The Akathist to the Dove of Spring

From https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-akathist-prayer-to-the-dove-of-spring/

This Akathist (hymn) was inspired by the Orthodox Christian Akathist to the Holy Theotokos (Godbearer). It may be chanted on 1 Columbina, the second day of Eastre. The Akathist to the Dove of Spring consists of seven stanzas of seven verses each. It is interspersed with scripture readings and the Hail Kora mantra prayer.

sophia goddess of wisdom with chalice

The Akathist to the Dove of Spring

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The Akathist may be prayed in full, or by praying only a few stanzas at a time.

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Trace Fora over yourself and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Beginning Prayer:

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who is Mari.

She Who is Kora.

She Who is Mysteria.

Blessed is She.

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The Seven bows:

Chant:

Hail, O, Divine Lady, Theia, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Candra, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Vicka, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Sofia, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Thema, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Grace, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Rhea, hail. (bow)

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Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the world into being. Beyond all knowing is the splendor of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, within Your mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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Hail, O, Dove of Peace, O, Shattered Soul,  Hail!

Hail, Holy Soul of the World, O, Divine Temple of Our Spirits, Hail!

Hail, O, Princess of the World, O, Ruler of all Creation, Hail!

Hail, O, Purest Dove, O, Divine Purity, Hail!

Hail, O, Supernal Moon, O, Reflected Light of the Holy One, Hail!

Hail, O, High Priestess, O, Mistress of Priestesses, Hail!

Hail, O, Soteria, O, Savioress, O, Sacrificial One, Hail!

And, as She walked, the children of the Earth threw blossoms before Her, and though Her feet rested on them, yet, they were not bruised. The Mythos of the Divine Maid, VII:1. The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. 

Hail, Kora, fountain of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy Divine Mother.

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Hail, O, Divine Star of Midnight, O, Midnight Star of Wonder, Hail!

Hail, O, Holy Dove of the Sacrifice, O, Great Dove of the Waters, Hail! (*)

Hail, O, Divine Maid, O, Shining  One, Hail

Hail, O, Divine Aurora, O, Dawn of Time, Hail!

Hail, O, Sustainer of All Creation, O, Ruler of manifestation, Hail!

Hail, O, Love incarnate in Soul, O, Supernal Love, Hail!

Hail, O, Divine Breath of Nature, O, Primordial Love, Hail!

2) And, She reigned over all the Earth, bringing all Nature back to life and all life back to the true law and rhythm of Nature. And the whole world knew Her as its Princess. 

Hail, Kora, fountain of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy Divine Mother.

Hail, O, Daughter of the Celestial One, O, Lily of the West,  Hail!

Hail, O, Granddaughter of the Great One, O, Lotus of the East, Hail!

Hail, O, Form of the Celestial One, O, Breath of Nature, Hail!

Hail, O, Form of the Great One, O, Presence in the Wind, Hail!

Hail, O, Divine Love of the Trinity, O, Energy of the Lake, Hail!

Hail, O, Holy Daughter, O, Crescent Moon of the Night, Hail!

Hail, O, Immanent One, O, Soul within and without, Hail!

3) (the latter part of verse 4, Janite edition ) And, She showed them how to offer Sacrifice to the Mother of All Things. 5) And, She said: When the time is come for Me to go from you, still, I shall be with you; and shall never leave you, not for one fragment of an hour until you we are together in completion. 6) But, I shall unite you all who love Me in one great Soul; 7) The highest and the lowest, the living and the dead, those who falter at the door and those who have climbed to the highest tower, all shall be one in My Soul, which I have given to the world, and all shall be nourished in my Spirit.

Hail, Kora, fountain of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy Divine Mother.

Hail, O, Lady of the Lake, O, Holy Water of Life, Hail!

Hail, O, Fountain of Grace, O, Nourisher of Souls, Hail!

Hail,  O, Daughter of Wisdom, O,  Formatrix of Heaven and Earth, Hail! (**)

Hail, O, Soul of my soul,  O, Nourisher of Spirits, Hail.

Hail, O, Sacred Aurora, O, Soul of Dawn, Hail!

Hail, O, First Dew of Spring, O, First Light of Day, Hail!

Hail, O, Primordial Lily of Purity, O, Radiance of the Heavens, Hail!

4) (10) And the children of Heaven greeted Her, crying, Hail, Princess of the World, Hail, Queen of Heaven. And they placed a crown of stars about Her head. 11) And the blue night was Her cloak, and the stars of the sky, the crown about Her head, and the moon lay at Her feet. And they cried, again, Hail, Queen of Heaven.

Hail, Kora, fountain of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy Divine Mother.

Hail, Thou Daughter of the High Queen, Hail, O, One with Form.

Hail, O, Dea Filia, O, Daughter God, Hail!

Hail, O, Beloved Kyria, O, Divine Maid, Hail!

Hail, O, Child of Light, O, Granddaughter of Life, Hail!

Hail, Daughter Whose Robe is Celestial Light, O, Mistress of the Seven, Hail.

Hail, O, Holy Presence in Nature, Hail, O, Shimmering Stars of the Night., Hail!

(Janite edition for liturgy):

16) And, She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the children of the Earth were gathered around the altar. 

And, She stood at the great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: 18) Like to the seed, My Soul was broken and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the Corn that is reaped in silence.

And She said, like to the grain was my Soul Shattered between the stones of Fate. And, She broke the bread between Her hands. And, She gave of the fragments of the Bread to the Children of Dea.

