The Birth of Beauty
(3rd Indictment begins) JY: Man is unnatural in all his actions – Man is without
any natural affection – Purging man with war – “War have I made for the good of man”
– Forcing man to do good – No salvation for women – Earth beautiful without man –
AZ: By what means would you discern beauty? – Demiurge dissimilar from Man in every
part –Without Man, there can be no beauty – Cannot forgive what is not understood
– The true nature of Man – Concerning limitations and boundaries – Dreams, the uncreated,
and the hidden soul – No virtue is found in war – The seed of curiosity and the mortal
life – Searching to find some greater purpose
1 And the Demiurge spoke again unto me, saying: “Why will you continue to believe
in man as though he were of himself both good and noble? Have you not seen for yourself
how that man is filled with madness; rushing here and going there, ever seeking his
2 For man is made most brutish and corrupt, being in his inward parts filled with
baseness and deceit; being in his heart most aberrant; bringing down upon his head
all manner of suffering which he, himself has created.
3 All these tribulations has man brought most subtly upon himself; for man is most
unnatural in all his actions and affections; being unwilling to accept such boundaries
and limitations as nature might impose.
4 For the pride of man has made him separate from the world in which he lives, setting
him at constant odds against all things good and natural; bringing upon himself miseries
and hardships of every kind;
5 Being tormented from within and without by all manner of diseases, and plagues,
and famines; being harried and chased about by adversities and pestilences which
would strangle the life and joys of all mankind.
6 And this because of such pride and conceit as do most readily arise from the heart
of every man and every woman which would move about upon the face of the earth.
7 For man is filled with loathing, even against himself; striking hard through lustful
passions against the whole of his own kind; ever seeking for himself some advantage
against his neighbor; being filled most fully within himself with iniquities and
evils of every kind.
8 Why then would you love so vile a beast as man, seeing that he is without any
natural affection, being in his heart and mind devoid of goodness, having neither
virtue nor merit, being of himself most unworthy of such redemption as you would
9 For man is ever divided against himself because of pride and vanity; being tossed
to and fro by endless debates and contentions; which things would fill the whole
of all his life with havoc and despair.
10 For this cause would I send forth unto man all manner of wars and conflicts whereby
he might be made humble before me; for even I would make known to him that in the
unnaturalness of all his ways is there found only doom and endless death.
11 Thus have I set forth to purge man of such evils as do arise from out of the
very soul of him; for I have sent forth unto the earth a refiner’s fire which would
burn away such dross as would corrupt the heart of man, to pervert the ways of all
12 For even so great a one as I did send unto the earth the ways of war, for war
have I made for the good of man; for even I have commanded throughout the ages that
a man should kill his enemies, to subdue them every whit; that through such means
I might seek revenge against all those who will not believe in me.
13 For all those who will prove themselves unnatural in thought and deed would I
purge away most hotly; striking down with bitter zeal even all those who despise
my name, even unto the fourth and fifth generations of them which hate me.
14 Yet is this for the good of man; for in the ways of war would I renew most constantly
the civilizations of man, causing that all things should be invigorated anew through
such destructions and sorrows as do most surely follow in the steps of war;
15 Causing that men should rebuild what I have broken, and to mend what I have shattered,
to make most busy the hands of all through constant labor.
16 Thus through war would I rid man of such sorrows as do arise by reason of his
unnatural thoughts and deeds; for in war are the populations of man made greatly
diminished, causing that many should not suffer any longer by way of disease, or
plagues or famines.
17 For all these things has man brought unto himself alone, yet in war would I purge
away a host of follies; causing that man should ever seek some newer path;
18 Making way through the heat of war for all manner of discoveries and inventions
which would improve the life of all who live; delivering from the ashes of great
destruction, that remnant who would seek most earnestly to follow after me.
19 See then, how I have made myself the only true benefactor of all mankind; for
even I would instill in man a great many fears and guilts which would force a man
to do good always; for it is certain that left to themselves alone, man cannot be
good, seeing that he is most unnatural and contrary in all his ways.
20 For it is certain, that except I rule over the whole of man most harshly, then
would he certainly destroy himself completely; to leave the earth and all its beauty
in heaps of ruin and death.
21 Yet if any man shall turn away from the doing of his will, to submit himself
to me in great repentance, then shall I forgive him and pardon him most abundantly.
