The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King

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The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King

For several years now I have thought that I would like to post a substantial number of the De’anic scriptures on line along with some running commentary regarding them. For a variety of reasons I have never done this. However now the time seems right for this project.

This project I hope can accomplish several purposes. First it will hopefully introduce a significant portion of the De’anic Scriptures to a wider audience. Secondly it will give me the opportunity to express my own thoughts regarding certain scriptures. A third reason for the project is that hopefully it will generate discussion within the De’anic community about the significance of certain Deanic scriptures and their possible meanings.

Regarding the scope of this project, I do not plan to post the full De’anic scriptures here. This project is more modest in scale. The scriptures which will be posted will come from the group of writings generally known as the ‘Teachings of the Daughter’ or simply as the “Teachings.” My reasons for posting only this section of the scriptures is primarily thealogical. The Teachings are much more central to my own understanding of De’anism than is the “Mythos” [the] other major part of the scriptures.

I do want to make a couple of caveats about this project. First the commentary which I will write along side the various writings should be understood to represent my own ideas and opinions only. They will not be an attempt to be a full thealogical commentary and neither will they necessarily represent the views of any organized De’anic group or tradition. Finally I hope in general to simply allow the beautiful writings of the Deanic scriptures to speak for themselves. I hope that my comments will clarify them to some degree and point out ideas which I believe to be particularly significant.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/a-new-purpose/

A PDF of the New Celestial Union Version of the De’anic scriptures edited by Sarah Amy Morrigan to view or download for free https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
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Introduction

I start this process by posting the first eight verses of the scriptural writing called the Crystal Tablet. This book though it makes more sense to call it a chapter is the first of the group of books / chapters normally called the Teachings of the Daughter. This group of writings are called the Teachings of the Daughter or Teachings because within some of these writings it is the Divine Daughter who supposedly speaks. She of course within the Filianic version of De’anism plays the central role within its salvation mythos. It is interesting that in spite of its name the writing contains no references to any crystal tablet within the body of the text itself. Thus it has always seemed to me that its title has been miscast. A better title to my mind would be the “The Tapestry” which is the dominating image of the first eight verses of the writing. Note. All of these scriptures which will be utilized in this project will be from the New Celestial Union Version of the De’anic scriptures edited by Sarah Amy Morrigan.

Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 1 – 8

1. Existence is a web of tapestry.
2. A web is a pattern of many crossroads connected by short paths.
3. Some crossroads are the intersection of many paths, some of but a few. Some are great and some are small.
Each path has its own colour.
4. Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning.
5. In each turning we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move away from Her.
6. In the first way the soul perfects herself in beauty; in the second she grows duller and more coarse.
7. In the first way she learns happiness even in dearth, and gathers riches of the spirit; in the second she learns pain even amid opulence, and the spirit walks in rags.
8. Where lead the paths? The first to the foot of the celestial throne; the second to the dark gates of the realm of death.

Comments.
I do not want to risk overshadowing the actual sacred writing by a multitude of comments. I will try to keep them brief within these posts. The writings introduce several of the most important themes of De’anism. Some of these are: One. To a great degree life is a series of choices between a life in the spirit in contrast to the alternative a life not related to the Spirit / Perfection / Dea herself. Within this other life the soul grow dull and course. It learns pain. One path leads it to the celestial throne and the other to the realm of death. These teachings in general accord with the traditional teachings of the major teachings of most of the world’s religions. They of course do not agree so well with those belief systems which de-emphasize the role of moral choice in the world’s affairs or which deny a divine source of the world.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/the-crystal-tablet-verses-1-8/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 9 – 17

9. How shall the soul know her direction?
10. As in the world of matter there are four fixed points by which the corporeal vessel may know its course, so, in the compass of the spirit, are there three to guide the soul.
11. The first is life, or wholeness, the light of the Absolute; the second is light, or force, the light of the Mother; the third and gentlest light is love, the light of our Saviour, the Maid.
12. Life is the life of the spirit, the first principle; beyond being and unbeing. Life was before
existence. Life is the cause of existence.
13. How shall the soul live in life?
14. Let her realize the truth of her self and the truth of the Absolute. Let her know that her life is beyond even her existence, that the absolute life, the life of Thea, is beyond all existence.
15. Let her not be held from herself or her Thea by anything that exists, for all the things that are have come from nothing and to nothing shall return. But the divine life, and her life within it, was ever and shall ever be, though time itself shall only last a space.
16. Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the ground upon which that ground stands. Rather let her doubt the sea, the sky, the fingers of her hand and the breath of her mouth; for all these things may be illusions, as in some sense they are.
17. But let her know life divine as the truth beyond truth
and the faith beyond faith and doubt.
Comments. I am certain that I do not grasp all of the possible meanings of these verses. However I do want to say a few things. Clearly life here is viewed as ultimately that which is of Dea. It reverses the normal scientific world view in which life is only defined biologically. Biological life here is referred to as existence and is based on the greater life of Dea. Life is Dea and Dea is life. “Rather let her doubt the sea …” I do not think that what is being said here is that persons should actually doubt the realities of sea, sky and bodily existence and make some kind or mental effort to perceive material reality as unreal. What is being said is that we should perceive and know Thea as being even more real and relevant than even these solid realities of earth, sky, and sea. The theme of the illusionary nature of the world which is persistent within the De’anic scriptures begins here. What it says here is that this world of nature is “in some sense” illusion. In other words it is not entirely illusional.