And, She poured out Her Spirit from Her hands into a great Chalice, and Her Spirit lay as wine within the Chalice. 23) And She said, Even as You have offered Me bread in Sacrifice, so I give you the bread of My Soul; and as you have poured libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the eternal libation of My Eternal Spirit. 24) And, as it is performed above in the spirit, so is it reflected below in the soul and the spirit, and through the reflection do Earth’s children have part in the Real. 

Hail, Kora, fountain of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy Divine Mother.

Hail, O, Heart within our hearts, O, Temple within our temple, Hail!

Hail, O, Supreme Being, O, Spirit within our sparks, Hail!

Hail, O, Assumption of our Souls, O, Feminine within femininity, Hail!

Hail, O, First and the last, O, Honored and scorned one, Hail! (1 A)

Hail, O, Queen of the Seven Powers, O, Mistress of the Seven Pillars, Hail,

Hail, O, Queen of the May, O, Queen of the Fey, Hail!

Hail, O, crowned with Stars, O, Mistress of the Moon, Hail!

(Janite edition for liturgy):And, She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the children of the Earth were gathered around the altar. 

And, She stood at the great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: 18) Like to the seed, My Soul was broken and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the Corn that is reaped in silence.

And She said, like to the grain was my Soul Shattered between the stones of Fate. And, She broke the bread between Her hands. And, She gave of the fragments of the Bread to the Children of Dea.

And, She poured out Her Spirit from Her hands into a great Chalice, and Her Spirit lay as wine within the Chalice. 23) And She said, Even as You have offered Me bread in Sacrifice, so I give you the bread of My Soul; and as you have poured libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the eternal libation of My Eternal Spirit. 24) And, as it is performed above in the spirit, so is it reflected below in the soul and the spirit, and through the reflection do Earth’s children have part in the Real.

Hail, O, Hope of my Hope, O, Faith of my faith, Hail.

Hail, O, Mediatrix between Heaven and Earth, O, Divine Centre of Ekklesia, Hail!

Hail, O, Luminous Blessings of the hestia, O, Encompassing Mantle of Compassion, Hail!

Hail, O, Stream of Mercy, O, Clemency of Heart, Hail.

Hail, O, Bread of Soul, O, Wine of Spirit, Hail!

Hail, O, Glittering Snow of Winter, O, Tender Breeze of Spring, Hail.

Hail, O, Supreme Love of my heart, O, Divine Passion of my soul, Hail.

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Trace Fora over yourself and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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I appear to have inexplicably lost all my previous references. I apologize

1A is: http://gnosis.org/naghamm/thunder.html

* Other Traditions use the holy title of Great Dove of the Waters for the Celestial Mother. For Janites, it is the title of the Holy Daughter.

**: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism)

 

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

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Eastre / Eostre / Ostara Scriptures part II

From https://deanic.com/2017/04/13/eastre-scriptures-ii/

Angels depicted by Sulamith Wulfing

9) And when the time was at hand, two of the Janati descended, one on either side of Her, and She went with them into Heaven.

12) And thus began Her dear and glorious reign. And for the children of Heaven, Her very Presence was the completion of their joy. 13) And She poured forth Her Grace and Blessing from Her hands upon them and upon the Earth. And Her Grace and Blessing were as rays of Perfect Light which penetrate the heart and flood the soul.

It is said, in Kabbalistic and Gnostic Traditions, that Sophia/Shekinah continuously (Eternally) Ascends and Descends. This is how we understand the Eternal Now. It is the same in the Myth of Kore/Persephone, each year, She descends and ascends.

This idea, of things happening in the Eternal Now, is a very hard concept for us to grasp while we are living in the Realm of Time.

Those who have had NDE’s often report that there is no time or space in the spiritual world, which we call Avala, the Outer Realm of Perfection. They will state that their time on Earth seems to have happened in the blink of an eye.

“When you die, everything stops and you enter eternity. It is like finally getting to the nanosecond, where time stops. Like a watch, our body stops at that time. Yet our spirit and consciousness continue to live on in a dimension beyond sequential time. We go beyond nanoseconds into a space-time measurement we cannot know here on earth. It is the eternal now, where past, present, and future are all merged into one. Eternity is the present, the now that never ends.” (Dr. Gerard Landryhttp://www.near-death.com/science/research/time.html#a04.

This is why, when we experience each holy day in our calendar, we are truly experiencing that Eternal Moment out of time. We can truly say that the Holy Daughter is Eternally Ascending and Descending, because that is the Nature of Eternity.

And so, at the same time that the Holy Daughter is Immanent with us as the World Soul; She is simultaneously in the Realm of Perfection of Fullness with the Children of Heaven

(Children of the Earth and Heaven are capitalized not because the Children are Divine, but because Children of the Earth/Heaven is a proper title for humanity.)

I have explained in the past that liturgy is a spiritually magickal act. That act serves to unite Heaven and Earth in the meeting place of the altar, shrine, chapel or temple where it is being served.

When we are at liturgy, we are facing the Presence of Heaven. The Veil is barely there. It is said that angels are present. (My mother saw an angel walk across the altar when she was 14). Certainly, the Janati are present.

4) And She showed them how to offer Sacrifice to the Mother of All things.

From our scriptures, we see that it pleases Our Lady when we offer Sacrifice, just as did the faithful Jewish women of old. (Jer. 44: 17). And so we have both, the Rite of Sacrifice that we serve on the Full Moons and the Great Liturgy which we serve on a Trinity Day (Foradi, Sunnadi or Lunadi: Sat./Sun./Mon).

During the liturgy, Our Lady comes to us, from the East, just beyond the Veil of Time. We bow our heads as She enters and stands before us.