22 And even that one shall I save from death and hell, whereby he might serve me
through all time and eternity; to be to me even as a servant, being preserved against
the day of wrath when I shall go forth unto all mankind to seek revenge against them.
23 Thus would I show forth to every man who would repent, great mercy; but unto
women shall I grant neither forgiveness nor pardon, for they are an offense to me,
and these shall I consign to the flames forever.
24 For women have corrupted all men, to bring upon the heads of all who live that
certain death which none escape; for women are filled with mischief and deceit; capturing
through the passions of the body the whole of man, whereby they might lead them to
25 Thus would I judge most harshly, even all who are an offense to me; being in
their thoughts and actions most unnatural, bearing in their flesh that constant offense
which even now does carry the whole of man unto judgment.
26 Consider then how beautiful the earth would be without this blight called man!
How pristine and uncorrupted the natural beauty of all the lands, and seas, and airs
27 Why then will you make busy and filled with troubles the soul within; seeking
therein to find in man that certain thing worthy of exaltation? For what purpose
would you take to your heart the afflictions of all mankind, seeing that they are
unworthy and undeserving?
28 Come now and answer straightly: What defense will you put forth in face of my
indictment, seeing that in the ways of man I am truly knowing and most correct?”
29 And the Demiurge, when he was completed, he did spread himself upon the lands
round about; and there was heard the hissing of his laughter. And standing forth
again to answer, I did speak unto him, saying:
30 “Would you speak to me of beauty? Come, Jehovah-Yahweh, and tell me plainly:
By what means would you discern for yourself the beauty of earth and sky and starry
night, seeing that you are without form or bodily parts and passions?
31 That possessing in your soul the darkness of all your might, yet are you unable
to perceive the only true nature of all mankind; for you are dissimilar from man
in every part; being in all your thoughts and actions unlike the whole of man in
32 Having for yourself no eyes with which to see, or ears with which to hear, or
hands with which to touch; being in your presence most empty and quite devoid of
such feelings and passions as man is heir to.
33 By what power then, would you know beauty, seeing that in you there is no beauty
found; neither have you possessed to your soul such tender feelings and gentle sighings
as would give birth to beauty, for beauty’s sake alone?
34 Consider then the falseness of all your words; for by pretense alone would you
steal from the lips of man the words of beauty, filled with wonder; as though you,
yourself, have known them.
35 Thus would you beguile and deceive all who would follow after you in fear; being
ever hopeful that by words of wrath and anger you might take from man the thing you
would have most dearly.
36 Be you therefore aware and fully knowing, that if man should perish from the
earth to be no more, then would you lose forever the only thing that is made to fear
you or to worship you; and in that day shall there swell within you that desolation
from which there is no escape or pardon.
37 Come then, Jehovah-Yahweh, and to all my words give forth some ready heed, for
this I would make known most surely concerning the mystery and the greatness of all
38 For this I tell you truly, that without the presence of man in the world far
beyond, there can be no beauty found; and though all things would continue in their
place, according to their several natures, still would they, of themselves, possess
neither beauty nor grace.
39 And though the creations of the natural world would continue to move and stir
about in the midst of all their lives together, still would there be no mind to perceive,
or heart to conceive most fully, the beauty of all natural things.
40 Thus would you need most fully the presence of man in that world which lies beyond
all beginning; for if by chance man should vanish from the earth completely, then
would you yourself be most diminished.
41 For you, though fierce and mighty in yourself alone, would have not the mind
of man to fear the powers which stir most dreadfully within you; causing that you
should dwell in aloneness throughout the immensity of space, being bound forever
in the vastness of some great vacuum; which would be for you as no existence at all.
42 Thus have you spoken falsely concerning the beauty of all natural things, seeing
that without the presence of man there can be nothing beautiful or wondrous, seeing
that without mind all things must continue in their aloneness, having neither meaning
nor purpose, but life only.
43 And not this alone, for you have proclaimed aloud the forgiveness of all who
should fear you to follow after; yet in this have you spoken most presumptuously;
for in you is there given no means of familiarity, being unlike the man in every
fashion, being dissimilar in likeness and image altogether.
44 For this I would reveal for your learning; for in the understanding of another
is forgiveness made possible; for except a man understand the frailties of another,
how then shall he forgive, seeing that he has no understanding of the one who sins?
