When Osiris, the false God of Arabin‘ya and her heavens, left De‘yus, in Hored, the self (satan) that was in him, spoke to him, saying: Osiris, you are a fool! You deserve to be ground to dust! Behold your wisdom and power, and yet you cringe to your inferiors on every side. Were you not made as well; and too, as masterly in making others bow to your will and decrees? What more is required for Gods or men, than to make slaves of others, to do him honor and reverence? Then Osiris said:
O truest of Gods. If only I had struck out for myself from the beginning! But I will make up for it. When I am in my heavenly place I will send for my Gods, Baal and Ashtaroth, who are presently laboring on the earth, and I will make our three kingdoms into one, and mine shall be chief. And I will offer emoluments to the best, highest grades in Hored, thereby drawing from De‘yus his best fruits and flowers, and I will send him some two or three billion of my superabundant drujas.
Accordingly, when Osiris arrived at Agho‘aden, his heavenly place, he sent messengers down to the earth to Baal and Ashtaroth, summoning them to his presence at once. And they came, each being attended with ten thousand companions, besides heralds, musicians and trumpeters.
Osiris had made great preparations for them. His receiving hosts, one million, were newly adorned for the occasion. The roadway, for three hundred miles, was illumed with pillars of fire. The Holy Council, half a million, were in extra session. The laborers, four billion, were granted a day of rest. So that when Baal and Ashtaroth entered the heavenly capital, it was a magnificent scene, and as if in fact Osiris, the false, was a mighty God.
Great were the ceremonies and salutations between the Gods, as also with the generals, captains, marshals and others; to describe which, a whole book could be written and yet not mention one-half.
After the reception, Osiris proclaimed an extra day of recreation to Agho‘aden, and in that time he and Baal and Ashtaroth retired to a private chamber beyond the throne, to the east, to consult on the matters of heaven and earth.
Osiris said: My brother and sister, you are my loves; all else in the worlds are vain! De‘yus is the most selfish of Gods, and unreasonable. He said to me: You should keep up the grades! Now, behold, his own grades are broken down. As I and other Gods send him contributions in subjects, so in their grade such subjects remain; no more education for them in Hored. Then he complains and assumes to dictate. And all this for De‘yus‘ glory. Not a word for lifting angels or mortals up out of darkness.
Baal said: A most unreasonable God. Did you not say to him: O if I had the power and means you have! What great good I would do!
Ashtaroth said: This I have found before: The greater power a God has, the less he does for others‘ good. As for my part, what good can I do? I have scarcely two billion slaves, all told! If only I had a kingdom like De‘yus! But what do you propose, O Osiris, you far-seeing God?
Baal further said: Ashtaroth, you wise Goddess, you have expressed my own soul. My own kingdom is only a little larger than yours; I am a very helpless God indeed. But once I reach De‘yus‘ means, my soul‘s delight will be to fill all the heavens full of schools and hospitals! But speak, Osiris, whatever you have resolved is wise. As for myself I have spent two thousand years trying to put myself in good position first, so I could help others.
Osiris said: To cut loose from De‘yus; this is wisdom. To send drujas into De‘yus‘ kingdom, is greater wisdom. To establish Agho‘aden as the all highest heavenly kingdom with myself at the Godhead, and you two to be my sole Gods of the earth, is the greatest wisdom.
Baal said: I swear, you have spoken at last what I have for five hundred years hoped to hear you say. To you I am sworn forever. Put upon me whatever you will.
Ashtaroth said: Now I am blessed above all Goddesses! What I have heard you speak, is what I would have spoken.
Osiris said: It is enough then; this I proclaim, and on our crossed hands we swear: AGHO‘ADEN, ALL HIGHEST HEAVEN! OSIRIS, SON OF THE ALL CENTRAL LIGHTS! THE MOST HIGH GOD! HIS ONLY SON, BAAL, RULER OF THE CORPOREAL EARTH! HIS ONLY DAUGHTER, ASHTAROTH, RULER OF THE CORPOREAL EARTH! FIDELITY AND UNION FOREVER!
Thus they swore themselves into the Godhead. And the next day Osiris sent messengers to De‘yus, in his heavenly place, informing him of what had been done, and adding further: But as to you, De‘yus, I cut you off from these earth regions. Get your supplies where you can. Adversity does a proud soul some good.
Osiris said to Baal and Ashtaroth: Go down to the earth to subdue it; and your first labor shall be in Arabin‘ya, Par‘si‘e, and Heleste; after that you shall fall upon remote parts and subdue them to ourselves also. But do not go as the other Gods have, to destroy mortals, for we want them to propagate and make subjects for us. Nor shall you pursue them, neither tribe against tribe, nor by putting them to death if they do not worship Osiris or Baal or Ashtaroth. No, not even the worshippers of the Great Spirit, except for those whose spirits we cannot catch at the time of their death; them destroy.
But permit mortals to worship as they may, and if they worship the Creator, say to them: It is well. If they worship Ahura, say: It is well. If De‘yus: Yes, it is well; for all of these are only one person, who is Osiris, whose high heavenly place is Agho‘aden. In that way, teach them.
You shall also do this: re-establish places of learning, teaching the Osirian law; rebuild houses of philosophy, oracles and temples; and in all such places where mortals come to consult the spirits, provide them with spirits who shall answer through the oracles for the benefit of our dominions.
It was we who gave the name Lord God to the Arabin‘yans; it was we who gave the name De‘yus to Par‘si‘e and Heleste. Let us not waste ourselves away undoing what has been done, but appropriate it to ourselves. ||
Such, then, was the basis on which these three Gods set out to establish heaven and earth. Osiris gave to Baal and Ashtaroth, in addition to their own kingdoms, twelve Lords each, to labor with them in the earth department; and every Lord was allotted one million servant soldiers, to be under the Lord‘s jurisdiction.
With this, Baal and Ashtaroth returned to their heavenly kingdoms on the earth, and at once set about their labors; first, by inspiring mortal kings and queens to build the required oracles. And the kings and queens, thus inspired, impressed tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of their subjects to do the building.
And in seven years‘ time there were built in Par‘si‘e and Arabin‘ya four thousand altars for the sacred dances; seven thousand temples of sacrifice; four hundred and seventy oracle temples; and thirty-one sar‘gis temples, where the Lords took on corporeal forms and talked and reasoned with mortals, especially regarding the stars, moon and the earth: teaching the philosophers the four motions of the earth: axial, oscillaic, orbitic and vorkum; the plan of the hissagow [solar phalanx –Ed.]; and the cycles of the earth; the cycles of the sun; and the cycles of the sun‘s sun, the north star-belt within that; and the vortices that move them all.
And the inhabitants of Arabin‘ya, Par‘si‘e and Heleste began again to prosper, and became mighty. But after many years, behold, Baal and Ashtaroth rebelled against Osiris, and seceded from Arabin‘ya. And this was the end of the heavenly confederacy founded by De‘yus. As for the far-off Gods in other divisions of the earth, they seceded at the time Osiris, Te-in and Sudga did. And from this time on, no more spirits were sent to the Lord God, the false, the author of the name De‘yus.
When Baal and Ashtaroth seceded from Osiris and resumed their own kingdoms, behold, in all the divisions of the earth, every God was for himself and his own kingdom. But between Osiris and Baal and Ashtaroth, a triangular war ensued in reference to the boundaries and divisions of the lands of the earth.
Now, therefore, since the self-Gods had become the beginning of a new order of dominion in heaven and earth, everyone in his own way, it is profitable to leave them for the present, to be resumed afterward. Hear, then, of De‘yus, the false Lord God; and of God, the true Son of E-O-IH: