Archangel petitions to incarnate into physical realm
Having created the angelic race led by archangel Lucifer, the Paal Taal, the first beings God brought into existence, decided to design a new species using the “God Particle” – a spark of their own spirit-souls – as the fundamental raw material.
The essence, or consciousness, of this new species was going to be housed in a soul-carrier. The soul carrier was to be known as the humanoid genotype – our like. The humanoid genotype would be bi-pedal, meaning it would bear a head, trunk, two arms and two legs. It was going to be made in the image and likeness of the Paal Taal themselves.
Unlike the angelic race, humanoids were designed to inhabit both the spiritual realms and the physical realms. Now, the physical body is not the only body we have. We actually have several layers of finer, rarefied bodies that are enveloped by the physical body.
These non-physical bodies are said to be seven in number. The very finest is our real body, our very first. It goes by several names but I’ll call it the auric body. The auric body is not the spirit-soul: it embodies the spirit-soul. It is therefore the ultimate soul-carrier. When a spirit-soul is created, it is “naked”, like a baby born to a mother.
Thereafter, it is “clothed”, again like a baby born to a mother. This clothing is the auric body, the garment that covers the spirit-soul. Hence, even in the spiritual realms, a being does not go about simply as a spirit-soul: it goes about clad in an envelope called the auric body. Unlike clothes, however, the auric body cannot be cast off from time to time. It is perpetually worn.
It is only cast off when we finally return to God and stand before him to report that we have now attained perfection and we wish to venture out on our own to found our own domains, our own unum.
To come before First Source, you have to be pure in every respect to match First Source itself, with no single blemish or trappings of any kind. Otherwise, you will not be eligible to enter into its holy presence.
Since it was the Paal Taal who designed the energetic (spiritual) DNA template of the humanoid genotype, they have a patent on it. This patent is protected by certain encrypted codes in it no other being can crack except the Paal Taal themselves. The programmes written into it comes to bear both in the physical and spiritual realms. Thus contrary to the widely held belief, DNA does not only dictate how humanoids operate in the physical universe: the instructions it carries also come into play in the spiritual realms.
A GLIPSE OF PARADISE
The humanoid race were given a specific mandate by the Paal Taal. They were to populate the physical universe, the original that God had already created, which Aliens refer to as the Old Universe (the one we inhabit is a plagiarised copy, a cloned version of the original, something we will dwell upon in due course). God had created it without flaw.
It was what you would call a paradise. It comprised of zillions of regions and was ineffably beautiful. It was a free will universe in which humanoids would exercise free rein and experiment with all possibility, whether negative or positive in its ramifications overall, but with consequences to be reaped.
Then once they had had full experience in the exploration of the universe and had fully evolved spiritually, they were to return to the Paal Taal, report the worth of this cosmic pilgrimage, and demonstrate the endowments they had picked up along the way. The Paal Taal would then present them before First Source, to whom they would declare with demonstrable evidence that they had now qualified to God-status and were therefore ready to move on and found their own universe.
How was the Old Universe like?
Well, nobody knows exactly. It still exists as we speak and some of the human race have had occasion to visit there with their avatar (spiritual) bodies. However, they strain to exactly spell out how it looks and feels like. This is because it is made of matter, structures, and configurations (which transcend our familiar 3D dimension of only length, height, and width) that human language cannot adequately unpack.
To use an analogy, if a venturesome ant or fish were to describe New York to fellow members of the insect and fish kingdom, what would it say?
It would not be able to muster concepts that could paint a picture that is remotely within the purview of the animal kingdom’s very limited imagination. By the same token, the infinitesimally few people who have visited the Old Universe only talk in terms of very weak analogies which do not capture even a thousandth of its sophistication and grandeur.
The humanoid race were to live and thrive in the universe in eternal bliss. There would be no death, sickness, or want. Although the universe was impeccably crafted, the humanoids were given discretion to re-pattern it to their own fancy and taste.
