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Holy Book Readings for Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Mar Shimon the Zealot

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 71

1 Come, my Saviour! Do not abandon me, help even me!

2 I have depended on you, victorious stiller of fear of the death through the Cross!

3 Yisho it is you whom I have loved!

4 See, the glorious armour of your Commandment which you did gird yourself, I have put it on my limbs; I have fought against my foes!

5 I have subdued the passions of youth, running in your virtue, O Saviour; I have forsaken the defilement of illicit intercourse, I have put upon myself this purity that you wish; the murderous snake, foe of virginity, I have not listened to his laws and his lying words.

6 I have not even tasted the pleasure of the bitter sweet, nor have I meddled with unlawful intercourse of the flesh, for it is a thing that perishes, nor have I permitted the fire of eating and drinking rule over me.

7 Reveal your face* to me, O holy and immaculate Radiance, my true gracious Physician!
*(or “ever abiding presence”)

8 I am your sheep, you are my Shepherd! You walked beside me and delivered me from the destroying wolves.

9 I listened to your words and walked in your laws, I became a stranger in the world for the sake of your name, my Lord!

10 Yet you did not leave me in want, for I was given food and drink because of your name.

11 I have touched the world and I know there is not even a little toe* of life in it.
*(small part)

12 I have wandered over the whole world and witnessed all the things that are therein, and I have seen that all men run about vainly, for they have forgotten the Holy One who came and gave himself to death for them.

13 The strangers with whom I mingled, they never knew me; they tasted my sweetness and wished to keep me with them; I was life to them, but they were like death to me! I tolerated them, and they wore me as a garment upon themselves!

14 My Lord, when I saw these things I took your Hope and strengthened myself upon it, I did not refuse your yoke which you laid upon me, your good Precepts which you gave me, I have fulfilled, my Saviour; I did not permit my enemies to put out your Lamp of Light!

15 I have despised the world to give life to my soul, I have forsaken the things of the flesh and have been content with those of the Spirit.

16 I have known the Cross of Light that gives life to the universe, I have believed in it that it is my beloved Soul which nourishes everyone, and for this the spiritually blind are offended, because they are ignorant of it.

17 Since I found my Saviour I have walked in his footsteps; never have I in the least hung back, so as to receive this Garland; the joyful trees that blossom are full of fruit I have given you, my husbandman: namely, Prayer, Fasting, Alms, and Love to your children.

18 My Inner Man is like you in his form, my Outer Man receives grace through the Word of Light.

19 I have constantly practised the truth in your holy Wisdom, which has opened the eyes of my Soul to the light of the Glory and let me see the hidden and revealed things, those of the Abyss and those of the Height!

20 O Mind of Light, the Sun of my heart that gives my Soul the things of the Light, you are my witness that I have no comfort except in you!

21 I have heard every voice, but no other voice except yours has pleased me, for it is you alone whom I have loved from the beginning to the end!

22 Since my childhood it is to you whom I have given thanks; I have forsaken everything – I do not know the day when they vanished.

23 I have left behind my beauty for the sake of your name, I have stood firm in your name, O Alone-Born*!
*(Self-existing One)

24 I have accepted your sweet yoke in purity, I have borne your yoke, I have bound my limbs to your Cross; I have made myself pure for you according to my power, O King of Saints!

25 It is you to whom I have given my Soul, for you are the hidden Joy of your children!

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, May 28th, 2016

Sabbath

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 70

1 O great Call who has wakened this soul of mine from its deep slumber, O Merciful filled with mercy, the Saviour of those who are His own, I worship you!

2 I have called upon you with an innocent voice because I know you are the Rescuer of Souls!

3 Stretch out your Right Hand to me, and I shall leave the things of the body behind me!

4 Come, I implore you, draw me up out of the hidden place of the dead!

5 Let not the demons frighten me and the Fury with her fearful face, because I have not served the Error but have passed my whole life nourished in your Truth!

6 Now save my soul from this state of life and death!

7 See, my faith stands fast to me; see my alms that I have done in your name; see, my prayers and my zeal beg that I receive grace upon me!

8 A robber was saved upon the cross only because he confessed you; cleanse me from all my sins, for I too have hung upon your Hope!

9 Behold, I am coming out of the body of death; now do I call on you, O Saviour: “Come to me in the hour of my need!”

10 Show me your Maiden at the moment of my departure from the All; let me too be worthy to see your Maiden for whose sake I have toiled, and her three Angels too who are with her, who brings all the Gifts of the faithful one!

11 My Holy Father, let me see Your Likeness that I saw before the universe was created, before the Darkness dared to stir up envy against Your Aeons.

12 On that occasion indeed did I become a stranger to my Kingdom; I have cut its root and have come up victoriously on high.

13 O my prayers and my fasts and my virginity which I have perfected in your name, Yisho my light, this is the moment of my death when I have need of you!

14 Yoke for me speedily my soaring chariots and my horses– which are my holy fasts, my prayers to God, and my alms giving!

