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Origins of Universe - Doxia
The steeds that bear me, carried me as far as ever my heart desired,
since they brought me and set me on the renowned Way of the goddess,
who, with her own hands conducts the man who 'knows through' all things.
On that Way, was I borne along;
for on it, did the wise steeds carry me,
drawing my car, and maidens showed the way.
The axle glowed in the socket, for it was urged round
by the whirling wheels at each end, which gave forth
a sound as of a pipe, when the daughters of the Sun,
hasting to convey me into the light,
threw back their veils from off their faces,
and left the abode of Night.
There are the gates of the ways of Night and Day,
fitted above with a lintel, and below with a threshold of stone.
They themselves, high in the air, are closed by mighty doors.
'Her' did the maidens entreat with gentle words, and skillfully persuaded
to unfasten without demur, the bolted bars from the gates.
Then, when the doors were thrown back, they disclosed a wide opening,
when their brazen hinges swung backwards in their sockets fastened with rivets and nails.
Straight through them, on the broad way, did the maidens guide the horses and the car
and a goddess greeted me kindly, and took my right hand in hers,
and spake to me these words: 'Noble young man,
coming to our home in the company of immortal charioteers
and the horses which carry you;
It is no ill chance which has sent you to travel along this road
of right and justice, far from the way trodden by men.
You must learn about everything,
both the unshaken truth, and opinions of mortals,
in which there is no true belief, at all.
Yet none the less, you shall learn of all these things,
since you must judge the theories that 'seem' right to men,
as you go through all things in your journey."
Come now, I will tell you - do hearken to my saying,
and carry it away with you;
there are only two ways of searching:
Mortals have settled in their minds to speak of two forms,
one of which they should have left out,
and that is where they go astray from the truth.
They have assigned an opposite substance to each,
and characteristics distinct from one another.
To one, the aetherial flame of light and fire, gentle and very fine,
identical with itself in every direction,
and that the 'All' is full of 'light,'
The other is opposite to it: dark night, a compact and heavy body.
Of these I'll tell you the whole arrangement.
And you shall know the origin of all the things on high,
You will also 'learn' the nature of the 'aether' ('space'),
and all the things found in the aether, and the unseen workings
of the Sun's fiery rays, and 'how' they arose, of the Milky Way,
and how the hot force of the stars rushed into being.
You shall know, too, of the heavens that surround us, of whence they arose,
and how Necessity took them and bound them, to hold the parameters of the stars ...
And how the 'Goddess' ('Mother Nature')
contrived 'Eros' the round-faced Moon,
as a borrowed light shining in the night,
always turning her eyes to the beams of the sun,
wanders around the earth, and of Her origin,
of the the Milky Way, and the outermost Universe,
and how the burning might of the stars arose...
And how narrow orbits are filled with pure fire,
and those next to them with darkest night.
In the darkness of night, allotted amounts of fire circle in orbits,
and in the center of these, the Goddess, who governs all,
directs the course of all things, guiding all of nature,
and of procreation and begetting,
driving females to the male, and males to the female
And according to knowledge,
as they've always been, so they are now, the same, unchanged,
as when all these things first came into being.
And thus, these all,
will in time hereafter,
so it is 'believed' - by mankind.
after having grown and matured,
will all come to their own end,
And for each, and all,
mankind has assigned them
Excerpts from 'Parmenides-Doxia' by 'Xena'phanes/Socrates' - 550 BC: Continued in Part 2 & 3. Top Menu