Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Weekday Sabbath

Book of Wars Against Jehovih Chapter 31, Chapter 32

Chapter 31

1. In course of time Anuhasaj called the meeting of his Gods in Hored, and Osiris and
Sudga came; and great were the pageantry and show that day; and the pomp and glory and
splendor of Sanctu; with thousands of millions of trained slaves, with their dashing
officers of high rank. For at this time it was nearly seven hundred years since even
generals and high captains could come into the presence of the Lord God, the false, save

by crawling on their bellies, even for miles.

2. And in and around about the heavenly house of the capital were erected fifty thousand
pillars of fire, kept forever going by the labor of his slaves, some of whom stood in their
tracks laboring at one thing for more than a hundred years, without change of watch, or
rest, being threatened with hell, and being too impotent to believe otherwise. None could
walk upright to the throne of the Lord God save his high Council, his high marshals, and
his Gods, and Anubi. And none else were permitted to look upon him, under penalty of
being cast into hell.

3. At first his Gods came to feast with him once a year, for more than a hundred years;
after that, for awhile, once in six years; and afterward, only once in fifty or a hundred
years; and then only by special command.

4. So it came to pass that the coming of De’yus’false Gods was an occasion of rejoicing
and glory to upward of twelve thousand million inhabitants of the kingdom of Anuhasaj.
For, far and near, they were extra clothed and fed, and granted freedom for the time

5. On the last occasion referred to, the Gods were received by hundreds of millions, called
the receiving hosts, in fire-ships of great size and brilliancy, and thus conducted up to the
roadways of the court, nearer than which the receiving hosts dared not approach. There
the Gods were met by De’yus’high Council and high marshals, and with them entered the
area and walked up to the high arch of the capital, which led into the place of the throne
of the Lord God. When inside of the Arch, the Council and marshals parted on either
side, and, with the head bowed, chanted an anthem of praise to De’yus. The Gods also
bowed with respect and friendship, and walked in the midst directly toward the throne.

6. When they were near at hand, the vice-Gods, on either side of De’yus, rose up, saying:

7. In the name of the Lord God of the heavens of the earth, who come here, upright, and
as Gods?

8. The Gods responded: Behold, we are sons of the Lord God, great De’yus, and of a truth
are we Gods! We demand audience with our Godhead, for the glory of our kingdoms and

9. De’yus said: Peace, O my vice-Gods! I do recognize these, my brother Gods. Greeting,
in the name of heaven and earth.

10. The Gods responded: Greeting unto thee, O Lord God, mightiest of Gods. In thy
mighty name, De’yus, we salute thee worshipfully, to know thy will and pleasure, that we
may serve thee in wisdom, and power, and love.

11. De’yus said: Welcome, O ye Gods; the freedom of Sanc-tu is at your hands. Behold, I
will clear my palace, that we may privily, and most holily, consult together for the good
of angels and mortals.

12. Thereupon De’yus gave a signal for all his officers and attendants to retire beyond
the Arch, the which they did. And now that the ceremony of reception was over,
Anuhasaj came down from his throne and greeted the Gods cordially by clasping hands,
after which they all sat down on the foot seats of the throne; and there were present
De’yus, and Osiris, and Sudga, and no others within hearing; for Te-in had not come.

13. And for a while they talked together like long-separated friends; and lo and behold,
the satan that was within each one of them began to fail him as regardeth reproving the
others. For even the smothered seed of love which the Great Spirit had given them began

to swell up, as if about to burst forth a mighty power. So the time passed on, and none
dared approach the subject of his soul and resolution.

14. Till at last, De’yus, the most schooled in satan’s cause, put an end to their old-time
stories and trivial conversation; he said:

15. So much have I loved you both, and am now moved by your august presence,
that with all my majesty and power I am weaker than a young child: who will
unconcernedly reprove its own father. Or more I am like an old man that, in the
absence of his child, findeth cause to quarrel with it; but on seeing it return, breaketh
down utterly, and turneth from his previous grieving to an outburst of manifest love.

16. Osiris said: What can move thee to this seriousness, O De’yus? For even as thou hast
spoken, so hast thou uttered the sentiment long heavily lain on my heart. But which now,
in reverence to thee and thy great kingdoms, causeth me to melt down like snow in a
summer’s sun. Pray thee, go on!

17. Sudga said, As I live, ye twain, so far my superiors as before whom I am nothing,
have spoken the very sentiment of my soul. Pray ye twain, go on; for so great is my love
unto you, your most extravagant wish shall be answered by me, though I labor a thousand
years to accomplish it.

18. Thereupon De’yus sweetly told his tale, even as satan had taught him. And then he
bade Osiris speak his mind, and also Sudga speak his; which they did, even as satan had
taught them their parts. When they had finished, De’yus, much surprised by their pitiful
tales, even as the others were at his, thus spake:

19. My Gods, how easier it is to find fault with the state of affairs than to find a remedy. I
have seen such as find fault with their neighbors, or with the kingdom, or ancients, and
yet turned and accomplished the same faults themselves. We all do know that one of the
complaints we had against the old Divan laws was their bondage over the Lords and their
dominions, holding them to the letter. Whereupon, when we confederated, it was to
give independence to each and every Lord to rule his own heaven and division of the
earth in his own way. And this was granted unto all my Lords and unto me and my
kingdom likewise. And behold where it hath harvested! In the fullness of my soul I gave
you certain doctrines to give unto mortals, chief of which was to make my names
worshipful on the earth. But I bound you not, saying: Do ye this, and no more. But I
said unto you: Here is the substance of the foundations of my doctrines. Go ye unto
mortals and teach them these things, adding or abridging according to your own wisdom.

