Persecution of the Faithist

Anuhasaj never established the De‘yus as projected at first, but took the name De‘yus upon himself, and became known in the heavens by that name. When he had thus established Hored in its entirety, he gave a feast to the Gods and Goddesses; and after it had ended, he spoke before them prior to their departure, saying:

The time of duty is now upon you, and upon me, the Lord your God, also. Be, then, solicitous of871 these things I speak of, so that in the everlasting times we may be brethren, and there shall be no other Gods but ourselves, forever.

Behold, I have given into your hands to manage your own kingdoms in your own way; for which reason I can no longer say, do this, or do that, for my affairs are in my own kingdom. But if I have wisdom I shall freely impart, and the choice is yours, whether you will follow my advice or do otherwise, for you are of equal rank with me. And, moreover, my kingdom is dependent upon you, and not yours upon mine. Hear then my words as if I were merely one in a Council with wise Gods:

To overturn E-O-IH and His dominions on the earth and in these heavens will be your first labor. And whenever corporeans embrace Him, calling themselves FAITHISTS IN THE GREAT SPIRIT, or FAITHISTS IN E-O-IH, or FAITHISTS IN ORMAZD, or by any other name signifying the ALL LIGHT, or UNSEEN, or PERSON OF EVER PRESENCE, you shall pursue them, and destroy them off the face of the earth. To accomplish this you shall use the oracles, prophets, seers, magicians, or inspiration; and you shall set the kings and queens of the earth to war upon them, and not spare them, man, woman or child.

And those spirits of the dead who are Faithists and fall into your respective kingdoms, bring them before Anubi and his hosts, and he shall send them into regions of darkness, saying to them: Behold, you have your E-O-IH! And Anubi shall place guards over them, and they shall not know where to go, but will cry out in their darkness.

At which time they shall be sworn into servitude in Hored to the Lord your God forever, and become slaves within your kingdoms.

And you shall teach both mortals and spirits that Hored is the All Highest heaven, and that it is the place of the All Highest God, even De‘yus. Which for them to attain, you shall exact servitude from them in your heavens accordingly as you may desire.

In the rites and ceremonies, both in your heavens and on the earth, you shall enforce the exchanging of words signifying Great Spirit to words signifying Lord God, who is of the form and size of a man, declaring in truth that I sit on my throne in judgment of the world, for it is mine, and you are one with me.

And all songs of praise, prayers and beseechings shall be changed to your God, instead of E-O-IH, or Ormazd, or the Great Spirit. For both mortals and angels shall be made to know that He is my enemy, leading my people astray. And as to the prophets and seers on the earth, who will persist in preaching or singing to the Great Spirit, you shall incite torture, punishment and death to them.

And whether I am called De‘yus, or God, or the Lord God, or the All Perfect, they shall worship me only, forever. And my place, Hored, shall be the sacred hill of God forever! And none shall approach me except by crawling on their bellies; for I will so exalt my lights that none can stand before me.

When the Lord God had finished his discourse, the other Gods responded in love and adoration. Thus ended the feast, and, similar to the rites in other heavens, the Gods and Goddesses went and sat at the foot of the throne, and De‘yus came down and took them by the hand, one at a time, and raised them up, saying: Arise, O God, and in my name, wisdom and power, go your way. And they departed.

Accordingly, regarding the earth, great havoc and persecution were visited upon the Zarathustrians and Israelites, being put to death by hundreds of thousands.872

Swift messengers coursing the heavens, from far-off etherean worlds, bound for destinations remote, passed over the regions of Hored; and the high-raised travelers felt the discordant plots of satan‘s Lord God and his hosts, thus bent to overthrow the Great Spirit‘s happy world. And so they sent word of it to Cpenta-armij, through whose fields the great serpent moved along. And her Most High Council, one with the Creator, cast about to know the cause and treatment of the dastardly outrage.

Then E-O-IH spoke to His Daughter, Chieftainess, saying: The Lord God was duly honored in My name, and swore before Me to serve faithfully, forever, by his highest light. Hold him to his purpose, and bind him in the world he has assumed to rule for his own glory. And to his fellow-Gods, conspirators against Me, Who brought them into being, give them full sway to destroy My worshippers. Let them raise the name of their God, and bait mortal kings and queens to glut themselves in the havoc of My chosen, the Faithists.

