The Box

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Chief Priest Malki Tzedek stood in the inner circle of pillars at Gobekli Tepe, a temple where he was the high priest. Prometheus arrived at the portal of the hilltop temple, seeking an audience. "Prometheus, you have traveled far to return to speak to me. What is it that you seek? Is it something to do with the fire that you obtained some time ago?

Prometheus, tired from his arduous journey, was thankful for the gift of fire, but he had another request for the priest. "I understand that you were so kind to show me the fire and all that it offers. I seek your guidance on its origin. Who creates fire? Surely, someone created fire? Is it possible that someone created me? Oh, high priest, did you always exist? Or did someone create you? Was there someone before you? Where is the one that created this world, the moon, the wind, the stars in the sky, who brings the storms, who delivered the animals, the plants, the rivers, mountains, and all things? I have been searching for someone to tell me who creates these things that I see."

Malki Tzedek replied, "Your search for a creator will lead you to a creator. Sit here, meditate on what you wish to find, and then I will reveal that creator to you. "

“But most high priest, I have already thought many an evening, after constructing a fire, about how a creator looks, what a creator does, whether the creator is near or far, whether one of the stars in the evening sky be the abode of a creator, or whether this world's creator abides nearby. I have not found any clues about the creator. Would meditating more here make any difference?"

Malki Tzedek looked quietly at Prometheus, and then said, "Do you see this box on the floor?"

"Yes, does it contain the answer?"

"Focus your utmost attention on what you believe is inside that box. I will return tomorrow, while you remain here. Do not open the box, and do not cease concentrating on the box. Tomorrow, I return and we will open the box to complete your search.

The following day, Malki Tzedek arrived without any announcement or sound. Prometheus, tired and confused, said, "Most High Priest, I have concentrated all this time on the contents of this box. I believe that the one that created this world is inside this box. Did I guess correctly?"

Malki Tzedek asked, "Can you open the box and see if this creator that you seek is inside?"

Prometheus, filled with anticipation, lifted the lid of the box, from which exited El Elyon, the creator of the heavens and earth.

Prometheus is astonished and asked, "Why was this creator, who you call ‘El Elyon,’ inside this box? Could not this creator live in a finer home? Why does El Elyon not have a temple, larger than here at Gobekli Tepe, since the creator can make the mountains, the sea, the valleys, the animals, and the sky? Surely El Elyon can be found somewhere other than a mere box?"

"You do not know from where El Elyon came before you opened the box. You do not know whether El Elyon was in the box before you began meditating here. Do you know if El Elyon was in this box while you sat by the fire searching for some unnamed creator? Do you know if El Elyon was inside the box before you came up the hill?"

Prometheus thought about the priest’s questions, but had no answers. He thought that El Elyon must have been inside the box the whole time, but he had wondered whether somehow El Elyon entered the box after Prometheus had begun meditating and searching for a creator. Prometheus said "Didn't El Elyon create this world? Then surely, he existed before I opened the box and before I started asking questions about a creator? How could one who created this world only come to exist when I looked into the box?"

Malki Tzedek replied, "Seek, and you shall find. If you do not search for something, how do you know if it really exists?"

On a later day, Prometheus and El Elyon returned to the temple, through a portal behind pillars decorated with images of boars, lions, and snakes. El Elyon asked Malki Tzedek to reveal the contents of the same box from which Prometheus had found El Elyon. El Elyon asked if the box contained light. Malki Tzedek said, "Meditate on the box and what you believe is in the box. If you believe that the light that you seek is inside the box, then you should open the box and see if the light is there inside."

After meditating, El Elyon then opened the box while saying, "Let there be light." When the box opened, there was light. El Elyon saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness, calling the light "day" and the darkness "night."

Prometheus and El Elyon returned to the temple to look in the box for five more days, searching for various items, such as water, land, seas, animals, and mankind, male and female. On each day, El Elyon obtained what he searched for in the box.

On the seventh day, El Elyon did not return to the temple, choosing to rest. Nevertheless, on the day of rest, Prometheus returned with male and female, seeking more answers. Malki Tzedek greeted them, "What do you wish to find inside this box? El Elyon searched inside this box and already found inside light, land, seas, animals, and even you, male and female. What more do you seek inside this box?"

Prometheus nudged the male and female, who then asked Malki Tzedek whether the box contained Satan.

About the Author: 
Frederic M. Douglas is an attorney, specializing in intellectual property litigation. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley; J.D. from U.C. Davis.

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