Egyptian Benu Bird
Egyptian Benu Bird

Vengeancia (updated December 28, 2013; continued from Part 1) Find a complete collection of poems from Rudyard Kipling, here. The modern American justice system is Egyptian…it is Mystery Babylon. It’s Voodoo. As regards rebirth and resurrection? Well, they say there’s a sucker born every minute.

“On the back of a dollar bill, you can see a pyramid with a flat top. No one has been able to explain why the Great Pyramid would have been built without a capstone…To maintain perfect slope angle such a capstone would have to have identical proportions as the whole pyramid: 7:11….The missing capstone of the Great Pyramid was very likely 2 Royal Cubits in height (3.4267 feet = 1.0475 m ) with square base of  3.1428 Royal Cubits (5.4 feet = 1.646 m).” Read more, Mystery of the Great Pyramid, here.

“…the reader will appreciate, that there seems to be a “knowledge” reserved for the general masses and another kind of knowledge for those who are “in the know”, and those who have earned their ‘right to know’ by being able to read the hidden clues in the symbolic language. But to be able to read these clues and pointers, one must first become aware of; acknowledge and understand the reality of an extraordinary and rare phenomenon regarding the human mind and the physical body – a phenomenon we can all experience, and this experience is exemplified in the conception of the Benben – the apex of the pyramid and what it really signifies.

Thank Heaven for 7:11
Thank Heaven for 7:11

The Benben is the zero-point; the non-local, non-dimensional nature of the source consciousness within us and from which the information patterns of one’s own reality are created and projected outwards like the spokes radiating from the hub of a wheel…” Read more, AKH – the Seed-Point and ‘Seed-Stone’ of Creation from Philip Gardner. Check out this Daily Update from There’s Nothing New Under the Sun, PDF. Check out Funds, Money, Capital and Gold from Frank O’Collins (MP3), here. Read here too. Check out Restore Law: Estate Forms, here.

Rumour has it, the Vatican claimed our Afterbirth, DNA, etc. at the foundling hospital (all American hospitals) after we were born. It’s a joint effort between the usual suspects: Vatican (ecclesiastical – cargo), City of London (financial -ship), and District of Columbia (military -shipper); altogether, these three are aka the Empire of the City.

Kurt Kallenbach uses this metaphor: you walk into a hair salon and get a haircut. After you leave, the salon sweeps up the hair you left on the floor, right? Now, who “owns” this intellectual and biological “property?” You, or the salon?

Did the Vatican claim our abandoned bastard orphan?
Did the Vatican claim our abandoned bastard orphan?

What if the salon prints up a Title Deed for this “left behind” hair sweep and sends it to you at your request for a “birth certificate” and “government-issued identity” and tells you it is “you?” What if everywhere you go, you present this Title Deed as your own personal Identity?

What if the salon, not wishing to be accused of outright stealing your legitimate biological and intellectual property – the hair sweep – holds it in “trust” just in case you decide that you want it and come back for it? Just in case you figure out that its not really ALL OF YOU, but just an EXTRACT of “you?”

“The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Formally abolishing slavery in the United States, the 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.” Read more.

In the meantime, you present the Title Deed for the hair sweep as your personal Identity and use it to purchase a house, car, boat, stocks, etc. Wouldn’t the salon end up “owning” the house, car, boat, stocks, etc. when you die clueless? In the meantime, what about you? You “own” NOTHING! Not even your own SELF! You are a toy for the Elite to play with….a birdie….a benu….in a game of Badminton, for example.

“In Egyptian mythology…the benu was said to have created itself from fire…It was essentially a sun bird, symbol of both the rising sun and the dead sun God, Osiris, from whose heart, in one account, the bird sprang. The benu not only signified the rebirth of the sun each morning but became a symbol of the resurrection of man. The Book of the Dead provides a formula for enabling the deceased to take the form of the benu.” Read more.

Benu Bird: The Devil in Disguise?
Benu Bird: The Devil in Disguise?

“The bird was primarily associated with Atum and Re, but inevitably, its connection with rebirth came to associate it also with Osiris. In quoting from the Book of the Dead, Wallis Budge quotes a passage that reads, “I go in like the Hawk, and I come forth like the Bennu, the Morning Star (i.e., the planet Venus) of Ra; I am the Bennu which is in Heliopolis” and he goes on to say that the scholion on this passage expressly informs us that the Benu is Osiris. In essence, the Benu was considered a manifestation of the resurrected Osiris.” Read more.

