God foresaw that the knowledge of one generation could be handed down to the next by altars and temples, by idols and images, and by painted signs and engraved words. And though all these things are in fact false, as a written word is not a word, but an image of an idea that has been spoken, so by symbols, God conveyed the living truth.
God said: Behold, with my sacred people I have established myself in written words. Now it has come to pass that all the races of man on earth shall be made to know me.
God commanded man to make stone and wooden images, and engravings also, of everything upon the earth. And so man made them; according to his own knowledge he made them.
God said: As every living creature has a name, so shall its image and its engraving have the same name. And so shall it be with all things on the earth, in its waters, and in the air above the earth; the image and the engravings shall have the same names as the real things themselves.
And God sent his angels down to man, to inspire him in the workmanship of images and engravings, and man thus accomplished the commandments of God.
And these were the first writings since the flood, other than those that were kept secret among the I‘hins. And the writings were in the following manner, namely:
A picture of a man was a man; a picture of a tree was a tree; a picture of a bird was a bird; and so on, everything represented by its own name and image.
Then God said: When you have made the picture of a spear, behold it is a spear. And when you desire to show which way a man goes, you shall add to the graven image the likeness of a spear; and the way it points, shall show the way man goes. And you shall express the going of everything on earth and in heaven in the same way (with a spear showing its direction).
Thus man made a written language, and in every region of the earth. By many men these things were done; according to the light of God upon them, so they accomplished the written languages of thousands of tribes of men.
God said: This shall be called the Panic language Ah-ce-o-ga [earth language –Ed.], because it is made of earthly images. And, in later times, whoever desires to find the first written words of man, shall have recourse to the pictures of all things on earth, in the waters, and in the air above the earth.
God said: As in the ancient times man named all things according to their own spoken words and sounds uttered, so in the days of Thor the written words of everything on earth and in heaven came to the Ghans.
When man had written the name of all things, ONE only, he had not written, even the name of his Creator.
God said: Even that you shall also write. Then man inquired: O Lord, how can I find a word to express the Creator?
God said: I have raised many tribes upon the earth, and, behold, they have all written the names of all things, except only the Creator. Go, therefore, and write His name also.
Man said: Alas, O my God! I know no name, except the names I have already made. If I could hear the Creator, or see Him, then I could write His name.
God said: You have named the wind (wh-sh!), which you have not seen. Name, therefore, your Creator. And His name shall comprehend all things, far and near, seen and unseen.
Then man drew a circle and called it O, for it represented that which was without beginning or end, and which contained all within it. Then man drew a line cutting through the circle from east to west, to represent the light of the east traveling to the west. Then man drew a line from below upward, cutting the circle at right angles with the horizontal, to represent the one road of all things, from the bottom upward forever. The first line man called E, for it was the same as the wind speaks in the leaves. But the second line he called IH, for it represented that unseen shaft that cuts all things in two.
And when man had completed the engraving, he called it E-O-IH!
God said: In this symbol, you have found the way of a true square (true cross) and the four quarters of the world.
Keep His name and the image a secret between the rab‘bahs and your God. Nor shall you utter it aloud, for it is sacred upon the earth.
Between you and your Creator stands your God, who is Lord of heaven and earth. Behold, I am the key of life and death; through me, your Lord, you shall unlock all the mysteries of heaven and earth.
Neither shall my rab‘bah, nor my prophets, call on the name of any spirit, except the Lord, who is God. The words I give corporeally I also have recorded in heaven, neither can man alter my corporeal records and make them accord with that which is written above. But in the lapse of time I provide seers and prophets, through whom I can reveal to mortals the things of heaven.
On your behalf I have spoken the following to E-O-IH: Man shall measure Your hand upon him; remember Your eye upon him; shall seek for Your wisdom within him; and he shall be thankful for Your good things before him. And he shall consider the little good of those who deny You, the conceit of those who claim to be self-made, and the folly of uttering other glories than Yours; and yet not mention any of these imperfections. For all these are the attaining of wisdom.
The Lord came down to man on the earth, and spoke to man in two ways: By the voice, as man speaks; and by the spirit, as soul answers to soul.
The Lord said: The voice of man is air in motion; by the mouth of man comes the word of knowledge.
But behind the voice, behind the air in motion, behind the mouth that gives voice, there lies the soul, which causes man to think of speaking. And the soul lies in the ocean of the Creator, Who is God of all.
