Essene Gospel of Peace
GOSPEL OF PEACE
Hebrew and Aramaic Texts
Translated and edited by
EDMOND BORDEAUX SZEKELY
INTERNATIONAL BIOGENIC SOCIETY
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Copyright @ 1981, by the Internation,l Blogenic Society
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And then many sick and maimed came to Jesus, asking him. "if you
know all things, tell us, why do we suffer with these grievous plagues? Why
are we not whole like other men? Master, heal us, that we too may be made
strong, and need abide no longer in our misery. We know that you have it in
your power to heal all manner of disease. Free us from Satan and from all his
great afflictions. Master, have compassion on us."
And Jesus answered- "Happy are you that you hunger for the truth, for I
will satisfy you with the bread of wisdom. Happy are you, that you knock, for I
will open to you the door of life. Happy are you, that you would cast off
the power of Satan, for I will lead you into the kincdom of our Mother's
angels, where the power of Satan cannot enter."
And they asked him in amazement: "Who is our Mother and which her
angels? And where is her kingdom?"
"Your Mother is in you, and you in her. She bore you she gives you
life. it was she who gave to you your body, and to her shall you one day give
it back again. Happy are you when you come to know her and her kingdom; if you
receive your Mother's angels and if you do her laws. I tell you truly, he who
does these things shall never see disease. For the power of our Mother is
above all. And it destroys Satan and his kingdom, and has rule over all your
bodies and all living things.
"The blood which runs in us is born of the blood of our Earthly
Mother. Her blood falls from the clouds; leaps from the womb of the earth;
babbles in the brooks of the mountains; flows wide in the rivers of the plains;
sleeps in the lakes; rages mightily in tempestuous seas.
"The air which we breathe is born of the breath of our Earthly
Mother. Her breath is azure in the heights of t heavens; soughs in the tops
of the mountains; whispers the leaves of the forest; billows over the
cornfields; slumbers in the deep valleys, burns hot in the desert.
"The hardness of our bones is born of the bones of our Earthly
Mother, of the rocks and of the stones. They stand naked to the heavens on
the tops of mountains; are as giants that lie sleeping on the sides of the
mountains, as idols set in the desert, and are hidden in the deepness of the
"The tenderness of our flesh is born of the flesh of our Earthly
Mother; whose flesh waxes yellow and red in the fruits of the trees, and
nurtures us in the furrows of the fields.
"Our bowels are born of the bowels of our Earthly Mother, and are hid
from our eyes, like the invisible depths of the earth.
"The light of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, both are born of the
colors and the sounds of our Earthly Mother; which enclose us about, as the
waves of the sea a fish, as the eddying air a bird.
"I tell you in very truth, Man is the Son of the Earthly Mother, and
from her did the Son of Man receive his whole body, even as the body of the
newborn babe is born of the womb of his mother. I tell you truly, you are one
with the Earthly Mother; she is in you, and you in her. Of her were you born,
in her do you live, and to her shall you return again. Keep, therefore, her
laws, for none can live long, neither be happy, but he who honors his Earthly
Mother and does her laws. For your breath is her breath; your blood her
blood; your bone her bone; your flesh her flesh; your bowels her bowels; your
eyes and your ears are her eyes and her ears.
"I tell you truly, should you fail to keep but one only of all these
laws, should you harm but one only of all your body's members, you shall be
utterly lost in your grievous sickness, and there shall be weeping and gnashing
of teeth. I tell you, unless you follow the laws of your Mother, you can in no
wise escape death. And he who clings to the laws of his Mother, to him shall
his Mother cling also. She shall heal all his plagues, and he shall never
become sick. She gives him long life, and protects him from all afflictions;
from fire, from water, from the bite of venomous serpents. For your Mother bore
you, keeps life within you. She has given you her body, and none but she heals
you. Happy is he who loves his Mother and lies quietly in her bosom. For your
Mother loves you, even when you turn away from her. And how much more shall she
love you, if you turn to her again? I tell you truly, very great is her love,
greater than the greatest of mountains, deeper than the deepest seas. And those
who love their Mother, she never deserts them. As the hen protects her
chickens, as the lioness her cubs, as the mother her newborn babe, so does the
Earthly Mother protect the Son of Man from all danger and from all evils.