SHUTTLECOCK: “also called a bird or birdie is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton…The “shuttle” part of the name was probably derived from its back-and-forth motion during the game, resembling the shuttle of a loom; the “cock” part of the name was probably derived from the resemblance of the feathers to those on a cockerel.” Read more.


“…the Han Chinese myth of the divine archer Hou-Yi shooting three suns, the motifs of the sun palace and the celestial cock appear to have been mythical motifs that were separate, while some Miao versions have the merged myths of both Yi the archer shooting the sun as well as the sun entering the cave and refusing to emerge until the celestial cock crows.” Read more.

Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice” Matthew 26:31-34

Rooster Tattoo
Rooster Tattoo

“Gawai Dayak a festival of the Dayaks includes the cockfight and the waving of a rooster over offerings while asking for guidance and blessings with the rooster being sacrificed and the blood included in spiritual offering,while the Tiwah festival involves the sacrifice of many animals including the chicken as offerings to the Supreme God…The Hmong of Southeast Guizhou will cover the rooster with a piece of red cloth and then hold it up to worship and sacrifice to the Heaven and the Earth. In Shamanism in the Hmong culture, a shaman may use a rooster in religious ceremony as it is said that the rooster shields the shaman from “evil” spirits by making him invisible as the evil spirits only see the rooster’s spirit.” Read more.

“To constitute a valid contract, there must be parties able to contract, a consideration moving to the contract, the assent of the parties to the terms of the contract, and a subject matter upon which the contract can operate. A contract is unenforceable where there is no meeting of the minds between the parties regarding a material element thereof. And all essential elements, including the element of consideration, must be certain.” More.

Imagine that you are the “birdie” (benu), the “subject matter” upon which the contract “operates,” being batted back and forth by the “parties able to contract,” the District Attorney/Prosecutor and the Public Defender. They are each holding in their hands a “racket” and playing their game on a “court,” absolving themselves of sins courtesy of our flesh.

Who do you think is the “Guardian” (Shipper/common carrier) for this hair sweep, this “Ward”, this Beast from the Land/Sea, (Ship and Cargo)? Who do you think is “driving” it around and “transporting” it in a “motor vehicle?” Check out this great comparison chart from Freedom River, What is a Birth Certificate? PDF. “All of us are considered to be “bastard children” with the government (company) as our “daddy”…” Read more at Stop the Pirates.

Driving Amerika: Shipper, Ship, Cargo
Driving Amerika: Where to?

The Birth Certificate Registration creates an “extract” from our biological property, which we are presumed to have left behind at the hospital, and creates a “Ward” in the jurisdiction of the U.S. in order to establish original subject matter jurisdiction in the District of Columbia. Ship, shipper and cargo. Have you seen the film, Driving Miss Daisy (IMDB)?

Of course, the Ward and Guardian are presumed to be operating in “interstate commerce.” Is it possible that the Clerk of the Court in the State in which “you”were “born” published “your” name in the local newspaper in order to claim original publishing rights to this new “character?”

“The State in which intangible property belonging to a foreign corporation is thus localized cannot be denied constitutional power to tax it upon the ground that, by legal fiction, the property is so attributable to the State by which the corporation was chartered as to vest in that State the sole power to tax it….So held where the corporation maintained in… its incorporation an office styled its ‘principal’ office, in which a duplicate stock ledger and records of capital stock transactions were kept, but actually conducted its business outside of that State.” Read Wheeling Steel Corp. v. Fox – 298 U.S. 193 (1936) more.

“The right to travel is an ‘unconditional personal right,’ a right whose exercise may not be conditioned.” DUNN v. BLUMSTEIN, 405 U.S. 330 (1972) etc. Read more. Check out Freedom School’s resources on Right to Travel and Jurisdiction. Resources re: Common Law. List of U.S. Supreme Court cases.

A big idea...everyone a slave.
A big idea…everyone a slave.