Thus continues the main portion of the Communion Rite:

16) And She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the spirits of the Earth’s children were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered upon the Earth.

(This verse has been slightly adapted in the Janite liturgy. It reads:  And She entered the Great Temple of Heaven where the Seven Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Dea were gathered upon the Earth.)

And so, She has entered the Great Temple before us! Here we are, in the Presence of the Holy Daughter! We bow in reverence before Her!

And She stood at the Great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: 18) Like to the corn, My Soul was cut down by the scythe of darkness and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the ear of corn that is reaped in silence. 

And She said: Like to the grain was my Soul broken (Janite:shattered) between the stones of death (Janite: Fate). And saying thus, She broke the Bread between Her hands.

And further:

22) And She poured out Her Spirit from Her hands into a Great Chalice and Her Spirit lay as wine within the Chalice.

23) And She said: Even as you have offered Me bread in sacrifice, so I give to you the Bread of My  Body (Soul in the Janite); and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the Eternal Libation of My Eternal Spirit.

And so, because we offer to Her bread and wine during the Rite of Sacrifice, She, in turn, gives us the most heavenly, most exquisite gifts of Her Soul and Spirit.

This most radiant communion rite is seemingly inspired from the Mythos of Kore/Persephone and I would not be surprised if the communion rite of the Eluesinian Mysteries might not have been so very different.

During liturgy, we are truly in Her Heavenly Presence. The priestess is but Her channel through which She, from the Heavenly Altar, sends Her Graces and Energies and pours them into the wine and bread in order to gift us and to nourish us.

 

As the priestess says when distributing the Bread: May the Soul of Our Lady nourish your soul and the Wine: May the Spirit of Our Lady nourish your spirit

Thus, the Eastre Scriptures teach us how to worship Our Lady through both the Rite of Sacrifice and the Great Liturgy. They teach us that She is right there with us; She is Present with us as Our High Priestess; She Who stands before the Heavenly Altar, performing the Sacrifice in union with and through Her handmaid.

The Holy Daughter has three titles in scripture: Princess, Daughter of Wisdom and Priestess. All three are visible in the Eastre scriptures as she, the Princess of the World has become the Princess of heaven; She, as the Daughter of Wisdom teaches us many things and She, as the High Priestess leads us in Sacrifice

She is both Immanent, as the World Soul and Transcendent, as the High Priestess in Heaven. She is the Perfect Bridge between Heaven and Earth as She leads us back to Our Heavenly Mother and our True Home.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

(1) The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm

 

Eastre / Eostre / Ostara Scriptures part I

From https://deanic.com/2017/04/12/eastre-scriptures-part-i/

Kore

And as She walked, the children of the Earth threw blossoms before Her and though Her feet rested on them, yet, they were not bruised. 2) And She reigned over all the Earth, bringing all Nature back to life and all life back to the true law and rhythm of Nature.  And the world knew Her as its Princess. 3) And the children of the Earth were filled with love for Her, and gathered about Her with tears of joy, touching Her robes and giving themselves to Her in their hearts. The Mythos of the Divine Maid Chapter VII, 1-3 SMR edition

These passages beautifully illustrate the Janite concept of the Holy Daughter as the World Soul. In the above passage, the children of the Earth are able to see and touch the Divine Princess. But, we must remember that these passages are not meant to be taken literally. They are part of a description of a Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time.

Sophia by Pamela Matthews

For Janites, the Princess of the World, as the World Soul, truly revives and sustains all of Nature. And while She did not ‘walk’ among us, there are those who have had visions of Her, especially in connection with Nature. Here are but a few, some I have mentioned in the past:

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Among several Russian mystics who had visions of Sophia, Vladimir Solovyov had three, the first when he was only 9 years old. She appeared as a beautiful woman–“an image so radiant and powerful that he would come to pursue its meaning throughout his adult life.” (Kristi A. Groberg, “The Eternal Feminine: Vladimir Solov’ev’sVisions Of Sophia,” in Alexandria Journal #1, ed. David Fideler, 77).

His second vision: 

I said to her: O, blossom of a deity!
You’re here, I sense it–why haven’t you revealed
Yourself to my eyes since childhood years?

And no sooner had I thought this prayer
Than everything was filled with a golden azure,
And before me she shined once more–
But only her face–it alone. . . .

I said to her: your face has appeared,
But I want to have a look at all of you. . . .

“Be in Egypt!” a voice within me sounded.
 (Groberg, “Eternal Feminine,” 81)

From his third vision of Sophia he wrote:

And in the purple of the heaven’s splendor,
With eyes filled with an azure fire,
You looked like the first radiance
Of a universal and creative day. . . .

I saw everything, and everything was one thing only–
A single image of female beauty. . .
The infinite fit within its dimensions:
Before me, in me–were you alone.

O, radiant woman! In you I am not deceived:
In the desert I saw all of you. . .
Those roses will not wither in my soul wherever life’s wave may speed.

This third vision changed him, forever.

Let it be known: today the Eternal Feminine In an incorruptible body is descending to Earth. In the unfading light of the new goddess Heaven has become one with the deeps.

Vladimir Solovyov~

Russian theologian and mystic, Sergei Bulgakov had a vision of Sophia within the context of Creation. He saw Her in the mountains and in Nature.

Therefore Sophia is twofold, at once Divine and creaturely—above and before creation and “in” creation. The world is created in Sophia and Sophia, at the same time, is in the world, throughout it, in the form of divine energies and spiritual beings, as its boundary. Hence creation is, as it were, “the separation of Sophia’s potentiality from her actuality.” In the world, Sophia is actualized—as the earth’s eros for heaven, all creation “longing for liberation from the bondage of corruption, for the radiance of Sophianic light, for beauty and transfiguration.” http://ivashek.com/en/texts/554-sophia-the-wisdom-of-god.