"For I tell you truly, evils and dangers innumerable lie in wait for
the Sons of Men. Beelzebub, the prince of all devils, the source of every
evil, lies in wait in the body of all the Sons of Men. He is death, the lord of
every plague, and taking upon him a pleasing raiment, he tempts and entices the
Sons of Men. Riches does he promise, and power, and splendid palaces, and
garments of gold and silver, and a multitude of servants, all these; he
promises renown and glory, fornication and lustfulness, gluttony and
wine-bibbing, riotous living, and slothfulness and idle days. And he entices
every one by that to which their heart is most inclined. And in the day that
the Sons of Men have already become the slaves of all these vanities and
abominations, then in payment thereof he snatches from the Sons of Men all
those things which the Earthly Mother gave them so abundantly. He takes
from them their breath, their blood, their bone, their flesh, their bowels,
their eyes and their ears. And the breath of the Son of Man becomes short and
stifled, full of pain and evil-smelling, like the breath of unclean beasts. And
his blood becomes thick and evil-smelling, like the water of the swamps; it
clots and blackens, like the night of death. And his bone becomes hard and
knotted; it melts away within and breaks asunder, as a stone falling down upon
a rock. And his flesh waxes fat and watery; it rots and putrefies, with scabs
and boils that are an abomination.
And his bowels become full with abominable filthiness, with oozing streams
of decay; and multitudes of abominable worms have their habitation there. And
his eyes grow dim, till dark night enshrouds them, and his ears become stopped,
like the silence of the grave. And last of all shall the erring Son of Man lose
life. For he kept not the laws of his Mother, and added sin to sin. Therefore,
are taken from him all the gifts of the Earthly Mother: breath, blood, bone,
flesh, bowels, eyes and ears, and after all else, life, with which the Earthly
Mother crowned his body.
"But if the erring Son of Man be sorry for his sins and undo them,
and return again to his Earthly Mother; and if he do his Earthly Mother's laws
and free himself from Satan's clutches, resisting his temptations, then does
the Earthly Mother receive again her erring Son with love and sends him her
angels that they may serve him. I tell you truly, when the Son of Man resists
the Satan that dwells in him and does not his will, in the same hour are found
the Mother's angels there, that they may serve him with all their power and
free utterly the Son of Man from the power of Satan.
"For no man can serve two masters. For either he serves Beelzebub and
his devils or else he serves our Earthly Mother and her angels. Either he
serves death or he serves life. I ten you truly, happy are those that do the
laws of life and wander not upon the paths of death. For in them the forces of
life wax strong and they escape the plagues of death."
And all those round about him listened to his words with amazement, for his
word was with power, and he taught quite otherwise than the priests and
And though the sun was now set, they departed not to their homes. They sat
round about Jesus and asked him: "Master, which are these laws of life?
Rest with us awhile longer and teach us. We would listen to your teaching that
we may be healed and become righteous."
And Jesus himself sat down in their midst and said: "I tell you
truly, none can be happy, except he do the Law."
And the others answered: "We all do the laws of Moses, our lawgiver,
even as they are written in the holy scriptures."
