Lectionary Readings for Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The Lord’s Fifth Book. Chapter 1, Chapter 2


Chapter 1


1. God apportioned certain of the earth for the tribes of Shem of the arc of Noe’chi, a
heavenly place, seat of mountains, and Lords, All Wise, and from His Wisdom directed
Hirto into His pastures.

2. Hirto, Son of Neph, born of an egg, descended out of the highest heaven. He was a
most gracious Lord, and in deference to Om, smote against the rocks of heaven. So, when
the egg was broken, one-half of the shell ascended, the other half became the foundation
of the world.

3. The evil voice (satan) spake to the children of men, and polluted them. Whereupon the
Great Spirit spoke in the firmament of heaven, saying: To Hirto, son of Neph, I
bequeathed the tribes of Shem forever. For they have withstood Anra’mainyus, My
everlasting enemy. So Hirto became Lord of Shem, and he banished Anra’mainyus down
under the earth, where he busieth himself building fires for the furnaces of hell, whereof
the smoke and flames come up through the earth and are called Agni (volcanoes), that his
existence might be known to men.

4. Thus came Evil from Good; but that Everlasting Wisdom should prevail with mortals
and the spirits of heaven, All Light created Visvasrij (law, or natural law), as a creator to
abide forever. Before this time there were two things in the world: Voidness was one, and
Vachis was the other. Vachis vach, and the world was. So it came to pass that Voidness
was divided into two parts, the seen and the unseen worlds.

5. The unseen spake in the wind three sounds, E-O-IH, and was called by mortals Eolin,
God of the wind; so Eolin showed himself in three colors: yellow, which is the highest
color; blue, which is the coldest color; and red, which is the warmest color.

6. Eolin said: Out of My three sounds, are all sounds made; out of My three colors, are all
colors made. He was the All Master.

7. He said: Three worlds have I made: the earth world, which is for mortals; the all high
heavens, which is for pure and wise angels; and the intermediate world, which resteth on
the earth.

8. Eolin said: Three lights have I created: the sun, to rule the day; the moon, to rule the
night; and the burning fire, for the use of man.

9. Three spirit lights created I: Ruch, which issueth out of My soul; Shem, which cometh
from My Lords in heaven to the souls of men; and Vas, which cometh from the spirits of
the intermediate world.

10. Eolin said: Three states am I in: Ghost, which is ever-present and unchangeable;
Corpor, which is in places, like the earth and stars and sun and moon; and Motion,
which is everlasting unrest. So am I, Eolin, Mightiest in three, in All Place and All Time.

11. When the egg was broken and the shell distributed, lo and behold, the se’mu of the
egg had nowhere to rest, and being void of compact distributed in the void world and was
not seen. Then Hirto, High Lord of the upper heavens, sent whirlwinds abroad, and they
gathered of the substance of the egg and rained it down on the earth.

12. Uz, son of Eolin, ran quickly and turned Anra’mainyus’ fires to the north, and Eolin
touched the earth with his quickening hand, and straightway all the living were created.

13. So Eolin said: Thou, My first begotten Son, it shall be thine to keep forever. Neither
shall there be any other God.

14. But it came to pass in course of time the evil voice (satan) encompassed the earth
about with serpents that spake like men and angels, and the serpents made friends with
All Evil, Father of Anra’mainyus; and the women of the tribes of A’su went and
tempted the first men, the I’hins, whereby there was born into the world evil offspring.

15. Hirto, Lord of the earth, drove the first men out of the region of light, and sat highborn angels on the boundaries of Chinvat, at the gates of the upper heaven, to guard the tribes of Faithists ever after. Nevertheless, evil, being set on foot, soon overspread the
earth. So Hirto rested his hands on his thighs, and swore an oath unto All Light that he
would drown the world and all the living. And in answer to the Lord a seraphim, a mighty
fire-ship, came down out of the sun region, opening the flood-gate of heaven with a sea of
water, and all the people perished, save the I’hins, the sacred people, friends of the Lord
of earth.

16. So the Lord took the hollow of his hand and lifted up his people, and gave them
doves’ wings, and they flew afar and came to the land where dwelleth the Lord, so it was
called Shem as a proof to all the world.

17. In those days God was near mortals, so that, when an honest man spake, the Lord
answered him. And Anra’mainyus was near also, and when an evil man spake an evil

voice answered him. For that reason the Lord singled out the purest and most virtuous of
women; the wisest, strongest and most faithful, best of men, and married them, giving
two women to one man, according to law. And the heirs of the wisest and most virtuous
of men and women were wiser than their parents. And the Lord gave this secret to
his people in the house of God, and they gave the knowledge to the chosen people.

18. Hirto said: For this reason, O my beloved, shall ye not wed with the druks, the dark
people, that burrow in the ground, lest your seed be polluted, and your heirs go down to
hell with Anra’mainyus.

19. But Anra’mainyus, evil creator of evil, went to the druk women; speaking to them in a
dark corner, he said: Ye have of the root of Babao to make delirious; fetch it to the white
people that came with doves’ wings; fetch, and they will eat and get drunk. And when the
young men are drunk, go ye to them, for they are my gift.

