The Second Dispensation - - Benevolence (part I)
Heavenly Father returns to Terralee – Noaeya, the son of Kishkah – “Who is this man
which plays so well such melodies?” – Noaeya receives an invitation from the magistrate
– Noaeya brings the poor and common to the feast – Noaeya’s grace and humility is
noticed – The magistrate: “What manner of man are you?” – Noaeya reveals himself
– The magistrate questions Noaeya’s credibility – Noaeya suggests a contest of sorts
– The question: What power is greatest in making people good? – The arm of man and
the rule of law – Noaeya responds to the answers given – “No goodness can be rooted
in fear” – The question remains
1 In the lands of Komoru, where the waters gently sing, there came a man of humble
birth, which many came to love; for he was good and deeply wise, bearing in his soul
that deeper knowledge which all could feel, having in his eyes a certain light which
all could plainly see.
2 For on the world of Terralee did there pass some two thousand years since the
coming of Adamilus and Evelah, causing that God should come forth himself to establish
well the second dispensation; for there had sprung up already the beginnings of the
3 Causing that in the minds of a great many had the teachings of Adamilus and Evelah
become corrupted or forgotten, having busied themselves with many cares, believing
in their minds that knowledge was preferable to wisdom, and that power more to be
sought than goodness.
4 Yet did many others still hold fast to the stories of Adamilus and Evelah, believing
with all their might that in wisdom and goodness could be found the surest path to
God, being themselves ever watchful for the day when the man of God might reveal
5 For among those which still believed, even among these did there arise contentions
and disputations, being in their soft affections most easily offended because of
pride and hurtful egos.
6 Thus did the Heavenly Father come forth unto the earth, being himself born as
any man, yet being from his youth most precocious and filled with joy, becoming by
his own election the friend of every man and every woman; having his heart and mind
made broad and wide through gentle approbations, being in his person without boundaries
7 Now there entered the city of Komoru a good and gracious man, being called himself,
Noaeya the son of Kishkah; and all which came to know him found in him a man of love
and gentle laughter, being in his soul touched by a deep and happy calm.
8 And sitting in the market place, he would play the flute and all which heard were
pleased and oft would stop their labors perchance to hear, for in the melody of the
flute was there a sweet but haunting sound; and every day did Noaeya sit in the market
place, greeting all who passed by with a kind and gentle word.
9 Thus, by and by, the seasons passed and there were many people within the city
which came to have regard for him; and daily would they gather to hear, for Noaeya
was a teller of stories and a speaker of parables.
10 Now on a certain day there chanced by a certain magistrate of the city, and hearing
for himself the music of the flute, he stopped to listen, and there in the center
of the market did he see Noaeya.
11 And being intrigued, he asked of those nearby, saying: “Tell me, good neighbor,
who is this man which plays so well such strange and haunting melodies?”
12 Then did one answer the magistrate, saying: “This man is but the player of the
flute, and a teller of stories, only this and nothing more.”
13 But yet did another answer, saying: “This man is a good and holy teacher sent
by God to reveal in our soul the mystery of hidden things.”
14 Yet to all this did a woman speak in answer to the magistrate, saying: “This
very man is Noaeya, a wise and holy man; and I perceive in his countenance and manner
the coming again of our first and ancient father, Adamilus.”
15 When the magistrate heard these things, he was determined to examine Noaeya before
the rulers of the city; for he saw in him the rising up of a new power, for all those
which were poor and common did find joy in the hearing of him.
16 Thus, on a certain day the magistrate sent unto Noaeya a messenger, saying: “Good
Master, this day would the chief magistrate of the city honor you, and even now would
bid you come to the feast which he has prepared for your honor.”
17 And Noaeya spoke to the messenger, saying: “Go and tell your master that I have
many children, and it is not good that the father should eat while the children are
18 Now hearing this the messenger rushed to the magistrate and he told him all which
Noaeya said; and he sent again unto Noaeya, saying: “Good Master, the magistrate
commands that even you should bring the children whereby they might also sup; for
the feast is ready, and there is food and drink in abundance.”
19 Then did Noaeya go forth unto the banquet, and there went with him even all the
poor and common; and seeing the approach of so many, the magistrate gave a quick
command unto all his many servants, saying:
20 “Go you quickly unto the suppliers of the city, and bring food sufficient that
all might eat; for this man has brought to my very doors, even the whole city together.”