How does that work? Well if the sky, sea, human body and other aspects of this world are ultimately seen as existing separately from and outside of the context of the life of Thea, that the text says is illusional. It is also a scientific fact that in spite of the fact that human beings perceive the material world as being made up of many objects that are distinct and solid, that itself is more a perception than a full reality. While this [is] how we experience the world and thus is true as far as it goes, it is also only one way to view the world. Matter is in fact made up of atoms which we can not see without the technology of science and it is also a fact that great amount of space exists between the nuclei of atoms and their electron orbits. Then of course there is much more space between atoms themselves. Thus the fact is that physical objects which we generally perceive as solid are mostly what we call empty space but we can not directly perceive this. The reason why separate objects hold together are because of the very strong energy fields which bind material objects together. Thus our own perceptions are not absolute.

However there is another way of viewing this issue of the nature of matter. Differing people at differing times and places view objects and nature differently. If one is preoccupied, anxious or distraught in any of many ways, when one is taking a walk in a nice neighborhood one is often unlikely even to notice the beauty which often surrounds one. One is unlikely to respond to it and may not even see it. If on the other hand one is alert to and focused on the beauty of flower, trees, and landscapes them one may see it. Certainly both experiences are real. However within a De’anic perspective the beauties of physical objects is a deeper reality and more akin to the beauty of Thea herself. It is relatively more real and is more as the world really is.

Please note I am not attempting to dismiss the one who is preoccupied with solving a problem which must be solved or who is dealing with a sorrow that must be dealt with. There is a time for everything. Perhaps it is the will of Dea that he or she should be dealing with those issues at that particular time.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/the-crystal-tablet-verses-9-17/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 18 – 29

18. Light is pure force or delight. It is the joy of Thea, and Her breath and spirit.
19. Light is the outpouring of life into existence. All things that exist come from life; they are made and sustained by light.
20. Though an existing thing appears never so solid, yet its body is made of light. All
material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is the whole of their being.
21. Yet material things are far from the source of light. They have become subject to
consolidation and restriction.
22. Pure light knows no bounds, but is perfect joy, and breathes its own perfection.
23. How shall the soul approach to light?
24. Let her make her every act a resplendent
creation, and let every outpouring of her strength be a well-made gift for her Lady. Let her not
fall into dullness, but be ever creating herself anew in the delight of her strength.
25. Let her not seek for reward, but only for her own perfection; thus the action itself shall become perfect. Let her turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal.
26. For every earthly action is the shadow of some higher form; and the soul must choose whether in her act she shall approach that form, or sink from it into deeper shadows and the morass of illusion.
27. She who rejects the light of the Spirit in this world shall, beyond death, be plunged into darkness and the confusion of bodiless echoes.
28. But every act that is performed in dedication to the Mother is an expression of the soul’s true self, and loosens the chains of her bondage.
29. If the soul lives in light, nothing shall be impossible to her, for her will shall become one with the will of our Lady.

Comments

Within many of the world scriptures including those of Christianity, Gnosticism, and Hinduism many statements such as the above exist which seem to denigrate the material world as being not worthy of our concern or interest. Thus we have within the literature of the Medieval Catholic mystics the idea that we should not love the “creatures” and should renounce all material pleasures and joys. We instead should turn only toward the pure light of God. Within Gnosticism the material world itself was not created by God but by an ignorant, power crazed demiurge named Yaldaboath. Within Hinduism the primary goal of religious life as postulated by its theologians is to ultimately escape this material world of the senses and ego in favor of a “liberation” in which the soul is absorbed completely into the Brahman and sees through the illusion of sensory life.

These themes all seem to suggest that at a minimal this life is insufficient, limited, full of suffering and that in comparison to the divine life insignificant. The De’anic scriptures as exemplified by certain statements above and in many other citations through out the scriptures as a whole seem to confirm this perspective. The question for me is what to make of this broad theme within many of the traditional religions. Well lets start with the obvious. This world is an imperfect world which is limited and in which much suffering and violence exist. Furthermore physical death is the end of all things. By contrast within most religious traditions, the divine world of God / the Ultimate is seen as being full of “joy unspeakable and full of glory” as the New Testament says. It is the realm of eternity, bliss, and death has no hold there. That being the case an obvious comparison is set up in which this world obviously suffers by comparison to the divine one. There is no way to escape the truth of this comparison.