Through-out Her pre-Christian and post-Christian ‘history’, Sophia is associated with Creation and entering Creation (She is immanent with us as the World Soul.)  She has been known as “Perfect Nature”.  But, as with the Divine Feminine in general, She has long been demoted from Her original status.

  1. Her divine status, evident from her speeches, does not easily fit into monotheism. (Meaning Patriarchal monotheism. PL.)
  2. Her teachings are rooted in life, not in obedience to rules, gods or priests; these teachings demand individual integrity and justice in the marketplace and royal court, and are achieved through clear perception and devotion to her, Wisdom, and by abandoning “marketplace consciousness”–giving up the quest for gold & possessions.
  3. She is associated with the natural order and meaning of creation, rather than the revelation and salvation of monotheistic religions. Sophia had many of the characteristics of earlier wisdom goddesses who carry the banner of the supremacy, primacy, and justice of the natural order of the cosmos rather than the capricious brutal rule of man whose focus is on profit and domination.
  4. Her gender is unacceptable in religions that deify only the male. The strenuous effort of Hebrew prophets to turn their people away from the worship of popular local deities to an ever-stricter monotheism admitted no divine reality save one demanding a wifeless male god.

http://www.sophiaandthedragon.com/sophia/soul_of_world.htm

“Male-oriented spiritual paths generally lead the seeker to leave the world, to abandon its call to power and prestige.  But women are already outside the power structure.  For woman then the “direction” of the spiritual path is not to leave the world, but to enter it.” http://www.sophiastemple.com/goddess-sophia/ (Note: Just as the Divine Sophia enters the World as its Soul).

Sophia is seen as being expressed in all creation and the natural world.

The Holy Daughter, in the Form of Sophia, is re-emerging in this world. She is slowly, but surely, being freed of Patriarchal chains. She is the Soul of Nature and She shares Her Soul with us.

With every flower we see sprouting to greet the Spring Sun; with each baby leaf budding upon the branch; with each soft breeze that caresses our cheek, there is the Presence of the Holy Daughter in the Form of Sophia; She Who brings all of Her Creation back to life. And, through Her words of Wisdom, She speaks to us who are gathered before Her. Through the sharing of Her Soul, we are able to ‘touch Her robes’.

“I love you. Love me. I am Sophia.”

http://cosmicwind.net/800/Cmwl/ExperiencingSophia/AuroraSophia.html

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 3 The Mantle

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 3
THE MANTLE

our-lady-of-pontmain

Our Lady of Pontmain

Our Lady of Guadalupe Star Constellations Map Clock accurately represents the 1531 winter solstice. She appeared at the site of an ancient temple to the Aztec goddess Tonantzin (Our Revered Mother).

Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

This is from a source that I trust to be accurate. Arch Madria Pamela Lanides https://deanic.com/2016/11/23/am-i-not-your-mother-a-special-message/#comments

 

Erin Kelso          Unknown             Goddess Nuit   Star Shepherdess

Free download:

https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

3.3. The Mantle. “Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me. Be sheltered in the folds of My garment.”
(3:3:4.) This short text comforts those who meditate upon it. It calls those who are weary of this world to contemplate upon the presence of Thea in the darkness and silence.

26 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 3
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

The Mantle

1. You who are weary with the world, you who are lonely, you who have suffered hardship, and you who have suffered hurt: come, gather about Me and be enfolded in My mantle.
2. In the inner silence you shall hear Me, and in the inner darkness shall you see Me.
3. And the future shall be better than the past.
4. Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me. Be sheltered in the folds of My garment.
5. For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night.
6. And the dawn shall be bright with splendour and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.
7. And I shall be your comfort in the darkness.

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 1, The Thoughts Of The Mind

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 1
THE TEACHINGS OF THE DAUGHTER
also known as THE THOUGHTS OF THE MIND

 

 DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) of white matter in the brain

Free download:

https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

26 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 4
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

The Thoughts of the Mind

Verse 10 restored thanks to Mr David Kay – Madrian

1. Thoughts of the mind neither pass away, nor vanish into air.  2. For every thought is a builder in the subtle world that lies about you.  3. Thoughts of beauty and of things of the Spirit refine and purify the soul, making her fair to look upon and graceful in her movements, 4. uniting
her with the universal music of eternity and gathering about her the servants of the archangels.
5. But harsh thoughts harden the soul; coarse thoughts coarsen the soul; thoughts bound only to material things load the soul with heavy chains. 6. My children, I speak not in pictures, for truly these things are real and to be seen by all whose eyes can penetrate the veil of illusion.  7. What maiden, receiving from her mother a fine and well-made house of well-wrought oak and stone and furnished by the skillful hand of love, will break the walls and furnishings, pour filthy waters in every place and bring swine to dwell in the most splendid chambers?  8. Will she not rather bring new things of beauty and precious works of love to add to those that lie already there?  9. Will she not keep away all dirt and defilement and protect it from all damage? 10. Why, then, does a soul, dwelling in the house of her subtle body, defile that glorious dwelling with vile and lowly thoughts, break its noble furnishings with chains of matter and of the ego, and invite keres and hateful demons to dwell within its walls?

11. Does she not know that the thoughts of her mind neither pass away nor vanish into air?  12. Does she not know that every thought of greed, of hate, of lust or of
anger is a scar upon her subtle body?  13. Does she not see that she surrounds herself with hateful things that are the forms of her thoughts?  14. Does she not see
that evil demons harbour in these forms even as rats infest a dunghill?  15. Does she not know that when her mortal body is passed into
the earth she will have no place to dwell except in that subtle body her thoughts have so distorted, and among the forms of her creation?