Like the Paal Taal, the humanoids were invested with creative ability too though initially they were limited as to the extent to which they could go in this regard. For example, they were not capacitated to create spirit-souls for higher life forms like themselves. However, they were able to create lower life forms such as animals.
The animals were not for prey of any kind: they were social companions. It is said variety is the spice of life, and so driven by this ethos, the humanoids created animal life both as a creative expression and to add to the thrill of life. Life did not feed on life in the original universe. In fact, there was no food like the way we know it. All living things in the original universe fed from the energy around them, which in human terms we call prana.
Everything had life in the original universe: there were no inanimate things there. For instance, if there were stones or bodies of water, all these were living and could communicate with humanoids just like the way humanoids communicated with each other. No one thing exploited another: all creation lived in symbiosis.
The humanoid race created by the Paal Taal was sexless: they were neither male nor female. But they were sociable beings and bonds between individuals were unassailably cemented. Everybody was family: there were no close and distant people. Harmony was total. Since there was no male or female, the original humanoids did not reproduce. That did not mean their numbers were always the same as the Paal Taal kept adding to them whenever necessity demanded.
People chose a particular skill or talent they fancied. One did not agonise to acquire a skill. To make life interesting, a whole host of skills were honed by different individuals so that some could be musicians, others sportsmen, others teachers, etc. Of course it was child’s play for one to embody all these skills and talents at once but that would amount to self-glorification and such egocentrism wasn’t an aspect of the original universe.
One great ability humanoids had was to split themselves into several soul fragments so that they could be in various places in the universe at once. For argument’s sake, one form of the same person would be in Botswana and another in the US. Still another would be on planet Mars and yet another in a different galaxy. The principal form remained in the principal locality and was consciously aware of all its other dispersed forms.
There were hierarchies in societies but these were based, largely, on a sense of voluntary duty and not a strictly regimented pecking order. Remember, the humanoids were not perfect: there was always the possibility of error. Yet nobody felt subordinate to another since responsibility was exercised humbly, humanely, and inclusively.
The higher you were in the hierarchy, the more you served others and not vice versa as it is in our bastardised world. Seniority was based not on one’s competences but on one’s intrinsic worth – strength of virtue. The more upstanding you were as a moral agent, the higher the rung you occupied in the social strata. The hierarchical structure, however, was a basically flat one as there were no extremes in the idiosyncrasies of individuals.
LUCIFER GROWS WINGS
For eons, all was well both in the Central Universe, on the rims of which the Paal Taal resided, and the physical universe, where the humanoid race dwelt. Then all hell broke loose – literally. And at the centre of this kerfuffle was Lucifer.
Now, let us reiterate a point we have already made. Lucifer did not dwell in the presence of God, the First Source, as per what your pastor will on occasion sermonize. That narrative belongs to the refuse bin. He was not even created by God: he was created by the Paal Taal. It was to the Paal Taal he was accountable as the leader and most gifted of the angelic order. The role of the angelic race was to serve the humanoid race in keeping with the Heavenly precept that leaders are actually servants: it is they who serve those beneath them in the hierarchy.
Initially, before the humanoid race came into existence, Lucifer was unfailingly loyal to the Paal Taal. He was the very paragon of what an angelic being ought to be. With the advent of the humanoid race, however, he fell captive to two perversions.
The first was jealous, not with God or the Paal Taal themselves, but with the humanoid race. Lucifer thought the humanoid race were having quite a blast in their physical reality membrane (universe) in terms of self-fulfillment and self-actualisation. Intrigued, he too decided it was time he joined the revelry but not with noble motives. His motive was to do a demolition job, to shrewdly and systematically spoil the party by sowing polarity among them. He was wary that humanoids were making great strides both spiritually and in temporal terms and over time would come to exceed the feats of the angelic race and be on par with the Paal Taal. Call this paranoia.
The second had to do with ego. Because of his standing and faculties that were well beyond those of the rest of the angelic race, Lucifer developed an inflated sense of self-worth. He wanted an own realm that he could directly control and oversee and that realm was the very reality membrane in which the humanoids dwelt. He wanted to relocate to their realm and be their sovereign.
