The Belagines (The Divine Laws)

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Fontes II, p. 19: The Belagines ”are the foundation of human civilization.”

The Belagines (or “Leges Bellagines”, a term which appears in the 4th century A.D.) are known as the tautology through which the Pelasgians and their Dacian (Davo-Getes) descendants used to govern themselves.

The word ‘Belagines’ comes from the terms ‘belanus’, meaning ‘laws’ and ‘ginus’ meaning ‘beginners’, which in translation means ”The Laws of the Beginnings’ or ‘The Primordial Laws’.

The word ‘Belagines’ = ‘Blajinele’ in Romanian, where ‘blajin’ means ‘gentle’, ‘good-natured’ or ‘soft-hearted’.

Nicolae Densuşianu in his work Dacia Preistorică (Prehistoric Dacia), the chapter “Arimans, Rams, Arimaspians, Arimphaei in Dacia” talks about one of the Pelasgian branches: “These Rohmans lived their lives, much in religious devotions. They are very good people, with gentle manners and that is why they are called “Good” and “Gentle”. They are shielded from any harm as long as they don’t hurt anyone and also they are provoked by no one. And because they are Holy, they go to Heaven after they die and they are named “Blessed Ajins”.”

In the Romanian mythology, the Rohmans are described as Holy people who also lived in the island called “The Island of the Blessed”, found under many names such as “Nesos Makaron”, “Macaron Nesoi” or “Leukos (The White Island)”, in Romanian “Insula Preafericiţilor” or “Măcărele”, identified with “Insula Şerpilor (The Serpent Island)”, which is an island from the Black Sea, 45 kilometers away from the Romanian and Ukrainian shores, where a great temple of Apollon Lykeios the Hyperborean was found. Here is where the “Gates of Heaven” are close and where the “Living Water”, as well as the “Lifeless Water” are to be found.

We also have some verses put together, that belong to a poem called “Memento Mori”, written by the Romanian icon and poet Mihail Eminescu:

Eminescu Belagines

Memento Mori – Mihail Eminescu

From the bottom of the Black Sea,

Out of high and low halls,

Between arcades of stone,

Out of giant portals,

The Army of Dacian gods arrive at the sea,

Opening Her portals,

They make haste on high steps and descend in ancient halls,

With the Light, they seal their enigmatic living,

But She, horrified of Her deep pain,

In images of billows sings the fall of Dacia,

And with Her blue arms, caresses the banks softly.”

Nicolae Densuşianu believes the terminology of “Belagines” comes from the names “Belacs” or “Blacs”, a pastoral Pelasgian population (also known as Vlachs, Wallachians, Olahs, Volohs, Vlas, Bolohs, Ulaks, Blachs, Balaks, Welch, Walloon, Vlachoi and Ilacs). These names confirm the continuity of a great ancestry and justify the origin of the word ‘Belagines’.

The first direct reference we find with Plato who said: “In the kingdom of Atheas, who governed over the Hyperboreans from the north of Thrace, the oldest laws of divine origin were found, written with letters on a copper column.”

About the old laws of Dacia, Aristotle reminds us when he talks about the Agathyrsians (Thyrsa-Getes) who lived in Transylvania and had a custom of singing the laws, explaining they do it this way so that their laws would not be forgotten.

The Goth historian Jordanes shows that the Dacians of Burebista and his priest Deceneus, had very advanced teachings: “The Getes followed him in everything and because they were blessed with a natural intelligence, he taught them all the philosophy, moral…instructing them in physics, he guided them to live in accordance with nature, under the reign of their own laws. He taught them the logic and succeeded to make them skilled in thought and superior to other nations. He taught them to observe the 12 signs of the zodiac, the course of the planets and all the astronomy. He explains to them how the face of the moon ascends and descends and shows them how much the hot globe of the sun exceeds in size our terrestrial planet and explains to them the names of 346 stars. You see with a great pleasure, people too brave to pursue the philosophical doctrines, when they had little spare time after the battles. We can see one searching for the position of the sky, another searching for the uses of herbs and of fruits, this one studying the ascension and descent of the moon, the other observing the eclipses of the sun, through the rotation of the sky, which all of them hurry to touch the oriental region and are carried after a preordained rule.”

