47 – Admonitions

Out of the Place of Light I came forth, from you, luminous dwelling! In robes of glory I was dressed, and a wreath of victory was placed around my head. I arrived and found the Nasoreans standing on the banks of the Jordan. I set up my throne and sat down, like a father sitting amidst his sons. The good man sits and teaches his sons all the truth, in which there is no error.

My sons! See that you do not commit adultery; see that you do not commit theft; those who commit stealing and adultery will not ascend to the House of the Life. They will not ascend to the House of the Life; they will not look upon the Place of Light.

My sons! See that you are not performing magic and oppressing the soul in the body. Magicians and liers will be tossed into boiling pots, and fire will be their judge.

My sons! See that ye do not shift the boundaries, that you do not displace the boundary marker. The eyes of those who shift the boundaries will not see the light.

My sons! See that you do not deliver the servant into the possession of his master, or the maidservant to the possession of her mistress; and deliver not a weak one to a strong one. [Who does otherwise] will be bound in a remote place, in the customs house; his eye will see only darkness, and his foot will find no solid ground.

My sons! See that you do not take [as a wife] a maidservant who has not been not set free, and thus bring forth your sons in the house of a master. If the servant sins one day, on the day that his master judges him, the sins committed by the servant will come upon the head of his father.

My sons! See that you are not an informer and that your eyes give no hints, since the informant and the snitch will be assigned to the penitentiaries (maṭarata). To the penitentiary they will be assigned, and judged harshly.

My sons! See that you do not practice usury and compound interest, lest you be judged in the dark mountain.

My sons! See that you do not worship the idols, devils and temple demons, the idols and sweetness of this world, because a harsh judgment will fall upon the idols and devils, and their worshipers will not ascend to the House of the Life. They will not ascend to the House of the Life, and they will not look upon the Place of Light.

Pay attention to what I commanded you, and lay aside any evidence of wickedness and falsehood, for due to the testimony of wickedness and falsehood, they will be held accountable before the judge. Before the judge they will be held accountable, who judges the entire world. He judges everyone according to his works and his merits.

My sons! Whatever is odious to you, do not do to your neighbor, because in the world in which you present yourselves, there is a severe court and judgment. A severe court and judgment is in it, and every day the well-protected Mānās will be enlightened. Because every one who is laden will ascend, but whoever is empty will be condemned here. Shame on the empty one, the empty one will stand in the house of a toll-collector. As if it were in his hand and he didn’t have it, he searched there in his lap and didn’t find [anything]. The wicked and the liars will cast into the darkness. They will throw him into the blazing fire, in the blazing fire they will throw him, whom they called in his ear, but he did not want to hear. I showed it to his eye, but he did not see. I showed him and he didn’t see with his eye.

Life 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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