The earth nears her greatest corporeal growth, and these self-assuming Gods, through their mortal emissaries shall, in the greatest divisions of the earth, build monuments: temples, pyramids, and oracle-palaces, which shall stand thousands of years as testimonies of the audacity of Gods and Saviors. To honor whom, the Lord God has sworn to make angels and men suppliant slaves in heaven and earth.

For I will use the corporeal temples and pyramids they shall build on the earth at the expense of My chosen, as testimony, in coming ages, of the oppression in the hadan heavenly kingdoms of these self-Gods. Till that time, I cannot teach mortals of the vanity of the lower heavens, except in the deserted ruins of their moldering monuments.

For in kosmon, mortals shall know that even as the earth has been a place of foolish sacrifice to persons born of woman, so were My heavens debauched in that day by similar oppression and cruelty.

Let him who is falsely crowned Osiris, build in the Osirian field,873 and him who is proclaimed De‘yus, build in the hadan field,874 for the time shall come when these testimonies shall be required in the sum of earth and heaven.

For I will show them that without an All Highest Person there is no resurrection for angels or men. Regarding which, the ten billion who are slaughtered and bound by the Lord God, shall swear in kosmon, the fall of all things except Me. ||

Down to the lower heavens, to God in Craoshivi, Cpenta-armij sent swift messengers, with the words of E-O-IH, comforting to God and his hosts, as to the wide plans on which the Father lays the destinies of worlds. And God received them, and now comprehended why, alas, his Diva did not come, nor answered his call except by resigning.

But God, the true ruler of heaven and earth, now saw how the prosperity of the indulged heaven had made bad men out of most holy Gods, even as prosperity on the earth closes up man‘s eyes against his Creator, making himself an egotist in self, and vociferous875 as to E-O-IH‘s shortcomings, according to man‘s views. And God remembered how he had prayed for the continuation of the light in heaven, which E-O-IH granted him; and he repented now, saying:

O E-O-IH, why did I not say: Your will be done; let darkness come! || Had I not seen on the earth how night must follow day, and winter after summer; and yet I prayed for endless light in a heaven where Your sons and daughters are as yet only babes in the time and course of worlds. My own judgment should have shown me that spells of darkness should follow seasons of light in Your lower heavens. For, then, these half-tried Lords and Gods would have stopped to consider before they rushed into so mad a scheme.

God called together the Holy Council in Craoshivi, and told them about the words of the Creator, through His High-Raised Daughter. Then within the Council, all who chose to, spoke, and the thirty million listened. And, meanwhile, messengers fresh from Hored, the seat of rebellion, came in, bringing full news to Craoshivi of the proceedings of the Lord God, alias, De‘yus, and his self-Gods and Goddesses.

When the full particulars had been related, and the Council had spoken upon it, then the light of E-O-IH came upon God, and God said:

In the name of our Father, I will speak to these Gods and Lords and acquaint them with E-O-IH‘s words. Yes, I will entreat876 them to return even as they were.

Then God was overwhelmed by the terrible adversity of the heavens entrusted into his keeping. As in a small degree the captain of a merchant‘s ship, far out at sea, meeting with a mishap of broken masts, stripped to the hulk, and rudder gone, powerless to save, feels the burning shame of incompetence before mariners, so God, before the High-Raised Chiefs of the etherean worlds, must helplessly view his shattered kingdoms.

With great sorrow God sent word of E-O-IH‘s warning to De‘yus and his Gods; and he pleaded for them to return, as a father pleads to a wayward son. Off went the messengers swiftly; and God, even though long schooled to adverse trials and suspensions, burned with impatience for his messengers to return, hoping that his sweet pleadings might yet reverse the scenes.