There, he would wield real power since humanoids were hierarchically below the angelic race, whereas in the Central Universe, the authority he exercised was inconsequential in that he had the Paal Taal bearing down on him. In the event, he decided to approach the Paal Taal and table his wishes before them. But first, he had to pitch his manifesto to the angelic race to garner a critical mass of support that would help convince the Paal Taal that his motion was not unilateral but a popular one.
It emerged, however, that not every member of the angelic race shared his aspirations. Only a third did. The rest not only took strong exception but in fact decided to rally behind a new leader as they thought Lucifer’s move amounted to sedition.
Again we do not know what the name of this new leader was but we will employ the familiar, attributed one – Michael. Closing ranks with Michael was the archangel Gabriel (another attributed name), whose role was to deliver special messages from the Paal Taal to the humanoids from time to time. But the third of the angelic host that seconded Lucifer’s motion buoyed him up: it was a huge enough quorum. Soon he had served notice on the Paal Taal that he wanted to present a petition before them. The Paal Taal readily obliged him.
LUCIFER CONFRONTS THE PAAL TAAL
In his pitch to the Paal Taal, Lucifer sugarcoated his scheme. He affected an empathetic posture toward the humanoids, as though he cared for them much more than even the Paal Taal themselves when deep down his aim was to subvert and sabotage them.
Lucifer told the Paal Taal that their idea of letting humanoids chart their own destiny in the physical universe was flawed. He said left alone as they presently were, they would at some stage become oblivious of their purpose as spiritual beings and lose their sense of godly direction.
In other words, they would become much more carnal than Heavenly: they would come to identify themselves with physical reality when in truth they were from the spiritual world. With such a propensity, they would be in danger of indulging in conduct that could ultimately throw their realm into disarray. This would boomerang back at the spiritual realms and possibly cause their destruction, including that of the angelic race as well as that of the Paal Taal.
In order to forestall such a disruptive turn of events, Lucifer argued, angels should be allowed to participate in the physical realm and directly co-exist with the humanoids as the only surefire way of ensuring they did not stray and that they were wholly focused on their ascension to the status of even finer beings spiritually.
To do this, the angels needed a soul-carrier similar to that of humanoids to make it possible for them to inhabit the physical realm. The angels would be of seamless assistance to the humanoids as the angelic form was superior in its capabilities.
All in all, the accusations Lucifer levelled against the Paal Taal were threefold. First, they were overly controlling and were arbitrary in their superintendence over creation. Second, they did not have the best interests of the humanoids at heart, whereas Lucifer did. Third, the Paal Taal had erred by denying the angels a soul-carrier capable of settling in the physical universe. This was a violation of free will and it was time this injustice was redressed.
Lucifer had thrown down quite a gauntlet. It was more than ample food for thought on the part of the Paal Taal.
The Central Bank has by way of its Monetary Policy Statement informed us that the Botswana economy is likely to contract by 8.9 percent over the course of the year 2020.
The IMF paints an even gloomier picture – a shrinkage of the order of 9.6 percent. That translates to just under $2 billion hived off from the overall economic yield given our average GDP of roughly $18 billion a year. In Pula terms, this is about P23 billion less goods and services produced in the country and you and I have a good guess as to what such a sum can do in terms of job creation and sustainability, boosting tax revenue, succouring both recurrent and development expenditure, and on the whole keeping our teeny-weeny economy in relatively good nick.
Joseph’s and Judah’s family lines conjoin to produce lineal seed
Just to recap, General Atiku, the Israelites were not headed for uncharted territory. The Promised Land teemed with Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These nations were not simply going to cut and run when they saw columns of battle-ready Israelites approach: they were going to fight to the death.
Parliament has begun debates on three related Private Members Bills on the conditions of service of members of the Security Sector.
The Bills are Prisons (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Police (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Botswana Defence Force (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bills seek to amend the three statutes so that officers are placed on full salaries when on interdictions or suspensions whilst facing disciplinary boards or courts of law.
