Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Book of Osiris Chapter 9, Chapter 10

Chapter 9

1. Through Osire, Jehovih said:

2. I created man with a corporeal life, that he might learn corporeal things; but behold, the
I’huans have lost all energy to acquire earthly knowledge, depending on their familiar
spirits for information on everything. Thereby wasting their mortal lives in nonimprovement. So that when they die, and enter heaven, they are easily made slaves of by evil spirits.

3. Better were it for them had they no knowledge of spirit life, that they might put to
service the talents I created within them. See to this matter, O My sons and Daughters; for
their desire for the presence of the spirits of the dead will draw fetals upon themselves,
and they will go down in darkness, like the ancients.

4. The Voice departed, and then Osire said: Hear me, O brothers, O sisters; this is my
commandment upon you, and to you to render unto your successors after such time as I
shall call you for the resurrection:

5. Possess ye the temples and oracles, where the familiar spirits speak; neither suffer ye
familiars to come more to kings, nor queens, nor governors, nor to leaders nor rulers of
men; but take ye possession of all such, and answer ye the corporeans with corporean
knowledge only.


6. And that ye may be as a unit unto mortals, give ye all the same name, even Jehovih,
through His Son, Osire. For when ye answer at the oracle, or in the altar or temple, they
will ask who the spirit is; and ye shall say: Osire, Son of Jehovih; doing this in my name
and the Father’s.

7. And when ye speak by entrancement, through the seers and prophets, also assert the
same thing. And they will ask: Why has the Son of Jehovih come to us? And ye shall say:

8. Because ye are an idolatrous people, worshipping before stone and wood; whereby evil
spirits take advantage of you, and rule you to your own hurt.

9. And they will reason amongst themselves, saying: How know we not, then, that thou
thyself be not an evil spirit? And ye shall say: It is well that ye ask this, for I declare unto
you, ye shall not worship Osire, but only Jehovih, the Creator. This doctrine, only, is
safe.

10. Again they will say: Who is satan and his attendants? Ye shall answer:
Whoever professeth any name save the Great Spirit, is of satan, which pertaineth to self.

11. Now whilst ye are thus reasoning with them, certain ones in the temples will be
worked by the familiar spirits, writhing and twisting, and ye shall say to the next akin:
Behold, I will tell thee how to cast out the evil spirit. Thou shalt say: I charge thee, in the
name of Jehovih, to depart!

12. It shall come to pass they will do this, and at the time they use the words: In the name
of Jehovih, depart! ye shall drive hence the familiars, thus proving the power of Jehovih
greater than all spirits.

13. But that this matter may spread rapidly, and be valued highly, impart the name of the
Great Spirit, in secret, not suffering them to speak it aloud. Choose ye, therefore, certain
mortals, and ordain them through the king, and their labor shall be to cast out evil spirits.

14. It will come to pass in many places where ye dispossess the false Lords and their
confederates, these evil spirits will inoculate the cattle and beasts of burden with
poison, and they will die; and the evil spirits will show themselves to the dogs, and
cause them to howl; and the evil spirits will obsess the swine, which are easily
influenced, and the swine will appear drunk and foolish. All of which things ye
shall prophesy to mortals beforehand, thereby attesting the wisdom of the Great Spirit.

15. After these things are accomplished, mortals will say further: Behold, thou Son of
Jehovih, erst thou came, Apollo told us when to plant, and when to reap; when to bring
the male and female cattle together; but now that we have put him aside, what shall we
do? And ye shall answer them:

16. Come in the star-light, and I will give you the signs, that ye may know these things
yourselves. And where ye speak in the oracle, or by entrancement, ye shall point out to
them certain stars, and give them the names thereof; and certain groups of stars, with their
names, also; and ye shall show them the travel of the sun, north and south, and give them
a tablet of onk (zodiac), divided into twelve groups, with twelve lines coming from the
sun.

17. And ye shall raise up priests by inspiration, and by entrancement, and through them
illustrate the position of the sun in the signs of the zodiac (onk). And the priests shall
explain these things to the unlearned, that they may comprehend of their own knowledge.

18. When these things are accomplished, ye shall inspire the I’huans to go to the I’hins and
ask to be circumcised unto Jehovih; and the I’hins, also being under inspiration, will
confess them and bestow them with the sign.