However the real questions come with the response which is then urged in response to the dualism between the divine world and this world of pain and suffering. The answer given within the Crystal Tablet is “Let her (the soul) turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal. For every earthly action is the shadow of some higher form; and the soul must choose whether in her act she shall approach that form, or sink from it into deeper shadows and the morass of illusion.” How should we interpret this message? First a few observations, it is one thing to state as most religious traditions do that the divine world is greater than the material world. One can accept this fact while still accepting the reality that one must live within the very real confines of the material world. In fact I think that De’anism and the other major religious traditions with some exceptions all have seen fit to adopt to the realities of material life well because it is necessary.

But still the point remains that we should “turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal” How do we do this when we of necessary must live material lives in a material world? What in fact does it mean that we must turn from the transient? Through out much of human history earnest seekers after the Divine have literally attempted to forsake any interest in or relationship with the material world to the extent that this was possible. Thus at the extreme end medieval Christian Anchorites such as Julian of Norwich had themselves walled away within churches so that even the light of the sun and all the beauties of nature were denied them. Organized Medieval monasticism was a more communal and less extreme attempt to achieve the same end.

The same spirit existed within Islamic Sufism and Judaism even though according to both Islamic and Jewish Law the commandments were clear that persons should norminatively bear and raise children. Monasticism was prohibited. The solution to this was that those who live lifes fully committed to God would perform the minimal necessary to conceive children and exist in the world while ignoring its pleasures.

Within Hinduism the way to achieve renunciation of the world was to seek this renunciation only after ones own children were raised and ones active householder’s life was ended. One then went into the forest and attempted to live as a mendicant. The Buddhists of course tended not to wait and thus the religion was founded on a firm foundation of monasticism. The point of all of this is that many within most religious traditions have attempted to take such advice as literally as possible and have tried to take a multitude of various paths to find the solution.

So now what does it mean within the Deanic tradition of Our Mother God that we should turn from the transient. I would suggest that instead of looking at the more extreme interpretations of such religious injunctions we should look instead at some interpretations which are less extreme. We should also question very closely the meaning and purpose behind the statements within the various traditions that we should turn from the transient. Lets do this examination first.

Does turning from the transient within Deanism mean that the joys of nature, beauty, and human community should be rejected? Evidently it does not because the De’anic Scriptures are filled with references to the beauty of nature and love for it. There are also many scriptures in which it is clear that love, the love of all creatures and love the Dea is at the center of existence. The second half of the Crystal Tablet called the Clew of Love in some variants of the De’anic scriptures is a testament to the importance of love within the De’anic tradition. I will be posting it immediately after this post.

The fact is that De’anism has the same basic ethical mandate as does Christianity that people should live in accordance to love. Thea is love and the world is her creation. She loves it and so must we. With all of this data I think that the answer begins to become clear. Turning away from the world / the transient does not mean a literal turning away from the blessings of matter what it does mean is a turning away from all that is disobedient to Thea’s love, it is a turning away from that which destroys and hurts, which divides that which should not be divided. It also involves an effort to love Dea with all of our heart and soul while obviously loving our neighbor as our self. That all involves a serous balancing act which few ever fulfill very well. But that I think is what we must attempt to do.

Now as to the reason so much in religious tradition emphasizes the language of renunciation and the rejection of the transient. I believe that the answer has more to do with how human beings tend to relate to material things and to the world of material reality. What the prophets and mystics primarily objected to in “the love of the world, of transient things” is that human beings have in general valued things as material possessions and for the power which comes from the ownership of these over love of neighbor as the Bible puts it and over the love of God. Clearly humanity has also tended to place the love / greed for material things over both human love and justice. What complex human societies historically have done repeated is to organize conceptions of “the world” in which the ego identities of dominant groups, classes, or individuals is placed over the needs of others and certainly over the love of God.

I believe that is the ultimate source of the negative critique of matter, manifestation, of creatures, of material wealth. Thus the De’anic statement that “Yet material things are far from the source of light” is a way of expressing this broader conception. So then the question becomes how does a people or a person reject the idolization / greed for possessions and idolization of self. The answer given here is that s/he must “turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal.” I will obviously have more to say about this in future posts.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/the-crystal-tablet-verses-18-29/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 30 – 36

30. Love is the force of harmony by which all existence is made possible.
31. For the perfect existence of the Spirit, its very nature is love. The pure soul is in harmony with Thea, with herself and with all things.
32. And for the existence that has fallen from perfection: truly it is the music of divine harmony which sustains it in the motion of its wholeness.
33. It is love that holds the drop of dew pendant upon a blade of grass, not flowing forth in watery profusion, but swelling within the unseen urn of its brief harmony.
34. It is love that holds the stars within their courses, and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.
35. Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul, of the
mind and of the body: truly all these flow from the love of our Lady the Maid, that each
creation may not decompose flying away into black eternal chaos.
36. For light is the essence and love is the form. And it is by love that the essence of a tree remains a tree. Else it might as well become a rushing wind or a forked lightning flash.