And immediately the servants rushed forth to obey.
21 Now seeing that Noaeya had brought with him the multitudes, the magistrate thought
himself much advantaged, for he would examine Noaeya before the whole city and not
just the rulers only; and if he should prove Noaeya false or common, then would the
city see the magistrate as the protector of the public good.
22 But if Noaeya should prove himself a wise and holy man, then would the magistrate
also be benefited before the people; for he proved himself the first which would
honor Noaeya before the whole city in the giving of the feast.
23 Thus did there begin the great feast, and Noaeya became himself the servant of
all, bending before the grace of his own soul in the serving of others.
24 And seeing the grace and humility of Noaeya, and seeing also how the people loved
him, reaching out with eager hands to touch and receive from him, even the magistrate
and all the rulers also did go forth to serve.
25 And there was had by all a great and pleasing time; for when Noaeya and the rulers
of the city had finished serving, then did Noaeya entreat that the magistrate and
all the rulers should likewise sit and eat, and these also did Noaeya serve.
26 Thus did the whole city together feast while Noaeya began to play, drawing from
the flute a strange and pleasing tune, weaving in the souls of all a deep and happy
calm filled with rich contentment, ever building through his songs the communion
of every heart;
27 Causing that there should spring up within that soft and kindred spirit which
would make as one the family of man, being bound together through feasting and rejoicing.
28 For the music of the flute and the joy of Noaeya’s soul did bring down the barriers
which would separate one man from another, causing that every man and every woman
and children also should rejoice in each their neighbor, becoming all in one and
one in all.
29 Now the hours passed and when it was evening tide, the magistrate came and sat
himself before Noaeya, and with him came the rulers of the city, each according to
their place and rank; and the people, perceiving that the elders would examine Noaeya,
even they gathered round about to witness.
30 And the magistrate spoke kindly unto Noaeya, saying: “Tell us good sir: What
manner of man are you? For we have witnessed for ourselves the gift of all your grace,
how that you do always give of yourself to the people, while yet you would take so
little in return. What manner of man are you then, and by what means would you profit
31 When the magistrate spoke all these things, there fell upon the whole assembly
a great hush, for every man and every woman desired to hear the words of Noaeya;
and Noaeya spoke, saying:
32 “I am a man like all men, having in my form flesh and blood and bone, being myself
subject to life even as you are subject to life; yet in my soul am I before you,
being myself the very seed from which all men have come.
33 For this I tell you for your learning, that you might know deeply the things
of God, that before the days of all your fathers, even I did go before them, being
myself found in every dream and hopeful prayer, ever whispering in the heart of things
both great and dear.
34 Know then that I am the teacher which comes from God, being in my soul most anxious
to give to those who seek that portion which comes from above; for every teacher
which comes from Heaven draws forth from all his treasury things both old and new;
and to whomsoever would receive, even to that one will I give in abundance.
35 For I tell you truly that in the body of Noaeya is Adamilus come alive to walk
again among you, being in himself and myself together the ancient father of which
your own fathers spoke midst anxious breath, being themselves ever hopeful and filled
with prayers that even they might live to see this day.”
36 So spoke Noaeya before all the people, and hearing the boldness of his words,
even every man and every woman was filled with amazement; and the magistrate inquired
of Noaeya, saying:
37 “How can we know if these things be true? For we have seen your goodness, how
that you are gracious to the great and small alike. By what means shall we know that
you are truly come from God, and that you have not come to seek some power over us?”
38 And Noaeya answered, saying: “I would likewise ask of you a question, and if
you answer rightly, then am I deceived and shall stand myself exposed to a just but
39 But if you answer not rightly, and in my speaking the people should find agreement,
then must you consent that I am Adamilus come forth again unto the children of men,
being myself the Ancient of Days.
40 For you are the rulers of the city, being in yourselves wise and just and good.
Yet in Father Adamilus was there found the greatest wisdom of all.
41 Let us then begin with happy hearts to find the truth of who I am; for in your
place is there found already some great advantage, for you are many and I am one.
42 How say you then; shall we contest with each the other upon the soul of all our
knowing, that perchance the people might perceive for themselves the place where
43 And if the greater wisdom be found with you, then am I false indeed, having deceived
my own self; for all men know already that the wisdom of God cannot prove less than
that of mortal men.