“The magistrate will have to be very constructive in his ‘color of law’ procedure because his boundaries to engage you further are abated. Without contract or tacit admission to the jurisdiction, it is finished. Remember, you are in an Article I ‘inferior’ court, brought by Admiralty and the only power this court has over the sovereign Citizen is to give Remedy or take the issue to the Grand Jury for indictment under Article III if there is criminal intent.” Read more from Howard Freeman.

Do we perform the roles of Mystery Babylon (Shipper), False Prophet and Antichrist (Ship and Cargo)? In my opinion, all Americans should just stop consenting to pledge ANYTHING. Just stop.  Withdraw consent and REBOOT THE SYSTEM. End the Fed. Check out the video, Meet Your Strawman. Learn more from Kurt Kallenbach. Is a Birth Certificate a Title Deed to the “Land of our Souls?” Read more. Check out this Dean Clifford playlist. Read more at Just Ask Robert De Niro: The Achilles Heel is “You” here.

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30 Check out this recent interview with Alex Jones and Infowars from Jordan Maxwell:

Two Gods Allegory: Enmity (Law) or Friend (Grace) “Law and grace are contrary things, and contrary things cannot coexist in peace. The point: “he taketh away the first, that he may establish the second”: Hebrews 10:9. The law was given (first) by Moses, but grace came (second) by Jesus Christ: John 1:17.” Read more. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“The creative force used by God to bring a solar system into manifestation, and the force used by the divine Hierarchies to form the physical vehicle of the lower kingdoms over which they rule as group spirits, expresses itself in a dual manner as WILL and IMAGINATION, and is the same as the UNITED creative force of the male and the female which results in the creation of a human body.” Read more from The Philosopher’s Stone: What it is and How it is Made, here. Also, check out Articles from the Masonic Trowel, here.

The Call of Agon Cover
The Call of Agon Cover

“Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who mated with mortal women, and who imprisoned the Beast Agon in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld and a scroll bearing Telm’s powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god’s vital legacy…” Read about the book, The Call of Agon.

An important point that I like to make is that the Bible never specifically says anywhere there is going to be a cashless society in the future. But, in Revelation 13 the Bible says that this “beast coming out of the sea” whom we call “Antichrist” — this final world ruler — when he comes on the scene is going to have a man who is kind of his second-in-command and propaganda expert. This “beast coming out of the earth,” I call him the “World Economic Czar.”

In the Bible he is also called the “False Prophet.” He is going to set up a system where everyone in the world is going to have to worship the Antichrist and take his mark in order to be able to buy and sell.” Mark Hitchcock. Check out his video, The Coming Cashless Society.

“A copybook is a section of code written in a high-level programming language or assembly language that can be copied (from a master) and inserted into several different programs (or multiple places in a single program). It is often used to define the physical layout of program data, pieces of procedural code and prototypes. The term “copybook” may have originated from use of COBOL on IBM mainframe operating systems: COPY is the COBOL keyword for this, and the master item was stored as a “book” within a larger library of source code.” Read more.

 “This is classic Missler during his lecture from the “Steeling the Mind” conference. Chuck kept the audience on the edge of their seat for a solid hour. Using excellent graphics, Genesis 6, and assorted prophecy verses, he put together a latter day stem cell scenario that defies description.” Video. Learn more about the ministry of Chuck Missler. Also, check out videos, Astrological Insights Part 1 and Part 2.

“Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay.” Daniel 2:43 “But the miry places of it, and its marshes, shall not be healed; they shall be given up to salt.” Ezekiel 47:11 “I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.” Psalm 69:2 “Let burning coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, from where they never rise.” Psalm 140:10

Caduceus DNA with Hermes
Is Obamacare a Trojan Horse?

Personal and Professional Conduct in the Hippocratic Oath, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 51 (1996) 406-408. Find it here.

“Molly Nash could have died without a bone marrow transplant. Her only chance was to find a perfect donor match. Her parents decided to have another child, one created in a test tube, and genetically screened to make sure he was free from the same disease. Adam Nash was born in august. Blood from his umbilical cord was transplanted into Molly’s bone marrow. No one knew if it would work. But now, doctors at the University of Minnesota say it has.” Read more.

Will the Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast, the “Adam Kadmon,” be created, like Molly Nash’s brother, Adam, in a test tube? Will it be created from our “left behind” DNA? From our “abandoned property?” Are Americans abandoning our “selves” as “wards of the state” at the foundling hospitals? Could this biological “property” be what is sought by militarized profiteering police when they ambush travelers and shake us down for federal reserve notes? BTW, What is matter? Check out this video, A New Concept of the Universe by Walter Russell.