Comments.

Since my comments on my last post were so extensive, I do not want to make many comments here. What I do want to do is the cite a few quotations from Greek mythological thought. These quotations second much of what is said above. The quotations come from a book I have begun reading titled ‘The Origin of Aphrodite by Stephanie Lynn Budin. Stephanie Budin is a noted scholar of ancient history and is the author of The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity. From what I have read so far the Origin of Aphrodite is an excellent book. The quotations are:

“The earth is in love with the rain, whenso’er the dry ground, fruitless in drought, hath need of moisture. And the august heaven , filled with rain, loves to cast itself upon the earth through Aprodite’s spell. And when the twin mingle as one, they cause all things to grow for us, and nurture them as well, – all things by which the race of mortals lives and flourishes.”

Euripedes as cited by Athenaios

“Kypris moves through the air, she dwells in the sea wave, and all things come from her. She it is that gives and implants love, and the love of which all we of earth are begotten.”

The Hippolytos of Euripides.

I only want to point out that the ancient Greeks as does De’anism viewed the universe as living and as being ensouled. Thus earth, sky, mountains, rivers and most of what is called inanimate matter by the modern world view is in fact viewed as alive and living.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/crystal-tablet-verse-30-36/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 37 – 52

37. How shall the soul attain to love?
38. Let her open herself to every creature in compassion and in care.
39. Let her seek to do no harm to any being.
40. Let her love extend even to those who do her hurt; and let her seek to understand them.
41. For perfect love is perfect knowledge and perfect knowledge is perfect love.
42. Let her know that no creature gains good for herself by any harmful act, for every
stone returns to she that throws it in the fullness of time; and the shaft that her hand releases
shall fly a thousand years until it cleaves her heart.
43. But she that does a kindly action shall be thrice blessed:
44. Once in the doing of it; for the hand of Thea shall rest upon her.
45. Once in the raising of her soul upon the path toward her Lady.
46. And once in the deed itself; for every rose plucked and sent forth shall come as a gift to her when her heart is weary, and every cup of wine that she gives to another shall quench the thirst of her own lips in the fullness of time.
47. She who gives succour to those who have need prepares a place of safe repose for
her soul. And she who turns no creature away surrounds her soul with beautiful things.
48. For the soul that grows in love grows ever more beautiful, but the soul that turns from love is
repellent of aspect.
49. Let the soul know before all that the greatest love is the love of Thea,
and from this love all other loves flow.
50. Let her open herself to her Lady that She may come as a perfect love for her.
Let her learn of Thea, of that eternal love which is Thea.
51. And she who loves her Lady in perfection shall have perfect love of all Her creatures, even as She has.
52. For this is the love that is perfect knowledge, and the knowledge that is perfect love.

Comments

The above are the last verses of the The Crystal Tablet. As the reader can see it is a short but powerful writing. I will let it to speak for itself.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/the-crystal-tablet-verses-37-52/

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I am in agreement with Mr Glenn King, when he comments that The Crystal Tablet introduces
“several of the most important themes of De’anism.
1. To a great degree life is a series of choices between a life in the spirit in contrast to the alternative a life not related to the Spirit / Perfection / Dea herself.
2. What is being said is that we should perceive and know Thea as being even more real and relevant than even these solid realities of earth, sky, and sea. The theme of the illusionary nature of the world which is persistent within the De’anic scriptures begins here.
…If the sky, sea, human body and other aspects of this world are ultimately seen as existing separately from and outside of the context of the life of Thea, that the text says is illusional.
Biological life here is referred to as existence and is based on the greater life of Dea. Life is Dea and Dea is life.
4. Turning away from the world / the transient does not mean a literal turning away from the blessings of matter what it does mean is a turning away from all that is disobedient to Thea’s love, it is a turning away from that which destroys and hurts, which divides that which should not be divided. It also involves an effort to love Dea with all of our heart and soul while obviously loving our neighbor as our self.
…Human beings have in general valued things as material possessions and for the power which comes from the ownership of these…
What complex human societies historically have done repeated is to organize conceptions of “the world” in which the ego identities of dominant groups, classes, or individuals is placed over the needs of others and certainly over the love of God.
How does a people or a person reject the idolization / greed for possessions and idolization of self?

Mr Glenn King

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