07 Gods

The human worships nature in terms of personality. The reason for this is that the human identifies himself with his body, and so does not think of nature, power, love,or intelligence, except as proceeding from a personality. Man cannot conceive of anything without identity or form; therefore, when he wants to worship nature he magnified men and women. His religion is the tie between him and his gods.

These nature gods cannot continue to exist without worship, for they need and depend on human thought for nourishment. That is why they are continually crying for and commanding worship. There are ceremonies and symbols with which they demand to be adored; and certain places, temples and buildings for their worship. The symbols appear in ornaments on, or in the very form of, vestments, temples, and structures; or in dances or rites performed in these by worshippers.

The symbols represent chiefly procreation, food and punishment. Among such religious symbols are, for the male deities, the sun and the rays of the sun; fire and that which carries fire—as a torch or a candle; and for the goddesses, the earth, the moon and water. Then there are directly the generative parts of the human body, and the symbols which indicate them; as, for the male, the stem of a palm-tree, conifers, a shaft, a pillar, a staff, an obelisk, an arrow, a lance, a sword, an erect serpent, a bull, a goat and other animals. The female is represented by a woman holding a child; and by a vessel, an arch, a grove, a door, a lozenge, a shell, a boat, a rose, a pomegranate, a cow, a cat, and similar fertile animals. The parts of man are made to appear in the conventional forms of the male triad, trefoil and bishop's crook; and the female symbols are such things as the vesica pisces, a bowl, a goblet or an urn. These symbols are used alone or jointly.

The conventional forms appear in many combinations, generally in cross or star forms, indicating junction. Nature and the nature gods have no feeling and no desire in themselves; but they feel and desire with human feelings and desires. They get these through human bodies. That is not to say that these gods are subservient to man, or that they powerless. They are beings of splendor and of vast power: the force of nature is behind them. They can and they do punish and reward. Their worshippers they reward with the objects of the worship. They are as faithful to man as he is to them. They reward a man or a people as far as they can. There is a limit to their powers; but they can bestow strength and beauty of body, and health, possessions, worldly power, success in undertakings, long life, and posterity. The gods do this as long as a man or a people are faithful in worship and obedient to their commands. However, the power of these gods is limited in a twofold way: by the worship of the people, and by the boundaries set by the law of thought.

None of these gods has intelligence of his own; a god is not an Intelligence and has no Light of an Intelligence, except what he gets in the thoughts of human worship. All the intelligence a god has he gets through doers in human bodies.

Such a nature god is subject to the Intelligences which rule the earth sphere. Yet each nature god desires to be considered by his human servitors as the Supreme Intelligence of the Universe. It is from the doer that the god gets the idea of being worshipped as the Supreme Intelligence. The god desires such worship because, if the doer feels so about him, it will be faithful to him. The god is what the human beings make him. They actually endow him with all their ambitions and desires, their brutality and revenge, their mercy, kindness and love. Nature gods crave Light of an Intelligence. It is impossible for them to receive it except as they get control of doers in human bodies.

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