Krosámis

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Krosámis [kro ˈsa mis] was one of the first of the Hermit Masters who established Endajué.

An enamel portrait of the Master.
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An enamel portrait of the Master.

Little is known of his early life, save for hints dropped in one dzusúic (short teaching) or another. He must have been born around 1740 in the state of Rajjay, in a small town; his gender classification was ewez. Born to a family without distinction, he was recognized for his intelligence, he was accepted as a monk in a Mešaic monastery. There are references to a family and a son, though it is assumed that he outlived both. By his own account he was a dissatisfied student who questioned much of what he learned; he was beaten often as a young novice, and largely ignored during his long career. He refers to the destructive wars of the nye of Rajjay and other realms, which tried one after another to reconstitute the empire of Axunai.

Sometime around 1800, he left his monastery seeking truth for himself— not an unusual practice under Mešaism. He was isolated for two years; after this he accepted conversation and then disciples, wandering Rajjay and Niormen for the rest of his long life. He had concluded that the Mešaic gods did not exist, and in any case were repugnant as described by their priests— venal, aloof, and immoral, no better than the petty kings who had divided Xengiman. Instead, he preached the Greater Principle, the unity of all things, transcending the Lesser Principle of division.

His original name is unknown; he took the name krosámis ‘twig’ as a reminder that masters too are small things in the universe. He is described as kindly though serious, patient with the missteps of his disciples, only becoming angry at the priests who continued to preach their tired gods, and at visitors who sought only provocative discussion and not spiritual practice and physical labor— to him, essential components of a religious life.

He was not the only early Master; contemporaries included Nauni Čeykirc and Zim, neither of whom he ever met. In some ways his teaching did not fully embody the new religion; e.g. he did not take women disciples, and he accepted soon-to-be-outmoded ideas such as the Planes and the third sex. In some ways he was more radical than his successors, however: he criticized slavery and land ownership, suggested that no one should marry nor eat meat, and claimed that the ilii were no more enlightened than men.

When Endajué began to create rituals to honor the Masters, Krosámis was honored, very likely in ways that would have embarrassed him. He was depicted as a saintly and jovial old man, for some reason devoted to gardening, and who rather than dying simply disappears, as a demonstration of his mastery over his own movements.

Quotations

This is only a small selection; despite his early date, Krosámis is one of the most quoted of the Masters. He wrote nothing; all his words were remembered by dzuséy and only recorded centuries later.

“The Greater Principle cannot be known by words, because all words belong to the Lesser, save only these four: one, everything, path, and dance.”

“To accept gods is to deny the Greater Principle.”

“The soul is only a breath.”

“It’s said that I teach. I don’t teach; I unteach. To advance in understanding you must correct misconceptions and penetrate the omnipresent cloud of illusion.”

“To believe you understand is the most persistent of the illusions.”

“My friends, you are wise enough to seek counsel from a man who owns nothing but his own robes. You would be wiser to follow my example. When you own nothing but robes yourself, you will be as wise as I am.”

“When rulers despise titles and riches, judge with compassion, and live and teach virtue, and only then, will they deserve acclamation.”