“If by some chance you would give a lesson to others do it yourself before you have given it.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 62:2
What does our passage in today’s devotional actually mean? This is a very important guideline in which we all should be following, but often times it’s easy to forget.
“The word that wounds is this: When a man speaks a word for the sake of murdering another a man or for the sake of the killing of beasts or trees unnecessarily, and the Cross of Light, the lying word, and that of anger and that of fury, or a corrupt and viciously obscene word, or a quarrelsome word that one flings at his brother – this is the hurtful word. For this is Anger, that you find occasion to desire an evil deed wherein there is sin.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 60:1,2
Every time we speak hurtful words against our dear brothers and sisters, or when we speak things that may cause the unnecessary “killing of beasts or the killing of trees, and the Cross of Light”, our words said in anger and fury, “or a corrupt and viciously obscene word,” or words that are directed to our brethren during an argument – all are considered hurtful and are referred to in the Gospel Text as Anger.
“When I heard the voice of my Saviour, a Power clothed all my limbs; I said to him: ‘I have received your words, O my Father; stretch out to me now your Right Hand, so that when the seven demons before me see me they may flee far from me!'” — Gospel of Mar Mani 74:1
The Power of the Saviour is all encompassing, able to strike against all forms of evil and destroy it. Not only this, but it can also give the soul the comfort that she is in need of after all that she has gone through with so many struggles in the world. Even the voice of the Saviour itself gives us great comfort. The Lord stands beside the soul of righteousness at all times.
“All the blessed ones who have ever existed have borne these pains, down to the Glorious One, the beloved Maran Yisho. Every man of God who has ever existed, all genders, all have suffered, down to the Glorious One, the Messenger Mani. How many of his disciples too received the same as their fathers! My brethren, we too have our share of sufferings, we shall join with them in the suffering and rest in theirs! It is good for us to be silent; let us not think in our heart that our God is forgetful of us, for before us, all hardships will disappear like gloomy shadows before the glorious Sun. The Covenant of our Father, the profit and the loss, is shared among us; we are true sons and daughters, the heirs of their fathers.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 55:1-6
In the above text from the Gospel of our beloved Prophet and Apostle Mar Mani, the subjects of courage and suffering, physical and mental pains and hardships are discussed. Everyone who has ever existed has “borne these pains” even “down to the Glorious One, the beloved Yisho” and “the Messenger Mani.” These pains are not limited to any particular group of people; the Scriptures tell us that “all have suffered.” As the passage says, “we too have our share of sufferings.”
The Blessed Prophet instructs us that when we are undergoing any of the various pains in life, that “it is good for us to be silent; do not rail against God for what we are undergoing.” Many people who experience a tragedy in their life will often times blame God for that terrible event. Others become depressed thinking that God doesn’t care about them anymore. But the Scriptures tell us that we should “not think in our heart that our God is forgetful of us.” Why is this? The Holy Book says “all hardships will disappear like gloomy shadows before the glorious Sun.” Whether in good times or bad times, “the profit and the loss is shared among us.” The Scriptures give us a very encouraging reminder that “we are true sons and daughters, the heirs of their fathers.”
“I have set my foot on the Path – and the Path is the Knowledge of God!” — Gospel of Mar Mani 77:7
This verse contains a very important element that is the basis of our faith and understanding of how we receive liberation. The passage is referring to gnosis.