book of doves

“Many centuries before Helena Blavatsky, in the pre-Christian times of Kievan Rus, there were legends that have descended to our days concerning the existence of the Great Book known as the Book of Doves. There are more than twenty versions of legends about it, many of which were altered to fit the Christian worldview. The prominent Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, who is known to have had access to the same sources as Blavatsky, even created two paintings dedicated to the legend of the Book of Doves. According to tradition, this Book fell from the Heavens on the White Mountain to the burning Alatyr Stone on the White Island of Buyan, which is ‘destined to rest amidst the bottomless ocean ever since the beginning of time.’28 It was written in the language of the birds by one of the Supreme Gods of the Slavic mythology, who later became associated with Christ. Hence the Book’s name, which could also mean ‘profound’ or ‘wise’ in the Old Slavic language. Legend has it that many kings from all over the world came to see it, but no one could read it. And those few people who could, ‘read the Book for exactly three years and read exactly three pages.’29 In every myth, the Book of Doves is called the Mother of all books, for ‘the entire Wisdom of the World is concealed in it, and it contains knowledge about the origin of the world and humanity.” ~Zinovia Dushkova

Great Book of Doves

I had never heard of this Book of Doves until I read the above quote. I find it intriguing that there are legends and poems about this book, yet no copies of the book are found. Perhaps that is because it was a secret book held closely by mystery schools and never shared. It may be because this legendary book is pure fantasy. Or perhaps like many other legends and myths, it is but a symbol of something quite real. We might track down what it might symbolize by looking at the usual symbology of references to books and doves.

Dove Symbology

I don’t think anyone can doubt that doves are often symbolic references to something else. The dove of peace is used to symbolize the end of a war or an agreement that prevents war. Other references say that it symbolized, in some places, the mother goddess. Relating to that interpretation, it can also symbolize, fertility, procreation, or other aspects of the feminine. And when we see fertility symbols, we must remember that they are often used to also represent the rebirth or awakening of the human soul. In Christianity, it often represents the holy spirit or one who has been spiritually awakened by the holy spirit. Due to the tale of Noah sending a dove out to find dry land after the flood, it has also come to symbolize a message from God.

Another site about symbols says the dove is often a symbol of freedom and loyalty. Also, they say, many cultures considered it a symbol of eternal life. It also symbolizes innocence and affection. Several of the ancient Greek gods had a dove as their symbol.

Book Symbology

Some book symbolism is obvious. Books are used in teaching and in self-education, therefore, they often symbolize learning. Saints and holy persons are often depicted holding a book, usually open. This is symbolic of education or gaining knowledge and wisdom. If the book is a Bible, it may symbolize devotion to God. A number of educational companies have a book in their logo. Books can also represent truth or judgment. A book with a judge’s gavel is almost as common a symbol of law as are old fashioned scales.

Books are a form of record keeping. As such, they may symbolize access to some hidden source of historical knowledge, sometimes very ancient knowledge. They can symbolize self-expression and communication. That can be communicating with others or your own higher (spiritual) self. To dream of a library or room full of books indicate that you are seeking hidden knowledge, or that you should be. Dreaming of a scrapbook might mean that you are too caught up in the past and need to let go. Dreaming of a cookbook might mean that you need to find (cook up) a solution to a problem.

Book of Doves Symbolism

So when we put all of these symbols for books and doves together to get the symbolism for the Book of Doves, we get a great picture. Knowledge, truth, learning, peace, growth, and rebirth. Those are the most common words we see in the symbols of each. We get a picture of something that is educational but on a spiritual level. It is an education of truth and wisdom rather than one promoting the Great Illusion of the material world. It is that book that educates the soul rather than the brain-mind.

To me, this can only mean one thing. The Book of Doves is a symbol of the Spiritual Sun. It is the light of the spiritual sun that awakens and nourishes the spirit and soul. It is that light that transmits universal truth and wisdom to us. These transmissions of light can be understood only by an awakened soul. This sounds much like what the Book of Doves is said to be in the legends.

This awakening of the soul by the spiritual light is what Jesus and others meant by rebirth. “We must be born again,” means a spiritual rebirth, the awakening of the spirit and soul. This certainly ties in with the symbolism of the dove. This light educates the soul with truth and wisdom, no deception possible. So when you put this all together, I don’t see how this Great Book of Doves can be anything else but a reference to the spiritual sun or Sun of Righteousness.


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