The Lord said: That which speaks to your soul, O man, teaching you wisdom and good works; reproving you for your faults, and enchanting you with the glories of all created things, is the voice of your Creator. And that is the road by which the Lord your God comes to you.
The Lord said: Behold, man has attained to written knowledge; now he shall have books, and learn to keep records, like the angels in heaven. Then God sent angels down to man, speaking both by the soul and by the voice; in different places and to different rab‘bahs, teaching them how to make books of skins, of bark, and of cloth, for the graven words and images which he had taught man.
In these days the lands of Jaffeth, Shem and Ham were inhabited by millions of I‘huans and Ghans; but the countries lying between them were inhabited by I‘huans only.
And God spoke to the people of Ham, saying: Behold, there are two other countries inhabited by kin of your kin, flesh of your flesh, and they are Ghans also. And they speak and write with Panic words, even as you do.
And the Hamites inquired: How far are the two other countries? Where are they?
The Lord said: Gather together two thousand men and women, and I will lead you to your brethren, whose forefathers were also saved from the flood; saved by the sacred little people, the I‘hins. Provide oxen, asses, and all things requisite for a journey of four years, and I will lead you.
The Hamites obeyed God, and gathered provisions as commanded; they formed into two companies of a thousand each, equipped themselves, and started on their journey for Jaffeth and Shem.
Then God spoke to the people of Jaffeth, saying: Behold, there are two other countries inhabited by kin of your kin, flesh of your flesh, and they are Ghans also. And they speak and write with Panic words, even as you do.
The Jaffeth‘yans said: How far are the two other countries? Where are they?
The Lord said: Gather together two thousand men and women, and I will lead you to your brethren, whose forefathers were also saved from the flood; saved by the sacred little people, the I‘hins. Provide yourselves in all things requisite for a journey of four years, and I will lead you.
The Jaffeth‘yans obeyed God, and gathered provisions as commanded; formed into two companies of a thousand each; equipped themselves and started for Ham and Shem.
Then the Lord spoke to the people of Shem in the same way, telling them of Jaffeth and Ham; and they also equipped themselves in two companies and started for Ham and Jaffeth.
Thus God provided for these three separate peoples to go and visit one another, and all in the same period of time. And God said to them before they started: The I‘huans who inhabit the wildernesses on the way are very fierce and savage. Behold, they eat the flesh of both man and beast. But they will not harm the I‘hins; therefore, O my beloved, take two score of I‘hins (40) with you on your long journey. Through the I‘hins, the Lord your God can speak all languages including the language of the barbarians, the I‘huans.
Leave all things in the hands of the Lord God.
So it came to pass, after a journey of four years, the migrants from each country arrived at their destination. And they knew one another by their written and spoken words; and they called themselves the three children of the arc of Noe.
And the Lord said to them in each of the countries where they had arrived: Provide records of the work of God; for these journeys shall be remembered to the end of the world.
And in all these countries, images of stone and copper, with engravings on them, were made pertaining to the children of Noe, and the flood, and the sacred tribes, Shem, Ham and Jaffeth.
God said: These shall be preserved as the first written names of these lands. And it was so.
For two years the migrants remained in the countries they visited; traveling extensively, showing themselves, and relating a history of the country from which they came.
Then the Lord spoke to the migrants in their respective places, saying: Behold, the time has come for your departure. Gather together, O my beloved, and return to your own country, and relate there all the glories that your God has shown you.
So they departed, and returned to their own respective places. And, behold, it took four years to accomplish the journey.
Now during the migrants‘ travel, the Lord spoke to them every day through the I‘hin priests.
The Lord said: Keep together, O my beloved. I will lead you; you shall not be lost.
Nevertheless, the journey was so long that many lost faith, and were not mindful of the words of God. And some of them strayed off among the I‘huans, the barbarians, and were lost.
Of the six thousand migrants, ten tribes were lost; in all, three hundred and eighty-six people, men and women. Some were lost in one place and some in another.
God said: Sing songs of lamentations to my chosen who are lost, the Faithists in E-O-IH. For this also shall become a matter of record to the end of the world.
Nevertheless, a time shall come when the Lord your God shall reveal the mystery of this day.
So, when the people had returned to their respective places, behold, they all sang songs of lamentation for the tribes that were lost.