44 But if the greater wisdom should be in me revealed for all to see, then must
you agree that I am truly come from God, and will yourselves permit that I should
teach to all these people the things which come from God; for in this very moment
stands the beginning of the second dispensation. How say you then?”
45 Then did all the people shout as one, saying: “Agree! Agree!” And the magistrate
did smile and all the rulers also; for they thought themselves advantaged, holding
in themselves, altogether, the greater wisdom.
46 And the magistrate, standing before all the people whereby he might quiet them,
spoke unto Noaeya, saying: “We are in agreement. Speak to us the question and we
shall answer straight and true.”
47 And Noaeya, seeing that even the multitude was most attentive and anxious to
hear, he spoke to the rulers of the city, saying: “Tell me true and hold not back:
What power is greatest in making people good?”
48 Then did a woman answer from among the rulers, saying: “It is the rulers of the
city which make the people good, for it is appointed that we should judge the right
and the wrong; that in this city there might be peace and sweet accord between every
man and every woman their neighbor.”
49 When Noaeya heard these things he smiled, and turning to the people he asked
of them, saying: “Is there no power greater than the arm of man which would make
the people good? Shall we think that these who rule are made the only power which
would compel that you be good?”
50 And turning to the magistrate, Noaeya asked with tender voice, saying: “Come,
my good and faithful son, and of yourself answer rightly: Is there no power greater
than yourselves which would compel that you judge rightly and not amiss?”
51 Then did the magistrate take a long but thoughtful pause, and rousing himself
he spoke unto Noaeya, saying: “There is a power greater than every man, which power
compels that all men and all women should comport themselves as good and faithful
52 Know then, good Master, that it is the law, which we ourselves administer, that
would compel that we judge rightly and not amiss; for under the rule of law is every
man and every woman compelled to be good and not evil.
53 Therefore, let it stand that the law is by its nature greater than any ruler
which would judge rightly in the affairs of men, being itself the greatest power,
while we which sit in judgment are but its humble servants.”
54 Now when the magistrate had said these things, both the rulers and the people
did stand in agreement together, believing in themselves, even as the magistrate
had spoken, that in the law was there found the greatest power which would make every
man and every woman good.
55 But Noaeya sat himself quietly still, and when all was hushed, he spoke to the
magistrate, saying: “It is a weighty thing which you have spoken, being of itself
worthy of some deeper thought; for if the law be the greatest power, and you but
prove yourself the servant only, then from whence came the law? Who is its father
and its mother?”
56 And the magistrate answered, saying: “It is we who have made the law, having
first inherited it from our fathers which did build this very city; and with each
generation do we add to the law, whereby all might be benefited.
57 See then how the law is made the greatest power in the affairs of men, being
in its form and manner the means by which we are compelled to do good, for it is
certain that without the law, the people will not live in peace, each beside their
neighbor, for fear of the law and punishment causes that even all should act rightly.”
58 So spoke the magistrate, but Noaeya answered him again, saying: “If you then
be the makers of the law, and your fathers before you also, then how will you say
that you are its servant, seeing that the law is made to come from out of the very
midst of you?
59 For by your own words have you made the law the child of man. How then will you
say it is your master, or that the law is the greatest power in the affairs of men?
60 For it is not given that the children should rule over the parent, whereby they
might compel that the parents should act rightly; but that the parents should rule
over the children, guiding them with most tender affection in the way which they
61 Yet, my children, is there not some greater power beyond the rule of law which
would cause that a man should act rightly in the affairs of all his life, being rooted
not in the fear of punishment, but in the joy of something greater still?
62 Know then that no goodness can be rooted in fear, for fear is a bitter soil which
gives seed to all manner of noxious weeds, bearing as its only fruit the hurt of
guilt and shame, placing in the heart of those afflicted a dreadful hate filled with
63 Consider, therefore, and answer well. Is there no power greater than the rule
of law, which would make all people good, being itself beyond every man and every
woman; yet being of itself always present and most happily eager to turn the heart
64 Being itself within and without, being beyond the taint of lesser things, yet
always drawing near; becoming of itself the crown upon the head and the path beneath
our feet, in whose very light all joy and goodness are made as real, to stride itself
upon the earth, to fill the soul of man with peace and calm regard.
65 Can you not reveal to me this power which is, of itself, greater than the rule
of law, or greater still than every man together?”
66 And hearing this, the magistrate turned eagerly to the rulers round about, to
take counsel of his peers; and there fell upon the whole assembly a great hush filled