45 – Admonitions (Cont.)

The voice of the Life calls out, the voice of the Great Life. The voice of the Life calls out, “Each gives to himself eight. Blessed is he who knows himself, and whose heart is a builder for him. Hail to the people of Truth; they will rise up to look upon the Place of Light. Shame on the advisor, who has not given himself any advice. Shame on the pathmaker, who has built no path for himself. If he goes out, shouldn’t he slip? Shame on the builder, who has built no building for himself. Shame on resentment, of which the wicked can’t get enough from this world. Shame on the wide belly, which, no matter how much he might eat, never becomes full. Shame on the forked tongue, which gives two different decisions to the same case. Shame on the students, who are taught, without learning. Shame on the foolish idiots who get stuck in their idiocy. Shame on the wise man, who has not taught his wisdom. Shame on the rulers who rule over the forsaken and do no good deeds. They will fall into the blazing fire, stoking the coals with their hands and kindling the fire with their lips. Shame on the wicked heart, that governs the wicked. Wickedness governs it, and it will end with the end of the world. Shame on the man who has had good, and has done no good with it. He has committed sins for himself and piled provocations before himself. Blessings to the man who has had good, and has done good with it; he has prepared a reward for himself. His works go along before him, his works go along before him and serve as a support for him along the way. Your hands have made kušṭa, so rise up and look upon the Place of Light.

And Life is victorious.

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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