The Book of David

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In the beginning, there was Adonai. Adonai was the Light within Darkness. He was Form where there was Nothing. As His radiance pierced nothing, He found a land, barren of life and form. He took this land as His own, and made His Garden.

The Garden was paradise, a land of bounty within a sea of sand. And from this sand Adonai made the first of His people. They were invited into his Garden, where they flourished, given mastery of all animals within His Garden, and blessed by His presence.

The people of the Garden grew plentiful, until one day there rose a King among them. He was favoured by Adonai, and was blessed with beauty, and his was the lushest valley in the Garden. But he saw the other nations within the Garden, and felt that what he had was not enough. He saw the servants of Adonai, that walked the land, and who served Adonai. And in his mind grew a bitter seed.

And so he came upon Adonai, and asked, “Lord, as I serve you, may no deva bar my path and act against me?” And Adonai looked upon him, and said, “It is done. No deva may bar your path nor act against you.”

And the King was content. But then he heard of dark creatures, the demons who lurked in the sands and who tortured those who left the Garden. And he grew afraid.

And so he came upon Adonai once more, and asked, “Lord, I serve you, but there are those who lurk outside of your light. Protect me from the rukshasa, so that they may not harm me.” And Adonai looked upon him, and said, “It is done. You are protected from the rukshasa, so that none may harm you.”

And the King was content. But then he heard of monsters that lurked in the darkness between the worlds, that wished to extinguish all light. Once again, the King grew afraid.

And so he came upon Adonai yet again, and asked, “Lord, there are those who wish to extinguish the light. As I serve you, guard me from the asura that hide in the darkness, so they may not harm me.” And Adonai looked upon him, and said, “It is done. I shall guard you from the asura that hide in darkness, so that they may never harm you.”

And the King was content. As he walked through the Garden, safe from deva and rukshasa and asura, he came upon the keepers of the Gardens, the spirits of tree and stone and water and wind. He saw them and their simple peace, and he grew jealous.

Once more, he came upon Adonai, and once more he asked, “Lord, as I serve you, I see that there are yaksha who may not know of me and how my actions are in your Name. Spare me their meddling so that I may act.” And Adonai looked upon him, and said, “This I may do, but come to me no more. Is there any other who may hinder you in serving My will?” And the King thought, but no other servants of Adonai could he think of. “No, Lord.” And Adonai said, “It is done. The yaksha will know of you and your actions, and shall not meddle where you wish to act.”

And the King was content. As time passed however, with no deva to guide him, and no asura to test him, and no rukshasa to show him fear, and no yaksha to show him humility, he grew corrupt and selfish. His gaze once more went to the other kingdoms of the Garden, and he hungered for them. And he gathered others, with words and cunning did he gather an army outside in the sands.

And with Word and with Circle did he call upon the least among the deva to aid him. “I am most favoured among Adonai’s children,” he said, “and my wisdom is the greatest. Let the other kingdoms know me and bow to me.”

And War came to the Garden, and the children of Adonai bled. And so Adonai sent his greater deva to protect his children, and the King turned against Adonai. The deva could not harm the King, but they could harm the lesser deva and thus did they fall.

And the greatest of the deva, known as Michael, led the legions of Adonai against the King. But his spear was turned, for he could not harm the King. But the King was blind in his arrogance. No deva could harm him, nor asura nor rukshasa, and no yaksha could meddle in his plans. But Michael was wise, and chose a boy and gave the boy his sling.

And the boy walked with the grace of Adonai through the Garden, and saw nothing but torn trees and blood-stained grass and fetid river. He saw the Garden was dying, and he found the King. The King was unafraid of the boy, and rose to slay the boy, but the boy had Adonai’s blessing, and took but one stone from his pocket. As the King prepared to throw his spear, the boy’s stone flew true, and struck the King in the forehead.

Michael took the soul of the King, slain by the boy, and said, “As you have ravaged the Garden, so shall you be named Ravana, the Devourer. Greatest of demons, you will be banished, buried beneath the sands with the fallen deva who listened to your folly.”

And Ravana was cast into Hell, into eternal darkness, with the fallen, so that the Garden could heal and grow once more.

And Adonai blessed the boy and named him David. The people of the Garden rejoiced, and would have named him King, but David refused. They offered their daughters, but David refused. When they asked him what he wished, David said, “I serve Adonai, and came when I was needed. I ask that my children, and my children’s children, unto the last generation, be as I, and heed the call of my people, so that we may serve Adonai forever.”

And Adonai placed his mark upon David, and said, “Unto the seventh generation your children shall be blessed, but the seventh son will be my voice, and his voice will be pleasing. He shall work wonders in my name, and he will hear the cries of my people, and he will bring them comfort.”

But David could not stay within the Garden, for the people of the Garden came to him with gifts, so that he might look upon them with favour, and with their daughters, that he might be of one family or another, and with crowns, so that he might lead them. He could not stay within the Garden, and he left for distant lands.

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