Chapter 10

1. When Osire had completed his instructions to his hosts, he sent messengers to Vibhraj,
saluting, in the name of Jehovih, calling for one million more ethereans, who came
presently; whereupon, Osire divided them into ten thousand groups, giving each group
one or more of his attendants, whom he had instructed what to do. When all of them were
in readiness for the work, Osire said:

2. Experience hath proven that to dispossess familiar spirits in one place, is but to drive
them to another. It is wise, therefore, that in the same day ye make the attack in one city
or temple, ye shall do so in the principal places all over the earth, giving the familiars
no place to fasten upon. Let it be the sign, therefore, of attack, in each and every place,
at the beginning of sunrise, on the morrow; and ye shall possess all the temples, and
places of the oracles, and the cities, and the kings and queens, and rulers and leaders
of men, driving hence, by stratagem or by force, all the false Lords, and all spirits
professing the name of Apollo, or any representative spirit in the name of Apollo or Thor.

3. And immediately will mortals recognize that some change is going on in the unseen
world; and they will go to the places of spirit communion, asking for Apollo to explain;
and ye shall answer: Apollo is cast out! Hear ye the wisdom of the Great Spirit, Jehovih!

4. And thereafter, ye shall instruct them as I have commanded.

5. So it came to pass as Osire had decreed; the ethereans drove out the false Lords of the
earth, and they banished the familiars of all the kings and queens and leaders of men. And
the ethereans taught in the temples and oracles, and by entrancement, and by inspiration,
even as commanded by Jehovih, through His Son, Osire.

6. But in all places the Great Spirit’s name was made a secret; and it was commanded of
mortals that His name should only be spoken in whisper, or low breath, because Jehovih
speaketh to the soul of man silently. And these things were established; and this was the
first universal teaching of the Great Spirit to mortals, save to the sacred people, the I’hins.

7. And Osire decreed: One Lord shall ye give to every city and oracle; but every Lord
shall profess Jehovih, being His Son.

8. And this was also accomplished; and when the people consulted the oracles as to who
the spirit was, the answer was: Jehovih, through His Son, Lord of earth (or God of earth).
But it was made lawful to use the names, Lord and God, with audible words; and they
were thus used and spoken of by mortals as the substitutive words, permissible in public,
in place of the name, J
EHOVIH. After this, the names LORD and GOD were worshipful.

9. Osire said: It is an easy matter to rule over the kings and queens and prophets, and all
learned people; but not so easy to rule over the ignorant. Who, having been accustomed to
worship Apollo through the idols, will long continue to do so; therefore, ye shall cause
the kings to issue edicts prohibiting familiar spirits, and forbidding soothsayers and
workers of magic; but teach ye mortals that these things come of satan (the evil
disposition of men).

10. This was also done, according to the commandments; and now there was no place left
for familiar spirits to obsess mortals. And these spirits distributed themselves after the
manner of spirits of the olden times; some going into swine, and living with them;
whereupon, Osire commanded his hosts to inspire the kings and queens to pass laws
prohibiting the eating of swine’s flesh, lest mortals become bound with fetals.

Accordingly, this law was established on the earth. Some of the dispossessed went into
the forests to dwell, and some to the fountains and mists in waterfalls; others; who were
depraved, dwelt in the fisheries and slaughterhouses; and still others, in the kennels, with
dogs and cats. Nevertheless, there were many mortals who were dealers in magic and
witchery, and these had an abundance of familiars. And when such mortals would die, the
familiars would go to their sons or daughters; whereupon, it was said of them they
inherited the gift of magic.

11. Osire, having overcome the evil spirits, now called a council at We-ont-ka-woh; and
there came five hundred thousand angels.

12. Osire said: In Jehovih’s name, will I now deliver them I have cast out; and ye shall
labor to this end in conjunction with the Gods of atmospherea. Behold, I have had the
familiars enumerated, and there are more than six thousand millions of them on earth. Ye
shall go forth, therefore, into all the divisions of the earth, where they inhabit, and
proclaim a great festival, to be held in We-ont-ka-woh, inviting them hither. And ye shall
provide them conveyance, bringing them across the seas in suitable vessels. For,
when I have them here congregated, I will destroy the ships, and they cannot return.