Then the messengers came back, empty-handed! Not one of the truant Gods had deigned877 to answer him. And God wept, scarcely believing his messengers, that so great an insult could be heaped upon him, who had done nothing anyone could complain about. Then E-O-IH came and spoke to God, saying: Do not weep, My Son! He who follows his highest light from day to day—great is his glory; and in whatever he loses he shall regain a thousand-fold. Behold, I will bring love to you that you do not know of: Remember, as this season is upon the earth and her heavens, even so do I send a season like it upon all My worlds.

In course of time, word came to Ahura, in Vara-pishanaha, of the proceedings of the Lord God, now styled De‘yus, and of the revolt of all the lowest heavens in one fell swoop.878 And Ahura remembered his own shortcomings, thousands of years ago, and the terrible bondage that came upon him in the end. And he knew De‘yus, who had been a sub-God under him for hundreds of years, under the name Anuhasaj, who had tried to break the lines in the arc of Spe-ta, in the resurrection of Ailkin.

So Ahura prayed to E-O-IH, before the Holy Council in Vara-pishanaha, to know what he should say or do in the matter, or if he should do nothing at all. E-O-IH answered him, saying:

My Son, you are no longer a child. Address the Lord God, or not, as seems fit in your own eyes. Behold, I allowed you to try the same road, so that you could understand Me and My kingdoms.

So Ahura decided to send, in his own name, and in his own way, word to De‘yus. This, then, is what he sent:

To Anuhasaj, my one-time sub-God, greeting to you in justice and wisdom. If you were inexperienced, I would treat you with respect. But you know you are false. And because you are false, you shall reap in falsehood.

Behold, the day shall come when your Gods will desert you; for such is the tree you have planted in your kingdoms. This rule holds on earth and in all the heavens. Can that which is unborn, restrain its own birth? Or that which is not quickened into life, restrain the Creator‘s hand?

So also does it hold true for him who sows for self: He shall reap a harvest of selfs.879 And your Gods will be for themselves, and your marshals, and all your hosts; every one pulling in an opposite way.

Not suddenly will these things come upon you; for you shall have a mighty kingdom and great honor and glory, like no other God before you has had in these heavens. And your people shall be jealous to serve you, striving with all their might to outdo one another in worshipful obedience to you. And your name, even the names De‘yus and Lord God, shall stand for a season as the highest on the earth of all the names that have ever been.

And yet the time shall come when your names shall be cast out of earth and heaven. And it shall be the deeds that you shall do, that shall be the means of making your names execrable.880

Do not think, O my Lord God, that you will deal righteously, and keep yourself holy. Behold, I, too, was a revolted God who set up a kingdom for my own glory. And at its beginning I was most resolute to practice righteousness in all things.

But the surroundings overcame me; for as I was allied to self, so selfish officers under me beset me on all occasions, and I was forced to find new places and new glories for them, or, by their grumbling, they would sow my fields with mutiny. I was powerless in the great kingdom I built up. You know the result.

Do you think the larger your kingdom, the greater will be your power to avert your fall? My experience was the opposite of this.

I admonish you in wisdom and justice; I know you are doing these things not for the raising up of the fruit of the earth, but for your own aggrandizement and glory. And I say to you, the time will surely come when your Gods will do the same things against you. And in that time the wise and learned and truthful will fly from you, but the drujas and slaves will not leave you; but you shall be environed881 with them, and cast into hell.

You shall heap misery upon millions of your subjects, but you shall not escape the hand of justice: You shall reimburse every one of them. You have cast your net in shoal water;882 your own feet shall be tangled in its meshes.

Behold, I, too, once craved a great heavenly kingdom; now I weep day and night because I have it. And you, too, shall experience the time of scalding tears, to be rid of that which you crave even now.

Yet, how else shall the dumb be raised in heaven? Who else shall minister to the wandering spirits that overspread the earth; and the evil drujas; and the lusters; and the foul-smelling? Shall I say to you: Go on, you self-presuming Lord God, the Great Spirit has a rod in pickle883 for you!

Yes, He answers the ambition of men and Gods sooner or later; in a way they do not think of, He brings them up with a round turn.884

You are like a man who, desirous of great bulk, shuts up the pores of the skin of his flesh; you seek to shut up the course of the heavens that rises out of the earth, upward forever. And as the man chokes up with a foul smell, and dies, so shall it be with your kingdom. Behold, the way of everlasting light is outward, onward, away from the corporeal worlds; but the way of darkness is toward the earth.

