The Synagogue of Satan
by Stanislaw Przybyszewski part 1
There are two gods eternally opposed, two creators and two rulers without beginning and without end. The “good” god created the spirits, the pure beings and his world, the invisible world, the world of perfection that knows no suffering or pain. The “bad” god created the visible, the physical and the perishable. He created the flesh and its passions, the earth with its struggles, its torments and its doubts, the immense veil of tears. He created nature, that which only engenders pain, doubt and evil.
The “good” god is rule, law, humility and submission. He tells his children, “Be poor in spirit, only then will you attain to my kingdom! Be more childish than children, destroy your own will, follow after me! Do not search for beginnings or endings because I alone am all of the past and all of the future.”
The “bad” god is lawlessness, contrariness, visionary leaps into the future. He is the curiousity that seeks after the most hidden mysteries and the boundless titanic defiance that overthrows all laws and rules. He is the highest wisdom and the deepest depravity. He is the wildest pride and speechless humility, that is the only way man for man to thwart the rules. He sanctifies the high and daring, the zealous and calls it heroism. He teaches man that there is no crime except that of going against one’s own nature. He sanctifies curiousity and calls it science, He lets man investigate into his own origins and calls it philosophy. Without bounds he allows and teaches everything in the streambed of sexuality and calls it art.
Good is the “evil” god, a good father and a good way shower.
“You are sick, you want to be healthy? Look! My earth is abundant with all kinds of herbs that can heal you, abundant with dangerous poisons. But you can force them to serve as medicines.
You want to become rich, you search after hidden treasure? Oh, I have a thousand ways to entice your soul out of its hiding place so that it can reveal the precious veins of the earth. Your soul knows everything. It and I come from the same source.
You want to look into the future and unravel your destiny? Go, investigate the flight of the birds, listen to the sighing of the leaves, gaze at the stars, look into a crystalline mirror, decipher the lines on your palm. I have predestined your future in a thousand forms, but explore, seek, unravel, for my commandment is to become aware and to discern, to be circumspect, far-sighted and creatively curious.
You want your enemies destroyed without being taken by the law? Go! Learn to separate your soul from your body and I will carry you over thousands of miles, that you may invisibly satisfy the desires of your heart. This is because your own well-being, your own development and future are your highest priority.
You are losing your wife to death? I have compassion for your love, because love, the propagation of your species is after my own heart. Go! I have a thousand ways, a thousand formulas to snatch your dearest back from death!
I promise you everything. You shall see and receive everything if you go my way. But my way is difficult because perfection is difficult.”
So spoke the “evil” god, so spoke the light bringer and Satan—as Paraclete. His greatest enemy, the youth from Nazareth, had not been born yet. Many went his way and over the long years of trials and torments they explored the secrets of the heavens and the earth, turned everything around so that all the poisons became medicines, so that the waters pointed them to the future, so that the volcanic vapors that streamed out of the earth revealed the secret essence of all things to them and they pressed further and further along the way of their visions. They drew circles around themselves, spoke a sequence of vowels, one after the other, until a prayer, a hand movement, was enough to connect their soul to the entire cosmos. Every law of space and time lay suspended and the chains of cause and effect were stripped away to reveal the boundless reaches of the first beginnings and the most distant futures.
Up to this time Satan—as the antichrist, had not been born. The “evil” god was dual in nature. Satan—as father, Satan—as Samyâsa, Satan—as poet and philosopher, lived in the proud, all powerful and all-knowing caste of the Magi. He lived in the silent mysteries of the Chaldean temples and his priests were the hakamim (physicians), the khartumim (magicians), the kasdim and gazrim (astrologers). This Satan lived in the doctrines of Mazdaism and its children, the Magi, were the great protectors of the sacred flame that came down to them from heaven. Satan also lived in Ahura-Mazda, the “good” god that taught Zarathustra the secrets of the Haoma-plant and in the Egyptian god, Thoth, Trimegistos, who wrote the secret knowledge down into 42 books and taught his chosen ones the important parts of the body. The terrible Hecate shared the gifts of magical visions and workings with her chosen ones as well as the gift of the invisible death stroke.
But beside Satan—as Thoth and Satan—as Hecate, there lived on the earth Satan—as Satyr, Satan—as Pan, and Satan—as Phallus. He was the god of the instincts and carnal lust and was equally revered by the highest in spirit as well as the lowest. He was the inexhaustible source of life’s joy, the enthusiasm and the ecstasy. He taught women the arts of seduction and allowed men to double their sex drive and satisfy their lusts. He reveled in colors, invented the flute and set the muscles into rhythmic motion until the holy ecstasy enveloped the heart and the sacred phallus inseminated the fertile womb with its abundance.
Pan was Apollo then and Aphrodite at the same time. He was the god of the home hearth as well as of the bordello. He was the author of schools of philosophy. He built museums and glorious temples. He taught medicine and mathematics while at the same time his temple in Astarteion was an immense bordello. The priestesses at Astarteion practiced the sexual arts and over the long years learned every imaginable means of sexual gratification.
Around this time, around the time of Tiberius, the great migration of the gods to Rome began. It was a time of the highest refinement and aristocratic enjoyment of life. The “good” god that had until now remained enthroned in his invisible kingdom of indolence and pleasure determined that the measure of sins had become too great and he sent his son to earth, that he might make clear to the brood of the “bad” god his dreary truth of the invisible.
And he came to earth, this son of the “good” god, and first revealed himself to the poor, the oppressed, the slaves and the day workers that had never tasted the holy joys of Pan.