A More Noble Way
Learning the Prayer of the Self – The son asks concerning about goodness – Living
a life of service – Life and love, grace and beauty, hope and joy – The sum of all
good things are found in the woman – Salvation found in the grace and beauty of the
woman – Changing the ways of men – The woman: a temple where man ought to worship
– Loving a woman – Enlighten, clothe and uplift the woman – Unlocking the seed of
goodness within the woman – A son’s promise
1 Thus did the son learn from his mother the issues of his life; having placed before
him a far more noble way filled with hope and brightness.
2 And taking from his mother the Prayer of the Self, the son did master all the
words which his mother taught unto him;
3 Speaking the words aloud unto himself three times a day; praying to himself at
the rising and setting of the sun, as well as in the darkness of the night when he
would lay himself down upon his mother’s breasts to sleep.
4 For it was the mother’s full intent that the son be safely guided throughout the
days of his life, speaking to himself words of faith and assurance; casting forth
through the words he spoke, an image of some greater self filled with goodness and
5 For it was certain that unless the son should define for himself the image of
a nobler likeness, then would others apportion unto him a likeness both small and
mean; causing that the son should prove no greater than the most common of men.
6 Now on a certain day, the son spoke unto Areta, saying: “Mother, what is this
goodness of which you speak? For I would know it for myself also.
7 For I perceive already that in the days of my manhood shall you prove unable to
guide me; seeing that in a few years only, I shall be taken away from you, and made
by force to learn the ways of war and death.
8 How then shall I know the things which are good unless you teach me in my youth,
to see beyond the shadows of most common things; to embrace with my heart the things
which you see most clearly?”
9 And Areta answered him, saying: “Hear, my son, the words of my heart, and forget
not your mother’s counsel; for I will place within the heart of you, the means by
which all good things are revealed.
10 For unless you should know for yourself the things which are good, then how shall
you prove of service to the children of men?
11 Know then, my son, that it is most unseemly for a man to live for himself alone;
for in the service of others does he but add to his life the things of greatest worth.
12 For except you give through the living of your life the ways of goodness, then
shall all of mankind perish from the earth forever.
13 Look, therefore, round about you; for the world is drunk with blood and horror,
and war and death have seized firmly upon the ways of every man; to drown beneath
the darkness of despair and gloom, the hope of all who live.
14 Hear then, and I will make known to you the things which would reveal themselves
in goodness, being incorruptible of men; being in themselves both pure and untainted
by the ways of men.
15 For all those things which contain in themselves, or which promote in the affairs
of men both life and love, grace and beauty, hope and joy, are good and worthy of
emulation and devotion.
16 For life is preferable to death, and love is greater than hate; in like manner
also is grace and beauty more to be desired than the brutishness of common men; while
hope and joy together more to be sought than darkness and despair.
17 But where, my son, are all these things together found; being contained in single
likeness and form, whereby you might embrace the whole as one, to be in yourself
most benefited within and without by the touching and the living of all these things?”
18 Such were the words which Areta spoke most gently to her son; and the child answered
the mother, saying: “I know not where all these things are found in one.”
19 And the mother smiled upon her son, and taking him to a window nearby, she pointed
to those women which were made to labor in the gardens of the house; and she spoke
20 “There, my child, is found the sum of all good things in one; being revealed
in the softness of the woman; for women in themselves bring forth life in place of
death; having in her form and movements a fullness of grace and beauty.
21 And if it should be that a man will love her, to treat her with most kind regard,
then does there leap from out of the very heart of her, a fullness of love and fire
together mixed; to clothe in most gentle kisses and tender touches, the warmth of
all her hope and joy together.
22 For this truth would I speak most firmly unto you, my son, that in the woman
is there seen the only hope for all mankind; for the salvation of every man is found
in the grace and beauty of the woman, and in no other.
23 Yet is the woman held everywhere in bondage; being made to serve man by base
and lowly means; being tormented and ravaged continually by the passions of hateful
men; being pillaged and desecrated by the wanton lusts and cruel ways of those which
rule over them.
24 For this cause would I place in you that subtle wisdom, filled with cunning,
by which you might set all women at liberty, to free her from all her many fears;
that there might flow out from the heart of every woman, such goodness as men, themselves,
might come to cherish.
25 Hear then such words of counsel as your mother would give, and forget not my
soul’s desiring; for it is given you to make most possible the love of a man for
a woman, and the love of a woman for a man.
26 For the man, in his present state, knows not the ways of love or of peace; being
taught from his youth to scorn the women which serve him; to hold in contempt and
ridicule, the woman which gave him life;
27 Causing that every woman should tremble in fear before the gaze of any man; while
men, being taught only the ways of hate and cruelty, do attack with bitter scorn
the thing which is made to fear them.
28 Thus, my son, in the days of your manhood must you find that subtle means whereby
the harshness of man is diminished against the woman; causing that the woman should
no longer fear; but like the flowers of both mountain and plain, blossom forth before
the eyes of men, causing that men should seek to love them.