Do you say the spirits of the dead shall not rise away from the earth? And, in their ignorance of the higher heavens, become guides to mortals!

Behold, you have traveled far; and you strut about, saying: It is enough; I, the Lord God, have traveled in the far-off heavens (etherea); stay at home, and work for me forever, so that I may be glorified!

Will you say: I, the Lord God, I, De‘yus, am the only Son of the Void! Behold, my kingdom lies in a little corner! Come and worship me, the Lord God, and you shall see me on my throne!

Or will you say: The impersonal space, senselessness, by accident fructified itself in corporeal substance, and became me, the Lord God, in the form of a full-grown man, and then I created all the creations! For which reason let men and angels fall down and worship the man, De‘yus, who dwells in Hored, a ripple in the lowest heavens!

I am not professing love to you, Anuhasaj, but justice toward those beneath you. For you shall hoodwink mortals, and even angels of little experience, to believe you were the very Creator; but your Gods know who you truly are, and the Gods above you know also. All your days at most have been only two thousand and seven hundred years! And the time shall come upon you when you shall be forced, by your own fault, to assert you were the very Creator, Whose worlds have run billions of years! Who can carry so great a falsehood as this! And not carrying it, it shall fall down on you and on your people, and take root and spread abroad, till your place and your Gods‘ places are the foundations of nothing but lies.

For the rule holds in all places, high and low, that according to the seed sown so shall be the harvest, whether good or bad. Nor can any man or God alter this rule, or bend it to the right or left.

If it is E-O-IH‘s decree that someone shall make the names of God, and Lord God, and De‘yus, execrable on earth and in heaven, it may well be that you have put yourself into the yoke to that end. Yet I would not have you so, if I could prevent it.

You were once my sub-God, and I remember you well; you were young and full of promise. My judgment spoke to me of you, saying: A sub-God to be proud of for thousands of years! But my judgment was not E-O-IH‘s. My love for you was early nipped in the bud, for you were forever talking about yourself. You made your neighbor Gods sick by forever relating your experiences and your prophecies as to what you would do.

And when E-O-IH encompassed me about in my own evil, you tormented me because I had not followed your advice. Now I repeat to you, I could not follow anyone‘s advice. And you too shall be environed about and unable to follow anyone‘s advice; for such is the bondage of the Godhead, unless we cut ourselves loose making E-O-IH the Head and Front, and ourselves His servants. For the God should not only be the greatest in his kingdom, but the most menial servant of his people; forever casting off responsibility,885 and forever urging his subjects not to idolize him, but E-O-IH! Forever showing them that their God is nothing more than they are; that they must stand alone, and become, not slaves to their God, but independent beings full of manliness,886 having faith in the Great Spirit only.

By which the God binds neither himself nor his people; giving full sway to the love of liberty in every soul, but in tenderness and love that harmonize with E-O-IH‘s proceedings.

Now when you came back to me after I was delivered out of hell, and my kingdoms raised to Vara-pishanaha, you did profess to understand these things, and, in truth, to love this philosophy. And you prayed fervently to E-O-IH, repenting of your former ways, and taking part in the rites and ceremonies.

Then I opened my heart to you. My much love for you, as when I first knew you, returned upon me a thousand fold. In joy and in tears I fell upon you, and I praised E-O-IH that He had sent me so sweet a love.

In each other‘s arms we repented, and we swore our mutual love forever. Then we both saw the way of E-O-IH clear, and He made us strong and wise, full of rejoicing.

And we fell to work, hand in hand, laboring with drujas, dark and most foul, teaching them day and night, forever repeating to their stupid minds. And when we were both nearly exhausted thousands of times, and we slacked up, and withdrew for a short spell, we rested in each other‘s arms!

Then we reasoned and philosophized on the plans and glories of E-O-IH‘s works; watching hopefully for signs of progress in our wards. O the glory of those days! O the richness of your wisdom and love to me in those days of darkness! For a hundred years we toiled thus, and I was blessed, and my people were blessed, by you, you star of our love.