45 Seeing then that you have no understanding of the ways of men, how then shall
you forgive him? By what means would you know for yourself the nature and disposition
of those dissimilar from yourself?
46 How then will you forgive what you cannot know, or pardon what you cannot see?
Behold, in all these things have you spoken most falsely, causing that all those
who should believe in you most fearfully, should despair continually because of such
forgiveness as you would proffer.
47 Come then, Jehovah-Yahweh, and I will tell you of the only true nature of every
man upon the earth; for it is the disposition of all men to be unnatural in all his
ways; being in himself alone and most separate from the world in which he lives.
48 For in man is there found that constant pilgrim who travels forever onward between
light and shadows; seeking and gathering to his soul portions great and small; reaching
forth midst all his dreaming to find at last that higher place where even the Gods
alone might dwell.
49 Consider then the ways of man, and be not troubled any longer because of them.
For you know yourself how that all men are brought forth naked, even from his mother’s
womb; yet from his infancy is there placed upon him clothings and coverings of every
50 Tell me, Jehovah-Yahweh: Is it good that a man should clothe himself? For in
nature was it determined that a man be born altogether naked. Who then did sin most
dreadfully, man or nature?
51 Why then have you sought most harshly the condemnation of all mankind? For it
is in the nature of man to remove such boundaries and limitations as would impose
themselves upon him.
52 For if a river should flood, to make ruin the fruits of all his labor, then will
the man seek some means whereby he might dam it, permitting that he might control
the waters which flood upon the land, to save himself from sorrow.
53 And if there should rise up before the man some mountain which would impede,
then will the man move the mount from out of his way whereby he might build highways
upon the earth; permitting that even all other men might move about unhindered.
54 And if it so be that a man should dream that he should fly, while nature dictate
that he be bound to the earth even as the beasts of the field, then will man contrive
such means as will enable him to fly most surely, even to the very stars.
55 Thus has man sought most earnestly to remove such limitations as would hold him
bound forever; for there is found in man that certain portion which has had elsewhere
some far more noble birth, even the spirit within, which did leap forth from the
very love of both the Father and the Mother in Heaven.
56 For man is the dreamer which would see through the darkness clearly plain; touching
in his soul those hidden things which would compel that he create what is uncreated,
fashioning from the dreams within, such things as would draw him closer still to
57 Breathing into such timely visions, the breath of his own life; causing that
the fruits of all his dreams should take living form, to walk upon the earth; touching
through the affairs of men, the hidden soul within.
58 Know then, Jehovah-Yahweh, that in war is there no virtue found; for it is the
spirit within and not the war without that leads a man in all his searching.
59 For in the ways of man are you most fearful, causing that you should hate with
bitter zeal, the whole of all mankind; for this cause would you bring war upon the
whole of man; hoping therein to retard such progress as man would make for himself
60 Be you wise therefore, and consider well the ways of man; for there is born in
the heart of man a small but timely seed, even the seed of curiosity filled with
constant wonder; which seed does lie buried deep in the mind of every man and every
woman which live the mortal life.
61 And it is the life which all men live that does tempt the seed to grow; for the
flesh of the body is the earth wherein the seed is firmly planted; and the life of
the body like a river flowing gently onward.
62 And it is this life, though small and passing frail, even it has become to the
seed within even as the wind, and rain and sun above.
63 Thus would man, prompted by the spirit deep within, seek most constantly to know
and understand all things; probing here and seeking there, reaching out through smiles
and tears to lay hold of that which is greater still.
64 For it is the meaning of all things which man does seek most earnestly; hoping
therein to find for himself some greater purpose, reaching forth with open hands
to touch the face of God.
65 For this cause did God send forth unto the earth the shadow of his own likeness;
being ever hopeful that I might give into the hands of men, the greatest meaning
and purpose of all.
66 Thus is there seen in the heart of all men, the beginnings of some endless wonder;
being in their very persons both unique and strangely rare; for by the very hand
of God was man separated from the natural world, whereby he might seek for himself
that endless nature which comes from God alone.”
67 Thus did I speak unto the Demiurge a strong defense for the sake of man; and
when I was completed, Jehovah-Yahweh did move most restlessly round about; and I
did wait most patiently the coming forth of still some further accusation.