THE CALLING OF LEVITICA.
1. When the call of Gratiyus was sent abroad, many people came to Children's Land, and when they assembled together, they desired to learn more of the proposed life.
2. Gratiyus said: This is called Levitica, because it lie between Shalam and the world's people. To build here a village and beautify it so all may be happy, is this not fulfilling a life in this world? And if man fulfill in the highest in this world, will he not be best prepared for the next? Where the greatest number of people can live together in peace, plenty, and happiness on the smallest piece of land is the highest civilization.
3. Whosoever desire a house, let it be given him or her, and the land also should be portioned to each and every one according to his or her capacity to cultivate and use it. But no more land should be given to any one than he or she can cultivate or use. And the same should be for life. But after death the trustees should give it to another, and it should be for that one during life also. For in that manner are all these lands held.
4. Whosoever desire cattle for milk, let him have them, and a place for the cattle also. But he should not sell or dispose of the males to anybody to be slain for food. But where the males, as asses, oxen, or wool goats can be used, and not killed for food, suffer the people to keep them.
5. A common store-house for buying and selling goods should be maintained, so that all who wish may obtain primary prices.
6. But no one should keep a store for the sale of goods, or for buying goods, thereby living out of the profits.
7. Nor should any lawyer, doctor, or preacher, or other professional person receive money or goods for his professional service. But a day's work for any one of these should be equivalent to, and no more than a day's work at any labor. But for a preacher, as in preaching sermons, or marrying people, or saying service for the dead, no wages or pay should be given.
8. Where certain men engage in some manufacture together, no wages should be given, but the result of their production should be according to the labor of each and all, and so divided.
9. Each and every household should be under the dominion of the person or persons who dwell therein.
10. General schools should be maintained for children, by an universal contribution in proportion to their incomes. But manual instruction should be given to both boys and girls without regard to sex, in the various trades and occupations carried on in Levitica. All householders, even one for each occupied house, should be entitled to one vote, without regard to sex.
11. Two worlds are bestowed by Jehovih, the adult world and the world of children under five years. The former is for man, the latter for woman, nor is one glory greater than the other. Men and women are in accord with Jehovih in proportion as they adapt themselves to their respective places.
12. The people desired to know about the government. Gratiyus said:
13. Where age is respected, discipline is esteemed. A young officer breed defiance. Respect to fathers and mothers, and to the aged, hath marked the highest and best civilizations. The want of such respect lead in the way of anarchy, dissipation, and misery. Therefore, the oldest inhabitant of the village should be chief, and he should be the executor of the majority voice. But where there are more than ten families, another chief should be added for them, who should be the second oldest inhabitant. And the first chief should be called C'Chief. Each and all chiefs should be officers for life if they choose, and if they comply with the rules of the village and the decrees of Tae.
14. And since it is an advantage to the virtue and good behavior of the people of one settlement to know one another, let not Levitica ever contain more than one thousand people.
LAWS OF LEVITICA.
1. When the people saw the way to happy homes they remembered Jehovih, and returned thanks to him, because He had brought them out of cities of evil, and thus bestowed them.
2. With one voice they added: Should we not manifest our gratitude for this new mode of life, and of receiving homes without money or price, by extending a like benefit unto others? Let this be done: create a Children's Fund to be for ever.
3. And we will all pay into said fund one-tenth of our earnings, and the money should go for the benefit of orphans, foundlings, and other little children, and for purchasing more land for children's sake. And all such lands should be open for the Faithists and their children for ever.
4. To this the people universally agreed.
5. So the people entered into such a compact with one another, even as it remain''' to this day.
6. Gratiyus said unto them: A great evil exist''' amongst the world's people--that is lawsuits, a greater tyranny and curse on the people than was ever exercised by any king or emperor in all the world. Amongst them any person can bring a suit at law, and inflict great hardships on a defendant without himself being at much expense, whilst the defendant is literally robbed and without any redress. For which reason the courts are used as a sort of blackmail for evil disposed people. See to it, O my brethren, that you**** be circumspect in this. Make it a law amongst you that whoever bring''' a lawsuit must first pledge all he hath to the village, and if he lose the suit, then should he forfeit his possessions and depart out of the place. But if he win the suit, then should the one losing it depart out of Levitica. But in no case should anyone bring a suit for wages or for debt of any kind. But if a man pay not his debts and agreements, a suit may be brought against him to make him leave the place, and if it be proved against him in more than one violation, then should he depart away. But if a person complain against another, saying he owe him money, or is in debt to him, then the man so complaining should bring suit with like liabilities. For you**** should guard yourselves against evil and slanderous remarks made about one another.
