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The Final Messenger of Light

Question: Is Mir Tarendra the “final” or last Messenger or will there be others in other eras?

The name “Mir Izgadda” is Syriac and means “the Lord Third Messenger” or “Third Envoy.” With him are many others. He is a manifestation caused by the Will of the Father of Greatness. Within Mir Izgadda are many, possibly countless Manifestations of his own and each of these also have Emanations. It is difficult to explain this fully in human terms. Mir Tarendra is a Manifestation of the Third Messenger. The various sons are, in some cases, Emanations of Mir Tarendra. Sometimes the name “Mir Izgadda” and “Mir Tarendra” are used interchangeably because of their shared responsibilities.
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Did Monijiao (Manichaeism) disappear in China?

…Manichaeism originated in Babylon and was expressed in Syriac and Persian terms. The religion quickly spread to other lands such as India, China, Tibet and even into the Western hemisphere. In the West adherents were severely persecuted and murdered.

In China, Monijiao accepted both the general Buddhist scriptures alongside those of Daoists. Monijiao accepted Amitabha Buddha (Amida), Ksitigarbha, Laotzu, and Manjusri as divine messengers as well as the majority of other Bodhisattvas. In the Monijiao tradition, Mani (Moni) is viewed as an emanation of Laotzu.

… During and after the 14th century in southern China, adherents of Monijiao became more involved with the Pure Land Mahayana schools of Buddhism.

Read excerpts from a lecture presented in Beijing on September 16, 2012 concerning Monijiao (Manichaeism) in China.

Revelation – the Passé Term for Many Scholars and Religious Adherents

clouds-heaven“I was gazing at my Twin-Spirit with my eyes of light, beholding my glorious Father, him who waits for me ever, opening before me the gate unto the height. I spread out my hands, praying unto him; I bent my knees, worshipping him also, that I might divest myself of the image of the flesh and put off the vesture of manhood.” (Mar Mani’s account of his encounter with the “Twin-Spirit”; from L.J.R. Ort’s Mani: A Religio-historical Description of His Personality, Brill Archive, 1967)

In all of my scholarly studies on the Manichaean Religion, and several other faiths that originated in the Middle or Near East, little if any was ever referred to about the topic of revelation, specifically divine or continuing revelation from a Higher Source or from its founders or prophets. Scholars write tome after tome about an ancient religious group, but their studies are always devoid of the possibility that divine revelation could even exist, either during the foundational years of the particular religious movement or in later years.

Even some followers of modern day revisions of some ancient religions or even those that have existed since ancient times without any period of decline, tend to relegate the subject of continuing revelation to a footnote or a brief note in passing tucked away in the corner of an appendix. In mainstream Christianity, for example, the belief exists that revelation was in fact part of the “early church,” but that such revelation came to a conclusion early in the first or possibly second century A.D. with the death of the last apostle.
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