The Strength and Power of the Woman
The Demiurge attacks – JY: Why will you corrupt the whole of man? – Sex: a vile and
loathsome necessity – Why elevate the woman? – Passions make men weak and docile
– Keys of death and shame – AZ: The peculiar power of the woman – Salvation found
in the equality of women – The voice of The One – Azrael waits for the next indictment
1 These then are the words which I would give unto the children of men whereby you
might take joy in such sexual expressions as do most likely arise between the man
and the woman together;
2 That you might find joy and purpose in the midst of such meanings as I would give
into your keeping; that you might no longer suffer in despair because of such guilt
and shame as the teachers and preachers of religion might foist upon you in the midst
of their many fears.
3 Yet the Demiurge, when he heard for himself the fullness of my intent regarding
the children of men, he grew hot with anger and in an instant he did rush upon me
4 And with great fury he did seize upon the sphere of light wherein I stood, and
he did beat and rage against it; seeking by some furious means to tear away the light
that he might lay hold of me.
5 Yet for all his efforts, he could not take captive; for this cause did he seize
hold of great boulders of stone and iron and, with all his might, he did fling them
against the light; yet for all of this the light did hold most firmly and yielded
not unto the Demiurge the likeness of The One.
6 And there flew out from the soul of the Demiurge a hot and searing flame, which
did breathe hard against the light, and when these things availed to the Demiurge
no advantage, he grew most still, and he spoke unto me, saying:
7 “Why will you corrupt the whole of man because of such things as you would teach
them regarding the sexual appetites of the flesh? For sex is a vile and loathsome
necessity, being in itself nasty and obscene.
8 For you would pervert the minds of both the man and the woman together, teaching
through subtle words that sex is the pathway to the soul within, even that stairway
which would lead them up to Heaven where the Gods alone may dwell.
9 Yet shall I make known abroad that dreadful truth; for if any man or any woman
should seek to follow after the words of your soul, then shall they descend most
surely into the depths of hell; being tormented and bound in flames forever and ever.
10 For by your word would you make weak and flaccid the sons of men, being made
gentle and tame through the temptations of the flesh, being in themselves of little
worth for women’s sake; for you have permitted that silly women, laden with lusts,
should take captive the strength of every man.
11 For women are filled with evil continually, being pernicious and disgusting in
all their ways, ever seeking through the softness of their flesh to seduce a man
into sin and torment; bringing upon those who would succumb a fullness of calamity
12 Why then would you seek to make the woman equal to the man through such vile
passions as the flesh is heir to? Why would you seek to release the woman from all
her servitude and constant labor, seeing that in her leisure she would devise some
subtle means by which she might seize captive the sons of men?
13 What therefore will you say when the children of men are made ruin because of
such abominations as you would cause to come upon the unsuspecting; and all this
through the teaching of your word?
14 What defense will you put forth when the whole of all mankind is brought to judgment
because of you?
15 Will you beg mercy of me then? Will you seek to make supplication for yourself,
or for those which were corrupted because of you? In that dreadful day will you seek
for yourself some escape from all those things which you have done unto the children
16 Behold, I tell you truly that for you there shall be no escape; for the thing
you love most dearly shall I destroy every whit; consigning to the flames in endless
torment, the whole of all mankind; while you I shall cause to watch midst bitter
tears and weeping.
17 This and more shall I cause to come upon the whole of man, because you did dare
to make men weak and docile through the passions of the flesh, causing that there
should be established between the man and the woman together, the sickness of some
18 For it is evident that over you I am given no power to destroy, seeing that you
are ever guarded by the light which comes from afar;
19 Yet unto those which would follow after you am I at liberty to destroy midst
fire and torment; seeing that they are without the light; being in their minds most
fearful of all my might, having their souls made ignorant and filled with dread.
20 Yet am I not without mercy altogether; for if any man should turn away from you,
then shall I pardon him in the midst of all his sins; and I shall cause him to serve
me forever and ever; establishing for my pleasure that he should be as a servant
throughout the halls of endless night. For is not servitude more to be sought than
21 Go then and make corrupt the children of men, even as you will; for into my hands
have I consigned the keys of death and shame; for this truth I know most surely,
that fear is greater than such liberties as you would bring to the children of men.