And Jesus answered: "Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the
law is life, whereas the scripture is dead. I tell you truly, Moses received
not his laws from God in writing, but through the living word. The law is
living word of living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that
is life is the law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the
river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but
seek it chiefly in yourselves. For I tell you truly, all living things are
nearer to God than the scripture which is without life. God so made life
and all living things that they might by the everlasting word teach the laws of
the true God to man. God wrote not the laws in the pages of books, but in
your heart and in your spirit. They are in your breath, your blood, your
bone; in your flesh, your bowels, your eyes, your ears, and in every little
part of your body. They are present in the air, in the water, in the earth, in
the plants, in th e sunbeams, in the depths and in the heights. They all speak
to you that you may understand the tongue and the will of the living God. But
you shut your eyes that you may not see, and you shut your ears that you may
not hear. I tell you truly, that the scripture is the work of man, but life
and all its hosts are the work of our God. Wherefore do you not listen to the
words of God which are written in His works? And wherefore do you study the
dead scriptures which are the work of the hands of men?"
"How may we read the laws of God elsewhere than in the scriptures?
Where are they written? Read them to us from there where you see them, for we
know nothing else but the scriptures which we have inherited from our
forefathers. Tell us the laws of which you speak, that hearing them we may be
healed and justified."
Jesus said: "You do not understand the words of life, because you are
in death. Darkness darkens your eyes and your ears are stopped with deafness.
For I tell you, it profits you not at all that you pore over dead scriptures if
by your deeds you deny him who has given you the scriptures.
I tell you truly, God and his laws are not in that which you do. They are
not in gluttony and in wine-bibbing, neither in riotous living, nor in
lustfulness, nor in seeking after riches, nor yet in hatred of your enemies.
For all these things are far from the true God and from his angels. But all
these things come from the kingdom of darkness and the lord of all evils. And
all these things do you carry in yourselves; and so the word and the power of
God enter not into you, because all manner of evil and all manner of
abominations have their dwelling in your body and your spirit. If you will
that the living God's word and his power may enter you, defile not your body
and your spirit; for the body is the temple of the spirit, and the spirit is
the temple of God. Purify, therefore, the temple, that the Lord of the temple
may dwell therein and occupy a place that is worthy of him.
"And from all temptations of your body and your spirit, coming from
Satan, withdraw beneath the shadow of God's heaven.
"Renew yourselves and fast. For I tell you truly, that Satan and his
plagues may only be cast out by -fasting and by prayer. Go by yourself and
fast alone, and show your fasting to no man. The living God shall see it and
great shall be your reward. And fast till Beelzebub and all his evils depart
from you, and all the angels of our Earthly Mother come and serve you. For I
tell you truly, except you fast, you shall never be freed from the power of
Satan and from all diseases that come from Satan. Fast and pray fervently,
seeking the power of the living God for your healing. While you fast,
eschew the Sons of Men and seek our Earthly Mother's angels, for he that seeks
"Seek the fresh air of the forest and of the fields, and there in the
midst of them shall you find the angel of air. Put off your shoes and your
clothing and suffer the angel of air to embrace all your body. Then breathe
long and deeply, that the angel of air may be brought within you. I tell
you truly, the angel of air shall cast out of your body all uncleannesses which
defiled it without and within. And thus shall all evil-smelling and unclean
things rise out of you, as the smoke of fire curls upwards and is lost in the
sea of the air. For I tell you truly, holy is the angel of air, who cleanses
all that is unclean and makes all evil-smelling things of a sweet odor. No
man may come before the face of God, whom the angel of air lets not pass.
Truly, all must be born again by air and by truth, for your body breathes the
air of the Earthly Mother, and your spirit breathes the truth of the Heavenly
"After the angel of air, seek the angel of water. Put off your shoes
and your clothing and suffer the angel of water to embrace all your body.
Cast yourselves wholly into his enfolding arms, and as often as you move the
air with your breath, move with your body the water also. I tell you truly, the
angel of water shall cast out of your body all uncleannesses which defiled it
without and within. And all unclean and evil-smelling things shall flow out of
you, even as the uncleannesses of garments washed in water flow away and are
lost in the stream of the river. I tell you truly, holy is the angel of water
who cleanses all that is unclean and makes all evil-smelling things of a sweet
odor. No man may come before the face of God whom the angel of water lets
not pass. in very truth, all must be born again of water and of truth, for your
body bathes in the river of earthly life, and your spirit bathes in the river
of life everlasting. For you receive your blood from our Earthly Mother and
the truth from our Heavenly Father.
