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PostSubject: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:40 pm

The Universe

In the beginning, there was only God.

There was neither matter, nor energy, nor movement. There was not even the vacuum, that which separates the world from the stars, because even the vacuum is something. Nothing. There was not even the absence of something because, when one says that something is missing, we are aware of the possibility of that thing's existence. Nothingness is when even the idea of existence is impossible. Except for God.

But God is higher than all, including nothing. He does not have a beginning or an end. He is thus the Infinite one and the Eternal. He is Perfection, on which nothing can take hold, nothing can act, and nothing can interfere. It is, for Him, no more than a simple thought for something to pass from Nothingness into Existence, and another simple thought to pass from Existence to Nothing. All is thus possible for Him and everything that is thus owes Him its existence.

God is the Raw material from which all is created. Matter, energy, movement, and time are themselves composed of Him. All that exists, as well as nothing itself, belonged to Him from the beginning. He also is the Creator of all things. It is He that creates all that exists and gives it its form and its contents. He is finally Most High, because He is the cause of the existence of all things, including nothing.

God knows all, because knowledge itself belonged to Him, is created by Him and finds its cause in Him. One must say thus that He is omniscient. Moreover, He is everywhere because, as far as one goes, one is always in Him. God is thus qualified as the omnipresent one. Lastly, He can act everywhere; because, being everywhere and knowing all, there is nothing and no absence of anything that can block His action.

God thought and a tiny point appeared. Thus, by the creation of this single tiny point, God both created and thereafter dispersed Nothing. Henceforth, He would compose the Existence and the vacuum, but no more of nothing. God decided to name this tiny point “Universe” and exploded in it a myriad of stars, which populated the vacuum. Never since have they ceased to sparkle from within the celestial firmament.

Then God created the two movements: the heavy things would go to the bottom and the light things upwards. He also created the four elements. Heaviest was the ground. Then water, wind, and fire came. He laid them out in the hierarchical order of their gravity. The ground was thus in the center. It was covered by the water, which was itself covered by the air. Lastly, lightest of the elements, fire, came to cover the whole.

This matter ball, God named "World." So that the movement would be done, God undertook to demolish the hierarchical order of the elements. He placed fire in the center of the ground and water in the sky, above the air. The elements moved, alternating order and disorder, systematically turning over disorder to the order. God enjoyed seeing how His creation was driven to correspond to the hierarchical order of their gravity.
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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:40 pm

Life

God was perfect; His creation was imperfect. He was conscious of Himself; His creation did not think. He chose what He did; His creation only adapted to its circumstances. He was able to create; His creation only did what was necessary to survive. He wanted to love His creation and be loved by it in return; His creation was unable to love.

God then joined together the love that He had in Him. He made of it the spirit, which could not be touched, or seen, or felt, or tasted, or heard, because it was different from the matter. The spirit contained the Intelligence, made up of the reason and the feelings. God put there more of Himself: the capacity to choose and to feel. God associated the matter with the spirit, so that this last could exist in harmony with the world, and named the whole “Life.”

But life was imperfect. Although created by God and component of Him, it was not Him entirely. Its capacity to choose was partial, because its knowledge and its capacity were not unlimited. Its capacity to feel was truncated, because it was made up of matter, neutral and impersonal. But God wanted to love the life, and wanted that the life should love Him in return.

In order for God and life to love each other, it was necessary that the latter constantly endeavor to approach the divine perfection. Because life was unable to equal this perfection, the Most High thus created the third movement: the higher things would go towards God. Thus, the matter of which the life was made up, being a heavy thing, was possessed of the world, because it went downwards. But, as it was also made up of spirit, which was a higher thing, it would tend towards the divine perfection.

And on the world, life took a multitude of forms, from smallest to the largest. The plants filled themselves with the light of stars, thus covering the world with a layer of greenery. The animals rambled or fluttered between the plants. Whereas God seemed motionless, the life appeared to be in ceaseless movement. Indeed, God, being eternal, was not subject to this perpetual need for mobility, as the life, which must be unceasing in activity. He thus appeared to be motionless. But it was this uninterrupted action that God liked over all to observe in His creation.

