Tae’s Prayer Chapter 1 Tae’s Prayer
01/1.1. JEHOVIH, the Creator, said: I blow My breath upon the planet, and man1 comes forth, inquiring: Who am I, and what is my destiny? ||
01/1.2. So I send an elder brother of man, to teach him, and show him the light.
01/1.3. God said: Behold2 me, O3 man, I am an elder brother. I have passed through death and found the glory of the unseen worlds.
01/1.4. Jehovih gave to me, your God, dominion over the earth and her heavens.
01/1.5. Man said: I have found truth in corpor (physicality); I know I live; that trees grow and die. This is true knowledge. || Give me truth regarding the unseen; and a way that I can prove its truth?
01/1.6. And in the stirring up of man’s soul, Jehovih spoke through His4 sons and daughters. His voice came up out of the marsh and down from the heavens above, and the children of men heard and saw, and rose up because of the spirit in them. They responded to Him, Who is Almighty; and their voices were called Tae, because as it is the universal word of all children born, so it represents the universal prayer of man (humankind).
01/1.7. Tae said: Reveal, O Father, give me light! I see the wide earth, the sun, moon and stars. But the great vault of heaven appears to be just an empty sky. Where is the dwelling place5 of the dead; the place of the souls of men?
01/1.8. In times past, You have quickened seers and prophets, and through them, lifted up Your children and proclaimed other worlds! Am I less worthy than those of past ages? All the while my forefathers, and now I, have abided by6 Your mighty presence.
01/1.9. By Your own hand You have quickened my consciousness, to be dissatisfied with the old revelations, and made me peer deeper into the cause and place of things,7 and to desire further light from Your holy place.
01/1.10. By Your power my manhood (womanhood) has been raised up. Only by Your power and wisdom will I be appeased.8
01/1.11. When I was a child I believed as a child, because it was told to me; but now that I am grown, I desire to know who Your prophets were, and how they attained their gifts, and wisdom of words.
01/1.12. The cosmogony You taught in ancient times was sufficient for that day; but now I am raised up by You to receive comprehensive knowledge of the sun, and the stars of other worlds, and of their travel in Your great firmament.9
1 When Oahspe uses the word, man, as here, it refers to the human personage, whether male or female, and can also refer to the race of humankind. This generic meaning of ‘man’ is occasionally reinforced by the use of parentheses as in “Your son (Your daughter).” In those instances where Oahspe uses ‘man, he, him, his’ to mean ‘male human only’ the context makes it clear.
2 perceive, look at, observe, discern
3 The word “O” as in || O man, or O Jehovih || is a simplified construction of the word “Oh” and is used extensively throughout Oahspe.
4 The Creator has had many names and is also feminine, as will be explained later in Oahspe.
5 home, residence, domicile
6 successfully lived with, endured, remained with, conformed to, undergone, borne up under, withstood
7 the why and where of things
8 satisfied, brought to peace and calm
9 the world of space between the stars and planets. –1891 glossary. [sky, heaven, etc.]
01/1.13. And now I cry out to You, where is the promised heaven? Where is the proof of immortal life? By You I was quickened into life and made conscious that I am. To You I come in the majesty You made me, You my Father! By You I was made determined to sift all things to the bottom. In You I know there is capacity to encompass all my holy desires, and answer me.
01/1.14. Give me of Your Light, O Father. When I was a child I called to You as a child; now, I call out in the manhood (womanhood) You have bestowed upon me! I will know Your Lords, Gods, Saviors, and Your promised heaven.
01/1.15. I have scaled the mountain; the countless corporeal worlds traveling in the eternal sea of space speak of Your handiwork! I have perceived that all the stars in heaven would not fill the hollow of Your hand; that truly Your breath moves the universe! The glory of Your works has inspired me with fervor10 to come to Your Mighty Home!
01/1.16. Speak, O Jehovih! You alone can satisfy this soaring spirit that sprang from You, inspired. Give me light! O Father!
01/1.17. I have encompassed the earth and bridged its nations with assimilative words.11 My geography is finished. O, give me a book of heaven! I have burrowed deep in corporeal knowledge, and have seen the drift of all on the earth. Where is the spirit world, and land of the dead? O give me light!
Chapter 2 Tae’s Prayer
01/2.1. Jehovih heard Tae’s prayer, and answered him. He said: Let the angels of heaven go down to the earth. My blessed son calls to Me in wisdom and truth. || And the angels of heaven descended to the earth, for it was in the early days of dan’ha (a time of great spiritual light) in the firmament of heaven, and the angels manifested and proved the immortal life of man.12
01/2.2. Jehovih said: Let this day be the beginning of the reign of Kosmon (the new era now upon us); for it is the beginning of the wisdom of earth joined with the wisdom of heaven,13 in My name.
01/2.3. Tae said: Yet not even half is answered, O my Father in heaven. Since You have proved the immortal life, You have stirred me to my soul’s foundation. Where do these inhabitants of the unseen world come from? Where lies this heavenly footstool of Your majesty?