29 Now consider, my son, such goodness as I would have you draw from my heart, even
as milk from the breasts; that there might arise in you a goodness of your own; being
strong and firmly planted through the mingling of our lives together.
30 Causing that in the subtlety of your thoughts and the goodness of your heart,
you might find those certain means whereby you might bend the ways of men through
the smallest of measures; to change in every man his treatment of the woman, whereby
both are equally benefited.
31 Know then that by small and clever moves shall you lift women above the sum of
all her fears, to reveal in her the seed of goodness which lies within; giving birth
in the affairs of men both life and love, grace and beauty, hope and joy.
32 Listen therefore and ponder deeply in the days of your youth; for I would make
known to you the heart of every woman, to reveal in you what she is like unto.
33 For the woman is the temple where a man ought to worship; embracing to his weary
heart the hope and joy of life and love together; drinking through the senses of
the heart and flesh, a fullness of grace and beauty.
34 Seeking through the gentle touch and softest kiss the fulfillment of the self;
for the man without the woman is but half complete; being empty of that goodness
which would enrich his life throughout.
35 For in the man and the woman together is there found that sure completeness which
each would seek; pouring into each the other, a fullness of tender dreams filled
with passion; to make as one the hearts and minds of each forever.
36 Know then, my son, that in the elevation of the woman shall all men be edified,
being led through tender passions out from the ways of darkness and into that light
which would fill the world with life.
37 To lift above the base passions of brutish men, the whole of all mankind; imbuing
the world of men with such goodness as does flow out most gently through the heart
and mind of the woman.
38 Come then, my son, and I will make known to you the ways by which you should
love a woman; that by your kind regard might other men seek to imitate;
39 Receiving within their minds such subtle reasonings as you would bring forth
as a justification for all your actions; becoming in yourself most enlightened regarding
the status of such women as will one day live within the walls of your own house.
40 Accepting as both sensible and logical such words and deeds as you would place
before them; whereby they might consider for themselves such things as would prove
of greater worth and benefit.
41 For this cause did I elect to dwell in the House of Seti-Kahn, knowing full well
that unto my son would there arise an occasion for advancement and promotion, to
become as someone great and mighty in the affairs of men and of nations.
42 Causing that those which serve beneath you, desiring for themselves both privilege
and favor, might do and speak and reason after your own likeness.
43 Thus, my son, in that day when you are made to be with a woman, to cast within
her the seeds of your life, give unto her such gentle regards as you would have other
men give unto me.
44 Be not in yourself both common and base as other men, neither be you scornful
of the woman’s softness, but see in her the softness and likeness of your mother,
to enter her with all manner of reverence and joy; for I tell you truly that the
woman is the temple where a man ought to worship.
45 Kissing her upon the lips and upon the breasts midst loving passions; stroking
with a gentle hand the flesh of her body; drawing from the midst of soft desires,
the yearnings and longings of all her heart.
46 Therefore, my son, would I have you to suckle from the woman’s breasts, whereby
she might nurture you unto goodness; that there might flow from her breasts both
hope and joy together fashioned, to make as warm and bright the very heart and mind
47 Enter, therefore, the temple of her flesh with praise and love upon your lips;
and you shall find within her womb that very sanctuary where you and the woman might
most gently move and dance.
48 Binding through your tender rhythms, the passions of your heart; to fuse together
midst fire and love, the goodness of her heart within you; causing that there should
be equally fused in the mind and heart of the woman, the seed of all your strength
49 And not this only, for you must in most subtle ways, lift the woman from the
darkness of all her bondage; that the goodness of her heart might shine forth upon
50 Seeking through most careful means to make her equal unto the man regarding the
issues of this life; permitting that she might save him from all his wrathful folly.
51 Speak you therefore most kindly unto every woman, and refrain from hard and bitter
speech; that through the reasoned softness of your words might other men seek to
emulate, being most anxious in themselves to gain your favor.
52 Yet must you go beyond the sum of all these things; for it is needful that the
grace and beauty of the woman be clearly manifest unto all which see.
53 Therefore must you seek to clothe the women of your house in gowns and dresses
of exquisite cut and form; revealing through design and color the natural beauty
and grace of all her movements.
54 Causing that men shall see them in a far more different light, whereby they might
seek to find in them a dear and loving companion, and not the slave which fears him.
55 Give then unto the woman, an abundance of goodly things; and seek not to withhold
from them the joys of knowledge and of learning.
56 For in the attainment of knowledge shall every woman prove herself equal unto
men; to become, in time, that cherished companion in all his doings.
57 Adding to the life of every man, the hope of a far more noble way; unleashing
upon the affairs of men a richness greater than he has ever known before.
58 Seek therefore, every opportunity to enlighten, to clothe, and to uplift the
state of every woman; that you may unlock from the very heart of her, the seed of
all her goodness.”
59 Such were the words which Areta spoke unto her son. And the son did place his
hands upon his mother’s breasts and pledged most devoutly, saying: “All these things
shall I strive to do in remembrance of you.”
60 And hearing the words of her son, Areta smiled midst tears of joy; and she did
press her son most gently to her bosom, and there did they together rest most peacefully
upon each the other.