16. Let the soul rather fill her dwelling with the warmth of love and generosity, with the sweet, cool air of purity, and with the flowers of
simplicity, humility and gentleness.  17. Let her garden flow with the fountains of virtue and lie open to the sunlight of our Mother’s love.
18. Let the soul lie only open and the sunlight will stream in, filling her with joy, warmth and beauty; for truly your Mother loves you and delights in giving Her grace.
19. Then be not bound by the world of matter, but turn your thoughts upon eternity, and the path of light shall be made clear.  20. Forget not the power of words, for a word has all the power of a thought, and a thought has power to move the earth and the heavens.  21. Therefore do not speak evil in idleness, or fall into the custom of ill-speaking, but govern your words even as your actions.  22. Speak words of love and innocence, of mildness and of hope, and you shall weave a raiment of peace about your soul, and a veil of gentle light.  23. Speak prayers often, speak them
in the rhythm of your steps, and attune them to the beating of your heart.
24. For She who governs the endless ages governs also the hour of every action. Let your voice call on Her in pure simplicity, for She is the Lady of the noontide and the Lady of the night, the Lady of the mountain and the valley.
25. Truly, the world is a field of conflict between the powers of good and the legions of Irkalla. The conflict is manifest in the cycles of civilizations, and also in the soul of every maid.
26. For the servants of Irkalla fasten upon the false self, like the bindweed fastens upon a growing plant. And the radiant angels of heaven stand ready to defend the soul when she shall cry upon them.
27. Truly, there is nothing in the world of matter that happens by itself, for the veil of matter is shot through with the light of the real and
the darkness of the false.
28. Not even a sparrow touches down up on a twig without showing forth the conflict between evil and the good. No grain of sand shifts in the desert without reflecting some spiritual truth.  29. Not even a star falls in the farthest corner of the universe
without an inward meaning.  30. What then is the wisdom of this world, which knows the outward shows of things but not their inward truth?  31. The wisdom of the world is good for the world, but what when the world
shall pass away?  32. If the navigator can no longer use her legs, how shall she fare when her vessel is cast upon the shore?
33.  Look without and you shall see within; look within and you shall see without.  34. For I am the inwardness of all things: 35. I am between the ripple and the water; I am between the dancer and the dance; I am between the breathing and the breath; between the lightest word of greeting and the thought from which it flows. 36. You have stripped away layer after layer of the world to search for Me, and have found nothing at the centre; but I was between each layer and every other.  37. Break in two an apple seed and seek to find the tree that shall grow from it. You shall find nothing. Yet the essence of the tree is in the seed. Even so am I in all
things.

Notes:

My favourite chapter of Madrian Scripture from when I was awakened to the Filianic / Deanic faith.
Verse 14: “Demons,” or “Keres.”
Verse 25: Irkalla is the dark queen. The opposite to Mother God personified, who will be transformed and reunited with Dea.

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 4, The Secret of the World

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 4, The Secret of the World

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Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

The Secret of the World

The world is never perfect, and even the most beautiful is riven with kear. The Secret of the World teaches a path of liberation from the imperfection and illusions of this present world.

1. My children, whose souls are My family, I shall speak to you of the things that I have seen. Let no one say that the world is good, nor that the world is evil. 2. For I have stood at the highest point of the world and at the lowest; and from both of these can the world be seen, and from no other. 3. The cosmos is a perfect sphere, even lovelier than the sun, and yet it is all riven through with kear. 4. All that is was fashioned by My Mother out of the laughter of Her heart and the skill of Her hands, and all that is very good, more than any soul can know.
5. But kear is not. Kear is naught. Kear is the black abyss that has turned its face from My Mother and has frowned upon the laughter of Her heart. 6. This abyss of kear lies between the world and My Mother, and every soul and She. For every soul is an image of the world.

[I reject verse 7, as I do not believe in a sacrificial death of the Holy World Soul, Immanent God; Di Jana].

8. and My soul has cried out in her distress; cried out into the echoless void. Truly, there is no suffering like to this suffering, nor any pain of body or of mind. 9. And you, My children, each of you that gathers around Me, each of you in your robe of purest white, each one has this kear within her, and there is not one without it anywhere.  10. For you have also turned from My Mother; each one of you, though remembrance has not potency through the tread of time, has frowned also on the laughter of Her heart.

11. And your souls, your laughing souls, all robed in purest white, that are lovelier than the sun because they are the image of My Mother, are riven through with kear. 12. And your dearest joy must ring as a silver bell that has a crack; sweetly, but never in perfection. 13. Oh, do not say that you are perfect, for then you can not understand either the world or your own selves. 14. Do not say that you are innocent, for that would be to mock My suffering. 15. For I love each of you, and I have proved My love, and shall prove it evermore. 16. For I have conquered death and kear, and I bring to you My conquest. 17. Open your heart to Me, and I shall bring you all the fruit that have reaped in sorrow.
18. Seek not to conquer kear alone nor cleave alone to good, but open your heart to Me,
and let Me live through you, for I shall open the way to your true soul, your laughing soul, all robed in white even lovelier than the sun; and through My suffering she shall be purified. [I have replaced death with suffering see rejection of verse 7].
19. Turn from the evil of the world and come to Me, and I shall lead you to your heart’s true home.
20. Come to Me, My children, in the innocence of your hearts, and look upon the beauty of the world; for everything reflects the glory of Thea. 21. Do not see the world through the eyes of the world, but through the eyes of the Eternal. 22. Know also that the world is not so solid as it seems, but in truth it is an illusion.

