En 13f Teachings 2

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    13f. Primal Teachings 2

    [100] The second part of the Primal Teachings

    Among Finda’s folk, there are pretentious men who,[1] by their over-inventiveness, have grown so vain as to convince themselves and their initiates that they are the best part of Wralda; that their mind is the best part of Wralda’s spirit, and that Wralda can only think through the help of their brains. The notion that every creature is part of Wralda’s infinite being, this they have acquired from us; but their false reasoning and unrestrained pride have caused them to stray from the righteous path. If their mind were Wralda’s mind, that would make Wralda very stupid, instead of sensible and wise; for their mind is constantly occupied with making appealing images, which they afterwards worship.

    But Finda’s folk are a wicked folk, for although their phony wise men convince themselves that they are divine beings, they have created false divinities for the uninitiated — everywhere proclaiming that these divinities created the world with all that is therein — greedy divinities, full of envy and wrath, who demand to be honored and served by the people; who desire blood and sacrifice and demand rich offerings.

    [101] But these vain, false men, who allow themselves to be called God’s servants or priests, claim and collect and receive everything on behalf of divinities that do not exist, to keep it for themselves. They do all this with an easy conscience, as they imagine themselves divine and answerable to no one. If there are any who see through their tricks and try to expose them, these are caught by their henchmen and burnt for their heresy — always with solemn ceremonies, in honor of their false divinities — but in truth, it is only to protect the priesthood.

    In order that our children may be armed against their idolatrous doctrines, the duty of the maidens is to make them learn by heart the following:

    • Wralda existed before all things, and after all things he shall endure.
    • Wralda is thus eternal and he is infinite; therefore, nothing exists outside of him.
    • From Wralda’s life sprang time and all things; and his life takes time and all things away.

    These facts must be made clear and manifest to all who are wise, so that they might explain and demonstrate them to others. Once these things have been understood, say further:

    Regarding our essential nature, we are thus part of Wralda’s [102] infinite being, as is the essential nature of all creation. Yet regarding our appearance, our characteristics, our mind and all our thoughts, these do not belong to the being. All these are fleeting phenomena that appear through Wralda’s life, which appear as they are through his wisdom and not otherwise. But because his life is perpetually progressing, nothing can remain stationary. Therefore, all creatures change in their position, their appearance, as well as their minds.[2] Therefore, neither Earth herself nor any creature may ever say, “I am”, but rather, “I was”.

    Likewise, no man may ever say, “I think”, but only, “I thought”. The youth is larger and changed from when he was a child. He has other desires, passions, and ways of thinking. The man and father is different and thinks differently from when he was a youth. The same applies to the elderly. Everyone knows this. Since everyone thus knows and must acknowledge that one is continuously changing, one must also acknowledge that one changes every instant, also whilst one says, “I am”, and that one’s thoughts change whilst one says,[3] “I think”.

    Thus, instead of unworthily imitating the loathsome Findas [103] and saying “I am”— or even “I am the best part of Wralda, yea, through us alone can he think”, we proclaim the following always and everywhere that it needs to be said:

    “We, Frya’s children, are emergences through Wralda’s life, in the beginning mean and bare, but always becoming and advancing towards perfection, without ever becoming as good as Wralda himself. Our mind is not Wralda’s spirit, it is merely a semblance of it. When Wralda created us,[4] he lent us, through his wisdom, a brain, senses, memory, and many good qualities. By means of these, we can consider his creations and his primordial eawa. From these, we can learn, and about them we can speak — all and only for our own benefit. If Wralda had not given us any senses,[5] we would perceive and know nothing, and we would be yet more helpless than a jellyfish that is driven forth by the ebb and flow.”

    Notes

    1. ‘pretentious’ (WAN.WÍSA) — lit.: ‘vain-wise’, ‘pseudo-wise’.
    2. ‘minds’ (THÀNKWISA) — lit.: ‘think-ways’; ‘ways of thinking’, ‘mentality’.
    3. ‘thoughts’ (THÀNK.BYLDA) — lit.: ‘think-images’.
    4. In ch. 2b. ‘Our Primal History’, Wralda created (MAKADE; made) the Potential (T.ANFANG), after which Time wrought all things, including Earth. Subsequently, the latter bore all living creatures after having received Wralda’s od into them, as we may assume (see [006/30]).
    5. ‘senses’ (SINNA) — or: conscience; Dutch/German: zin(-tuigen)/Sinne.

    Sandbach 1876

    [p.139 cont.] The Second Part of the Oldest Doctrine.

    Among Finda's people there are false teachers, who, by their over-inventiveness, have become so wicked that they make themselves and their adherents believe that they are the best part of Wr-alda, that their spirit is the best part of Wr-alda's spirit, and that Wr-alda can only think by the help of their brains.

    That every creature is a part of Wr-alda's eternal being, that they have stolen from us; but their false reasoning and ungovernable pride have brought them on the road to ruin. If their spirit was Wr-alda's spirit, then Wr-alda would be very stupid, instead of being sensible and wise; for their spirit labours to create beautiful statues, which they afterwards worship. Finda's people are a wicked people, for although they presumptuously pretend among themselves that they are gods, they proclaim the unconsecrated false gods, and declare everywhere that these idols created the world and all that therein is—greedy idols, full of envy and anger, who desire to be served and honoured by the people, and who exact bloody sacrifices and rich offerings; but these presumptuous and false men, who call themselves God's servants and priests, receive and collect everything in the name of the idols that have no real existence, for their own benefit.

    They do all this with an easy conscience, as they think themselves gods not answerable to any one. If there are some who discover their tricks and expose them, they hand them over to the executioners to be burnt for their calumnies, with solemn ceremonies in honour of the false gods; [p.141] but really in order to save themselves. In order that our children may be protected against their idolatrous doctrine, the duty of the maidens is to make them learn by heart the following: Wr-alda existed before all things, and will endure after all things. Wr-alda is also eternal and everlasting, therefore nothing exists without him. From Wr-alda's life sprang time and all living things, and his life takes away time and every other thing. These things must be made clear and manifest in every way, so that they can be made clear and comprehensible to all. When we have learned thus much, then we say further: In what regards our existence, we are a part of Wr-alda's everlasting being, like the existence of all created beings; but as regards our form, our qualities, our spirit, and all our thoughts, these do not belong to the being. All these are passing things which appear through Wr-alda's life, and which appear through his wisdom, and not otherwise; but whereas his life is continually progressing, nothing can remain stationary, therefore all created things change their locality, their form, and their thoughts. So neither the earth nor any other created object can say, I am; but rather, I was. So no man can say, I think; but rather, I thought. The boy is greater and different from the child; he has different desires, inclinations, and thoughts. The man and father feels and thinks. differently from the boy, the old man just the same. Everybody knows that. Besides, everybody knows and must acknowledge that he is now changing, that he changes every minute even while he says, I am, and that his thoughts change even while he says, I think. Instead, then, of imitating Finda's wicked people, and saying, I am the best part of Wr-alda, and through us alone he can think, [p.143] we proclaim everywhere where it is necessary, We, Frya's children, exist through Wr-alda's life—in the beginning mean and base, but always advancing towards perfection without ever attaining the excellence of Wr-alda himself. Our spirit is not Wr-alda's spirit, it is merely a shadow of it. When Wr-alda created us, he lent us his wisdom, brains, organs, memory, and many other good qualities. By this means we are able to contemplate his creatures and his laws; by this means we can learn and can speak of them always, and only for our own benefit. If Wr-alda had given us no organs, we should have known nothing, and been more irrational than a piece of sea-weed driven up and down by the ebb and flood.


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