When we raised up my four billion wards a small way up out of darkness, our far-off Goddess, Atcheni, needed one who was great, like you, to travel in other regions. And I parted with you. My soul was as if divided in two.

For hundreds of years you traveled and became rich in knowledge; but did not return to me, to my bursting heart! What more can I say? You are in your place, and I am in mine; but E-O-IH is with Wisdom, Love, Truth and Fidelity,887 for these are His abiding places. ||

De‘yus did not reply to Ahura, God of Vara-pishanaha, but sent the messenger away without a word. And satan came again to De‘yus, saying: Send word to your Gods to be firm, for today Ahura and the God of Craoshivi have beset them to return to E-O-IH‘s worship.

De‘yus feared nevertheless, so he inquired of satan what was the best great thing he could do. Satan said: O Lord, my God, this is the best thing you can do: For all the Divan laws you have destroyed, make De‘yus laws instead. Why shall you follow in the footsteps of the ancients?

The Lord God said: Yes, yes! I will not be bound by the laws of the ancients, but I will have laws of my own, and they shall be called the LAWS OF THE LORD GOD.

Satan (self) said: These, then, shall be your words, O Lord God, which shall be the laws of De‘yus, namely:

I, the Lord God, have made self-preservation the first law.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul, heart and mind.

You shall worship only him, now and forever.

You shall not worship E-O-IH; He is void; He is nothing.

Nor shall you worship any idol of anything, on the earth or in the heavens of the earth.

Whoever worships anything except me, the Lord God, shall be put to death.

Behold, I am a God of justice and truth; I am a God of anger; vengeance is mine.

I have a gate at the hill of Hored; my guardians are cherubims and seraphims, with flaming swords.

Whoever raises his arm against me shall be destroyed; to do my will is the sixth law.

Whoever puts the mark of the circumcision on a male child shall be put to death.

No man shall do evil for evil‘s sake; nor by violence oppress any man, woman or child.

Whoever exalts me on earth, him I will exalt in heaven.

Whoever overthrows other Gods, except the Lord God, who is the De‘yus of heaven and earth, him will I exalt in heaven. ||

Now it came to pass that these decrees of the false God were established on the earth. And the name of Dyaus became paramount888 to all other Gods in Vind‘yu and eastern Par‘si‘e; and the name Te-in, in Jaffeth, and the name Lord God, in Arabin‘ya. And these peoples now had a new sacred book given to them. And yet all of these names represented one angel only, Anuhasaj, a one-time mortal.

Prior to this the Faithists on earth were taught non-resistance; to ignore leadership; to return good for evil, and to dwell together as brethren.

But now, because of the decrees of Anuhasaj, alias De‘yus, Faithists were led astray, becoming warriors, and aspiring to become kings and rulers.

Nevertheless, many of them still called themselves by names signifying Faithists, but changing their belief from the Great Spirit to a God in shape and figure889 of a man, with attributes like a mortal.

And mortals in these countries made images of cherubims and seraphims, having flaming swords; and images of Anubis holding a pair of scales; the same as is made to this day, and called JUSTICE.

In addition to these earthly decrees, Anuhasaj, alias the Lord God, made heavenly decrees between his own kingdom and the kingdoms of his Gods. The chief decrees were: That, for the first one hundred years, all angels borne up out of the earth shall fall into their respective divisions, and shall belong as subjects to my Gods, to be appropriated by them in their own way.

That after the hundredth year, my Gods shall deliver to me one-tenth of their subjects of the highest grades.

De‘yus made two hundred laws in reference to the kingdoms of his Gods, concerning such things as their boundaries and ornamentation, providing great pageantry and countless numbers of heralds, staff-bearers, musicians, and players of oratory (theatricals), besides innumerable servants and decorators, so that the pageantry could be in great splendor.

When he had completed these forms and system of government, he sent an invitation to his Gods to again feast with him, so that they might ratify his laws and receive them.

And it came to pass that the laws of De‘yus were thus ratified and accepted by the Gods; and they went away rejoicing, returning to their respective kingdoms, where they fell to work at once to provide themselves in their glory.