23. Change that within you and the world without will change. But seek to change the world, and all of essence will remain the same.
24. And this is the secret of the world which the world would hide from you: that all things lie within the souls of maids, and only the Thea is without.

25. For in order to gain the world, you must give the world away; and in order to attain your desire, you must pass beyond all desire; and in order to find yourself, you must lose yourself; and in order to have eternal life, you must go unto death [Death means the transition from one state to another on the turning wheel of Werde. I reject the end of the sentence see rejection of verse 7]. 26. And this is the secret of the world which all the world will hide from you.

Notes:
Kear:  A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 8, The Way of Simplicity

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 8, The Way of Simplicity

for-those-who-shelter-in-the-darkness

Thanks to River S of http://filianism-deanism.blogspot.co.uk/

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Title 3, Chapter 8
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

This text is a collection of practical spiritual and moral teachings for everyday living.

The Way of Simplicity

1. Unless your souls are simple as the running deers, My children, and your hearts as little children filled with wonder, how shall you attain liberation? 2. Let your ways be gentle as the milk-white dove, and graceful as the gliding of the swallow. 3. For there are ways and rhythms in the course of life, of day and night, of seasons and the moon, by which all life, all thought, all work are governed, 4. and these movements are the breath of the Divine, reflected in the highest spheres and every living thing.

5. All nature is a vast and subtle music to which the innocent soul is closely at tuned. 6. The profane attempts to sever themselves from this music, making new laws of gain and self-advantage against the law of universal love. 7. Honour in all things the times and the seasons, keeping fast in times of fast with diligence and care; rejoicing in times of feast with generous outpouring. 8. No tree may blossom out of season, nor any flower greet springtime with austerity, likewise a child lacking inward control is broken from the rhythm. 9. For them there shall be neither warmth nor cold, neither light nor darkness.

10. Harmonic life is danced within the music of eternity, and the pattern of the dance is wholeness. 11. But without control the dance shall be destroyed; without discipline the rhythm is shattered in a host of discordant fragments. 12. The perfect child has perfect chastity of mind, of body and of soul; and they who are ready to follow Me upon the mountain shall aspire to this perfection.

13. Yet those whose union is an expression of the love of souls shall be counted chaste in My name for the sake of that love. 14. But the highest love is the love of pure Spirit, and blessing is upon those whose love is chaste for My sake.

15. You do not know in this world the final truth of chastity, for it is a mystery known on the highest spheres, beyond all physical existence; 16. and there it is seen that an act of chastity is not an act of avoidance, but of creation.

17. For the chaste child builds within themself a higher power and a supernatural beauty. 18. Without chastity of mind and soul, the bodily observance is barren, yet to suffer temptation is not to fall, and to transcend it is an act of creation. 19. And what gifts but the creations of the soul may be laid at the feet of her Lady? 20. For whatever is the nature of their inmost self, that a child shall become.

21. Therefore, the value of an act is not its outward form, but its inward quality; and the child who will become one with the rhythm of eternity shall first become the mistress/master of their thoughts. 22. For thought is the creator of the body and the sculptor of the soul, and they who holds the reins of their thought and ceases to be its servant, that child is near to the heaven of the archangels.

23. Harmony is the key of life, and innocence the key of harmony. 24. They who are in harmony shall be marked
by gentleness, by meekness of spirit and by the pure light of abundant joy shining forth from the inmost recesses of their being.

25. My children, you shall walk upon the world, yet you are the children of heaven; therefore live by the light of the Spirit and not by the light of the world. 26. For the wisdom of innocence shall the profane world call mere folly, and the law of love move the lips of the sullen to laughter. 27. But the wisdom of the world is folly in the light of the eternal. 28. Do not covet the riches of the world, but give forth freely of them.

29. Do not seek more than that shall maintain your body, or give your life to the pursuit of wealth; 30. for the wealth of this world shall vanish as the wealth of dreams, but the wealth of the soul shall be manifest a thousand fold in the worlds to come. 31. Who shall envy the mighty of this world that are the captains of a sinking vessel? The simple heart is heir to wealth beyond all knowing.

32. Love every soul as you love your own self, and give forth freely of all good things of body and of soul. 33. The perfect child keeps nothing for their own, giving forth all they have; yet the more they are emptied, the fuller they become, 34. for the way of harmony is the way of eternal abundance. 35. But they who pursues earthly riches prepares for themselves the path of poverty; for only the poor can be rich, and only the chaste know ecstasy.  36. What a child gains, that she/he loses, but what she/he gives freely, that she/he gains in perfection. 37. And all this is mere folly to the world.

38. Therefore walk in simplicity in the world, and let your heart be as the heart of a little child. 39. And if the world laughs at you, count it an honour, that they scorn you, count it a blessing. 40. For yours is the higher wisdom, and in the innermost centre of their hearts, the profane also knows it to be true. 41. Within their laughter lies fear of chastity; within their scorn of meekness and indifference to possessions lies a true terror. 42. For those who shelter in the darkness fear before all things the messengers of light. 43. It is not possible that a flute should play at once two tunes; neither may any child pursue at once true wisdom and the false.  44. Therefore be attuned to the music of eternity, and dance within the rhythm of the mysteries and the seasons.

45. Let your soul be simple, so that it may be the mirror of pure love.
46. For the truth is such that a child may understand it, yet the sage, if she/he has not simplicity and love, may struggle for it all her/his life and in the end have nothing.  47. What is your truth if it cannot be shared with a child?  48. For in the eyes of eternity, how little is the space between an infant and the wisest of the world?