"Think not that it is sufficient that the angel of water embrace you
outwards only. I tell you truly, the uncleanness within is greater by much than
the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within
remains unclean, is like to tombs that outwards are painted fair, but are
within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations. So I
tell you truly, suffer the angel of water to baptize you also within, that you
may become free from all your past sins, and that within likewise you may
become as pure as the river's foam sporting in the sunlight.
"Seek, therefore, a large trailing gourd, having a stalk the length of
a man; take out its inwards and fill it with water from the river which the sun
has warmed. Hang it upon the branch of a tree, and kneel upon the ground before
the angel of water, and suffer the end of the stalk of the trailing gourd to
enter your hinder parts, that the water may flow through all your bowels.
Afterwards rest kneeling on the ground before the angel of water and pray to
the living God that he will forgive you all your past sins, and pray the angel
of water that he will free your body from every uncleanness and disease. Then
let the water run out from your body, that it may carry away from within it all
the unclean and evil-smelling things of Satan. And you shall see with your eyes
and smell with your nose all the abominations, and uncleannesses which defiled
the temple of your body; even all the sins which abode in your body, tormenting
you with all manner of pains. I tell you truly, baptism with water frees you
from all of these. Renew your baptizing with water on every day of your fast,
till the day when you see that the water which flows out of you is as pure as
the river's foam. Then betake your body to the coursing river, and there in
the arms of the angel of water render thanks to the living God that he has
freed you from your sins. And this holy baptizing by the angel of water is:
Rebirth unto the new life. For your eyes shall henceforth see, and your ears
shall hear. Sin no more, therefore, after your baptism, that the angels of air
and of water may eternally abide in you and serve you evermore.
"And if afterward there remain within you aught of your past sins and
uncleannesses, seek the angel of sunlight. Put off your shoes and your
clothing and suffer the angel of sunlight to embrace all your body. Then
breathe long and deeply, that the angel of sunlight may be brought within you.
And the angel of sunlight shall cast out of your body all evil-smelling and
unclean things which defiled it without and within. And all unclean and
evil-smelling things shall rise from you, even as the darkness of night fades
before the brightness of the rising sun. For I tell you truly, holy is the
angel of sunlight who cleans out all uncleannesses and makes all evil-smelling
things of a sweet odor. None may come before the face of God, whom the angel
of sunlight lets not pass. Truly, all must be born again of sun and of
truth, for your body basks in the sunlight of the Earthly Mother, and your
spirit basks in the sunlight of the truth of the Heavenly Father.
"The angels of air and of water and of sunlight are brethren. They were
given to the Son of Man that they might serve him, and that he might go always
from one to the other.
"Holy, likewise, is their embrace. They are indivisible children of the
Earthly Mother, so do not you put asunder those whom earth and heaven have made
one. Let these three brother angels enfold you every day and let them abide
with you through all your fasting.
"For I tell you truly, the power of devils, all sins and uncleannesses
shall depart in haste from that body which is embraced by these three angels.
As thieves flee from a deserted house at the coming of the lord of the house,
one by the door, one by the window, and the third by the roof, each where he is
found, and whither he is able, even so shall flee from your bodies all devils
of evil, all past sins, and all uncleannesses and diseases which defiled the
temple of your bodies. When the Earthly Mother's angels enter into your bodies,
in such wise that the lords of the temple repossess it again, then shall all
evil smells depart in haste by your breath and by your skin, corrupt waters by
your mouth and by your skin, by your hinder and your privy parts. And all these
things you shall see with your eyes and smell with your nose and touch with
your hands. And when all sins and uncleannesses are gone from your body, your
blood shall become as pure as our Earthly Mother's blood and as the river's
foam sporting in the sunlight. And your breath shall become as pure as the
breath of odorous flowers; your flesh as pure as the flesh of fruits reddening
upon the leaves of trees; the light of your eye as clear and bright as the
brightness of the sun shining upon the blue sky. And now shall all the angels
of the Earthly Mother serve you. And your breath, your blood, your flesh shall
be one with the breath, the blood and the flesh of the Earthly Mother, that
your spirit also may become one with the spirit of your Heavenly Father. For
truly, no one can reach the Heavenly Father unless through the Earthly Mother.
