kwan, known for a thousand years.

6. When the other kings heard of Kwan’s proclamation they laughed. And this is the
vanity of mortals, for they heed not the power of the Gods over them.

7. So Kwan started with an army of four thousand soldiers, men and women, with spears,
axes, scythes, swords and slings, and bows and arrows; and he marched against Tzeyot, a

city of a hundred thousand people; and here ruled king Cha Ung Chin, with twenty
thousand soldiers. Cha Ung Chin laughed. He said to his captain: Send thou a thousand
women soldiers and kill Kwan and his army; they are mad, they know not what war is.

8. The captain went forth to battle, but he took beside the thousand women soldiers a
thousand men soldiers. But lo and behold, Kwan and his soldiers knew no drill, but they
ran forward so strangely that their enemies knew not how to fight them, and they fled in
fear, save the captain and a hundred women, who were instantly put to death. But not one
of Kwan’s army was killed.

9. Cha Ung Chin was angry, and he sent ten thousand soldiers against Kwan’s ragged
army; and when the battle was begun, the angels cast clouds before the hosts of Cha Ung
Chin, and they thought they beheld hundreds of thousands of soldiers coming upon them,
and they turned and fled also, save five hundred, who were captured and instantly slain,
men and women.

10. Cha Ung Chin said: It is time now I go myself. My laziness has cost me dear. On
the morrow I will lead thirty thousand pressed men and women, and make it a day of
sport to slaughter Kwan’s army. So the king sent his marshals to select and summon
his soldiers during the night. Many were too frightened to sleep; and those that slept
had such visions and dreams that when they awoke they were as persons nearly dead.

11. Cha Ung Chin, next morning, sallied forth out of the city to battle, going before
his army. When he saw the pitiful army of Kwan, he said: Of a truth, the world is
going mad! That such fools have courage is because they know not what a battle is.
With that he rushed forward, faster and faster, calling to his soldiers. But they stretched
out in a line, after him, for they trembled from head to foot, remembering their dreams.

12. Presently Kwan and his army started for them, not with orderly commands, but
screaming and howling. Cha Ung Chin’s soldiers took panic, broke ranks and fled in all
directions, save one thousand, including King Cha Ung Chin, who were captured and
instantly slain.

13. And on the same day Kan Kwan went and possessed the city, Tzeyot, commanding
obedience and allegiance of the people. And on the following day he set twenty thousand
men to work building a temple to Te-in, pulling down other edifices for the material
thereof. Nor had Kwan a learned man in all his army; but the Lords with him showed him
how to build the temple, east and west and north and south, and how to make the
archways and the pillars to support the roof; and the sacred chambers and altars of
sacrifice. Of brick and mortar and wood built he it, and when it was completed it was
large enough for twelve thousand people to do sacrifice in. And it was, from first to last,
forty days in building.

14. Besides this, Kwan put another ten thousand men and women to clearing houses and
walls away, and making new streets in many ways; so that at the time of the first sacrifice
the city of Tzeyot looked not like itself; and Kwan gave it a new name, Lu An, and
commanded all people to call it by that name, or suffer death.

15. Kan Kwan made the people go and do sacrifice to Te-in in the temple every morning;
enforced a day of rest for each quarter of the moon; enforced worship on the part of
children to their fathers and mothers, the father taking first rank.

16. Then Kwan made them pray for those who were slain in battle. And these are the
words he commanded them: Te-in! Father of Life and Death! Who feedeth on suns and

stars! Whose refuse is mortals. In thy praise I bow my head. For thy glory I lie on my
belly before thy altar. I am the filthiest of things; my breath and my flesh and my blood
are rotten. Death would be sweet to me if thou or thy soldiers would slay me. For my soul
would come to thee to be thy slave forever.

17. Behold, my brothers and sisters who fought against thee are dead, and I glorify thee
because thereof. We have buried their rotten carcasses deep in the ground, good enough
for them.

18. But their spirits are lost and wild on the battle-field, howling about. O Te-in, Father,
send thy spirits from Che-su-gow, thy heavenly place, to them, to help them out of
darkness. And we will ever praise thee, our mightiest, all highest ruler!

19. When they made the sacrifice they laid down on their bellies, certain ones prompting
them with the words which Kwan received from the Lords.

20. After this, Kwan appointed them a governor, Ding Jow, who was the first governor of
a province in Jaffeth, after the order of governors as they exist to this day. Which is to
say: As a Lord is to a God, so is a governor to a king. And this was the first of that order
established by the Gods of hada. Prior to this a like government had been given by
Jehovih to the Faithists; even as it had been given in its purity to the pure, so was it now
given in its crudity to the crude.

21. Jehovih had said: Independent kingdoms shall not exist side by side; nor shall one be
tributary to another; but there shall be one whole, and the lesser shall be parts thereof, not
over nor under them, but as helpmates. The wicked will not see this now; but their own
wickedness will bring it about in time to come. And it was so.

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