13. This was accomplished, and more than five thousand millions of spirits came to the
festival, where were provided for them food, and also clothes of fantastic colors, to please
the eye of the ignorant; and after they were provided in decency, they were entertained in
music and dancing, they themselves being taught to take part. For seventy days the
festival lasted, and every day varied from another; and the multitude became so
intoxicated with delight, and withal, so broken off from their old habits and associations,
that they forgot all about the ships and conveyances.

14. Osire spake to his Council privily, saying: Provide ye an airiata large enough for
all these people. I will show you what shall happen! So, whilst the festival was going
on, the proper workmen built the vessel, and its capacity was sufficient to carry all
the multitude of spirits, besides a sufficiency of regimen for them on a long journey.

15. Now, after the festival had lasted seventy days, Osire proclaimed order, that he might
speak to them. He said:

16. Brothers and sisters, in the name of the Great Spirit, greeting to you all. I am about
to depart to a higher world. That ye might hear my voice, I proclaimed order. That ye
may rejoice in my words, I speak in love and tenderness. My home is in a world far
away. Where there is no suffering; no sorrow. And the spirit of my people is radiant
with light. I would tell you of the beauty and glory of my home, but it would not be
just to you. Ye would no longer be content to remain here. So I seal up my mouth.

17. Because ye suffered, and my soul was full of pity, I made this festival. The
Great Spirit taught me how to make food and clothes, and to travel far, and be not
afraid. All the people where I live can hear the voice of the Great Spirit. They
learn all things by first learning to hear Him. His Wisdom supplieth every want.

18. It will be a long time before I come again; my heart of love will come back to you.
The time of the festival is ended; your time is come to return to your old places. These
Lords of yours, which you have had so long, may provide you.

19. Almost at once, when Osire began to speak, the people desired to go whither he
would decree, and when he suggested for them to return to their former Lords, who
were also present, they answered with a universal shout: Nay, never more with them!


20. Osire said: I perceive ye desire to go with me and my hosts. I have learned to
understand the souls of people. But do ye understand me? I mentioned the great glories in
my heavens; but I did not tell you that we worked to make them. Yea, we work every day.
The Great Spirit made the tree to get its food and clothes without labor; but, behold, it
hath no power to travel. Some things in the world labor not; but man, who hath neither
feathers nor hair to cover his body, is provided with talents. Talents are the greatest of all
gifts. The air and the ground provide the substance of fruit and foliage to the tree; but the
spirit who hath talent can find the substance of fruit and foliage in the air, and gather it.

21. Lights of various colors were now being set up by the ethereans, and the place
enriched with the most enticing perfumes.

22. Osire proceeded: By the cultivation of talent, all things are possible unto all men and
women. With a sufficiency of talent, ye need no Lords or oppressive rulers. I mentioned
the great beauties in my etherean home. Ye go to the spray of fountains, and disport
yourselves in rainbows; but ye are in a small corner, at best, and the substances of your
joys are in perpetual failure. Behold the sprays and bows made by my hosts! Hear the
music played in the elements of their handiwork!

23. The hosts here overcast the entire multitude with the vapor of the air, converted into
millions of kaleidoscopic pictures, and filled the place with the music of wind currents
trained to tunes.

24. The hosts were overjoyed beyond measure. Again Osire said: Hear me yet further; the
festival must cease. Ye forget, I told you I must go. My marshals will now conduct me
and my hosts to my fire-ship. As for ye, my heart is broken. I know the toil and hardship
put upon you. But if ye desire these things, they are yours.

25. The universal shout was: We will go with thee! Take us in your fire-ship. Teach us
how to improve our talents!

26. Osire said: What will the Lords do? Shall they remain without subjects? But the false
Lords answered quickly: We will also go with thee, and be servants to do thy bidding!

27. Osire said: When I am on the ship I will answer. So he departed, and went into the
airiata, to the side of which his own fire-ship was made fast; and presently, he
commanded all who chose to come aboard; and lo and behold, the whole of them, even
more than five thousand millions, went in. Osire at once commanded the ascent; and
thus he delivered them high up in atmospherea, where his proper officers had already
provided a plateau of habitation for them; and the name of the plateau was Assan,
signifying, no escape, for here Osire decreed to have them educated, and purged from
evil; nor was it possible for them to return to the earth of their own power and learning.

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