Even as no newborn babe can understand the teaching of his father till his
mother has suckled him, bathed him, nursed him, put him to sleep and nurtured
him. While the child is yet small, his place is with his mother and he must
obey his mother. When the child is grown up, his father takes him to work at
his side in the field, and the child comes back to his mother o nly when the
hour of dinner and supper is come. And now his father teaches him, that he may
become skilled in the works of his father. And when the father sees that his
son understands his teaching and does his work well, he gives him all his
possessions, that they may belong to his beloved son, and that his son may
continue his father's work. I tell you truly, happy is that son who accepts the
counsel of his mother and walks therein. And a hundred times more happy is that
son who accepts and walks also in the counsel of his father, for it was said to
you: 'Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon this
earth.' But I say to you, Sons of Man: Honor your Earthly Mother and keep all
her laws, that your days may be long on this earth, and honor your Heavenly
Father that Eternal Life may be yours in the heavens. For the Heavenly Father
is a hundred times greater than all fathers by seed and by blood, and greater
is the Earthly Mother than all mothers by the body. And d earer is the Son of
Man in the eyes of his Heavenly Father and of his Earthly Mother than are
children in the eyes of their fathers by seed and by blood and of their mothers
by the body. And more wise are the words and laws of your Heavenly Father and
of your Earthly Mother than the words and the will of all fathers by seed and
by blood, and of all mothers by the body. And of more worth also is the
inheritance of your Heavenly Father and of your Earthly Mother, the everlasting
kingdom of earthly and heavenly life, than all the inheritances of your fathers
by seed and by blood, and of your mothers by the body.
"And your true brothers are all those who do the will of your
Heavenly Father and of your Earthly Mother, and not your brothers by blood.
I tell you truly, that your true brothers in the will of the Heavenly Father
and of the Earthly Mother will love you a thousand times more than your
brothers by blood. For since the days of Cain and Abel, when brothers by blood
transgressed the will of God, there is no true brotherhood by blood. And
brothers do unto brothers as do strangers. Therefore, I say to you, love your
true brothers in the will of God a thousand times more than your brothers by
FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS LOVE.
FOR YOUR EARTHLY MOTHER IS LOVE.
FOR THE SON OF MAN IS LOVE.
"It is by love, that the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother and the
Son of Man become one. For the spirit of the Son of Man was created from the
spirit of the Heaven Father, and his body from the body of the Earthly Mother.
Become, therefore, perfect as the spirit of your Heavenly Father and the body
of your Earthly Mother are perfect. And so love your Heavenly Father, as he
loves your spirit. And so love your Earthly Mother, as she loves your body. And
so love your true brothers, as your Heavenly Father and your Earthly Mother
love them. And then your Heavenly Father shall give you his holy spirit, and
your Earthly Mother shall give you her holy body. And then shall the Sons of
Men like true brothers give love one to another, the love which they received
from their Heavenly Father and from their Earthly Mother; and they shall all
become comforters one of another. And then shall disappear from the earth all
evil and all sorrow, and there shall be love and joy upon earth. And th en
shall the earth be like the heavens, and the kingdom of God shall come. And
then shall come the Son of Man in all his glory, to inherit the kingdom of God.
And then shall the Sons of Men divide their divine inheritance, the kingdom of
God. For the Sons of Men live in the Heavenly Father and in the Earthly Mother,
and the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother live in them. And then with the
kingdom of God shall come the end of the times. For the Heavenly Father's love
gives to all life everlasting in the kingdom of God. For love is eternal. Love
is stronger than death.