Strabo about the Turdetans (the most erudite inhabitants of the Hispanic Peninsula), Book III – 1.6, says: “They have their own grammar, they have their traditions and history described, they have poems and laws written in verses – as they themselves claimmore than 6.000 years old.”

The exact age of the laws is not known, but it is approximated to be ca. 8.000 years old. In their interpretation, there are two points of reference. They are translated through the historian Jordanes and theologian Dionysius Exiguus who was born in Dobrogea and knew the laws from his ancestors and these laws were precisely respected and transmitted through oral tradition, from generation to generation. Because he was more than a simple well-read man, he came with the idea of finding a use for these teachings by adding some other oral traditions to them, which formed a ‘body of laws which he also commented and were imposed between the faithful, as well as the servant priests’. The creation of Dionysius was kept over the ages and is known in Banat under the name of “Jus Walachie”, in Moldova, Vlahia and Transylvania, under the name of “Jus Walachie” or “Jus et Consuetudo”. The spreading of the writing reaches Poland, under the name of “Jus Valachorum” and in Hungary, under the name of “Valachorum Lex et Consuetudo”, or “Mos Valachorum”.

The Belagines exist today in a polished form which can be read below, for the first time (to the best of my knowledge) translated from Romanian to English:

1. “Beyond the flow of time and thought of the gods, there lies the Living Eternal Fire, out of which all come and which through everything takes form. Everything and nothing are its breath, emptiness and fullness are its hands, motion and stillness are its feet, everywhere and nowhere are its center and its face is the Light. Nothing is made without the Light and everything that comes out of the Light is the Life which that takes form.”

2. “So like the thunder brings the light and out of the light, the grumble and the fire which overflows, so the thought of man is, it becomes his word and then his doing. So then, remember this, for until the fire that burns, there must be a light and a thunder. The light of man is his thought and also his most prized possession. The light gains strength through the word and the will of man lights the fire, through which all that is around him becomes.”

3. “Be like the towering mountain and raise your light above everything that surrounds you. Do not forget that the same steps you take to climb up to the mountaintop, you take to climb down from it as well, the same air is above as below, the same way the tree grows on the mountaintop, as on its bottom, the same way the sun shines upon the towering mountaintop as on the even ground.”

4. “Be sober like the earth and you will not lack anything. The branch full of fruit is broken faster by wind, the seed too deep cannot push through and too much water crumbles its breath.”

5. “Remember the tall tree, the taller it is, the deeper are its roots in the ground, for out of the ground it draws its strength, do not forget this. The more you rise, the more you have to descend, for the measure of rising is the same with that of descending.”

6. “The power of man begins with the unspoken word, it is like a seed which sprouts, it cannot be seen when it becomes alive. The light of the seed is the one which raises it, the earth is the one which feeds it, water gives it vigor and patience clothes it with strength.”

7. “Look at the river and remember its teaching. In the beginning there is only a drop of water, but it becomes greater and greater, for it comes out of what is greater and that is how things must be made, through their nature. Like so is the good and rightly ordered thought, it makes its way through the rocks and cliffs, it doesn’t acknowledge anything, it follows its path and nothing stands in its way. Water with water gathers and together its strength is greater.”

8. “Remember this teaching and don’t forget it, that drop of water knows where it will arrive, because it is one with the earth and everything that comes in its way, cannot stop it until the end. So you have to acknowledge where your thought has to arrive and you will see that nothing can stand in its way. Your thought has to be clear until the end. Many will meet its path, for the nature of things that surrounds us, is moving so like the waters. Water with water meets, earth with earth, mountain with mountain.”

9. “Acknowledge the bad thought, shield yourself as you shield from the thunder, let it go the same way it came, for it urges you towards unnatural things. Shield from bare words and from falsehood. They are like the powder of the field which covers your eyes, like a spider’s web for your mind and your soul. They urge you towards pride, deceit, theft and bloodshed and their fruit is shame, helplessness, poverty, illness, bitterness and death.”

