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Old 05-04-2001, 02:31 PM   #1
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I wanted to share this piece of literature with you. It's called "The Catechism of the Grail." Although the author is anonymous, I have reason to believe the work was produced around the year 1957. It is one of my favorite pieces, and one I use to meditate by. It can easily be incorporated into a gaming scenario, if you would like, as a Knight's initiation.

I share it here today in honor of Ziroc's wedding. As the blessing at the end says, "May their ways be ever blessed."

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Q: What is the Quest?
A: To seek the Grail.
Q: What is the Grail?
A: It has many forms.
Q: How can I seek the Unknown?
A: By following the path which will reveal Itself to you.
Q: Where does such a path begin?
A: Here, at your very doorstep.
Q: If I shall accomplish my Quest, what shall I do?
A: You will return and create a Garden.
Q: But what if the Grail has no physical form?
A: You will awaken the hearts of those around you.
Q: Will you come with me?
A: You will travel alone, but the Keeper of the Grail will be near you.
Q: Is the Quest easy?
A: Yes, but the path is long and the task heavy.
Q: Shall I accomplish this task?
A: All who go forth upon the Quest achieve their true aim, but not all have the wisdom to know this.
Q: Can you give me something to aid me?
A: I will give you my blessing.
Q: What should I take with me?
A: Your Courage, your Love, and your Dedication.
Q: What shall I tell those I meet?
A: That you seek the key to Paradise, that all people may return there.
Q: And if they mock me?
A: Their laughter shall bear you up.
Q: And if they scorn and shun me?
A: Their sadness shall be a spur unto you.
Q: In what place is the Grail hidden?
A: In the maze at the heart of the Castle.
Q: Where does that Castle stand?
A: Deep in the Forest of Forgetting.
Q: How shall I recognize the Castle?
A: By the voice of the EverRunning River.
Q: How shall I cross such a river?
A: On a boat of your dreams.
Q: What is the key to the Maze?
A: The song that is in your Heart.
Q: How shall I enter the Castle?
A: The GateKeeper will direct you.
Q: With what shall I pay him?
A: With your memories of the outer world.
Q: How then shall I return?
A: Upon the path of Moonbeams and forgotten Dreams.
Q: Can you not speak to me more plainly?
A: I cannot explain to you things that are not of This world.
Q: It is my will to take up this quest. Will you give me your blessing?
A: Gladly.

"Blessed are they who set out upon the Endless Quest,
Blessed are they who walk through the Darkness, seeking the Light,
Blessed are they who, abandoning all worldly pursuits, seek the Gates of Paradise,
That they may lead all their Brethren to their Rightful Home,
Be Thy Ways Ever Blessed."

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Old 05-04-2001, 02:38 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting that Saz.

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Old 05-04-2001, 02:41 PM   #3
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Very profound. I like it. Thanks for sharing it.


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Old 05-04-2001, 05:48 PM   #4
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Required reading for all BG Paladin players, folks. Wonderful.

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Old 05-04-2001, 05:51 PM   #5
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Pretty cool Sazarac.

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Old 05-04-2001, 08:47 PM   #6

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Love that... Thank you for posting it.


Defender for the Light -
Goodness knows there is a lot of Dark out there!! - Where are my matches?!?
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Old 05-04-2001, 09:16 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting that. It's inspirational. I'm printing it out now...


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Old 05-04-2001, 09:19 PM   #8

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Nice, Saz!
Thank you for posting it!

Old 05-04-2001, 09:40 PM   #9
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Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you liked it. It's been an inspiration to me. Some of it may be a little esoteric, but it's the spirit of the thing that's important.


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Old 05-07-2001, 10:16 PM   #10
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what can I say, I like it!


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