Notes:
Replaced:
her with gender neutral their, they, them and themself
maid/maiden with gender neutral child
Added:
him, master to become gender neutral

Commentary:
Verses 12-18 We must keep in mind when reading The Way of Simplicity, that chastity does not mean physical chastity in the sense of abstinence from intimate relations, rather it encourages us to return to purity of thought, soul and intention.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter

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Title 3, Chapter 7
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

This text makes an exposition of the basic Filianic cosmology, following some ethical precepts at the beginning.

The Veil of Matter

1. Do not offer Me the sacrifice of blood, for I take no delight in the hurt of any creature; 2. and My children, if you love Me, you are friend to every living thing and the soul of every maiden is your sister.

3. Therefore for evil words do not offer evil words again, and for evil acts do not return evil acts, 4. but where ill is given let your return be good; and for injustice do not merely return justice but generosity. 5. For truly is it written that no creature shall gain good for herself by any evil act; 6. and whatever you shall cast upon the wheel of life, that shall return to you sevenfold. 7. For the prisoner of this world says: I shall do this thing and no one shall see me, and when I have accomplished it, it shall be finished. 8. But truly, you shall see again all earthly acts when you have no more any earthly body, and then shall you see the fruitlessness of all these things, and your acts shall be your judges.

9. But those who belong to Me shall pass beyond the judgement. 10. Truly, when the prisoner of matter thinks that she is unobserved, she is as a blind maid in a lighted chamber, thinking herself shrouded by the darkness. 11. For matter is like to a veil that darkens the eyes, giving them to see only a little part of the things that lie about them.

12. Surely the world of light is filled with wondrous things and resplendent creatures whose colours are lovely beyond the spectrum of this world.  13. Nor is there any journey to the world of light, for My eyes can see it at this very time and at all times, excepting that time only wherein I was slave to the vision of darkness. 14. And the reality of this world is so great that material things appear as wraiths and shadows drifting through it. 15. And your bodies also, My children, seem as wraiths and shadows,
16. But within them and behind them and above them stand your souls, all robed in white, lovelier than the sun.

17. Truly, the brightness of this world is too great for you to look on, for you have fled perfection, 18. therefore matter is like to a veil drawn before the world of reality; 19. and upon this veil fall the shadows of real things, and these shadows are called material things, 20. and even as shadows in the world of matter seem without substance, having two dimensions only; so, before the infinite dimensions of the real falls the insubstantial shadow of the material. 21. Even as shadows in the material world lack all colour, so before that which is beyond colour are all the colours of this world as the unvaried greyness of a shadow. 22. And My children, you do not just watch the shadow-play, but have become a part with it, clothing the perfect substance of your souls in garments of mere shadow. 23. And what is the veil of matter? Its weft is space and time is its warp. 24. Therefore you shall not journey to the real through time or over space, 25. for those that are beyond the veil know neither place nor time, for all place is the presence of My Mother and all time is Her love.

26. Open your eyes but a little and you shall see a little of the real. Let them be opened fully and you shall see the whole. 27. The path that leads to the real or further from it lies neither in space nor in time, but in the choice between good and evil. 28. For My Mother is the good and the light and the centre, and evil is all that would draw you from Her into the outer darkness.

29. And My children, do not doubt that there is a power that dwells beyond the veil of matter, not in the real, but on the other side, on the dark side of the veil; 30. for I have looked into her eyes, and her name is called Irkalla.

31. If you love Me, you will seek and find Me in the real. 32. Therefore do not chase after the wraiths and shadows of matter. 33. How strange does it seem in the world of light to see a soul blind to all that is good and substantial; to see her chasing after wisps of smoke that vanish even as she touches them. 34. For the things of the world are transient and the joy of them more transient yet.

35. But the love of My Mother will endure when all the worlds are dust.  36. How fearful and how pitiful a thing to see a soul that has turned her face from My Mother, 37. stumbling in her blindness after shadows, though she sees neither what they are nor where they lead her. 38. For they lead to the abyss of darkness; to the dark side of the veil.

39. Every soul is thirsty for the waters of life, but the waters of the world cannot quench that thirst, 40. for they are like salty sea-water, and to drink of them only makes the thirst greater. 41. And there are some who cannot cease by day or night to pour those waters into their throats; 42. for their thirst has become as a raging fire that nothing on earth can quench.

43. But the fountain of life runs clear and sweet, and its waters shall bring eternal joy to the soul. 44. All wounds shall be healed and all ills shall be made good.  45. Those who are poor in the things of the world shall be rich in the gifts of the Spirit.  46. What is partial shall be made whole, and what is dark shall be filled with radiant light.

 

Notes:

Commentary:
Verses x-x xxxx

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed

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Title 3, Chapter 5
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

The Sermon of the Apple Seed

In my opinion teaches us this:

And it is interesting that against this wisdom of the world, this worldliness, She sets child-like way. But rather than being full of independence (Independence is such a watch-word of modern society), instead of being independent we should be children who look to Our Mother to sustain us, and feed us, and show us what to do from day to day, so that we are not wordly creatures, we are children of the Mother.

The Five Rules of Life (from The Catechism)

1. To love Dea.

2. To love all Her Creatures.

3. To love my true self.

4. To seek to make my every act a perfect gift to Her, and to offer to Her all my happiness and all my suffering.

5. To seek to bring all souls closer to Her.

https://deanic.com/the-catechism/catechism/

The Sermon of the Apple Seed

1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying:

3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres.

