We are incredibly blessed to recently have the presence of Mir Roshka instruct us in a new, and wonderful gift, known as the “Chaplet of Light.” On 20 October 2015, Mir Roshka made his presence known, along with numerous celestial beings, to a small community of Manichaeans to give instructions in how to make and pray this chaplet or prayer rope.
He said, in part, “Anyone who prays this chaplet diligently and with perfect faith and knowledge, with a clean heart and with clean hands, may walk with me in the Light. I will stand beside the man, woman or child who prays this under these guidelines.”
The Manichaean Chaplet of LightIn this blessed event, speaking of the importance of the Glikhuta text, one of the celestial beings instructed Hearers to pray this special chaplet at least on Sundays and Wednesdays while giving praise to the Father, Mother and Son, along with Maran Yisho, Mir Izgadda and Mar Mani Khaila, meditating on the Five Perfections, the Twelve Virtues, and the Ten Commandments, with further contemplation on the Glikhuta text of the day. When praying the chaplet on days other than Sunday and Wednesday, you can use the last published Glikhuta text.
Elect (and Hearers living directly with Elect) have been instructed to pray the chaplet at least on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. One of the celestial beings added that, “There is a special blessing for those who pray this chaplet each day.”
Total of 40 beads or knots (not counting separators or special embellishments)
- 3 beads – for the Father, Mother, Son
- 3 beads – for Maran Yisho, Mir Izgadda, Mar Mani Khaila
- 5 beads – for Five Perfections
- 12 beads – for Twelve Virtues
- 10 beads – for Ten Commandments
- 1 beads – for Glikhuta
- 3 beads – for Father, Mother, Son
- 3 beads – for Father, Mother, Son
How to Pray with the Chaplet of Light
Before beginning our prayers, we meditate on the following passage from the Manichaean Holy Book of Light:
“Through the Crucifixion, humanity is able to return to God in a clean state, through the giving of Alms, through obedience to the Commandments, through faithfulness in worshipping the One God, and through the practice of the Twelve Virtues and the Five Perfections.” (Teaching of Mar Mani Khaila 23:3)
On the first bead, recite: “In the name of the Father of Greatness.”
On the second bead, recite: “In the name of the Divine Mother.”
On the third bead, recite: “In the name of the Blessed Son.”
On the fourth bead, recite: “For the honour of Maran Yisho.”
On the fifth bead, recite: “For the honour of Mir Izgadda.”
On the sixth bead, recite: “For the honour of Mar Mani Khaila.”
On each of the next five beads, recite one of the Five Perfections. Before beginning, say “There are Five Perfections – that is,” 1) Perfect Reason, 2) Perfect Mind, 3) Perfect Intelligence, 4) Perfect Thought and 5) Perfect Understanding. Then say, “These are taught to us by the Sons of the Rukha Khaya/Living Spirit.” (See Awakening Soul 1:16, 20)
On the next twelve beads, we recite the Twelve Virtues (one Virtue per bead). 1) Royalty, 2) Wisdom, 3) Victory, 4) Contentment, 5) Purity, 6) Truth, 7) Faith, 8) Patience, 9) Sincerity, 10) Kindness, 11) Justice, and 12) Light
Before beginning the next 10 beads, say, “Everyone who hears and believes these words and keeps them in his mind and serves through pious deeds shall find salvation from this cycle of rebirths, and shall be saved from the sins which he has committed and eventually, his soul shall be liberated from matter.” (See Epistle of Mar Mani to Mar Ammo 3:4) Then recite one of the 10 Commandments for each of the following 10 beads:
1) I shall worship the One God and not commit myself to the worship of idols; not bowing down to physical objects or ideals in order to worship them.
2) I shall not be dishonest in my ways.
3) I shall not be greedy.
4) I shall not murder a man, a woman or a child, neither shall I abort an infant; and I shall not commit to unnecessary killing of any life including animals and plants.
5) I shall not be unfaithful to a spouse, or commit any form of sexual misconduct.
6) I shall not commit theft.
7) I shall not deceive someone in order to mislead them.
8) I shall not practise magic.
9) I shall not commit hypocrisy in my ways.
10) I shall seek peace and be fair to all regardless of a person’s ethnicity, colour, nationality, religious beliefs, gender or sexuality. (See Precepts of the Living Religion 2:2-11)
On the next single bead or knot, read the day’s Glikhuta text and meditate upon it for at least two or three minutes before an icon of Mar Mani.
On the next three beads, recite, as you did on the first three, for the Father, Mother and Son.
On the last three beads, we repeat the above.
Take a few minutes to contemplate these prayers. Repeat if you wish.
Hearers, after completing the above prayers, are encouraged to use the set of twelve beads or knots, to recite the Prayer of Emanations on Tuesdays. For example, a verse is recited for each of the twelve beads according to the text of Precepts of the Living Religion 6:10-22. Verses 21 and 22 are recited on the last bead of this set.
Additionally, for the pious, the five verses of the Precepts of the Living Religion 7:15-19 may be recited on the set of five beads.
The example in this photo shows white beads which serve to separate the others. For the pious, they may wish to use the separator beads for additional prayers (for example, reciting the Seven Petitions/Calls). No instructions were provided concerning particular colours or size of beads, however, you might wish to use a unique colour for the first bead to easily know where to begin the prayers. The black bead only serves to separate the beginning and end of the chain. You can use a Cross, Crucifix or pendent instead of this bead. The chaplet shown here was made quickly in order to serve as an example. The chaplet does not replace the Manichaean Prayer Rope. Please report any special favours received or experiences with the Chaplet of Light.
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The above is available in Spanish.