In terms of the Public Service Act, 2008 which took effect in 2010, civil servants who are indicted are paid full salary and not a portion of their emolument. Section 35(3) of the Act specifically provides that “An employee’s salary shall not be withheld during the period of his or her suspension”.
However, when parliament reformed the public service law to allow civil servants to unionize, among other things, and extended the said protection of their salaries, the process was not completed. When the House conferred the benefit on civil servants, members of the disciplined forces were left out by not accordingly amending the laws regulating their employment.
The Bills stated above seeks to ask Parliament to also include members of the forces on the said benefit. It is unfair not to include soldiers or military officers, police officers and prison waders in the benefit. Paying an officer who is facing either external or internal charges full pay is in line with the notion of ei incumbit probation qui dicit, non qui negat or the presumption of innocence; that the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.
The officers facing charges, either internal disciplinary or criminal charges before the courts, must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Paying them a portion of their salary is penalty and therefore arbitrary. Punishment by way of loss of income or anything should come as a result of a finding on the guilt by a competent court of law, tribunal or disciplinary board.
What was the rationale behind this reform in 2008 when the Public Service Act was adopted? First it was the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered “innocent until proven guilty”. In terms of the constitution and other laws of Botswana, the presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, and it is an international human right under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11.
Withholding a civil servant’s salary because they are accused of an internal disciplinary offense or a criminal offense in the courts of law, was seen as punishment before a decision by a tribunal, disciplinary board or a court of law actually finds someone culpable. Parliament in its wisdom decided that no one deserves this premature punishment.
Secondly, it was considered that people’s lives got destroyed by withholding of financial benefits during internal or judicial trials. Protection of wages is very important for any worker. Workers commit their salaries, they pay mortgages, car loans, insurances, schools fees for children and other things. When public servants were experiencing salary cuts because of interdictions, they lost their homes, cars and their children’s future.
They plummeted into instant destitution. People lost their livelihoods. Families crumbled. What was disheartening was that in many cases, these workers are ultimately exonerated by the courts or disciplinary tribunals. When they are cleared, the harm suffered is usually irreparable. Even if one is reimbursed all their dues, it is difficult to almost impossible to get one’s life back to normal.
There is a reasoning that members of the security sector should be held to very high standards of discipline and moral compass. This is true. However, other more senior public servants such as judges, permanent secretary to the President and ministers have faced suspensions, interdictions and or criminal charges in the courts but were placed on full salaries.
The yardstick against which security sector officers are held cannot be higher than the aforementioned public officials. It just wouldn’t make sense. They are in charge of the security and operate in a very sensitive area, but cannot in anyway be held to higher standards that prosecutors, magistrates, judges, ministers and even senior officials such as permanent secretaries.
Moreover, jail guards, police officers and soldiers, have unique harsh punishments which deter many of them from committing misdemeanors and serious crimes. So, the argument that if the suspension or interdiction with full pay is introduced it would open floodgates of lawlessness is illogical.
Security Sector members work in very difficult conditions. Sometimes this drives them into depression and other emotional conditions. The truth is that many seldom receive proper and adequate counseling or such related therapies. They see horrifying scenes whilst on duty. Jail guards double as hangmen/women.
Detectives attend to autopsies on cases they are dealing with. Traffic police officers are usually the first at accident scenes. Soldiers fight and kill poachers. In all these cases, their minds are troubled. They are human. These conditions also play a part in their behaviors. They are actually more deserving to be paid full salaries when they’re facing allegations of misconduct.
To withhold up to 50 percent of the police, prison workers and the military officers’ salaries during their interdiction or suspensions from work is punitive, insensitive and prejudicial as we do not do the same for other employees employed by the government.
The rest enjoy their full salaries when they are at home and it is for a good reason as no one should be made to suffer before being found blameworthy. The ruling party seems to have taken a position to negate the Bills and the collective opposition argue in the affirmative. The debate have just began and will continue next week Thursday, a day designated for Private Bills.