15 Put my white Robe upon me, take me in as a gift to your Father!

16 O eternal Victor, I call to you; hear my cry, Compassionate! Let your Members cleanse me, and baptise me, you, in your holy waters and make me without stain, even as I really am!

17 Behold, the time has drawn near that I should return to my home!

18 You are the Way, you are indeed the Gate of eternal Life, O Son of God, my Saviour, who has taught me to wear His holy Precepts!

19 Open to me, O Tree of Life; O Tree of Rest, open to me!

20 Open your essences to me, and I shall gaze on the faces of the Saints!

21 Open to me your halls, for my heart has swooned after your bliss!

22 Open your gardens to me, and my spirit will receive their fragrance!

Evening Reading: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 4

Appreciation

1 If you can not appreciate the little things in your life, then how can you expect to ever receive anything bigger?

2 Do not constantly complain about what you do not have, and do not fantasise about those material things you wish you possessed.

3 Every true gift that is found in your hands is there because of the Father of Light who always gives good gifts.

4 Always have appreciation for the work of your fellow brothers and sisters, O Children of Light.

5 Encourage one another to press on towards perfection – always showing appreciation for the truth and the selfless sacrifice of those who take the lead within the divine arrangement.

6 One way you can show your appreciation for the blessing you receive each day and the beauty of the creation which you experience, is to give heartfelt thanks to the Father of Greatness.

7 Always think of the goodness that comes from the lessons you learn throughout your life – from your youth to your aged years. Always appreciate the fact that you can gain wisdom through discipline – do not squander the time you have on earth.

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, May 27th, 2016

Ten Commandments, Mar Taddai

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 69

1 The life and death of everyone is in his own hands – as for us, let us live; what is all the crowd to us? What have we now in common with the world?

2 Arise, let us go to our Aeons! Where are our Crowns of Light that never fall? Let us wear our Garlands that do not fade eternally!

3 The Living Kingdom shall once again appear, the Love of God, the White Dove; the Kingdom is Love, this White Dove– it is not gold and silver, it is not eating and drinking!

4 The Kingdom is Joy and Peace and Rest; see, it is within us; it is outside of us; if we believe in it we shall live therein for evermore!

5 My brethren, come in through this narrow Door and let us comfort one another with the Word of Truth!

6 See, the Bridegroom has come! Where is the Bride who resembles Him?

7 The Bride is the Assembly, the Bridegroom is the Mind of Light;

8 The Bride is the Soul, and Yisho is the Bridegroom!

9 If He rises in us, we too shall live in Him; if we believe in Him, we shall transcend death and come to Life.

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, May 26th, 2016

Mar Mattai, St. Justin

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 68

1 See, I have safely finished my voyage, my own hour has already come.

2 They summon me: “O Soul, lift up your head and go to your Fatherland!”

3 I depart from your midst and I go away to my true home.

4 I have cleansed myself in the washing* of immortality in the hands of the Saints; now they summon me to the bride-chambers of the Height, and I will go up clothed in the Robe.
*(baptism)

5 I will go up to the Nature of Excellences, I will pass away up to the skies and leave this body on the earth.

6 The trumpet sounds. I hear it! I am being called up to the Immortals!

7 I will throw away my body on the earth from which it was assembled.

8 Ever since my early childhood I have learnt to walk in the Path of God.

9 Let no one weep for me – neither my brethren nor those who produced me; my true Fathers, those who are from on high, they love my Soul, and they seek after it!

10 The enemy of my Soul is the world, its wealth and the love of it; all life hates godliness. What am I doing while I am in the place of my foes?

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, May 25th, 2016

Mazmoré

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 67

1 Eventually everyone must die; like a shadow of his body he lies down, his material goods remain withheld from him.

2 For some, a thousand demons come, dark foggy demons hover around, the darkness of night presses on the dying, oppression comes to them; sitting on the breast, the demons make them dream.

3 For some, a false, hairy and ageing demoness comes, the hailcloud is like her in colour; provided with hideous brows, her look is like a bloody butcher, her disgusting teats are like a nail in sharpness.

4 A grey cloud rises out of her nose, from her throat ascends black smoke; her breast is wholly compact with a myriad of snakes, her hair is a viper; her finger is altogether sharp and venomous.

5 She seizes on the erring Soul beating on its head, she thrusts it into hell.

6 The demons found in hell seize upon it, the evil demons come, they take it to themselves.

7 There you see many dark spirits, to implore whom when near to death is purposeless.

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, May 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 66

1 Fair is a holy Soul that has taken the Spirit of holiness to herself, fair is the Dove that has found a holy Pool; it is Yisho that flies into the heart of his faithful one!

2 See, all the Divine Beings rejoice over him because he has become one of them; it is the Soul that is safe from stain who can proceed to the Presence of God.

3 The soul exclaims: I withdrew from the world, I left my parents behind, I turned to the Lord who is greater than the heavens and the earth.

4 I did not do the will of the body, so I found the Land of Light, I made my way to the City of the Celestial Beings, I communed with the Righteous while I was in the body.