ABANDONED PROPERTY: “The right under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures is based upon an expectation of privacy in a person’s property. If the person abandons his or her property, he or she no longer has an expectation of privacy in the property. The police may conduct a search of the abandoned property and may seize the abandoned property without a warrant.” Read more. Check out USA vs US. Who is the 8th King? Will the Mark of the Beast “save” us from our “sins?” Is YHVH the Sacred Name of Satan? Check out Walter Veith, YHVH reversed is Satan. Check out this graphic: Jahweh vs. Allah.

“Having no hand in its creation, the intellect can only try and come to terms with and assimilate the God-image into its conception of the world. The God-image is a self-produced image spontaneously blossoming from the psyche as a whole that simultaneously reflects and effects what is going on within the very psyche which produced it…” Read more from Paul Levy.

Is it a design for the New Jerusalem? Is it a design for DNA?
Is it a design for the New Jerusalem? Is it a design for DNA?

Check out this video from Jamie Burtoff, Tri Vesica Piscis and the 432 HZ Tone, here. “A large square measures 180 feet across while an inner circle spans the same diameter. Several smaller squares, about 20 feet wide, appear to have been etched in the landscape along with an assortment of strategically placed holes….” Could it be an image of the New Jerusalem? Read more about the Nazca Lines.

“ONCE on a time, the ancient legends tell. Truth, rising from the bottom of her well. Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied. Returned to her seclusion horrified…..” Read A Legend of Truth from Rudyard Kipling.

“Freehold property is ‘absolute in possession’ that is, wholly owned by the person who has title to it, by contrast with, for example, copyhold property.” Read more.

“Elected county officials in New Jersey are called “freeholders.”  The term is rooted in the colonial period when only men with land, then called a freehold, were permitted to vote or serve in elected office.  Colonists would elect two “freeholders” from each municipality to serve on the county governing body.  The number of chosen freeholders in each county was eventually reduced and is now determined by countywide referendum.  By statute the number of freeholders in any county cannot exceed nine.  New Jersey remains the only state to call its elected county officials freeholders.  In most other states they are known as county commissioners or county council members.” Read more.

The Global Language of Business

“The highest level of ownership a person can have in any real property is the fee simple. Ownership of a fee simple in a parcel of property means the right to own and possess that property in perpetuity (forever). However, the fee simple itself can be subjected to various conditions and/or contingencies. Therefore, a fee simple that is completely unconditional and that bestows upon its owner absolute unconditional ownership of property forever is known as the ‘fee simple absolute.'” Read more. More about Fee Tail. “I smell the blood of an Englishman….” Could “Fee” be spelled Phi?

“The official record of the transfer of copyhold land was written up in the manorial court rolls. In addition, the steward of the manor wrote out an official copy of the court roll entry, which was kept by the tenant as their proof of title. This is where the term ‘copyhold’ comes from. These documents often survive in family and estate collections.” Read more

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Law or Grace?

“A handy way of thinking about the message of the Bible, or what Christianity is on about, is that the Bible tells a story of the history of the universe that revolves around four basic facts. These basic facts are: God, creation, sin, and salvation. Put another way, this gives us the following four basic facts: Generator, generation, degeneration, and regeneration.” Read more.

“One of the reasons the doctrine of regeneration is so important is because the doctrine of generation is so important. God fashioned man out of the dust of the ground in the first place, but it was the breath of God that established us after His image….There were two steps here. First God formed, and then God breathed….In some sense, the sons of God became sons of the devil. But because God did not surrender us to the devil entirely, but rather reserved a seed for Himself, this resulted in two lines. There was first generation, then degeneration, and then, for the elect, regeneration. But all who are regenerate are so as a result of a gracious salvage operation conducted on the wreckage of the once glorious human race…..

Jesus Christ: on a salvage mission.
Jesus Christ: on a salvage mission.

“A denial of the need for a foundational heart change is therefore messing with the narratival arc of the whole story. Because we live in a fallen world, we have a constant tendency to ask the wrong question…when does fatherhood begin?” This is a potent question because it does not seek to define human lives apart from their relationships.