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not
love, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Though I tell what is
to come, and know all secrets, and all wisdom; and though I have faith strong
as the storm which lifts mountains from their seat, but have not love, I am
nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give all my
fire that I have received from my Father, but have not love, I am in no wise
profited. Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not envious, works not evil,
knows not pride; is not rude, neither selfish; is slow to anger, imagines no
mischief; rejoices not in injustice, but delights in justice. Love defends all,
love believes all, love hopes all, love bears all; never exhausts itself; but
as for tongues they shall cease, and, as for knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we have truth in part, and error in part, but when the fullness of
perfection is come, that which is in part shall be blotted out. When a man was
a child he spoke as a child, understood as a child, thought as a child; but
when he became a man he put away childish things. For now we see through a
glass and through dark sayings. Now we know in part, but when we are come
before the face of God, we shall not know in part, but even as we are taught by
him. And now remain these three: faith and hope and love; but the greatest of
these is love.
"And now I speak to you in the living tongue of the living God, through
the holy spirit of our Heavenly Father. There is none yet among you that can
understand all this of which I speak. He who expounds to you the scriptures
speaks to you in a dead tongue of dead men, through his diseased and mortal
body. Him, therefore, can all men understand, for all men are diseased and all
are in death. No one sees the light of life. Blind man leads blind on the dark
paths of sins, diseases and sufferings; and at the last all fall into the pit
"I am sent to you by the Father, that I may make the light of life to
shine before you. The light lightens itself and the darkness, but the darkness
knows only itself, and knows not the light. I have still many things to say to
you, but you cannot bear them yet. For your eyes are used to the darkness, and
the full light of the Heavenly Father would make you blind. Therefore, you
cannot yet understand that which I speak to you concerning the Heavenly Father
who sent me to you. Follow, therefore, first, only the laws of your Earthly
Mother, of which I have told you. And when her angels shall have cleansed and
renewed your bodies and strengthened your eyes, you will be able to bear the
light of our Heavenly Father. When you can gaze on the brightness of the
noonday sun with unflinching eyes, you can then look upon the blinding light of
your Heavenly Father, which is a thousand times brighter than the brightness of
a thousand suns. But how should you look upon the blinding light of you r
Heavenly Father, when you cannot even bear the shining of the blazing sun?
Believe me, the sun is as the flame of a candle beside the sun of truth of the
Heavenly Father. Have but faith, therefore, and hope, and love. I tell you
truly, you shall not want your reward. If you believe in my words, you believe
in him who sent me, who is the lord of all, and with whom all things are
possible. For what is impossible with men, all these things are possible with
God. If you believe in the angels of the Earthly Mother and do her laws, your
faith shall sustain you and you shall never see disease. Have hope also in the
love of your Heavenly Father, for he who trusts in him shall never be deceived,
nor shall he ever see death.
"Love one another, for God is love, and so shall his angels know
that you walk in his paths. And then shall all the angels come before your
face and serve you. And Satan with all sins, diseases and uncleannesses shall
depart from your body. Go, eschew your sins; repent yourselves; baptize
yourselves; that you may be born again and sin no more."
Then Jesus rose. But all else remained sitting, for every man felt the power
of his words. And then the full moon appeared between the breaking clouds and
folded Jesus in its brightness. And sparks flew upward from his hair, and he
stood among them in the moonlight, as though he hovered in the air. And no man
moved, neither was the voice of any heard. And no one knew how long a time had
passed, for time stood still.
Then Jesus stretched out his hands to them and said: "Peace be with
you." And so he departed, as a breath of wind sways the green of trees.
And for a long while yet the company sat still and then they woke in the
silence, one man after another, like as from a long dream. But none would go,
as if the words of him who had left them ever sounded in their ears. And they
sat as though they listened to some wondrous music.
