41 – The Iron Shoe (Cont.)

In the name of the Great Life and in the name of the precious Truth.

The man preaches from beyond, and the Spirit answers him from the gates of darkness. She brings gold in baskets, and at the tips of her locks of hair she puts pearls. She goes to him and says, “Stranger! Take from me beloved, precious gold and wonderful pearls, and sing me one of your sublime songs. Bring forth the Voice of the Life, and teach me from the ground up.” But I say to her, “Leave and get away from me, Spirit, who is plotting evil!”

Then Namrus comes along, approaches him, and says, “Strange man, bring your wonderful sermon to me!” But I tell her, “Stay still, Namrus, and keep your scorn to yourself. I am not a bard, whose music keeps the people down. I am a man from another world, an iron shoe am I, whose words and singing are clubs and bats for the Evil Spirit.” “Well,” she says to him, “then may Truth give you healing, good man, and may the word through which you have expressed yourself get healing.”

Life is exalted and is victorious, and victorious is the man who has gone there!

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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