22 And all those who would seek to follow you now, even they shall rise up and curse
you when there shall steal upon them the shadow of some great fear.”
23 Such were the words which the Demiurge spoke, and when he had finished speaking,
he did roar with laughter, causing that the ground upon which I stood should tremble
and shake all about.
24 But I answered the Demiurge, saying: “Have you not perceived, Jehovah-Yahweh,
that in the soul of the woman there might be given that peculiar power sufficient
to make new again the heart of every man, if it so be that they should love her;
even that power which would prove greater than all your fear and guilt?
25 For I tell you truly that in the woman is there surely found the most beautiful
expression of God’s love for all mankind; being in her soul gracious and most tender;
revealing through soft touches and delicate kisses the very heart of that God which
loved even all men from the very beginning.
26 Consider then the strength wherein the woman is fashioned; for she, being frail
and comely, yet by her beauty and grace does she humble the mighty, or exalt on high
the lowest of men if it so be that they should love her.
27 For women are as the wind which comes from above, causing all things to move
before them; and men, though stout in themselves like mighty oaks, yet are they most
surely moved when there should breathe upon them some small wind.
28 Know therefore, that in the loving of a woman is no man made weak or frail, but
rather there is made to rise within him that very grace and beauty which comes from
afar, which thing will make the man complete and whole every whit.
29 For men, left unto themselves, are destructive and filled with hurt, being in
their baser passions brutish and unyielding; being moved by lustful appetites to
seek dominion and control over those weaker than themselves.
30 Yet, if it so be that there should come forth unto them a woman of grace and
beauty, then are the baser appetites of the man made of no effect; causing that the
man of strength should seek relief from the fury within for the sake of the woman
31 For even now does the whole of man stand upon the edge of some great precipice,
and if there should come forth none to save, then shall the whole of man be swallowed
up in oblivion and death.
32 Consider therefore, the manner by which God would make safe and secure the life
of every man; for you know yourself that if a man be made to stand near a precipice
filled with death, then is he made most anxious and filled with fear, causing that
he should act unwisely to his own destruction.
33 And if there should come unto him some other who would think to save, then might
he, rushing forth to rescue, cause the imperiled man to step swiftly back from the
very one who would save him.
34 And stepping back, then is he made to fall to his own doom, having been overwhelmed
by fear and dread from the very start.
35 For they which are strong, if it so be that they are imperiled by certain doom,
and there should come unto them some other which is strong also, then shall they
which are imperiled see in the one who would save them, the coming forth of some
great threat; for it is not strength alone which would rescue the strong.
36 But if there should come forth to save, that which is soft and comely, then are
the strong entreated through tender words and gentle movements to draw themselves
away from death; being drawn from the darkness and into the light.
37 Thus did God consider wisely the means by which he might rescue; for women by
their gentle nature do woo most tenderly, and the man, seeing in them no danger,
is drawn little by little away from death altogether; even until he should embrace
the woman and therein find life and joy together.
38 Thus, in the equality of the woman is the salvation of all mankind made most
certain; for in her beauty and grace is there come forth unto all men the seeds of
life and joy; healing and mending through gentle passions, the wounds which hurt
and make afraid;
39 For in the womb of the woman are all men most strongly fashioned; making way
in the midst of all their strength, that softer place where love might grow and flourish
within them, giving birth in them of some far more greater vision than they have
ever before known.
40 Let therefore, the man reverence the woman with all his might, accepting with
all tender regard the equality of all her house; for in the coming together of the
man and the woman is there brought forth unto each a great many benefits and joys.”
41 Thus did I speak unto Jehovah-Yahweh, and when I was completed he grew most still
and thoughtful, and in the bosom of the light did I await the coming forth of still
some further accusation against the children of men.
42 But in the bosom of my soul did God gently smile, and there came into my mind
the voice of The One, saying: “You have well said, my son. Continue therefore in
such grace as I shall grant unto you; for still further would I have you speak for
the sake of every man and every woman upon the earth.”
43 And so I did most patiently await the rebuke of that Demiurge who would put forth
a most hurtful indictment, being confident within the very soul of me that I would
answer rightly and not amiss.