When did we become sons of God? We were generated in His image when He breathed the breath of life into our first father. When did we become objects of wrath, children of the devil? When our first father took the fruit that had been forbidden to him. When were we born again, when were we regenerated? When we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ in truth, moved by the Spirit to do so, and God the Father became our Father once again.” Read more.

The Parable of the Lost Son from Luke 15: 11-32

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Read more.

Consider the Lillies from Luke 12:20-30

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. Read more.

Excerpts From Chief Seattle’s Famous Speech to President Franklin Pierce

In 1854, the United States Government aggressively offered to buy 2 million acres of land occupied by native people  in the Northwest.  Below is a translation of excerpts from Chief Seattle’s (Chief Sealth) reply to President Franklin Pierce in December of that year.  His speech has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

“The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land.  The Great Chief also sends us words of friendship and good will.  This is kind of him, since we know he has little need of our friendship in return.  But we will consider your offer.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land?  The idea is strange to us.  If we do not own the freshness of the air and sparkle of the water, how can you buy them ?

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people.  Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.  The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.   So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us…”

“This we know:  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.  Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.  But we will consider your offer to go to the reservation you have for my people.  We will live apart, and in peace….”

“If we agree, it will be to secure the reservation you have promised.  There, perhaps, we may live out our brief days as we wish.  When the last red man has  vanished from the earth, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people.   For they love this earth as the newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat.  So, if we sell our land, love it as we’ve loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it.  Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it.  And preserve it for your children…” Read more.

Poetry Foundation “Rudyard Kipling is one of the best-known of the late Victorian poets and story-tellers. Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, his unpopular political views caused his work to be neglected shortly after his death. Critics, however, recognize the power of his work. “His unrelenting craftsmanship, his determination to be ‘master of the bricks and mortar of his trade,’ compels respect, and his genius as a storyteller, and especially as a teller of stories for children,” writes William Blackburn in Writers for Children, “will surely prove stronger than the murky and sordid vicissitudes of politics.” “Although Kipling’s overall career still awaits judicious critical re-evaluation,” Blackburn concludes, “the general public—and especially the young public—has long since rendered its own verdict. His status as a writer for children is rightfully secure, and none of his major works has yet gone out of print.”

“Kipling was born in Bombay, India, at the end of the year 1865. His father, John Lockwood Kipling, was principal of the Jeejeebyhoy School of Art, an architect and artist who had come to the colony, writes Charles Cantalupo in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, “to encourage, support, and restore native Indian art against the incursions of British business interests.” He meant to try, Cantalupo continues, “to preserve, at least in part, and to copy styles of art and architecture which, representing a rich and continuous tradition of thousands of years, were suddenly threatened with extinction.” His mother, Alice Macdonald, had connections through her sister’s marriage to the artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones with important members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in British arts and letters.

“Kipling spent the first years of his life in India, remembering it in later years as almost a paradise. “My first impression,” he wrote in his posthumously published autobiography Something of Myself for My Friends Known and Unknown, “is of daybreak, light and colour and golden and purple fruits at the level of my shoulder.” In 1871, however, his parents sent him and his sister Beatrice—called “Trix”—to England, partly to avoid health problems, but also so that the children could begin their schooling. Kipling and his sister were placed with the widow of an old Navy captain named Holloway at a boarding house called Lorne Lodge in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. Kipling and Trix spent the better part of the next six years in that place, which they came to call the “House of Desolation.”

The years from 1871 until 1877 became, for Kipling, years of misery. “In addition to feelings of bewilderment and abandonment” from being deserted by his parents, writes Mary A. O’Toole in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, “Kipling had to suffer bullying by the woman of the house and her son.” Kipling may have brought some of this treatment on himself—he was a formidably aggressive and pampered child. He once stamped down a quiet country road shouting: “Out of the way, out of the way, there’s an angry Ruddy coming!,” reports J. I. M. Stewart in his biography Rudyard Kipling, which led an aunt to reflect that “the wretched disturbances one ill-ordered child can make is a lesson for all time to me.” In Something of Myself, however, he recounted punishments that went far beyond correction. “I had never heard of Hell,” he wrote, “so I was introduced to it in all its terrors…. Myself I was regularly beaten.” On one occasion, after having thrown away a bad report card rather than bring it home, “I was well beaten and sent to school through the streets of Southsea with the placard ‘Liar’ between my shoulders.” At last, Kipling suffered a sort of nervous breakdown. An examination showed that he badly needed glasses—which helped explain his poor performance in school—and his mother returned from India to care for him. “She told me afterwards,” Kipling stated in Something of Myself, “that when she first came up to my room to kiss me good-night, I flung up an arm to guard off the cuff that I had been trained to expect.”