Thus was established the CONFEDERACY OF SELFS; that is, the false Lord God, and his false Gods, were as many kingdoms united into one; yet every God was secretly sworn to himself, for his own glory.

The time from the beginning of the revolt until it was completed as a confederacy was sixty-four days, and the number of inhabitants in these heavens at that time was eight billion men, women and children. And they were well ordered, in nurseries, hospitals, schools, colleges and factories, and in surveying, building ships, road-making, and all other types of occupations that belong to the lower heavens, objective and subjective. Four billion of these were presently sent to Hored, to De‘yus.

De‘yus at once began the work laid out, and issued a decree commanding the destruction of all otevans and other vessels plying to the upper plateau, Craoshivi; and commanding the seizing and destroying of fire-ships or other vessels that might come from the upper regions down to the lower. De‘yus said: My people shall not ascend to other heavens. I have made the earth and this heaven sufficient for all happiness and glory. Whoever builds a vessel, saying: I will ascend; or if he does not say, but my judges discover him, he shall be cast into the hadan region prepared for him. And if a man or a woman preaches in my heavens, saying: Behold, there is a higher heaven, that person shall be cast into hell, as my son (Anubi) judges.

And I, De‘yus, command the locking up of all the books in the libraries of my heavens that in any way teach of E-O-IH or Ormazd, or of heavenly kingdoms above mine or greater. For I, the Lord God, will have only one kingdom, and I will draw all people into it to abide with me forever.

And my Gods, marshals, generals and captains, shall take their hosts and go throughout the regions of Hored, and make a clean roadway, and cut off all connection with the outer kingdoms. And they shall place in the roadway around my heavens a standing army, sufficient to guard my kingdom and my Gods‘ kingdoms forever. And no man-angel, nor woman-angel, shall pass outward beyond my roadway forever. ||

These things were carried out, except for the libraries. But four thousand otevans and other ascending ships were destroyed; and of places for manufacturing ships for the outer heavens, more than seven hundred were destroyed. Consequently, seven hundred million men and women were thrown out of employment! And many of these were compelled to go to Hored, where they were sorted by grade, and put to work, beautifying the capital, the Council house, and the palace of the false Lord God. Others were impressed into the standing army, being allotted seasons and years.

After the outward extreme of hada was thus secured in every way, De‘yus turned to the interior. He said: Now I will hide away any textbooks in my heavenly places that relate to higher kingdoms or to E-O-IH; for, from this time forward, He is my enemy and I am His. Upon my own self I have sworn it; the name of E-O-IH and of Ormazd shall be destroyed in heaven and earth; and my name, De‘yus, even the Lord God, shall stand above all else.

For sixty days, the armies of destruction traversed the lowest heavens, high and low, far and near; and they hid away many of the records, books and maps relating to the higher atmospherea and to the etherean worlds beyond; and in sixty days the work of destruction was complete in these heavens, and there was nothing left within sight to prove or to teach of the higher heavens, or of E-O-IH, the Ormazd.

The Lord God, the false, said: Let my name and my place, Hored, replace those destroyed, for I will make the name De‘yus rule in one-half of the world, and the name Lord God rule in the other half.

The inhabitants of heaven and earth shall know where to find me, and shall behold my person, and witness the strength of my hands. Yes, they shall know my pleasure and my displeasure, and serve me in fear and trembling.

And the books in the schools and colleges of these heavens were thus made to rate De‘yus and the Lord God as the All Highest, Most Sacred, Most Holy.

When these things were established thus far, De‘yus gave a great feast, and he invited all the valorous fighters and destroyers that had proved themselves great in fulfilling his commandments. In the meantime, the laborers and officers in charge had extended and beautified the palace and capital of the Lord God in Hored beyond anything ever seen in these heavens, so that at the time of this feast, the place was already one of magnificence and glory. And so great were the order, temper and discipline of the more than one million officers and servants who had charge of preparing and conducting the feast, that the assembled Gods, great generals, governors, marshals and captains did nothing for a long while but ejaculate applause and astonishment.