5 For I removed myself from the bitter waters, I came to port even before the sea became stormy.

6 Being safe and pure, I put off the vain garment of the flesh; I made the clean feet of my Soul to confidently trample upon it; I stood in line with the Celestial Beings who are clothed with the Saviour, for I am a celestial being and a servant of 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 Monday, May 23rd, 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 65

1 O man of God, you have been set upon the Road; do not fall – for it was the Divine Beings that called unto you; you have been called, do not fail to hear.

2 Look back no more – they do not keep account of what is past, so do not think of what you have forgetfully done.

3 Continually strive to push yourself forward, and God will not turn you away; but if you slack off, you shall receive suffering.

4 Be zealous for God, do not flinch within yourself!

5 Do not prefer the life of this body to the everlasting Life; put the reverential fear of God in your heart, and you shall live without suffering from the pain of past sins. You shall receive comfort and peace.

6 If you have resolved to love Me, then I will put upon you the Robe of Glory and the Garland of Victory, because you have trusted the Truth that has been revealed to you.

7 O how great is the joy that is prepared for the Perfect, the Bride of the King!

8 My brethren, do not slack off in doing good by night and by day, for what the man plants in the field is the same as what he shall reap from that field.

9 I myself left the Land of Light and of eternal Bliss*, and for your sakes I have come here, bringing these Trees of Virtue which I would plant in your holy multitude.
*(divine origin of the Holy Prophet Mar Mani)

10 Each one of you must plant these Trees in his own pure heart, that he may let them thrive and grow tall.

11 If now you would realise in yourselves the pure fruits of the great Incomparable Light, you must welcome all the precious Trees and let them have all they need. Why so?

12 Because, good people, it is by means of the fruits of these Trees you will be able to free yourselves from the Four Afflictions: fear, grief, doubt and supplication, and all embodied beings will be saved from birth and death* and come at last, ever victorious, into the Realm of unmoving Happiness!
*(samsara)

13 He who sows his soul with good seed finds the return again, Eternal Life in the land of the Celestial Beings.

14 See, my beloved, do not be deceived by the forms of the evil ruler, the root of all the erupting wickedness and the camp of every hatred.

15 But protect yourselves from his tricks and his evil ideas that dwell in your body, lest they become toxin within you and ruin your gentleness and lead you from the truth and you stray onto the path of the lie.

16 But be zealous and perfect before the Mind of Truth who has shown himself to you, so that you may be true of heart and be drawn up on high and inherit Life from everlasting to everlasting.

17 Because of all the Souls that arise in human flesh and then vanish are led to the great Aeons of the Light, and there is a resting-place for them which was made by way of the Aeons of the Greatness.

18 As for you, my beloved, try every means that you may become good Pearls and be assigned to Heaven by Light-Diver when he comes to you and leads you in the great Supreme Merchant, your Rest in Life forever more.

19 You are the Sons of the Day and the Sons of the Light; fight yet a little while, O Sons of Light, and you will be victorious; he who evades his burden will lose his bedchamber!

20 Support one another, my brethren, do not flinch at all; we have a God who cares for us, and in His compassion He will help us.

21 It is Yisho who has helped me, he will help you, my beloved!

22 Be yourselves Refiners and Saviours for your Soul which abides in every place, that you may lead it to the dwelling of the Fathers of Light in the New Aeon in the Place of Joy!

23 The majority of the people have erred because they look to a distant day, but let us today do good, so that our way may be radiant once again and we may be fearless wherever we may go!

24 Let us not slumber and sleep until Maran takes us up,his garland on his head and his palm leaf in his hand, wearing the Robe of his glory – and all of us enter the bride-chamber and reign together with him.

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, May 22nd, 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 Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Sabbath

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!

Evening Reading: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 3

Adversity
1 Do not permit despair to lessen your faith; let your faith make you stronger.

2 Worship the One God, praised be His Name, and trust in my promise to save you from the turbulent waves of the deep ocean that is the world.

3 God will give you strength in times of difficulty, fortitude in times of persecution and hope in the face of death.

4 Always be determined to serve God with all your strength.

5 Never give up hope, even in the face of opposition.

6 The Light of the Father shines even in the darkest of nights so that all those seeking Him in honesty may find Him.

7 One can better cope with the challenges of life and the chaos of the world by faithfully walking in the Light of the Great Father – for His Word, which is the Word of Truth which I have brought unto you, is like a light house brightly shining upon the deep ocean signalling you to your true home.

8 Humanity is always tested with physical, emotional and mental adversity.

9 It is part of the human drama and the process of spiritual development.

10 No two people have the exact same issues to deal with in exactly the same measure.

11 These adversities are only with the spirit and soul while we are in the shell; the soul is free of these limitations when it becomes liberated from the shackles of the mortal coil.

12 As long as you only see yourself as the body or the brain, then you enslave yourself to a false identity.

13 Do not mistake the shell for the contents of that shell.

14 You are a being of Light, and as such, you should always bear in mind that your troubles while on earth are only temporary.

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, May 20th, 2016

Light of Karuzuta

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 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

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