7. Make these compacts in writing with all people who come amongst you, and have them sign them also.
8. Make it a law that you**** should settle all matters, if possible by arbitration before one of the chiefs, or before a representative of the Tae, the parties agreeing how many persons should sit in arbitration, remembering that before Jehovih no contention should exist as to mortal things desired; and that to desire this or that of any one is not of Jehovih.
9. If any Levitican employ an Uzian he should pay the wages of the Uzian, and also pay a like sum into the Children's Fund, but in no case should an Uzian reside or dwell on Children's Land. And if any one slander''' another, the chief should call a vote of the people of the village, and if more than half the people vote that the slander has been committed, then should the slanderer depart out of the place, forfeiting all he hath.
10. Man-made laws are to guard against the evil which hath come into the world. In this, the Kosmon era, man must learn how to live without man-made laws. The virtuous and good have nothing to do in such matters in a place like this, but the opposite of this was the case in the world; for there they were even subject to more trials and tribulations than were the vicious.
11. Leave no place for politicians, lawyers, priests, and preachers, for these are more to be guarded against than thieves and robbers. Show less admiration for talent, but more for goodness of heart.
12. In a short time the Leviticans should demonstrate to whom the most love and admiration should belong.
13. Encourage the worship of Jehovih, and by your behavior teach the children that His eye is ever upon them, and that His ear hear''' all; moreover that all deeds done in the mortal body leave their imprint on the spiritual body for ever.
THE BEAUTY OF THE NEW LIFE.
1. Es said: The founding of Levitica was like the beginning of a new world in fact.
2. The new method of living soon demonstrated that man needed not more than a tenth the amount of land as in the old way.
3. Dispensing with animals lessened the amount of labor nearly one-half. Dispensing with professional people and non-producers, and, moreover, all the people being producers, soon showed more prosperity and comfort than the people had ever before enjoyed.
4. And though the people were permitted to dress as they chose, yet the freedom and adaptation to the climate gave them health and buoyancy of spirits in the new costumes, such as could not be found in all the world beside.
5. The surety of food, clothes, and home comforts, gave them peace of mind, so that in a short time the care-worn expression, so painfully manifest in the Uzians was no more to be seen.
6. It was saying to the world: What need have we of riches? That happiness which Jehovih give to the rich He also give to us.
7. It was saying to Jehovih: Blessed is the sunshine; blessed is the mantle of night; blessed is quietness of spirit, for it know no rent; blessed the songs of the birds and the romping and mirth of the children; blessed the security of old age; blessed are all Thy creations, O Jehovih!
8. The presence of all nationalities caused the children to make no distinction as to race or color, and they mingled together full of glee and gentleness.
9. The children grew not like other children as in the world at large; were not sulky and morose; nor sulky and secretive; nor self-conceited; nor seclusive; and with ideas of caste; nor awkward and lonely; but were gay and lively, yet respectful toward one another, and toward their elders.
10. Their advantage for manual instruction enabled even those who were quite young to work marvelously expertly at all kinds of vocations.
11. The entire freedom of the adults to work at whatever they choose, and to be communal or co-operative, or even isolated, gave them an opportunity to develop their talents as Jehovih had created them.
12. Some of the Leviticans worked for themselves, paying into the children's fund one-tenth of their earnings; some paid in all over and above their living. A few worked in Shalam, receiving merely their food, clothes, and necessary expenses. Some paid in their tenth in labor; some paid it in produce; and some paid it in money.
13. It soon came to pass that the Chiefs and C'Chief had little or nothing to do; such a thing as a government was scarcely more than a name. Everyone attended to his own business, and order and discipline reigned.
14. Soon the place became a place of beauty and comfort. Its gardens, walks, and places of amusement abounded as never before in a village. The song of women and children and the mirth of men made Levitica seem as a place of holidays.
15. The one religion, to worship Jehovih and do good unto others, obliterated all arguments and discussions on such a subject. The silly gossips of atonement and free will, so disgusting in the world, found no place in Levitica.