01/2.4. If when I am dead I shall see the place, is the germ of that sight not already in me? How am I made that I see, but do not see this? Hear, but do not hear this? If I am now dead to14 that which is to be, will I not then be dead to what is here now? Give me light, O Father!
10 intense desire, enthusiasm, zeal, vitality
11 words of amity and goodwill that help bring about harmony, fellowship, peace and unity, being welcoming and congenial
12 This was the spiritualism movement, which flourished from about 1849 to 1882, being capped by the publication of Oahspe.
13 physical awareness united with spiritual awareness
14 unconscious of
15 Etherean worlds are heavenly worlds existing in the highest heaven. To the corporeal eye peering up into the vastness of interstellar space, it looks mostly empty, but to the spiritual eye, it is filled with innumerable worlds— wondrous, awe-inspiring, full of beauty and joy.
16 intangible, not perceived, subtle
17 The depiction of angels having wings was an artistic device meant to symbolize the ability of an angel to rise to the higher heavenly realms, and, so, inspire mortals to understand that the soul was meant to rise beyond the earth.
18 for example, spiritual senses such as spiritual ears and spiritual eyes; also soul, discernment and judgment
01/2.5. Jehovih said: I gave a corporeal body to man so that he could learn corporeal things; but I made death so that he could rise in spirit, as an angel, and inhabit My etherean worlds.15
01/2.6. Tae said: You made both the seen and the unseen. Are they at war, or in harmony? My corporeal body is made of earth (flesh), and stone (minerals, bone) and water. Is the spiritual body, then, not made of air (oxygen, hydrogen) and imperceptible16 dust?
01/2.7. The angels You have sent have feet and legs! Why? Do they walk on the air, or wade through it? They have no wings,17 they cannot fly; they say they have not seen the illustrious angels who have long been dead. Must I also go into the es world (spirit world, heaven) simply to meet my neighbors, and never salute the wise of ancient days? Give me light, O Jehovih!
01/2.8. Something within me makes me anticipate the light and glory of what I have not seen; but I must have it tangible and demonstrable—the pure truth!
01/2.9. Have You not given me an inquiring spirit, so that I must prove all things to my own satisfaction? How and when, then, O Jehovih, shall I find growth for my own members,18 so that I can know the es worlds and its inhabitants? I will not be appeased by merely seeing the spirits of the dead, or by their testimony. They may call themselves God, Christ, Buddha, Brahma, Allah, Confucius or Jesus, yet I will not rest on them or their word. I will put forward my plea to You only, O Jehovih. I am Your son (Your daughter).
01/2.10. You have quickened me to know things by my own knowledge; and though it is told me: Thus said the Lord of your God, yet I will raise my voice ever above them. And though a spirit says: I am your Jehovih, believe me, I will deny him.
01/2.11. For, You have quickened me to rise up above the tales of the ancients, and to demand knowledge from Your throne. By You, my soul is moved to this magnificence, and only Your magnificence can satisfy Your son (Your daughter).
01/2.12. As to the spirits of the dead, I desire to know their dwelling places, how they live, how they travel, their manner of growth, their food and clothes, and how they spend their time—whether they labor or live idly; and above all, to what extent, and in what way, their corporeal lives affected their spiritual happiness in heaven.
01/2.13. I desire to know, too, how it was with the ancients? Make clear, O Jehovih, the heavens and ways of my forefathers, for I would apply Your lessons wisely! The wisdom of today I would weigh against the crucible of the past, and set my star to the future, well prepared.
01/2.14. What then, O Father, is Your judgment upon the world today? For I desire to know how to live, so that tomorrow may prove an everlasting glory. Make plain the ways of heaven and earth, O my Creator! I would know Your creation, so that my just place in Your wide universe may become known to me.
01/2.15. Give me light, O Father! Not by word of mouth. I will have my members quickened so that I can comprehend within myself.
01/2.16. Then Jehovih, the Creator, spoke, saying: To all men and women I gave two senses, corpor and es. In the time of Seffas19 (now finished) I allotted time for man to mature corpor (materiality). But now the time of Kosmon has come (the new era), and man shall mature es (spirituality).
01/2.17. It is well that you be believing toward men and angels; but it is better to develop yourself. You have desired to know the mysteries of My unseen worlds, and the past histories of the earth. Behold, I will give you a new sense, which will fulfill your soul’s desire. And with it, you shall read the books in the libraries of heaven!
01/2.18. In the past, have I not said: All things shall be revealed! || Do not think that a loud-speaking messenger will come, for man would not believe; but I quickened the righteous with My own hand, and they will comprehend without belief.20
01/2.19. The time of preaching and believing is at an end.21 Man shall know by his own knowledge, and practice that which he knows.22 In this, My light is being manifested in this day. ||
01/2.20. And again Jehovih spoke in heaven, in answer to Tae’s prayer; and OAHSPE came forth, being one of the first fruits, for this, the KOSMON era