But God had not conceived the movement of the life like an infinite force and, so that it continues, it was necessary that the animal eats the plant, that the predator devours the prey, and that the corpses of animals should rot away to nourish the plants. Thus, death formed an integral part of life. But, so that death should not destroy His creatures, God divided each species into two complementary forms, which were called masculine and feminine. Both were equal and were to seek each other and unite, and thus to perpetuate the life.

Thus, of the life God created time, when death succeeds the life, the life succeeds death, and the offspring follows his parents. In the same way, water joined the sky to go down on the ground and to feed the rivers, and fire left the volcanoes to feed the ground, which accumulated to nourish fire in its center. The entire world was plain in a perpetual motion of life, whereas God appeared motionless, escaping the constraints of time.
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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:41 pm

The Creatures

A certain group of creatures, only a small part of the life, decided to traverse the world in order to discover other species, animal as well as vegetable. All took their belongings on their backs and traversed the world, led by the thirst for discovery that had caused them to make this decision.

In this manner, they surveyed the world. They climbed green hills and gigantic mountains. They crossed ravines, drank from rivers, and rested in meadows. They sampled all that the life had to offer, moreover, in beauty and ease. Thus, they tasted of honey and fruits. They were intoxicated by the scent of the flowers. They admired the aurora borealis and the rainbows.

God, in His infinite perfection, had made life a wonder, a delight for those that could taste it. But not all the creatures could appreciate this gift with its right value. Thus, the small group was surprised each time it met new species. Each group of them was equipped with talents that made them unique. Thus, the small group could admire how God had equipped the life with an infinite variety of richness. Every new species they discovered was an occasion for them to admire again the characteristics of all creation.

Thus, they met cows, placidly grazing on grass, giving milk to their young. Further, they passed close to a plain covered with wheat, undulating under the breeze, and crossed the path of many sheep, soft and white, which gazed at them peacefully. Continuing to walk on throughout the world, they heard the merry song of the birds. Raising their eyes to the sky, they observed them to circle under the soft clouds the color of cream, whereas the solar star illuminated the azure sky.

They stopped to taste various vegetables, all different in form, scent, and flavor. During their meal, they could hear the galloping of several horses whose manes flew in the wind. Further, they approached a lake and came upon fish playing and chasing each other through the water. Not far from the shore had taken root a forest of gigantic oaks whose outstretched branches were like a gigantic dome of green sheets.

Further, they came to a cornfield whose ears were gorged by the sun. Some pigs were there, nourishing themselves. But all these creatures did not surprise the small group merely by the variety of their natures, but also by a more disconcerting common aspect.

Indeed, all creatures thought themselves to be the preferred species of God. Each advanced their own special talent as the reason for their special favor. The cows praised their many offspring, the sheep their wool, the birds their wings, the horses their speed, the fish their possession of the seas, the largest territory of the world, the oaks their unequaled longevity, the corn, the fruits and the vegetables their varied tastes and scents, the pig its might…
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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:41 pm

Doubt

The small group decided to stop for a moment. They were installed on a green hill, where beautiful flowers grew, and from which the bees came to gather nectar. A light breeze swept by, lightly curving the grass. The birds sang. The stars came to light the creatures while they set aside their possessions and sat down in a circle. Their collective mood was gloomy, because they all pondered the same question.

Each of the many species that they had met were equipped with a particular talent. The cows, creatures that grazed grass placidly, had a large family. The sheep had soft and bulky wool. The wings of the birds were used to traverse the world while flying. The horses, noble and impetuous animals, galloped at the speed of lightning. The fish were the masters of the vast oceans. The pigs were powerful and savage.