10. “Don’t judge the people by their weight, their power, their wealth, their beauty or their craving, for both one and the other, left something to grow in something else. The rich is poor in silence, the strong is weak for another and the weak has his hidden strength. Like the nature of things that is moving, so is the man. What gives value to a tool? The need or its beauty? Can man carry more than the ox? Is any one of them richer than the earth? Only the knowledge and wisdom raises man over the animals. In vain you have the knowledge if it is not understood in time.”

11. “The hot iron was cold and it will become cold again. The vase was earth and it will be earth again. The earth that was bare is now fruitful and will be bare again over times. The craving of man makes these things unsettled. The craving returns his joy in sadness and his silence in distress. Iron and fire help man, but they also harm him. And the same craving urges him to go on unknown paths and untraveled by others before him. As well this craving urges him to gather riches, to gain power and to compete with others. Beware of competing with another, for it is here where the craving is birthed. It will bring you lower than the animals and it will separate you from your brother and your sprout.”

12. “The unwise is urged by craving, but the wise contains it. The unwise suffers when the craving brings him to failure and fall, but the wise always finds the winning in losing and the ascension in descent.”

13. “Pride bewilders the love of the heart and makes it an enmity. There is no fool more infamous than the man who doesn’t have the love in his heart anymore. For love is the first power and its face is the Light. Acknowledge so that your thought won’t be surrounded with pride, for you will become lower than the animals.”

14. “The good thought and the wise word can calm your grief, can refresh your heart, but it will not heal you, because man suffers so like the craving that grew in him, for the suffering is the shadow of craving.”

15. “Don’t tie your soul to anything worldly, to things, to animals, to silver and gold, for as they come, so they leave. After each day comes night and after winter comes spring, for that is how it is ordered and that is the nature of things. All that is seen, is birthed, grown and then it goes back to where it came from. Only the nature of things stays eternal and this has innumerable and endless branches and so like the springs of your mind and your soul, they do not show themselves. For a breath and a fire make everything that grows to grow, weeds, trees, animals and people. And out of the same hearth they arrive and return and this hearth is eternal.”

16. “As the tall tree grows near the little tree without harming it, so you should be between yourselves, the big should not hurt the little and bitter his soul either, for he will have a great price to pay, so like the thief. Throw a wood on the river and more will come from above it, towards you. Give thanks to your fellow and all of this you will find later, flowered inside your heart.”

17. “Don’t take by force and with deceitful words, what is not yours, for the one looking through your eyes is the same with the one that is looking through the other’s. Acknowledge this fact.”

18. “Don’t haste any work, for the pulling of branches hits back. The ripen fruit is easy to take, the unripen hard to take and its taste unpleasant. So don’t hurry to gather what is too early, for it will bitter your soul. Like the frame grows, so does the perch and like the wheel grows so does the temptation.”

19. “Remain always in the breeze of your soul, but if anger lights up in you, remember so that it won’t go past your word. Anger comes from fear and it did not live in your heart from the beginning. If it does not grow through pride, it will go back to where it came from. Pride closes the gate of wisdom and the proud one puts himself next to the animals. Wisdom is more cherished than all that can be seen with the eyes, it is the gold of your mind and soul and it is the fruit of knowledge watered in time.”

20. “Don’t bitter your soul when you feel pain and helplessness, but rather seek to use them to better yourself, for in the fruit you have also the seed. It cannot be that a good seed make bad fruit. Greed always leads to failure, theft always leads to illness, bare thoughts always lead to bewildering, anger always hits back, hatred and falsehood always bring helplessness, pride always brings suffering.”

21. “Go to the spring when your soul is inflamed, rake the water and wait until it becomes clear again. So the fervor of your soul will go, so like that flutter.”

22. “Remember the teaching of the seed. So like it your thought is and as the seed cannot do without the hull, so the fruitful thought of man is. The hull of the fruitful thought is the will and without will, it dries up and is of no use. But the power is the patience of the seed and the will and patience make the feeble sprout push through the hard earth.”