“Kipling did have some happy times during those years. He and his sister spent each December time with his mother’s sister, Lady Burne-Jones, at The Grange, a meeting-place frequented by English artisans such as William Morris—or “our Deputy ‘Uncle Topsy'” as Kipling called him in Something of Myself. Sir Edward Burne-Jones occasionally entered into the children’s play, Kipling recalled: “Once he descended in broad daylight with a tube of ‘Mummy Brown’ [paint] in his hand, saying that he had discovered it was made of dead Pharaohs and we must bury it accordingly. So we all went out and helped—according to the rites of Mizraim and Memphis, I hope—and—to this day I could drive a spade within a foot of where that tube lies.” “But on a certain day—one tried to fend off the thought of it—the delicious dream would end,” he concluded, “and one would return to the House of Desolation, and for the next two or three mornings there cry on waking up.”

“In 1878, Kipling was sent off to school in Devon, in the west of England. The institution was the United Services College, a relatively new school intended to educate the sons of army officers, and Kipling was probably sent there because the headmaster was one Cormell Price, “one of my Deputy-Uncles at The Grange … ‘Uncle Crom.'” There Kipling formed three close friends, whom he later immortalized in his collection of stories Stalky Co (1899). “We fought among ourselves ‘regular an’ faithful as man an’ wife,'” Kipling reported in Something of Myself, “but any debt which we owed elsewhere was faithfully paid by all three of us.” “I must have been ‘nursed’ with care by Crom and under his orders,” Kipling recalled. “Hence, when he saw I was irretrievably committed to the ink-pot, his order that I should edit the School Paper and have the run of his Library Study…. Heaven forgive me! I thought these privileges were due to my transcendent personal merits.”

“Since his parents could not afford to send him to one of the major English universities, in 1882 Kipling left the Services College, bound for India to rejoin his family and to begin a career as a journalist. For five years he held the post of assistant editor of the Civil and Military Gazette at Lahore. During those years he also published the stories that became Plain Tales from the Hills, works based on British lives in the resort town of Simla, and Departmental Ditties, his first major collection of poems. In 1888, the young journalist moved south to join the Allahabad Pioneer, a much larger publication. At the same time, his works had begun to be published in cheap editions intended for sale in railroad terminals, and he began to earn a strong popular following with collections such as The Phantom ‘Rickshaw and Other Tales, The Story of the Gadsbys, Soldiers Three, Under the Deodars, and “Wee Willie Winkie” and Other Child Stories. In March 1889 Kipling left India to return to England, determined to pursue his future as a writer there.

“The young writer’s reputation soared after he settled in London. “Kipling’s official biographer, C. E. Carrington,” declares Cantalupo, “calls 1890 ‘Rudyard Kipling’s year. There had been nothing like his sudden rise to fame since Byron.'” “His poems and stories,” writes O’Toole, “elicited strong reactions of love and hate from the start—almost none of his advocates and detractors were temperate in praise or in blame. Ordinary readers liked the rhythms, the cockney speech, and the imperialist sentiments of his poems and short stories; critics generally damned the works for the same reasons.” Many of his works were originally published in periodicals and later collected in various editions as Barrack-Room Ballads; famous poems such as “The Ballad of East and West,” “Danny Deever,” “Tommy,” and “The Road to Mandalay” date from this time.