But at last one, as it were a little fearfully, said: "How good it is
to be here." Another: "Would that this night were everlasting."
And others: "Would that he might be with us always." "Of a truth
he is God's messenger, for he planted hope within our hearts." And no man
wished to go home, saying: "I go not home where all is dark and joyless.
Why should we go home where no one loves us?"
And they spoke on this wise, for they were almost all poor, lame, blind,
maimed, beggars, homeless, despised in their wretchedness, who were only borne
for pity's sake in the houses where they found a few day's refuge. Even
certain, who had both home and family, said: "We also will stay with
you." For every man felt that the words of him who was gone bound the
little company with threads invisible. And all felt that they were born again.
They saw before them a shining world, even when the moon was hidden in the
clouds. And in the hearts of all blossomed wondrous flowers of wondrous beauty,
the flowers of joy.
And when the bright sunbeams appeared over the earth's rim, they all felt
that it was the sun of the coming kingdom of God. And with joyful countenances
they went forth to meet God's angels.
And many unclean and sick followed Jesus' words and sought the banks of the
murmuring streams. They put off their shoes and their clothing, they fasted,
and they gave up their bodies to the angels of air, of water, and of sunshine.
And the Earthly Mother's angels embraced them, possessing their bodies both
inwards and outwards. And all of them saw all evils, sins and uncleannesses
depart in haste from them.
And the breath of some became as stinking as that which is loosed from the
bowels, and some had an issue of spittle, and evil-smelling and unclean vomit
rose from their inward parts. All these uncleannesses flowed by their mouths.
In some, by the nose, in others by the eyes and ears. And many did have a
noisome and abominable sweat come from all their body, over all their skin. And
on many limbs great hot boils broke forth, from which carne out uncleannesses
with an evil smell, and urine flowed abundantly from their body; and in many
their urine was all but dried up and became thick as the honey of bees; that of
others was almost red or black, and as hard almost as the sand of rivers. And
many belched stinking gases from their bowels, like the breath of devils. And
their stench became so great that none could bear it.
And when they baptized themselves, the angel of water entered their bodies,
and from them flowed out all the abominations and uncleannesses of their past
sins, and like a falling mountain stream gushed from their bodies a multitude
of hard and soft abominations. And the ground where their waters flowed was
polluted, and so great became the stench that none could remain there. And the
devils left their bowels in the shape of multitudinous worms which writhed in
impotent rage after the angel of water had cast them out of the bowels of the
Sons of Men. And then descended upon them the power of the angel of sunshine,
and they perished there in their desperate writhings, trod underfoot by the
angel of sunshine. And all were trembling with terror when they looked upon all
these abominations of Satan, from which the angels had saved them. And they
rendered thanks to God who had sent his angels for their deliverance.
And there were some whom great pains tormented, which would not depart from
them; and knowing not what they should do, they resolved to send one of them to
Jesus, for they greatly wished he should be with them.
And when two were gone to seek him, they saw Jesus himself approaching by
the bank of the river. And their hearts were filled with hope and joy when
they heard his greeting, "Peace be with you." And many were the
questions that they desired to ask him, but in their astonishment they could
not begin, for nothing came into their minds. Then said Jesus to them: "I
come because you need me." And one cried out: "Master, we do indeed,
come and free us from our pains."
And Jesus spoke to them in parables: "You are like the prodigal son,
who for many years did eat and drink, and passed his days in riotousness and
lechery with his friends. And every week without his father's knowledge he
incurred new debts, and squandered all in a few days. And the moneylenders
always lent to him, because his father possessed great riches and always paid
patiently the debts of his son. And in vain did he with fair words admonish his
son, for he never listened to the admonitions of his father, who besought him
in vain that he would give up his debaucheries which had no end, and that he
would go to his fields to watch over the labor of his servants. And the son
always promised him everything if he would pay his old debts, but the next day
he began again. And for more than seven years the son continued in his riotous
living. But, at last, his father lost patience and no more paid to the
moneylenders the debts of his son. "if I continue always to pay," he
said, "there will be no end to the sins of my son." Then the
moneylenders, who were deceived, in their wrath took the son into slavery that
he might by his daily toil pay back to them the money which he had borrowed.