God said: I have shown you the far distant people; I have marked out the road. Keep the road open; keep the travel open between the great countries I have shown you.
Every eleven years one expedition shall start to the far-off countries. And if by chance you find my chosen, bring them home.
You shall build it in the shape of a circle; and the congregation shall sit in this circle, but the priest shall sit in its center. And, behold, I will speak through the mouth of my priest, words of wisdom and comfort.
But in all your journeys, keep aloof from the I‘huans, the barbarians, the man-eaters. For they did not keep my commandments; nor did they preserve their seed through the circumcision.
But they mixed with the druks (ground people) and went down in darkness (barbarism).
Keep away from them, O my beloved; on all your expeditions, carry with you I‘hin priests, the sacred people, the mound-builders.
In all your journeys you shall encounter your brethren coming and going, who dwell in the far-off countries. So that you may distinguish them, keep secret the sacred password and the rites of my chavah (order).
Hear the word of your God, O man, and be considerate in your little learning, and so, interpret the records of the ancients rather by the spirit than by the word.
Where it was constantly commanded, in the ancient sacred writings, to avoid GOING DOWN TO DESTRUCTION, and they did not obey the commandments of the Lord, behold now the light of your God in this present day:
For the I‘huan race, even before the flood, was in the first place, born capable of everlasting life. But they mixed with the druks until the seed of the spirit of eternal life became exhausted, and they brought forth heirs incapable of self-sustenance in heaven. Hence it was said of them: They went down in darkness.
Now, after the flood a new race of I‘huans was brought forth, and they were at first capable of All Light and of everlasting life. But they also did not keep the commandments of the Lord; but also mixed with the druks (the ground people), and they descended rapidly on the road of everlasting death (as a race).
But the Lord your God created the new race, the Ghans, capable of an upward inspiration.
And he gave to them the same commandments, to preserve their seed from the races beneath them, lest they go down in darkness also.
To which end, your Lord gave them certain rites and ceremonies, and passwords, in addition to the circumcision, which would enable them to distinguish those with whom they should mingle according to the commandments of God.
Behold, then, the testimony that I lay before you, so that you may perceive the wisdom of my ways. For, it will be said by some that there is a law of evolution by which man rises from a lower to a higher state, as the earth grows older.
But I say to you, there is no such law. Without the labor of your Lord and your God, through their angels, man does not rise upward, but goes the other way.
In which matter, behold, before you to this day, I have left many nations and peoples who are on the downward road. And you have corporeal records before you, showing you, that in times past, these same countries were inhabited by a higher race.
For thus E-O-IH created man, to go as readily down the mountain as up it.
Behold, all resurrection comes from above; all aspiration comes from the Lord and his angels. For man, being in the flesh, goes rather to the desires of the flesh than to the spirit.
As the light of the sun causes sleep to pass away, so does the light of E-O-IH, through His Gods, Lords and angels, cause the soul of men to awaken to the possibilities of everlasting life in the exalted heavens.
This also, I, your Lord, have proven in the world: That those who fall from the light of the Father, lose their symmetry and beauty of proportions.
Behold, in the time of Thor, man did not consider the shapeliness of his spouse, nor the mold of her face, the clearness of her voice, her wit, nor her conversational powers.
The Gods and Lords have, by all stratagems, devices, rites and ceremonies, labored to make man mindful of the way of resurrection through the tree of life.
But even in the present time, behold, the mother barters off her daughter to a rich man; and the man seeks a spouse of wasted flesh for the sake of gold. And they bring forth heirs of crime.
And man cries out: He cannot be a good God who creates these!
But I say to you, they do not keep my commandments; they have gone astray in the wilderness.
Be wise, O man; learn from that which is before you, remember the times of the ancients, and the labor of the Lord your God.
In the beginning of the cycle of Thor, the Lord opened up many ways for the deliverance of the tribes of men on the earth; and man prospered in the way of God for a long season.
Then darkness came upon the races of men; millions of them returned to a state of savagery. And angels of darkness came upon the earth, taking upon themselves the semblance of corporeal forms, and dwelling with mortals, and engaging in practices about which it is unlawful to write or speak.
So that, at the termination of three thousand years, the lands of the earth were covered with darkness.
And E-O-IH cast a veil over the face of the sun, and it did not shine brightly for many years.