“Kipling’s literary life in London brought him to the attention of many people. One of them was a young American publisher named Wolcott Balestier, who became friends with Kipling and persuaded him to work on a collaborative novel. The result, writes O’Toole, entitled The Naulahka, “reads more like one of Kipling’s travel books than like a novel” and “seems rather hastily and opportunistically concocted.” It was not a success. Balestier himself did not live to see the book published—he died on December 6, 1891—but he influenced Kipling strongly in another way. Kipling married Balestier’s sister, Caroline, in January, 1892, and the couple settled near their family home in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“The Kiplings lived in America for several years, in a house they built for themselves and called “Naulahka.” Kipling developed a close friendship with Theodore Roosevelt, then Under Secretary of the Navy, and often discussed politics and culture with him. “I liked him from the first,” Kipling recalled in Something of Myself, “and largely believed in him…. My own idea of him was that he was a much bigger man than his people understood or, at that time, knew how to use, and that he and they might have been better off had he been born twenty years later.” Both of Kipling’s daughters were born in Vermont—Josephine late in 1892, and Elsie in 1894—as was one of the classic works of juvenile literature: The Jungle Books, which are ranked among Kipling’s best works. The adventures of Mowgli, the foundling child raised by wolves in the Seeonee Hills of India, are “the cornerstones of Kipling’s reputation as a children’s writer,” declares Blackburn, “and still among the most popular of all his works.” The Mowgli stories and other, unrelated works from the collection—such as “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” and “The White Seal”—have often been filmed and adapted into other media.

“In Something of Myself, Kipling traced the origins of these stories to a book he had read when he was young “about a lion-hunter in South Africa who fell among lions who were all Freemasons, and with them entered into a confederacy against some wicked baboons.” Martin Seymour-Smith, writing in Rudyard Kipling: A Biography, identifies another of the major sources as “the Jataka tales of India. Some of these fables go back as early as the fourth century BC and incorporate material of even earlier eras. One version, Jatakamala, was composed in about 200 AD by the poet Aryasura. They are Buddhist birth-stories—Jatakamala means ‘Garland of Birth Stories’—which the nineteenth-century scholar Rhys Davids described as ‘the most important collection of ancient folk-lore extant.’ Each of the 550 stories tells of the Buddha in some previous incarnation, and each is a story of the past occasioned by some incident in the present…. Some of the beast fables resemble Aesop’s, but the Jataka tales are more deliberately brutal. They teach not merely that men should be more tender towards animals, but the equivalence of all life.”

“The Kiplings left Vermont in 1896 after a fierce quarrel with Beatty Balestier, Kipling’s surviving brother-in-law. The writer’s retiring nature and unwillingness to be interviewed made him unpopular with the American press, and he was savagely ridiculed when the facts of the case became public. Rather than remain in America, Kipling and his wife returned to England, settling for a time in Rottingdean, Sussex, near the home of Kipling’s parents. The writer soon published another novel, drawing on his knowledge of New England life: “Captains Courageous,” the story of Harvey Cheney, a spoiled young man who is washed overboard while on his way to Europe and is rescued by fishermen. Cheney spends the summer learning about human nature and self-discipline. “After the ship has docked in Gloucester and Harvey’s parents have come to take him home,” explains O’Toole, “his father, a self-made man, is pleased to see that his son has grown from a snobbish boy to a self-reliant young man who has learned how to make his own way through hard work and to judge people by their own merits rather than by their bank balances.”

“The Kiplings returned to America on several occasions, but this practice ended in 1899 when the whole family came down with pneumonia and Josephine, his eldest daughter, died from it. She had been, writes Seymour-Smith, “by all accounts … unusually lively, witty and enchanting,” and her loss was a great blow to them. Kipling sought solace in his work. In 1901 he published what many critics believe is his finest novel: Kim, the story of an orphaned Irish boy who grows up in the streets of Lahore, is educated at the expense of his father’s old Army regiment, and enters into “the Great Game,” the “cold war” of espionage and counter-espionage on the borders of India between Great Britain and Russia in the late nineteenth century.

“In many ways, Kipling suggested in Something of Myself, the book was a collaboration between himself and his father: “He would take no sort of credit for any of his suggestions, memories or confirmations,” the writer recalled, but “there was a good deal of beauty in it, and not a little wisdom; the best in both sorts being owed to my Father.” “The glory of Kim,” declares O’Toole, “lies not in its plot nor in its characters but in its evocation of the complex Indian scene. The great diversity of the land—its castes; its sects; its geographical, linguistic, and religious divisions; its numberless superstitions; its kaleidoscopic sights, sounds, colors, and smells—are brilliantly and lovingly evoked.”