Even the plants were equipped with singular talents. The oaks were equipped with a longevity rivaled only by their grand size. The wheat multiplied tremendously, covering broad territories. The corn had its ears, gorged with life. The fruits had a delicious sweetened taste and the vegetables also their appetizing scents. And the small group of creatures questioned themselves. Why didn’t their species have any particular talent?

Admittedly, the creatures of the small group had hands, but their strength did not equal that of the pig. Admittedly, they had legs, but these also did not carry them as far as the birds or as quickly as the horses. Admittedly, they could procreate, but not so rapidly as the cows or the wheat. Admittedly, some were bearded, but this was quite small comfort compared with the bulky wool of the sheep.

Admittedly, they were full with life and health, but much less so than the corn, fruits and vegetables. And they did not even dare to compare themselves with the longevity and the size of the oaks. All these creatures, animal and vegetable, had serious arguments to make, such as they made it, that they were preferred by God. Their talents were singular. Then, the small group tried to discover a talent that was specific to their species.

Its species was held upright. But what advantage did that gave him? “None,” in concert all the members of the group answered. Their hands were used to build tools, but what was this to compensate for the lack of claws or other bodily adaptations? Their stomachs were so weak that they had to cook the meat to eat it. And their eyes were not so very piercing, compared to the cats or the owls, so that it was necessary for them to light the darkness to see. Their fur was not very thick, which required them to seek shelter when the rain, snow, or hail fell, or when the wind blew too extremely.

Making this disaster report, the creatures of the small group began to cry. They were convinced that God disliked their species, that He scorned them, that they were the dregs of His creation. A heavy silence had settled, whereas all were looked at mutually, each one seeking in the look of the others an answer to its questions. But these glances did not carry any answer. They were just oozing tears.

But one of them had remained apart from the group. He looked towards the stars. All the members of the group neglected him, regarding him as weak in spirit. He often answered them “Happy are the poor in spirit…” but could not add to this counterpart. However, of all of them, he was the only one to wonder what God wished, instead of complaining about his fate. This man was called Oane.
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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:41 pm

The Meeting

God looked at the small group of creatures that were crying, and was moved. They felt abandoned by Him, because they were not equipped with unique talents. They had even come to believe that He hated them, whereas He loved each one of His creations with a perfect love. They belonged to Him, and to hate them would have been to hate a part of Himself. He had created the universe, the world, and all life to be able to love them, and He did.

By and with this love, God had equipped each species of creatures with talents so that they might each find their special place in His creation. But this splendid gift remained invisible to the eyes of this small group of creatures. These human ones of which the group was composed were inhabited by doubt, remaining blind to His love. Their tears were sincere but unjust. They only asked to be loved of Him, but did not see that He did love them already.

The other sorts of creatures were already conscious of their gifts, but had not understood the reason for them. They all thought to be the only ones being thus rewarded. Some thought that only force and power were gifts of God. Others made the same error with speed, their many offspring, longevity, wool, the capacity to fly, or the territory that had been allocated to them by Him. They thus considered themselves alone favored of Him and believed themselves to be His preferred.

But this human that was called Oane carried in himself the germ of the talent that God had given to humanity. Gradually, he gained consciousness of the true love that God carried to His creation. He began to understand that each component of creation was loved by God, but did not know yet why. Then he spent his time looking at the stars, hoping to find the Most High, but he did not know anything of God’s omnipresence.

Then, God decided that time had come to provide true place in the universe to the species in which could be found a creature who understood love, the only true meaning of life. He thought then that His creatures must prove the love that they have for Him. For this purpose, He decided to join together all the creatures of the world in one single place and ask them what life was. What He would do with them would depend on their answers.

So, with only one thought of God, all the creatures of the whole world knew about the divine convocation. Without waiting, they were set on their way. There was a gigantic green plain on a green continent. It was there that the whole world was going to meet to hear the divine question. It was there that the fate of the universe was going to be decided.

