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Twelve Virtues

The Twelve Virtues from the Oahspe

    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.)

    The fifth virtue is of the same kind, which is Labour. There shall be no rich amongst you; but all shall labour. As ye develop your corporeal bodies unto strength by reasonable labour, so doth the act of labour develop the spirit of man to profitable growth for its habitation in heaven. For I declare unto you a great truth, which is, that the idle and the rich, who labour not with the corporeal body, are born into heaven helpless as babes.

    The sixth virtue, which is greater than all the rest, is Abnegation of one’s self. Without Abnegation no human shall have peace of soul, either on earth or in heaven. Consider what thou doest, not that it shall profit thyself, but whether it will benefit others, even as if thou wert not one of them. Without the sixth virtue no family can dwell together in peace.

    The seventh virtue is Love. Consider when thou speakest whether thy words will promote love; if not, then speak not. And thou shalt have no enemies all the days of thy life. But if thou canst justly say a good thing of any man, be not silent; this is the secret to win many loves.

    The eighth virtue is Discretion, especially in words. Consider well, and then speak. If all men would do this, thou wouldst be surprised at the wisdom of thy neighbours. Discretion is a regulator; without it, man is like a tangled thread.

    The ninth virtue is System and Order. A weak human, with System and Order, doeth more than a strong man without them.

    The tenth virtue is Observance. With Observance a human accepteth from the ancients such things as have been proven to be good, such as rites and ceremonies. Without Observance a man beginneth back even with the earliest of the ancients, and thus casteth aside his profit in the world.

    The eleventh virtue is Discipline, the Discipline for the individual and the family. He who hath not Discipline is like a race-horse without a rider. A time to rise; a time to eat; a time to pray; a time to dance; a time to labour; these are good in any human; but the family that practiceth them in unison with one another hath Discipline.

    The twelfth virtue is like unto it, and is Obedience. All good and great men are obedient. He that boasteth his disobedience to discipline is a fool and a madman. Greater and better is the weak man of obedience, than the strong man of defiance. For the one promoteth the harmony of the family; but the other ruptureth it.

    Consider these twelve virtues; they are sufficient laws unto the whole world. Man may multiply books and laws forever, but they will not make the family, nor colony, nor state, happy, without the adoption of these twelve virtues.

(Book of the Arc of Bon 11:7-20, Oahspe Bible 1912)