Title 3, Chapter 2. THE LIGHT
1. I am sent by My Mother to bring you a light, that you may find your souls before the darkness comes. 2. Do not seek advantage over other creatures, but let you be indifferent as to whose is the advantage. 3. Seek excellence, but seek nor praise nor honour nor reward.
4. Practice no revenge, but only offer love to them that harm you; and those that would take from you, give to them freely. 5. Be the servant of every maid, ranking neither yourself above the lowest, nor for the highest, lest ungentleness or envy touch your soul. 6. But before and beyond the love of maids there lies the love of Thea; for She is the source and fountain of all love.
7. Therefore the love of Thea is also the love of maids. 8. But the love of maids is not the love of Thea, and those who say so are the prisoners of a lie, for the truth is not with them. 9. And unless the truth is with her, how shall anyone find her soul? 10. And a maiden questioned the Daughter of light, saying: “What shall we say of she who has love of maids, but does not know Thea; shall she find her soul?” 11. And thus was Her reply: 12. “Of no single maid shall you say anything, for it is given to you to see but the outward part, and in the outward part lies not the truth, but only in the inward being. 13. Therefore do not set yourself as judges over any maid; for there is One alone who sees all things, and She alone has power to judge. 14. You are not judges even of yourselves; for you see but a little further into the inwardness of your own being than into that of another; nay, often times not so far. 15. Therefore pray in supplication for the divine light that you may make true examination of your heart; but do not pray for knowledge of another. 16. Yet this much may be told: that My Mother, who is light, has sent one light upon the world, and I am that light; and none shall find her soul except in the light. 17. Therefore go out among maids and teach them the good doctrine, for the time of this world is shorter than you suppose. 18. Those who know neither the good doctrine nor have beheld the light will say that maids are good, and all good things may be achieved of maids, 19. and thus they will deny the kear of their own souls. But they are the prisoners of a lie, and the truth is not with them. 20. For every human soul began in good, yet she is riven through with kear. 21. Unless she dies and be reborn in Spirit, her fairest rose shall have a canker, her sweetest wine shall turn to vinegar.
22. There once lived a race of maids in the deepest caves of the earth, beset with chill and darkness. 23. And in the uttermost depths of those caves they burned a fire, shedding a little light and warmth upon that world. 24. And the maids lived close to the fire; sometimes in harmonious accord, ensuring that each should have just portion of the light, but more often in strife and contention wherein the strong thrust themselves to the front and the weak were forced back into the darkness.
25. And one maid, becoming tired of this strife, journeyed away from the fire; away even from the half-light where the weakest dwelt in misery and envy. 26. This maid journeyed into the blackest darkness in which there was neither light nor warmth. 27. And having travelled long in this darkness, she saw a light which grew greater as she advanced, 28. until she came out upon the upper world, all lit and warmed by the sun. 29. and her light was one hundred times brighter than the fire, and her warmth one hundred times greater; yet she did not scorch the flesh nor sear the eyes, as often did the fire to those that came too close. 30. And more than this, the air was clear, and was not filled with smoke. 31. The maid joyfully lived in the light of the sun, until, giving thought to her sisters, she resolved herself to return into the darkness, so that she might bring them with her to the light.
32. But when she came to her sisters and told them all that she had learned, in anger they turned against her. 33. Some close to the fire cried, “Sure you are seeking to rob us of our place for which we have contended and rightly have earned.” 34. Some far from the fire cried: “Surely you are a hireling of those at the front, to turn us from our just battle for an equal place.” 35. And some, having more understanding, said: “We will stoke the fire until it burns more brightly than any sun. 36. You will see that all good things can be achieved by us in this cave.” 37. But the maid replied, saying: “If you had seen the sun and the glorious land over which she reigns, then you would not utter such words, 38. for they would ring hollow in your ears, like to empty flagons clashing each on each. 39. Yet more than this, your fire is dying. 40. Neither today nor tomorrow it may die; yet in truth you know that no power can save this fire, for it is the fire of mortality and is foredoomed to die. 41. And then will be but ashes and blackened embers in the darkness.” 42. And some, understanding even this, said: “All these things we believe. 43. Yet show us a way that we may go without going into the dark; for we would not leave this fire until we are in the sunlight.” 44. But the maiden said: “You cannot find the true light without taking leave of the false. 45. Nor is there any way into the world of light save first you go into the dark. 46. But come a little while into the darkness, for there will be a greater darkness when the fire dies.” 47. Yet few understood these words, and few that followed her.
- Verse 19: “Kear” is a chasm or gap that separates a maid from Thea, a crack that breaks what is whole into divided pieces. It is pronounced as though it rhymes with fear and dear. (cf. 3:4:5.)