07 – Yoshamin (Con’t.)

‎‎In the name of the Great Life,
may the sublime light be exalted!

When I, Yoshamin, thought,
I sought radiance, light,
revelation, ‎‎and explanations without end,
in the first treasure,
and sought to learn from the saying
that my father has given me.

‎‎I set my mind to do battle with the Great [Life].
I bundled up my rage and venom, and told my mind,

“Do battle with the First Life, the Second Life,
and the Life ‎‎before which none come.
Wage war and rebellion with the light,
and do ‎‎battle with those of the heavenly streams.
Wage a great war that is without end!”

The first time that Yoshamin thought something odious,
he did that which was unappropriate,
and then the aeons, with much anxiety that ‎‎they gave to me,
sent a messenger concerning him,
that he had put on wrath [and] covered himself with a sword.
The messenger brought him ‎‎the king’s letter,

“Your majesties, put Yoshamin in the great stocks,
‎‎for as long as the Great [Life] wills.”

The messenger that brought did not greet him.
He said to him, “Rise ‎‎from your seat.”

There was fear in his mind and he spewed ‎‎bile before him.
He got up from his throne, sat upon the ground, and said,

“Who will put the bonds on Yoshamin,
because the King has sent for him in rage?”

Yokashar got up from his throne,
and put the bonds in his right hand.
Yoshamin opened his mouth, saying to the Messenger,

“How long have you not seen my likeness and my stature,
and have you not drunk from a cup with me?
How long have you not eaten the sacramental bread from my platter,
and not woven the wreath, and not set [it] on your head?
How long have you not seen my form,
and my light has not shined over you?”

The messenger opened his mouth, saying to Yoshamin,

“Do not say that I came to you for my own sake;
the King sent for you in anger,
and I couldn’t [very well] say to Yoshamin,
‘Bliss and serenity from the men.’

The very good take pride,
when they don’t act according to the will of the evil.
Yoshamin [once] took pride in his fortresses and constructions;
his sons will be destroyed, entering a brawl,
and his wives will leave for zubs.

His radiance and his constant light grew dark,
and his accomplishments will be abandoned.
The rage ‎‎that the king has let out
will not be released for generations.

You, Yoshamin, you will sit down,
you will go to the Gate of Supat.
Your glory will be taken from you,
the crown that the Great [Life] gave you.
The constant light will be taken from you,
and darkness will settle ‎‎upon your building.
The fortresses of your sons will be destroyed,
and your thrones will be despoiled,
as long as the Great [Life] wills for you.
Your wife, ‎‎who will raise your brood,
will not be your own wife for generations [to come.]”

‎‎They will bring down the brood of all his stallions.

And Life is victorious!

The End.

About C.G. Häberl

Dr. Häberl is an Associate Professor at the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL). He was born and raised in the State of New Jersey, and received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. In addition to teaching Arabic and Aramaic language courses at AMESALL, he teaches content courses on the modern Middle East at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), of which he was the Director from 2009-2012.
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