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Holy Book Readings for Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 64

1 Sometimes the soldiers of the Old Man are defeated; then the religious thought of the Kindly Light enters the City of the wonderful Pure Thought; in the stately Halls found there it places a Seat for the Law and installs itself there.

2 When the Kindly Light moves in the City of Thought, it should be known that this Master preaches the Right Law wonderfully.

3 He delights in speech about the Three Eternals – Light, Power, Wisdom – and the Five Greatnesses of the Great Light and he fully develops all thoughts by means of his supernatural intuition. In his preaching of the Law he then stresses Pity.

4 When the Kindly Light moves into the City of Feeling, this Master is pleased by talk of the bright Palaces of the Sun and Moon, the First Gate of the Kingdom, and he fully develops majestic power; then in his preaching of the Law he stresses Sincerity.

5 When the Kindly Light moves into the City of Reflection, this Master delights to speak of Sraosha*, the great Servant, and by means of his supernatural intuition he fully develops silence. Then in his preaching of the Law he stresses Contentment.
*(divine being in relation to obedience and judgement)

6 When the Kindly Light moves into the City of Intellect, this Master is pleased to speak of the Five Bright Lights, and by means of his supernatural intuition he fully develops understanding. Then in his preaching of the Law he stresses the Endurance of Wrong.

7 When the Kindly Light moves into the City of Reason, it should be known that the Master is pleased to talk to the Messengers of the Light, past, present and future; and with his supernatural intuition he develops the power to be invisible or visible. Then in his preaching of the Law he stresses Wisdom.

8 So, then, he who is wise in the study of such a Master knows at once in which Realm the Kindly Light is found.

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 63

1 The Mind of Light, who is the Awakener of those who sleep, the Gatherer in of those who are scattered abroad, is the Father of all the Messengers, who chooses all the assemblies.

2 The Physician of the Souls, he is the Mind of Light, and this is the New Man.

3 The caustic medicines are the Precepts, while the cooling medicines are the forgiveness of sins – he who would be healed, see, of two kinds are the medicines of Life!

4 There is a mighty power dwelling in this body; it is very terrible with great cunning wisdom until the Mind of Light finds how to subdue this body and to drive it according to his will.

5 Then the Mind of Light comes and finds the Soul a captive in the flesh; he frees the soul’s limbs of Sin, and those he chains.

6 Because he loathed the five craggy and dangerous earths of the Darkness, he flattened and overwhelmed them; he began by removing the brambles and all the poisonous weeds, and burned them in fire.

7 Then, being armed with the sharp Axe of Wisdom, the Messenger of the Light destroyed the five kinds of poisonous trees of death.

8 He took his own precious Trees of Life of five kinds, shining, pure and perfect, and he planted them in the soils of the First Nature.

9 He sprinkled these precious Trees with the water of Immortality, and they produced fruits which give deathlessness.

10 He arranges the limbs of the Soul, builds them, polishes them, and organises them into a New Man, a Son of Righteousness.

11 He evoked the Aeons of Peace in whom there is no waning and decrease;

12 He establishes treasuries of Life, and in them set up Living Images which never perish;

13 Then over the five kinds of precious luminous terraces he lit five precious Bright Lamps that last forever.

14 The New Man becomes King through his love, his faith, his perfection, his patience and through his wisdom.

15 His King, again, who is the Mind of Light, is King over the All; he reigns over it according to his will.

16 So too, the Mind of Light comes and shines in the world and chooses the holy Assembly, and parts the Light from the Darkness and separates the Truth from Lawlessness.

17 O Mind that conquers Matter, spread your mercy over my spirit!

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Prayer of Emanations

 

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 62

1 Blessed is the man whose heart does not condemn him; the faithful man of God gives his judgement to himself alone.

2 If by some chance you would give a lesson to others do it yourself before you have given it.

3 Do not adorn yourself outwardly and be found rotten in your inward parts;

4 Do not strive after pleasing men and then become an enemy to God;

5 Do not give rest to your body and then pay the penalty with your Soul.

6 Mar Mani says: “My brethren, love me with your heart, do not please me with your lips alone; the children of the lip are blotted out, the children of the heart remain!

7 Do not be like the pomegranate whose rind is brightly coloured on the outside while it is rotting on the inside;

8 Do not be like the tombs of corpses which are indeed whitewashed but are inside full of carrion;

9 Do not be like horse saddles, for outside, indeed, they wear the fabrics from Babylon* while inside they are full of straw!
*(luxurious cloth)

10 For my sake, be like a jar of wine, placed firmly on its stand, for while the outside is a piece of earthenware, there is a fragrant wine inside!”

