“You are the supreme Self, you are the First and Last, the immortal Wind of Life, for you are the proclaimer of Truth in the Beginning, the Middle, and the End. Fortunate for us that through you we learnt and accepted your teaching!” — Gospel of Mar Mani 37:3
These titles are often appointed to Yisho, but because Mar Mani is a manifestation of the Third Messenger, just as Yisho was – both are viewed as one and the same. In reference to Mar Mani. As shown in other passages, the title “Spirit of Holiness” is often applied to Maran Yisho but it does not indicate he is the same Being as the “Holy Spirit.” This title properly applies to Mar Mani as well.
“Mani is a King of Light, the Spirit of the Light, Father of the blessing, compassionate and incorruptible, Place of Repose, the Mind and the Wisdom that dwell in his Scriptures, his Five† Holy Books!” — Gospel of Mar Mani 37:2
The living, breathing Presence of the Living Spirit is within the Holy Book. Adherents of the Religion of Light are very serious about their study of the teachings of Light presented in Mar Mani’s writings and within the Holy Book of Light in general.
“To the Three Holy Pillars from the Temple of Peace will I look in faith… Always keep before you the Three Pillars of the Holy Faith: Scripture, Tradition and Revelation.” — Teaching of the Bright Light of the Truth 9:8; Gospel of Mar Mani 54:9
The Three Pillars of our faith provide the answers we need concerning various issues we may encounter throughout our lives. In fact, the Three Pillars is a foundation for the Temple of the Religion of Light and they help us to live our lives according to righteous principles. These topics would of course include questions on a religious nature such as how we communicate with God, certain principles on how to live a righteous and virtuous lifestyle, and so on. Other topics may include politics, health, science, marriage, race relations, sexuality, and so on. All Three Pillars have answers or comments on these topics if we are willing to search for them with an honest heart. (Read: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 37:8; Acts of Mar Mani 19:29)
“Always think of the goodness that comes from the lessons you learn throughout your life — from your youth to your aged years. Always appreciate the fact that you can gain wisdom through discipline — do not squander the time you have on earth.” — Teaching of Mir Izgadda 4:7
Are you being inundated with worldly activities such as entertainment, shopping, unnecessary travel or other activities that distract you from more important, spiritual goals? For some, it is easy to get caught up in such activities, and before you realise it, your day or entire week has been wasted and perhaps you missed your regular study or reading of the Scriptures or even the daily prayers.
“Every true gift that is found in your hands is there because of the Father of Light who always gives good gifts.” — Teaching of Mir Izgadda 4:3
In this passage, our Divine Teacher echoes the thought expressed by the Apostle James when he said, “Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good and perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no change, not even a shadow of variation.” (EpJ 1:8) Have you ever taken a moment and thought about the many blessings that you have received through your knowledge of the Religion of Light? On the other hand, have you ever thought about the Religion of Light as a blessing itself?