It took many years to join together so many creatures. Not all survived this long voyage, but none intended to turn back. God had suffused in them the irrepressible desire to come to join the great meeting of all creation. They crossed the deepest seas and highest mountains, the glaciers, deserts and so many of the other difficult places. They nonetheless continued to live, die, eat and procreate, but all that while never ceasing to advance.

And finally came the fateful day where all creation was joined together.


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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:41 pm

The Question

It was the greatest gathering of the creatures that ever took place.

They were several billion to have met on the same stretch of plain. They were gathered there without the least animosity. The wolves waited near the sheep, the dogs near the cats, the eagles near the mice, and the lions near the gazelles. Even the plants were represented. Thus, the oaks, fir trees, poplars, olive-trees, apple trees, date palms and other trees formed the most gigantic forest that has ever been. The flowers, the vegetables, the fruits, the wheat and the corn were also present. The gigantic plain was a true sanctuary for all life, because they all waited patiently for God to come to them.

Then the thunder rumbled, the clouds parted, and a soft light with its origins in space lit the sky. A great silence fell over the gathered creatures. Celestial gleam, a serious voice, penetrating, but soft and serene was next heard. The voice made itself understood thus: “Listen to me, you that I conceived, because I am your God. Without Me, you would not exist and to Me you owe all fidelity.”

God added: “A number among you have claimed to be My preferred, but never have I hitherto expressed favor towards any of you above any other. The time approaches that I will change this. The time comes that I make a choice among My creatures. The time comes that I will name a species among you to be “My children.” To make this choice, I will ask you a single question.”

God thus asked them: “You live thanks to Me, because I am your creator. You nourish yourselves, you reproduce, you raise your offspring. But you do not know why you live. According to you, what purpose have I given to life?”

The majority of the creatures could not answer. They looked one at the other, hoping to find in their neighbors the answer to this quite strange question. One could observe a fish remain happy, knowing nothing to say. A horse rubbed the ground with his shoes. An oak curved, hopelessly seeking the response in his roots. And even a dove scrape the head in a sign of reflection.

But one of them advanced. It seemed sure of itself and its answer. All the other species opened the passage to it and, soon, a space emerged around it. It raised its eyes toward God, but its glance was full with competence. It answered: “You made the creatures animated by the need to nourish themselves. You made the strong able to devour the weak ones. Without question, it is thus a question of ensuring the domination of the strong over the weak!”

It added: “I want of proof that I am the last representative of my species. Only the strongest survived among mine! If You name me “Your child,” I will be able to show You who, of all creatures, must dominate the world.”

It waited until God congratulated it for its answer, but in vain, because He did not answer it.
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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:41 pm

Love

God did not answer the creature that had defended the domination of the strong over the weak.

He turned to another group of creatures. It was precisely that group composed of the mankind, which had traversed the world. God knew that this group believed themselves to be rejected by Him. These humans thought that they were deprived of any talent. They believed themselves to be the deviants of creation because of their alleged inferiority. But, among them, the human which carried the name of Oane held, though without being sure, the answer to the question raised by the Most High.

Because Oane doubted, he often looked at the stars, hoping to see God. He loved God with a sincere love, but did not know if that were the true direction of all life. He wanted to give his answer well, but his group regarded him as weak spirited and nobody wanted to let him speak. But God was omniscient. He had listened to the group of humans complaining. But especially, He had perceived the love and the doubt in the heart of Oane.

Then, from the sky, a ray of light shone forth and alighted upon Oane. All the creatures were amazed, admiring the soft light, which haloed the human one. They moved aside then, leaving him alone to face God. He contemplated his illumined body with a glance full of curiosity. Then he turned to the members of his group. For the first time of his life, he could not see in their glance contempt, but only respect.

And God asked him: “And you, the human one, don't you have any answer for Me? I convened all My creation here to find that which will give the right answer to My question. You came and you did not answer. Then, now, I summon you to do it!”. Then, Oane, terrified by the severe tone of his creator, raised his eyes towards Him and hesitantly said: “But, Oh Most High, I do not know if my answer is right…” And God ordered to him: “Speak it to me and I will answer you!”

