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.
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