23. “When the time comes for work, cheer your heart at the sight of your work before you finish it, for it is like the fruit which announces its arrival with a flower and so the deed of man is seen by the one with the mind and feeling clear, before it is finished.”

24. “Acknowledge the poor man’s cause but also the hurried rich man’s cause, for the one and the other are not natural. The poor man has many bare thoughts and he changes them from a day to the other, talks much and the laziness covers his arms and legs. The hurried rich one is either a thief and deceitful, either sees better the grief of the other and searches to bitter him, from there he gathers his hurried richness.”

25. ”Be gentle and patient with the one close to you, for as you treat him, others will treat you, for his feeling is the same with yours, out of the same breath is his feeling as well and the light to be seen through his eyes, is the same with the one seen through yours.”

26. “Where man’s strength is, so is his weakness. What raises him, brings him down. Remain in the clarity of your mind and feeling and you will see all of this. The small is above the great, the light above the heavy, the gentle above the fierce. Let your mind and feeling be clear and acknowledge all of this.”

27. “The strength of the mountain comes from its patience, its tranquility, the cliff is only covering. Its strength is challenged by the wind, by the flowing water. Gather your strength from patience and peace and use it through the clarity of your thought, for it is not the distress of the spring that erodes the cliff, but its clarity.”

28. “The work made out of fear does not have a long life and its strength is so like the overflow of water, which lasts shortly. So the distress of people is, it comes from outside, but is called by their fear and fear comes out of unknowing and the unknowing gathers power through falsehood, laziness and pride.”

29. “Sip the knowledge from the ones with their beard white and not reddened by wine and leave time to clothe it with wisdom. Don’t look at their weakened and hunched body, for all of this is their payment for their knowing of things and growing of wisdom.”

30. “Thank the earth for everything it offers you, thank the sky for the rain that feeds the earth, thank the sun for its heat and for the light of your home and your land, thank the moon for the peace of your sleep, thank the stars watching over your sleep, thank the mountain for its teachings and its iron you gather from it, thank the forest for everything you take from there, thank the spring for the water you drink, thank the tree for the works it shows you, thank the good man who brings you joy and a smile on your face.”

31. “Like the good grass grows with the bad, so do people, but remember that their bad conduct is sowed and grown out of fear and helplessness and pride is their cover. Don’t baste their conduct and don’t search to contain them with words and blame, for the pressure put on the wound, will not heal it. Is that grass bad only because it is bitter to your belly? So it is man, if you will to contain him, first bring him the thought and the feeling which pleases the good man, as well as the bad. One sees the wheel leaving, the other sees the same wheel arriving. Who sees better?”

32. “Only the wise can see the clarity and peace of the mind and the soul of the one distressed, for the wise was once the distressed and the bitter fruits made him acknowledge the embodiment of his being. He ran from his bitter fruits on the top of the mountain and there he did not escape them, he ran in the middle of the forest and the fruits were with him, then he looked inside himself and behold his bitter fruits had roots in his mind and in the awareness of his desires.”

33. “Is a flower more beautiful than the other? Is a spring clearer than the other? Is a blade of grass taller than the other? Everything has its strength, beauty and feat. It is in the nature of things that the forest should have different kinds of trees, grass, flowers and animals. There is no finger from the same hand like the other, but all of them are needed to strike the iron. Is the apple tree wiser than the plum tree or the pear tree? Is the left hand better than the right? Differently sees the left eye from the right? The ones from above have their purpose and the ones below have theirs. The great have theirs and the small have theirs. The quick have theirs and the slow have theirs. The ones that were, had their purpose and the ones that come will have theirs.”

34. “Helplessness comes for evil and falsehood, for what you give is what you receive, what you sow is what you reap, but know that the light of your soul and the light of the one next to you, has the same hearth and remains without shadow. See what relentlessly distresses the springs of the mind and soul of your fellow. Bring him the peace and clarity in his mind and your old ages will be like the ripe tree, your bones and your strength will not weaken and you will return to where you came from, full with the warmth of your followers.”