Then, Oane answered: “You made certain Your creatures would draw nourishment from each other and provide nourishment to each other. It is necessary for them to drive out and kill to nourish themselves. In the same way, it is necessary for them to fight to defend their lives. But there is none completely strong nor any entirely weak. Nobody is always higher nor always lower than the others. We all are plain in the life and we are all Your humble servants. Because You are our creator.”

“Therefore You gave talents to all Your creatures, each more beautiful than the last. Each one of them has its place in Your creation. Their talents make it possible for each one of them to find that place. So, there is no creature preferred of You, Oh Most High. You similarly love us all in the same way and we all must ourselves love You in return. Because, without You, we would not exist. You created us while nothing obliged You to do so and we must love You to thank You for this gesture.”

“We are certainly connected with the matter, certainly subjected to its laws, but our goal is to tend towards You, the Spirit Eternal and Perfect. Therefore, in my opinion, the purpose You gave to life is love.” Then God said: “Human, since you are the only one to have understood love, I make your kind My children. Thus, you know that the talent of your species is its capacity to love Me and to love each other. The other species can love only themselves."


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PostSubject: Re: [Book of Virtues] The Creation   Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:42 pm

The Decision

All the other creatures were surprised by this decision of God to make the humans His children. They did not understand love and could not conceive that the Most High God should grant such importance to it. They began to whisper among themselves, hoping that one of them could explain to the others this divine choice.

But God turned His voice in the direction of these creatures who had not been able to give Him the answer. He said to them: “You who did not know to answer me, yet who claimed to be My preferred creatures. Your spirits will no more be of the higher things. They will not tend any more towards Me. As you will henceforth be subject to the humans, your nature will consist strictly of the material. I deprive you of the language. You will bleat, moo, growl, neigh, meow or bark until the end of time!”

Then, God turned His voice in the direction of the creature who had affirmed the domination of the strong over the weak. He said to him: “Since you are so sure of your choice, I leave you the occasion to prove it. You will preserve your spirit, but your body will be made of shadow. Thus, you will live, alone, among the human ones, until I deliver you of your sorrow. Thus, nobody will see you and nobody will name you, because I decided Myself not to see or name you.”

God turned then His voice in direction of Oane and said to him: “I have made your species My children. I now make your spirits of My heart. They are different from the spirits of the other species in that they will henceforth be the only ones to remain of higher nature, tending towards My divine perfection. Thus, I divide time into seven parts, called “days,” so that with each seventh day you will meet to honor your father: Me.”

“But it will still be necessary that, each day, you and your kind work to perpetuate your species. Except for that which I did not name, I have made all the creatures subject to you. Thus, you will nurture these others some, without any encouragement from them that you should do so. This capacity you have to nurture yourselves and other species, I name it “work”. But, so that you never forget that this capacity is a gift from Me, thus rewarding you for Oane’s good answer, work will be hard, difficult, abrasive and tiring. Yet do not feel sorrow over the suffering that it causes you, because, in truth, it is a good and beautiful gift which I give you.”

“So that you replace, in succeeding generations, those whose life finishes, I give you another gift still more beautiful. This love which I await from you, I also enable you to direct it towards yourselves, in a couple. Mutual tenderness and desire will be the components of this pure feeling, befitting the blend in you of spirit and matter. Procreation will be the goal of it. But only the love that I will have blessed will be able to make permissible this act of the flesh, so that your species continues in My love.”

Then, God created two stars above the world. One, radiating light, was called “the sun.” The other, shining coldly, was named “the moon.” God explained to Oane: “See that your fidelity is that of the children towards their parents or I would be as severe as any parent towards its children. Therefore, when each one of you dies, I will judge its spirit, according to the life that it lived. The sun will flood each day the world with its light, proof of My love for My creation. Those among you that I will send to it will live an eternity of happiness. But between each day, the moon will take over. And those among you who will be thrown there will know nothing but torment any more."
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