“He who recites a psalm is like those who weave a beautiful garland, while those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 58:3
The Holy Book encourages us to use psalms in our prayers. Psalm 76:7, a quote of Mar Mani, says: “He that sings a mazmora (psalm) is like one who weaves a garland.” If we are blessed enough to be accompanied in our prayers with a brother or sister, they can give the responses to the psalms, as the Gospel says, “those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.”
The Living Cross, as explained by Mar Mani, is the soul imprisoned in matter. The Holy Book warns that we are not to “recklessly and greedily” bring harm to the Living Cross.
Bringing harm to the Living Cross is done so by our eating, but the Holy Book also recognizes the obvious need for the human body to consume food. However, it says that when we do, it should not be done “recklessly and revelling in gluttony and greed.” Mar Mani teaches us that we should eat when in hunger and drink when in thirst so as to “derive nourishment for your bodies.”
“There is nothing at all that is free from suffering which will rest at its end; even the very seed that is sown finds no way to live unless it dies, but through its death it lives and gives life as well.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 55:7
Everything that exists, everything that is living, suffers. Whether it is human, lower animals or even plant life, all suffer. However, we must remember the fact that we are not alone in our pain and agony throughout our existence on this earth.
“The Celestial Beings are spread over the whole land so that they may answer any call – for all those who call in sincerity and in truth shall be heard.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 50:3
The Messenger of Light is referred to not only as the Physician but also as the Awakener because he brings with him life giving medicine to awaken the soul from its deep slumber, from a “drunken sleep” in which it has fallen. (See GoM 50:1 and 53:1)
“The beginning of the Righteousness is Love of the Assembly bodily and spiritually; in the body – here in the Assembly; but in the spirit – in the Height which is above.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 39:6
Manichaeans have intense love for their brothers, sisters, friends and for all souls. Our love and kindness toward others should be a reflection of the Great Father’s love for us and for all humanity.