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Great Book of Doves: a Brilliant Symbol

“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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Libraries of Ancient Wisdom, Lost and Found

“In the containers, I have gathered together all the books given into my care, and I have done all the things I was instructed to do, and the work of my father is now complete. The metal will stand the test of age, and the cutting is the finest workmanship.

“The five great book boxes contain one hundred and thirty-two scrolls and five ring-bound volumes. There are sixty-two thousand, four hundred and eighty three words in The Greater Book of the Egyptians. …

“The Book of Magical Concoctions has six thousand, eight hundred and ten words, and this was the most difficult to remit, for it was a work of mystery and hidden things. …

“The Book Of Secret Lore and the Book of Decrees are joined into the Great Book of the Sons of Fire and they, too, are enabled to last forever.

“The metal is as our masters desired, made cunningly by the secret methods of our tribe, and it will never perish. The marks are cut in it so that when seen in the right light, they stand out clearly. …

“Read carefully the sacred words, which are written, and may they be a lodestone to a greater life.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:24:1-10)

The Library

The writer of this quote has identified himself as the one responsible for the preservation of a great library of ancient books. I didn’t list all the books he mentions by name as that is unnecessary and would make the quote too long.

The description indicates that this library consisted of many scrolls made of thin sheets of metal and five ring-bound books also made of metal. We don’t know what this metal is, but the writer says it is indestructible. Of course, we know in this day that noting is indestructible, but we can assume these books were made to last quite a long time. It addition, he tells us he stored the library in boxes also made of metal, probably thicker and stronger than the metal used to make the books themselves. He doesn’t tell us what was done with this library after he carefully sealed it in the great boxes, but it was probably hidden in a cave or buried. He does indicate that this was being done to provide information to people in the future, so it can reasonably be assumed this library was hidden away.

The Eqyptians

The creator of this library references several of the books as coming from the Egyptians. This tells us two things about the people who wrote the Kolbrin Bible or at least this section of it. One, they were not Egyptian. Two, they had great regard for the teachings of the ancient mystery schools of Egypt. They may have been people who once lived in Egypt, but had left that land for some reason. Continue reading “Libraries of Ancient Wisdom, Lost and Found”

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The Borrower Never Learns Enough

“The selfish spirit is content with being the mere borrower. It appropriates others thoughts or idea, without ever crediting such idea to the rightful owner, or the desire so to credit it, it will always remain a borrower. But people to borrow from will not always be at hand.

“There must come a time, in this life or another, when such a spirit will be left entirely to its own resources. It will then find itself poor. It will be crippled by the habit o borrowing. This habit prevents the chemical assimilation of the new element, or, in other words, original or individually shaded idea. You have simply taken others property, and passed it off as your own. You have not been a manufacturer, only a receiver of others manufactures. … By doing that, you hurt thereby the power of making your own peculiar shade of individual light.” ~Prentice Mulford

Secondhand Knowledge

Mr. Mulford is talking more about social behavior than spiritual, but what he says is applicable to the spiritual. In this case, being a borrower of truth and knowledge rather than learning it from direct experience limits our spiritual growth in several ways.

False Knowledge

While we would like to believe that preachers, ministers and spiritual gurus all speak and teach truth, such is not the case. In fact, there are far more of them teaching falsehoods then there are teaching truth.

In some cases, they are aware that what they teach isn’t the truth. They teach it anyway because it is what the masses want to hear.

Others are not intentionally lying. They are telling what they believe to be true, but it is just someone’s opinion that was passed on to them. Or it is knowledge they found in books without knowing that those books are allegory, not literal truth. Continue reading “The Borrower Never Learns Enough”

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Spiritual Books and Their Use

“True occult and Theosophical books ought to be prayers and poems; calculated to lift the heart and the mind of the reader up to the highest regions of thought, and aiding him to descend into the innermost sanctuary of his own being; so that he may become able to open the senses of his interior perception and grasp himself those divine ideals which are beyond the understanding of the semi-animal intellect; for spiritual truth cannot be brought down to that level; it requires, for its recognition, the rising up of the spirit to its own plane. Neither can and may reveal to another the light, if the light does not reveal its presence to the investigator. All that a book can do is to aid the reader in opening his own eyes.” ~Franz Hartmann

Mystical and Spiritual Books

Books on the occult, the mystical, and the spiritual can help one who wants to know the history of such organizations, but in general, they will do next to nothing toward making you more spiritual. You don’t become wealthy by reading books written by wealthy people, and you don’t become spiritual by reading books written by spiritual people.

On the other hand, there are books about wealth that attempt to teach you how to gain wealth yourself. Those books can help if you follow the instructions in them. Likewise, books that attempt to teach you how to awaken the spiritual faculties within yourself are very useful, but only if you follow up by practicing the techniques found in them. Books that simply tell you pleasant tales that make you feel good, such as the very popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, do little to raise your spiritual awareness (there is nothing wrong with reading such books, just be aware that they are not making you spiritual). Continue reading “Spiritual Books and Their Use”

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