Besides these, De‘yus had provided fifty thousand receiving hosts, five hundred thousand es‘enaurs and trumpeters, and one hundred thousand proclaiming heralds; and these latter, when conducting the distinguished visitors into the presence of De‘yus, proclaimed them amid the applause of the Holy Council, such honor surpassing anything that any of them had ever witnessed.

The substance of the feast, being above grade twenty, which was above the animal region, was, consequently, of vegetable and fruit es‘pa890 from the earth, previously brought by trained shippers and workers, for this special occasion. But there was no es‘pa of flesh or fish present on the tables; but an abundance of the es‘pa of wine, and this was called SU-BE (Nectar of the Gods).

The walls of the chamber of the feast were ornamented with sprays of colored fire, and from the floor of the chamber innumerable fountains of perfume rose upward, which were also es‘pa brought up from the earth, and forced up in the fountains by more than one million servants, impressed into service from the regions of shippers, which had been previously destroyed.

The number of guests at the feast totaled one thousand two hundred, aside from the Lord God and his Gods; and the feast lasted one whole day, and the Gods and guests ate and drank to their hearts‘ content, and there were not a few who felt the intoxication of the rich nectar.

When the feast was over, De‘yus, through his marshals, signified that he would speak before them; and when quiet was restored, he said: What greater joy has anyone in a matter than to make others happy! Because you served me, doing my commandments, behold, I have served you. My feast has been your feast; I have given my substance to you, so that you may rejoice in the glory I have received from your hands.

Yet do not think that the Lord, your God, ends this proceeding so: I will not end it so. I have commanded you here so that I may honor those who deserve honor from me, your God. My Gods also have great exaltation in the labor you have done in my heavens, for my heavens are their heavens, and yours also. Because you have destroyed the ascension, the most worthless and foolish of things, and cleared away the rubbish of my heavens, you have also prepared a place for endless glory for yourselves.

For which reason, and in justice to you, I have appointed this time to promote all of you, according to your great achievements. Nor shall you fall back on my promotion, resting in ease; for I have a greater labor for you, as well as greater honor and glory.

Behold, I have commanded the earth and her dominions; and you, my Gods, shall subjugate her to my name and power. And you who have proved yourselves most valiant in heaven shall be their chosen officers to go down to the earth in my name, with millions of my heavenly soldiers, to plan and fix the way of mortals to my hand. As you have cast out the names E-O-IH and Ormazd in heaven, even so shall you cast them out on the earth.

Remember, I am a God of anger; I have declared war against all ungodliness on the earth. Whoever worships the Great Spirit under the name E-O-IH or Ormazd, shall be put to death, both men and women. Only little children shall be spared, and of them you shall make slaves and eunuchs and whatever else that shall profit my kingdoms.

All idols shall be destroyed, whether they are of stone, wood, gold or copper. Neither shall it save them to make an idol of the Unseen; for that is even more offensive in my sight than the others. Nor will I leave one Faithist alive on the face of the earth.

To accomplish this, my Gods shall select from you who are here at my feast; they shall choose according to their rank; and when you are thus divided and selected, you shall receive badges from my hand, and go with my Gods to the places and service they desire.

And when you get down to the earth, you shall possess the oracles and places of worship, driving away all other angels, Gods, Lords and familiars. And when mortals come to consult the spirits you shall answer them in your own way in order to carry out my commandments.

And when you find prophets and seers, who accomplish by the Unseen, who have with them spirits belonging to the kingdom of Craoshivi, you shall drive away such spirits and obsess the prophet or seer in your own way. But if you cannot drive away the Ormazdian angel, then you shall go to the depths of hell in hada and bring a thousand spirits of darkness, who are foul and well skilled in torment, and you shall cast them upon that prophet until he is mad. But if the prophet or seer is so protected that spirits of darkness cannot reach him, then you shall send evil spirits in advance of him to the place he frequents, and they shall inoculate the place with virus that shall poison him to death.

But if a prophet of E-O-IH repents and renounces the Great Spirit, and accepts De‘yus, or the Lord God, then you shall drive all evil away from him, and put a guard around him, for he shall be my subject in time to come.