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Monday Fast/Confession

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 61

1 Pity and Sincerity* are, for all the Saints of the past and of the future, the essential base and root of brightness, the wonderful Gate that lets them see everywhere.
*(Mercy and Humane Treatment)

2 They are the Straight Path one walks upon, keeping to one side the length of the great sea of troubles in the Three Worlds.

3 Among the many thousands of people rarely is even one found to walk in this Path!

4 Were there any who devoted themselves thereto, thanks to this Path they would be born in the Pure Land, they would free and save themselves from penalties, and would, at last, without fear, rejoice for evermore in calmness and tranquillity.

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Sunday Fast

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 60

1 The word that wounds is this: When a man speaks a word for the sake of murdering another a man or for the sake of the killing of beasts or trees unnecessarily, and the Cross of Light, the lying word, and that of anger and that of fury, or a corrupt and viciously obscene word, or a quarrelsome word that one flings at his brother – this is the hurtful word.

2 For this is Anger, that you find occasion to desire an evil deed wherein there is sin.

3 It is proper for man to look on the ground at the time when he walks on a road, lest he tread on the Cross of Light and destroy the good plants – even destroying plants that could have been used as a source of food; it is especially for the beast, lest he tread on it and kill it with his foot.

4 But it is I who with a loud voice say to you that every man of the righteous Elect who walks on a path for the sake of the work of God, or if he walks on the earth, even when he crushes with the sole of his foot the Cross of Light, he has no sin therein, but his whole path is a garland and a palm leaf, because he does not walk in his own desire, nor does he run for the sake of gain and frivolous things when he treads on the earth and the Cross of Light.

5 It shall not bear resentment against you with hatred and anger, for it knows that you walk on it for rest and healing, to preach for it and to reveal its mysteries.

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Shabta

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 59

1 My brethren, let us live in poverty, and be poor in the body but rich in the spirit; and let us resemble the poor making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

2 What shall we do with gold and silver? Let us love God; His Light is power, His Wisdom the wise one!

3 The living Alms receive to itself affliction for a while, and then rest comes to it for evermore through the Saints.

4 Moreover, at the time when these Alms reach the Holy Assembly they are saved thereby and are purified and are rested by its means; they come out thereby and go to the God of Truth in whose name they have been given.

5 So again it is the Holy Assembly which is the resting-place for all these Alms that rest therein; it is this alone that becomes for them a door and a vehicle* to the Land of Rest.
*(way)

Evening Reading: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 16

Cultivating Virtue

1 Someone who is in union with God shows evidence of his drawing close to God through living a virtuous life, even while in the human shell.

2 Cultivate the Twelve Virtues in perfection and you shall find yourself living outside of the worries of the world.

3 When you have perfected the practice of the Virtues you will shine brightly in the world for others and they shall see your light and those who have ears to hear and eyes to see shall give glory to God.

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Friday, August 19th, 2016

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 58

1 Now when the man washes in the flowing water or something else he stands up; likewise when he prays he turns towards the greater Luminary, standing as well.

2 Now as for the first prayer, it is at sunrise, and the second prayer between noon and sunset, and the night prayer three hours after that.

3 He who recites a psalm is like those who weave a beautiful garland, while those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.

4 For this reason let us pray, let us sing and recite together, let us set before us joy, the sign of God, and let us do away with grief, which is the sign of the Darkness!

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Full Moon/Meal of Honour

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 57

1 “What shall I do with this lion* that is always roaring? What shall I do with this seven-headed serpent?”†
*(desire, greed)
†(many passions)

2 Adopt for yourself the practice of Fasting and you shall strangle this lion, as well as chastity and you shall slay this serpent!

3 This is the work of keeping a fast, for seven Angels are born from the fast of every one of the Elect.

4 Those who have no power to fast daily, they too may fast on Sunday, and they too share in the deeds and the Fasting of the Saints by means of their faith and their alms.

5 Just as finally the Fire swallows this world with mighty wrath and
relishes it, even so does this fire that is in the body swallow the outer
fire that comes to it in fruit and food and enjoys it.

6 The fire that dwells in the body, its work is eating and drinking, but
the Soul thirsts continually for the Word of God.