20. So, of them that came out of the arc of Noe’chi, was sin newborn; for the druks went
in where they were drunk, saying: Lest the white people and the yellow people fall upon
us, and our seed perish on the earth, make us of flesh and kin, bone and bone, blood and

21. Hirto, the Lord God, saw into the darkness, and being compassionate, said: A great
punishment will I visit on Anra’mainyus for this; his head shall droop in sorrow. But as
for the I’hins, being drunk, I will forgive them. And as to the newborn people, they shall
become the mightiest of all people in the whole world, because they came out of both
darkness and light. The darkness in them shall battle all darkness; the light that is in them
shall then master over their own darkness. But as for the druks, they shall go down in
darkness forever.

Chapter 2

1. Shem had many tribes, who settled on the borders of the sea at Haventi and Gats; and
the Lord (Hirto) dwelt with them, speaking through the chief prophet, Tah (Tae), who
made a record on stone, and wood, and cloth, of the Lord’s word, and these were
preserved in the Valens (house) of God (Hirto).

2. And when Tah was old, and died, the mantle of the Lord’s gifts fell on Tah’s son;
who also had power to hear the Voice; and he also kept a record of the Lord’s words.

3. And then he died, and his son succeeded in the same way; and, because of this truth,
the Lord called all of them by the sacred name, Tah, the order of which continued for a
hundred generations. And it came to pass that the I’hins filled the country far and near
with cities; and yet, in all the while, they killed nothing that had been created alive to
breathe, on the earth, or in the water, or in the air above.

4. In the early days of the I’hins, the Lord spake through the chief prophet, saying: When
the inhabitants of one city or tribe marry with those of another city or tribe, behold, it is
but just that the names of father and mother be given to the offspring.

5. But men were in darkness in those days, and understood not God. So, accordingly, the
inhabitants combined the names belonging to the neighboring tribes. That is to say, one
tribe said, ut (wheat); another tribe, for the same thing, said, yat; and another tribe said,
wat; and another, hoot; and so on. So, the after-generations said, utyatwathoot (wheat),
and this was called the Yi-ha language; and so great were the number and the size of the
words used, that the writings of the ancient prophets were lost, because none could

understand them.

6. The Lord spake, saying: Because I desired to preserve the genealogy of my chosen, ye
have applied the law to things that are worthless in my sight. Ye have built a babble, a
tower of words, so that your tongues are confounded one with another. Ye strove to reach
to heaven with a multitude of words, but made food for hada (hades).

7. The Lord said: Come, now, into murdhan (a spirit circle), and I will deliver you. So the
people sat in crescent, and the Lord came betwixt the horns, saying: Behold, ye are Tau,
but I am the S’ri (Spirit). My word shall stand against all the world.

8. Hear, then, the commandments of God (Hautot). Because ye have built a tower of
words, ye are confounded. But I come not in anger, but to deliver you. Neither will I write
more, nor teach written words, for they are only folly, save to the learned.

9. By mouth-words will I teach, and ye shall repeat after me. And these shall be sacred
words to the end of the world.

10. So the Lord taught orally in the temple, face to face with the people, and they learned
the words and the meaning thereof.

11. And those who learned the best, the Lord named Ritvij, because he made them
teachers over others. The Lord said: Because ye have confounded the language of the
ancients, I will give you a new language, and it shall be vede (perfect), against all my
enemies; nor shall any man more meddle with the words I give.

12. Hirto (Lord) said: Love thy Lord God only, and with all thy soul. Turn thy face
away from the angels who come to thee; they are the emissaries of Anra’mainyus.

13. Hirto said: Love the sun and moon, and all things on the earth, for they are the Lord’s
gift. What is spirit? It flieth away; it is nothing.

14. Smite the druj (spirits) that prophesy. They are nothing but lies; they are
Anra’mainyus’ emissaries.

15. Learn to prophesy by the sun, and by the moon and by the stars. They tell no lies.

16. The Lord then gave the signs of the zodiac (the horses, and cows, and lions, and
sheep, and birds) that rule upon the earth, and upon the winds of heaven, and on the heat
and cold, and the sun, and moon and stars, and spring and summer, and fall and winter.
But these things are here omitted in this book, because they are known in mortal histories
to this day.

17. The Lord saith in this day, the kosmon era: Behold, O man, in the time of Osiris, I, the
Lord, raised up many philosophers on the earth, and inspired them not only to fulfill the
legends of the ancients, but also to write books of disputation, in order to turn man’s mind
away from the consultation of familiar spirits. After this manner did I inspire men to
write, to wit:

18. Touching the matter of the egg, and also of Anra’mainyus, they appear never to have
been proven, neither are they given on the authority of Hirto, the Lord of earth. It is
reasonable to suppose that the Great Spirit divided up the worlds amongst His Gods and
Lords, and that the earth (Bhu) fell to the portion of Hirto; whilst the stars, which are also
worlds like this, fell to other Lords and Gods. But as for evil Gods, like Anra’mainyus,
who hath ever seen one?

19. As for Hirto, the Lord, I have seen him myself, and so have thousands of other honest
prophets. But when the Lord spake it was not about foolish stories, but to teach man how
to live, that he might be happy himself and a glory to the Great Spirit. Neither did I ever

hear the Lord assert that he was more than the spirit of a man risen from the earth. In my
opinion, therefore, the Lord is the captain over the earth, and over all other spirits.
But even to know this, is not so great a good truth as to know how to do righteously.

20. Of all things, therefore, man should learn, especially of what he can see, and hear,
and prove, rather than of spirits whom he cannot prove, nor find when he wanteth them.

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