“In 1902 the Kiplings settled in their permanent home, a seventeenth-century house called “Bateman’s” in East Sussex. “In the years following the move,” O’Toole explains, “Kipling for the most part turned away from the types of stories he had written early in his career and explored new subjects and techniques.” One example of this experimentation, completed before the Kiplings occupied Bateman’s, was the collection called the Just So Stories, perhaps Kipling’s best-remembered and best-loved work. The stories, written for his own children and intended to be read aloud, deal with the beginnings of things: “How the Camel Got His Hump,” “The Elephant’s Child,” “The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo,” “The Cat That Walked by Himself,” and many others

“In these works Kipling painted rich, vivid word-pictures that honor and at the same time parody the language of traditional Eastern stories such as the Jataka tales and the Thousand and One Arabian Nights. “Kipling loved language (and children) too much to fall into the vulgar error that the resilience and beauty of the English language must be beaten into something dull and uniform to be appropriate for young readers,” Blackburn declares. “In no other collection of children’s stories,” writes Elisabeth R. Choi in her foreword to the 1978 Crown edition of the Just So Stories, “is there such fanciful and playful language.”

“The area around Bateman’s, rich in English history, inspired Kipling’s last works for children, Puck of Pook’s Hill and its sequel, Rewards and Fairies. The main sources of their inspiration, Kipling explained in Something of Myself, came from artifacts discovered in a well they were drilling on the property: “When we stopped at twenty-five feet, we had found a Jacobean tobacco-pipe, a worn Cromwellian latten spoon and, at the bottom of all, the bronze cheek of a Roman horse-bit.” At the bottom of a drained pond, they “dredged two intact Elizabethan ‘sealed quarts’ … all pearly with the patina of centuries. Its deepest mud yielded us a perfectly polished Neolithic axe-head with but one chip on its still venomous edge.” From these artifacts—and a suggestion made by a cousin, the ruins of an ancient forge, and the playing of his children—Kipling constructed a series of related stories of how Dan and Una come to meet Puck, the last remaining Old Thing in England, and from him learn the history of their land.

“Kipling wrote many other works during the periods that he produced his children’s classics. He was actively involved in the Boer War in South Africa as a war correspondent, and in 1917 he was assigned the post of ‘Honorary Literary Advisor’ to the Imperial War Graves Commission—the same year that his son John, who had been missing in action for two years, was confirmed dead. In his last years, explains O’Toole, he became even more withdrawn and bitter, losing much of his audience because of his unpopular political views—such as compulsory military service—and a “cruelty and desire for vengeance [in his writings] that his detractors detested.” Modern critical opinions, O’Toole continues, “are contradictory because Kipling was a man of contradictions. He had enormous sympathy for the lower classes … yet distrusted all forms of democratic government.” He declined awards offered him by his own government, yet accepted others from foreign nations. He finally succumbed to a painful illness early in 1936. “He remains an intriguing personality and writer,” O’Toole explains, and “for all his limitations,” declares Blackburn, “he was a gifted and courageous and honest man.”

“Additional insight on Kipling’s life, career, and views can be gleaned from the three volumes of The Letters of Rudyard Kipling. The volumes contain selected surviving letters written by Kipling between 1872 and 1910; it is believed that both Kipling and his wife destroyed many of Kipling’s other letters. Kipling’s chief correspondent was Edmonia Hill, who was his counselor and confidante beginning during his days as a journalist in India. Reviewers note that all of the letters reflect Kipling’s distinctive literary style.

“Jonathan Keates in the Observer notes, “this gathering of survivors shows that Kipling, with his gift for the resonant, throat-grabbing phrase and his obsessive interest in watching and listening, could never write a dud letter.” John Bayley points out in the Times Literary Supplement: “[Kipling] wrote his letters, as he did his stories and early sketches, in an amalgam of Wardour Street and schoolboyese, with biblical overtones, often transposed into a sort of Anglo-Indian syntax. . . . Kipling is inimitable: at his innocently aesthetic worst, he can be deeply embarrassing; and the letters, like the stories, contain both sorts.” Writing in the Observer, Amit Chaudhuri remarks that the third volume of letters reveals “the contractions of a unique writer; a loving father and husband who was also deeply interested in the asocial, predominantly male pursuit of Empire; a conservative who succumbed to the romance of the new technology [the automobile]; an apologist for England for whom England was, in a fundamental and positive way, a ‘foreign country.'”

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