A Reading from the Oahspe
1 Be patient, O man, with thy neighbour and thy brother. 2 Many men are far short in righteousness, and without strength to accomplish to the extent the mind conceives; 3 And for having done wrong suffer lamentably, with none to relieve them; 4 For which reason thou shalt provide them honourable comfort.
5 In the past, such ones confessed to a priest, and he pardoned them, whereby they were quieted and relieved of great distress.
The first virtue is to learn to find Jehovih in all things, and to love and glorify Him.
The second virtue is Cleanliness; all peoples, old and young, shall bathe once a day.
The third virtue is to eat no fish nor flesh, nor other unclean thing; for of what profit is it to bathe the outer part if one putteth filth within?
The fourth virtue is Industry. Because the Father gave man neither feathers, nor hair nor wool; let it be testimony of His commandment that man shall clothe himself. To clothe one’s self, and to provide one’s self with food; these are the enforced industry upon all people. In addition to these, to labour for the helpless; to bathe them and feed them, and house them and clothe them; these are the volunteer industries permitted by the Father that ye may prove your soul’s worthiness before Him. Without industry no people can be virtuous. (Definition of Industry in this context: To keep one’s self in constant action to a profitable result. To rise before the sun and bathe and perform the religious rites by the time the sun riseth; and to labour thereafter not severely but pleasantly until sunset, this is Industry. The industrious man findeth little time for the evil one’s influences.)
For those not familiar with the term “Uzian,” the Oahspe uses this term, to put it simply, as a person of the world. An Uzian is not a Faithist. Another term for this is “worldly person.”
In a modern world it is almost impossible to live without relying on the Uzians for one reason or another. For example, most of us must purchase goods from worldly manufacturers and retail stores. Most of us do not have the resources or talents to make our own shoes, build our own homes, or manufacture our own medications. While these things are possible, as they were in the past, it is not practical in the world in which we live today.
Book of Inspiration 7:8-11
8. To man I give liberty to acquire wisdom by observing the method of My work, as I manifest in other living creatures.
9. I have also given man capacity to attain to know My inspiration in contradistinction from the inspiration he receiveth from his surroundings.
10. To no other creature gave I this capacity.
Question: Are you familiar with the Oahspe Standard Version, and if so, what are your thoughts about it?
I am only vaguely familiar with this edition, since I have used a much older one for several years. The website for the version in question says it’s “in modern language. Carefully edited to preserve original meanings and nuance, the Oahspe Standard Edition, first published in 2007.”
I believe the one on the Oahspe altar in the chapel where I serve is from the 1940’s or 1950’s and is a reprint of the original.
For those interested in the history of Shalam, a Faithist compound in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, you might want to read the small book SHALAM — Utopia on the Rio Grande 1881-1907 by Lee Priestley. These are available in paperback and hard cover.
The book is about the history of Shalam, a Faithist compound that failed. It had a pretty good start, but Mir Mahvar, Mir Salazar and angelic beings have stated that what was attempted was started too soon. The people were zealous and generous with what they had. One man contributed his entire fortune. But disease killed off some of the inhabitants, and children who had been brought to the compound were sent to orphanages, and possibly to other Faithist communities of the time.
For humans, a vegetarian lifestyle is preferred, but not obligatory for all humankind. Consuming meat and dairy products can have negative effects on the ability to hear the Pure Sound of the Divine. By “Pure Sound” is meant suis. (See the article on Suis here). Essentially, an adult is responsible for his or her own choices in life.
Some have asked about fish and poultry, because in some religious traditions, these types of foods are often used as meat substitutes. Actually, these are directly mentioned in the Oahspe. For Essene Faithists, meat refers to all living, breathing creatures — thus this would include both fish and poultry.