44 – Admonitions (Cont.)

The voice of the Life calls out, “Blessed is he who understands himself. A man who understands himself has no equal in the world. Hail to you, righteous servants who have kept away from all evil. Shame on you, wicked heart, which Evil governs and which Evil does not let rest in goodness […] the attitude of the oppressor, who was from the wrath of Satan […]. Whoever lets the passions run free will have to live in the shadows. Whoever opens his mouth to curse will not look upon the Place of Light. If someone raises his hand to strike, they will kill their own master with the sword. Shame on you, you wide belly, who has nothing in this world that can satisfy you. I call out to you and say, ‘Men who give alms! You give, even though it will not bear witness, it bore witness for you once, and will not do it again. You give with your right hand, but your right hand says nothing.’ Shame on the wise man, whose wisdom has taught him nothing. Shame on the builder, who has built no building for himself. Shame on the pathmaker, who has built no path for himself. He will not rise up to look upon the place of light.”

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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