6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

10. But knowledge of the truth beyond this flux is like to knowledge of the tree itself, which does not change while the fruit is born and dies. 11. Like to the spreading boughs is the love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. 12. Like to the trunk is that Spirit Herself, from whom all creation flows. 13. And still beneath the branches and the trunk lie the roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing; 14. and even as the tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowledge.

15. And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given to you but the seed of one apple.

16. For I have come that you may have deliverance. 17. There are many questions concerning the nature of things and of being whose answers you may know, or partly know; and many whose answers lie beyond the understanding possible to you.

18. But I am not sent to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in perfection. 19. And all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple.

20. Yet within the seed is the essence of the tree, and from the seed the whole tree may unfold.
21. So from essential truth unfolds all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfolds from a single note.

22. Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23. Let the pure and single note of truth attune your soul. Then your mind shall rise up into soul, and soul breathe the breath of Spirit.

24. Do this, and your thoughts shall be in harmony with the universal music of eternity. 25. But let your thoughts grow from lower or from lesser or from merely accidental things, and they shall wax rank and dissonant; 26. For it cannot be that the tree of life shall grow from a nettle.

27. If her thoughts are bound to accidental thing, the soul cannot attain liberation. 28. Dissonant and jarring with eternal harmony, the little sphere is severed from the great.

29. Seek not for certainty in anything beyond the seed of truth. 30. That the sky is above you and the earth below; that you breathe and eat and move; to these and to many things must you give your assent that the life of the world may proceed. 31. Yet even of these there is no certainty, for the world is but a dream from which you must some day awaken.

32. Within the world you may be certain only of that truth which my Mother has given from beyond the world. 33. Therefore know well the sacred mythos and the words that I reveal to you, 34. and let your knowledge dwell not only on the surface, but go deep into the inner soul; and let this knowledge be the seed of all your knowing. 35. For the sacred word does not cry in the marketplace, but whispers in the heart of every soul that truth which she alone may understand.

36. It is not necessary that you should seek knowledge of the highest things outside the sacred mythos and My words. 37. For I have revealed to you all that is necessary that you should attain liberation; and what I have not revealed, that is not needed.

38. But if you shall discourse on that which is unnecessary, I give to you three words. Let you not become forgetful of them:
39. that there can be no certainty beyond the seed of truth, therefore you may speak of likelihood only;
40. that you shall let your speculation be in harmony with the seed of truth, for speculation that is dissonant does not give knowledge, but leads to the abyss of those that have rejected truth;
41. and you who have care of My children, do not let them become confounded by dissonant thought and work.

42. But beyond all else is this word: that the purpose of speculation is that mind and soul shall grow with the seed of truth, 43. and any discourse that leads away from inward love of truth; be that discourse high and pure, be it even harmonic, yet it is the spawn of kear, and you, My children, shall turn from it.

44 Yet do not be afraid, for the seed of truth shall be your guide and your protector and shall bring you deliverance.
45. And I give to you one word which shall conquer every danger. 46. That word is love, and the humility that flows from love. 47. Receive with love the seed of truth and all things shall be well.

Notes:
Kear:  A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

Commentary:
Verses 1-3 The uppermost seed represents Spirit, Aethyr.
Kore/Jana (whichever name you give to immanent Dea) is teaching us about how the Spirit can be filtered through into the manifest planes, by the Illuminating Light of Dea. Verses 4-5

Verses 6-9 Is the great spiritual truth that Dea in Heaven is THE still centre which is limitless, unrestricted eternity. In exploration every one / thing moves away into the changing, decaying, dying to the manifest worlds existence. Existence on any plane of manifestation is not pure Life, as it is in space and time.

Verses 10-14 Read these insightful articles:
Part 1, the Canopy of Love
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/the-trinity-and-the-apple-tree-part-1-the-canopy-of-love/
Part 2, The Trunk of Light
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-trinity-and-the-apple-treepart-2-the-trunk-of-light/
Part 3, The Roots of Life
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/the-trinity-and-the-apple-tree-part-3-the-roots-of-life/

Verses 20-27 Consider the Spirit / Perfection / Dea firstly and how the manifest relates to Her.

Verse 28 No thing, no one is an individual, axial beings contain the Spirit of our Celestial Mother and the Soul of our World Soul Daughter, we are divine, connected to our source, our Holy Mother Dea. Every thing and creature, bird, insect reflects Dea’s Holy Qualities. Life in the manifest planes is a choice between moving away from or towards Dea.

Verses 29-31 Life as an illusion is a re occuring theme of Filianic Scripture. Read this article with Scriptural comments.
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/the-crystal-tablet-with-commentary-by-mr-glenn-king/

to be continued/modified

Note:
In Islam:

In the Islamic tradition, this is known as the Greater Jihad (not to be confused with the Lesser Jihad, or Holy War, which is the more common understanding of the word’s meaning here in the West). The concept itself is not only limited to Islam, however, but is a universal call of action to people from all faith backgrounds.

According to Mr. John Heit:

Jihad is the effort to purify oneself from within, to purify oneself of selfish appetites–the intention behind the action is important to the action itself…The greater jihad is further divided into three types of struggle:

1) Jihad of the Heart ( the struggle for moral reformation and faith)

2) Jihad of the Tongue (the struggle to proclaim God’s word abroad; right speech)

3) Jihad of the Hand (doing good works in accord with the will of God)

https://maisappho.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/

The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King

Reblogged from https://theahaus.wordpress.com

Relevant links throughout the article.

This Scripture is said to be named after the medium into which it was inscribed, symbolic of truth.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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