And whether you reach a king of the earth by means of the oracles, or through prophets and seers, or by obsession, it does not matter; but you shall come to him by some means, either when he lies asleep, or is awake, and you shall inspire him with the doctrines and the love of the Lord your God. And he shall rise up in great war, and pursue all people who do not profess De‘yus, or the Lord your God; for he shall be an instrument in your hands to do my will. ||

When De‘yus ceased speaking, the Gods immediately made their selections, and the generals and captains were thus allotted to new places. And now the attendants carried away the tables of the feast, and the Gods, each with his captains and generals, formed twelve rows facing De‘yus; and De‘yus conferred badges upon them, as previously promised.

De‘yus then departed to the Council chamber, and took his seat on the throne. The guests, and Gods and Councilors, entered the south gate, and went and stood in the middle of the floor of the chamber; here the Lord God saluted them, WARRIORS OF GOD, and they embraced in the SIGN OF TAURUS, signifying, TO ENFORCE RIGHTEOUSNESS, for the image of a bull was one of the signs above the throne. (And this was called the EDICT OF THE BULL.)

These, then, are the names of the Gods and Goddesses, with their generals and captains, who were empowered in heaven to go down to the earth to subjugate it to the false Lord God:

The Gods and Goddesses were: Anubi; Hikas, now called Te-in; Wotchissij, now called Sudga; Che-le-mung, now called Osiris; Baal, Ashtaroth, Foe-be, Hes-loo, He-loo, Orion, Hebe and Valish.

Their generals were: Hoin, Oo-da, Jah, Knowteth, June, Pluton-ya, Loo-Chiang, Wahka, Posee-ya-don, Dosh-to, Eurga-roth, Neuf, Apollo-ya, Suts, Karusa, Myion, Hefa-yis-tie, Petoris, Ban, Ho-jou-ya, Mung-jo, Ura-na, Oke-ya-nos, Egupt, Hi-ram, T‘cro-no, Ares, Yube, Feh-tus, Don, Dan, Ali-jah, Sol, Samern, Thu-wowtch, Hua-ya, Afro-dite, Han, Weel, Haing-le, Wang-le, Ar-ti-mis, Ga-songya, Lowtha, Pu, Tochin-woh, To-gow, Ben, Aa-ron, Nais-wiche, Gai-ya, Te-sin, Yu-be, Argo, Hadar, Atstsil, E-shong, Daridrat, Udan, Nadar, Bog-wi, She-ug-ga, Brihat, Zeman, Asrig, Oyeb, Chan-lwang, Sishi, Jegat, At-ye-na, and Dyu.

Their captains were: Penbu, Josh, Yam-yam, Holee-tsu, Yoth, Gamba, Said, Drat-ta, Yupe-set, Wag, Mar, Luth, Mak-ka, Chutz, Hi-rack-to, Vazenno, Hasuck, Truth, Maidyar, Pathemadyn, Kop, Cpenta-mainyus, Try-sti-ya, Peter, Houab, Vanaiti, Craosha, Visper, Seam, Plow-ya, Yact-ta-roth, Abua, Zaotha, Kacan-cat, Hovain, Myazd-Loo, Haur, Abel, Cpenista, Isaah, Vazista, Potonas, Kiro, Wiska-dore, Urvash, Ashesnoga, Cavo, Kalamala-hoodon, Lutz-rom, Wab, Daeri, Kus, Tsoo-man-go, and Le-Wiang.

Besides these, there were one thousand officers of lower rank; and now, when they were sealed as to rank and place and allotment, they withdrew; and De‘yus gave a day of recreation so that the Gods with their officers could select from the multitude, their private soldiers.

And in one day‘s time the armies were made up, totaling three billion angels, and they departed down to the earth to destroy the Faithists and the names E-O-IH and Ormazd, and establish De‘yus, otherwise the Lord God, the false.

And it so happened that these organizations were completed and in working order two days prior to De‘yus and his hosts beginning their war on the earth. But the Faithist angels were distributed mostly in hada and the regions above. So that when the three billion hosts of De‘yus descended to the earth, only four hundred thousand Faithist angels were there, in addition to the ashars who were in regular service.