35. “There will always be someone underneath you and always someone above you. At the ones that are under you look with love, not with pride, for there is where your roots are and at the ones above you, look with the eyes of a child and without fear.”

36. “The strong, the weak and the unseen are the ones which form the world and all of these you will find in the man and all of this forms a whole. There is nothing outside without being inside, acknowledge all of this when you look inside yourself and you will find all the wisdom of the gods, hidden within the unseen of your being. The gods have acknowledged this wisdom before man and this brought them closer to the lively and eternal fire.”

37. “Remember that the heartbeat, the flowing of blood through the veins, the healing of wounds, the beauty of the eyes and the wonder of the formation of the body, are made through the power and breath of the lively and eternal fire, that is in everyone and its face is revealed in the light. But do not forget that the body is just a grain from the small that is seen.”

38. “The purity of the body and its delight through the senses, puts you only a little above the animals, for it is not a pleasant sound which raises you, not a gentle touch, not a pleasant taste, not a pleasant scent and not a joy of the eyes. For where there is warmth, cold appears, where there is sweetness, bitterness appears, where the pleasant appears, the unpleasant appears, where the scent appears, stench appears and where there is laughter, weeping lurks.”

39. “Behold the path of beginning: Moderation in all that you do, following the old and the wise, diligence, being thankful with what you have, shielding from falsehood and from bare words, shielding from dispute and from anger, good conduct between your fellows. In the morning wake up with them, in the day carry them in your mind, at night have them in your sleep and so the grief, the lack, the bitterness, the helplessness, the illness and the hatred of others will never touch you.”

40. “Beyond these things there is love, will, courage, patience, modesty and they raise the man truly. These are the ones which bring you closer to the eternal fire and through them your path follows the path of the gods, but their stoppering will throw you lower than the animals. Only through them will you receive the true knowledge and wisdom, the true power, the true happiness, the true wealth, the fruitful and everlasting work.”

41. “But know that where love is, hatred can appear, where will is, negligence can appear, where courage is, fear can appear, where patience is, haste can appear and where modesty is, pride can appear. For moving they all are, what is seen and unseen from the being of man. But all of this belongs to the one who feels and over him there is the one who thinks and this is the one who sees the movement in stillness, the one who beyond all these virtues, delights in the knowledge and peace which surpass any joy — and focus, balance and clarity are his tools.”

42. “The one distressed sees the good as good and the bad as bad, he is drawn by one and runs from the other, but the wise sees the beautiful and the ugly, feels the cold and the warmth, the delicacy and the asperity, hears the pleasant and the unpleasant, tastes the sweet and the bitter, feels the scent and the stench and judges them not. He plainly sees the nature of things that is in everything, for the beautiful is from the ugly and the ugly from the beautiful, the sweet was bitter in the beginning and will be bitter again, the pleasant is birthed out of the unpleasant and the unpleasant from the pleasant. And all of this enlightens the soul of the wise, for the good and pleasant feed and brighten the body and its senses — and the unpleasant for the unwise, feed the mind and his wisdom, for he sees the renewal of things and the seeds of forthcoming delights.”

43. “The path of the gods is not easy, but do not forget that man can contain in his love, more than he can contain in his hatred, warmth raises more than the cold can descend, the one who is above sees more than the one below, the easy spreads more than the uneasy, light reaches more than darkness can reach, the power that unites is greater than the power which separates.”

44. “The long and the short have the same middle. The small circle and the big, the small globe and the big globe lean on the same point. The seen and the unseen occupy the same space. All which is great hides in the little and here lies a great mystery of nature. Great between the wise, is the one who understands it.”

45. “The wise unites the one who sees with the one who thinks, the one who feels with the one who does and the unwise separates them. Open your eyes well, for the one who does, the one who feels and the one who thinks, are so like the clouds which come and go, but the one who sees through your eyes is eternal and His light is without shadow. He is beyond life and death, beyond good and evil, beyond beauty and ugliness, beyond the flow of time.”

THE END…IS THE BEGINNING

Source : istorieveche.ro – Belagines (Part One)  | istorieveche.ro – Belagines (Part Two) + some additional information I gathered from other sources.

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