20. And this ye accomplished, and added thereunto the temptation to mortals to become
carnivorants, whereby the grades have fallen woefully. And now ye find fault with me for
exacting a certain number of slaves annually of a certain grade; complaining that your
own kingdoms are becoming flooded with drujas.

21. Osiris said: Hear me, O Lord my God, for I have labored for thee and thy kingdoms
many a hundred years. Nor are my words in passion, but well considered; wherein,
therefore, if I err, I ask no excuse on account of hastiness. First, then, that our
confederation was founded to make a mighty kingdom, heavenly, having dominion
over mortals on the whole earth; of which kingdom thou wert to be the chief and
greatest glory, and ourselves second. To all of which our songs to this day bear testimony.
But, as for songs or testimonies in the libraries of heaven, that our confederacy
was founded chiefly to get rid of the Divan laws, I have not seen nor heard of one.

22. Sudga said: What I have done is done. I was commanded to a division of the earth, to
subdue it unto De’yus, and I have so accomplished it. I have listened to your complaints,
but neither hath offered a remedy. Ye twain are higher in rank and wisdom than I; when
ye have spoken to the purpose I will also speak. For my part, I am thankful there are no
Divan laws to bind me.

23. De’yus said: The remedy lieth in overturning the cause of the falls in the grades. For
sake of glorifying themselves, my Gods have suffered places of learning and industry to
fall to pieces, both in heaven and earth. There be such as give glory unto charity, and unto
rites and ceremonies; but I say unto you, my Gods, I
than charity or rites and ceremonies; especially so standeth industry that yieldeth
profitable support.

24. Osiris said: Where, O Lord my God, lieth the difference betwixt that which is written
or spoken? In thy opening words thou hast even now reiterated the bondage of the Divan
laws over the Lords. And in the next breath thou sayest: I command you to re-establish
the places of learning and industry.

25. Sudga said: Are not written laws less arbitrary than spoken ones? for we see them
beforehand, and are not, therefore, shocked by the sudden audacity.

26. De’yus said: In either case is it not true that the highest in power and mightiest in the
plans and arrangement of his kingdoms must either take jibes and insults from his
inferiors, whom he hath lifted up and made what they are, or otherwise fall brokenhearted on the loss of their love and worship? For on all hands we behold, alas, beneficiaries are apt to turn like venomous serpents, and strike, even though the blow
would send themselves into destruction.

27. Osiris said: That is most especially true, O De’yus, where the highest kingdoms owe
their glory and greatness to those that have been subsidiary and built them up. None are
so slow to see their danger as they that are exposed to it. There be such who, holding high
places, if but their slaves knew who they were and how deceived, would bind them in
knots and cast them into hell.

28. Sudga said: But in such cases is it not better, O my wise brothers, that the highest who
have been raised up by the toil and industry of others, that labored to have them glorified,
turn from their own glory and selfish ends, and divide up their ill-gotten kingdoms, and
bestir their lazy carcasses by sending assistants to those that have them in their power?

29. De’yus said: Most wisely spoken, both my Gods. But how shall we teach apes
and monkeys to know their masters? They crook their tails and squeal, imagining
themselves great monarchs. Whereas, were they cut off from their masters, they
would come to grief most ignominiously, or be the foremost plunged into torments.

30. Osiris said: Thou wisest of Gods, is it not most strange, wonderful, how better we can
see others’shortness than our own? Nor are we much quicker to find a way to save them,
which we oft could do were they not self-conceited fools, than to guard our arms, so that
when they show the least sign to do us wrong, we inwardly swear within our souls to hurl
them into hell.

31. Sudga said: O my loves, it is a sad reflection, when we survey mighty kingdoms at
their quarrels, knowing that, if either dare lift a hand to destroy, we ourselves hold the key
whereby they can be, both, stript of their highest subjects and their greatest glories, and
left in the ruins of their own evil concocting. But the wise abide their time, and oft are

fortified when others know not of it.

32. De’yus said: My most wise Gods, ye have spoken great wisdom. I will weigh your
words and be governed accordingly. For your most holy visit I am honored above all I

33. Osiris said: Words cannot express my reverence for thy spoken words, O De’yus.

34. Sudga said: I am bowed with sorrow to leave the place of so much wisdom, love and

35. And now Osiris and Sudga stepped backward, four paces each, but separate from
each other, with their heads still bowed. By a signal, the vice-Gods re-entered and
stood beside the Gods, and then all, with heads bowed, raised their hands and saluted
in the sign C
ENTRAL SUN. De’yus answered them on the sign MUSIC OF THE SATELLITES.

36. Slowly now, and with measured step, to low sweet music, backward, the Gods
and vice-Gods crossed the area and passed the Arch, where the vice-Gods left them
and returned within. But the Gods were now met by the high Council and high
marshals and conducted to the entrance gate, where they left them, and they were
received, Osiris and Sudga, by their hosts and reconducted to their ships, with great
pomp and honor, and they at once set sail for their own heavenly kingdoms.

37. Now, in this whole proceeding, the Gods were all surprised that Te-in came not, nor,
by messenger or otherwise, answered the summons; nor could one of them imagine the

Chapter 32
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.

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