7 A man must not put out his hand and hurt this Living Cross*
recklessly and greedily, but when you have to eat it, do not eat it
recklessly and revelling in gluttony and greed, but eat it only when
in great hunger and drink it only when in great thirst, and from it
derive nourishment for your bodies.
*(the Soul imprisoned in Matter)

SMS 15:14-35

14. The World Teacher is the earthly embodiment of the Great Spirit – the Holy and Living Lord Mithra.

15. According to the Divine Decree, the World Teacher is the physical aspect of Lord Mithra.

16. In essence, they are one and the same, but the World Teacher is both heavenly and earthly.

17. The earthly manifestation of Lord Mithra embodies the Living Spirit.

18. The Third Messenger resides within Mir Izgadda, thus Mir Izgadda is Lord Mithra in earthly form.

19. He shall instruct you and the world in the Way of the Religion of Light.

20. Mir Izgadda is the spiritual conduit of teaching, blessing and light from Lord Mithra above.

21. When you burn incense or light candles and make offerings and send gifts to the World Teacher, and when you say prayers before His images, you are in essence making sacrifices to the Heavenly Mithra

22.The appointed elders and teachers within the Religion of Light should discourage all the devotees from speculating upon these truths and from making assumptions.

23. These truths have been confirmed by Divine Decree.

24. Prepare a meal of honour on each new moon and each full moon in honour of His Divine Presence.

25. With each of these meals, before and after, recite the Prayer in Honour of the World Teacher:

26. “May our World Teacher come!

27. May the teaching be as luminous as the rays of the sun!

28. May teachers and students increase their learning and accomplishment!

29. May there thus be good fortune that the teachings long remain!”

30. One should understand that the words of the World Teacher, written or spoken, contain His actual presence and must be treated accordingly.

31. His writings form part of the Scriptures of the Religion of Light. He will also arrange parts of the writings of His son, the Sword of Truth, and place them according to the Divine Will, within the Canon.

32. The World Teacher is holy and He is the living example for all devotees of the Religion of Light and all the world and His teaching should be emulated by all the devotees.

33. Pray to Il’Ya. Read and study the writings of Mir Izgadda. Listen for His voice.

34. Obey what He requires. Doing these things faithfully and attentively, Mir Izgadda, in His Divine Presence, will come to you and you shall be guided in all things.

35. Be attentive to this message. Become prepared.

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Mother of Life Day

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 56

1 Many are the ships that have gone down after they came near to anchoring at the shore; plenty of houses have fallen after the parapet had been reached!

2 So too is it with this, my brethren: there is a Soul that will fight at first, and then the storm rises against him and the waves seize on him.

3 Sin arouses from time to time its disorders in the body; there is a time when Sin lifts itself up in its foolishness, annoys the understanding, embarrasses the wisdom and good sense of the man, causes the truth to be confused in him causing doubt, and then he utters stupid words.

4 The Powers of Light give the Enmity a chance to offend, and they work their will for a while, and then they are seized.

5 At the time when the body is disturbed, you are disturbed by means of the aspects of the lower ones, the limbs which enter you in the food and the eating.

6 Again at the time when the higher ones are favourable to you and the food too that entered you is refined and clean, both overflowing with Light and Life, while the dregs in it are few and the badness in it meagre, your heart is then found steady in its place, while your thought is pacified from the confusion.

7 Then you say: “My wisdom and the lecturing are sweet to me while my heart is drawn towards the fasting in which I fast;

8 I do not wish to give up praying, nor do I desist from repeating psalms;

9 I welcome my brethren to me, kindly because I live in steady discipline, my soul itself rejoicing in the Wisdom and the True Knowledge, while my thoughts, too, are cheerful,my body being light upon me, and I am restful in happiness of mind!”

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

Holy Book Readings for Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Prayer of Emanations

Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light

Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,

May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.

God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,

I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.

Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.

Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.

Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.

Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 55

1 All the blessed ones who have ever existed have borne these pains, down to the Glorious One, the beloved Maran* Yisho.
*(Syriac for “our Lord”)

2 Every man of God who has ever existed, all genders, all have suffered, down to the Glorious One, the Messenger Mani.

3 Even Maran Mani himself was given the Cup to drink, he took the likeness of them all, fulfilling all their signs.

4 How many of his disciples too received the same as their fathers! My brethren, we too have our share of sufferings, we shall join with them in the suffering and rest in theirs!

5 It is good for us to be silent; let us not think in our heart that our God is forgetful of us, for before us, all hardships will disappear like gloomy shadows before the glorious Sun.

6 The Covenant of our Father, the profit and the loss, is shared among us; we are true sons and daughters, the heirs of their fathers.

7 There is nothing at all that is free from suffering which will rest at its end; even the very seed that is sown finds no way to live unless it dies, but through its death it lives and gives life as well.

8 Let us, too, strengthen ourselves, my brethren, for see, the Rest has come to us that we may receive the blessing of all these things we have spoken of, and dwell together in the glorious Land of the Light!

9 For there is no hater, no enemy, henceforth, but it is peace and joy and life for evermore!

10 Let the bride-chamber keep festival, for the Bridegroom is at hand!

Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book

Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin

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