And then ceased the eating and drinking and the daily excesses. From morning
until night by the sweat of his face he watered the fields, and all of his
limbs ached with the unaccustomed labor. And he lived upon dry bread, and had
naught but his tears with which he could water it. And three days after he
suffered so much from the heat and from weariness that he said to his master:
'I can work no more, for all my limbs do ache. How long would you torment me?'
'Till the day when by the labor of your hands you pay me all your debts, and
when seven years are passed, you will be free.' And the desperate son answered
weeping: 'But I cannot bear so much as seven days. Have pity on me, for all my
limbs do burn and ache.' And the wicked creditor cried out: 'Press on with the
work; if you could for seven years spend your days and your nights in
riotousness, now must you work for seven years. I will not forgive you till you
pay back all your debts to the uttermost drachma.' And the son, with his limbs
racked with pain, went back despairing to the fields to continue his work.
Already he could hardly stand upon his feet because of his weariness and of his
pains, when the seventh day was come-the Sabbath day, in which no man works in
the field. Then the son gathered the remnant of his strength and staggered to
the house of his father. And he cast himself down at his father's feet and
said: 'Father, believe me for the last time and forgive me all my offenses
against your swear to you that I will never again live riotously and that I
will be your obedient son in all things. Free me from the hands of my
oppressor. Father, look upon me and upon my sick limbs, and harden not your
heart.' Then tears came into his father's eyes, and he took his son in his
arms, and said: 'Let us rejoic e, for today a great joy is given me, because I
have found again my beloved son, who was lost.' And he clothed him with his
choicest raiment and all the day long they made merry. And on the morning of
the morrow he gave his son a bag of silver that he might pay to his creditors
all that he owed them. And when his son came back, he said to him: 'My son, do
you see that it is easy, through riotous living, to incur debts for seven
years, but their payment is difficult by the heavy labor of seven years.'
'Father, it is indeed hard to pay them, even for seven days.' And his father
admonished him, saying: 'For this once alone has it been permitted you to pay
your debts in seven days instead of seven years, the rest is forgiven you. But
take heed that in the time to come you do not incur more debts. For I tell you
truly, that none else but your father forgives you your debts, because you are
his son. For with all else you would have had to labor hard for seven years, as
it is commanded in our laws.'
My father, I will henceforth be your loving and obedient son, and I will not
any more incur debts, for I know that their payment is hard.'
"And he went to his father's field and watched every day over the work
of his father's laborers. And he never made his laborers work hard, for he
remembered his own heavy labor. And the years passed, and his father's
possession increased ever more and more beneath his hand, for the blessing of
his father was upon his labor. And slowly he gave back tenfold to his father
all that he had squandered in the seven years. And when his father saw that his
son used well his servants and all his possessions, he said to him: 'My son, I
see that my possessions are in good hands. I give you all my cattle, my house,
my lands and my treasures. Let all this be your heritage, continue increasing
it that I may have delight in you.' And when the son had received his
inheritance from his father, he forgave their debts to all his debtors who
could not pay him, for he did not forget that his debt also had been forgiven
when he could not pay it. And God blessed him with long life, with many
children and with much riches, because he was kind to all his servants and to
all his cattle."
Then Jesus turned to the sick folk and said: "I speak to you in
parables that you may better understand God's word. The seven years of eating
and drinking and of riotous living are the sins of the past. The wicked
creditor is Satan. The debts are diseases. The heavy labor is pains. The
prodigal son, he is yourselves. The payment of the debts is the casting from
you of devils and diseases, and the healing of your body. The bag of silver
received from the father is the liberating power of the angels. The father is
God. The father's possessions are earth and heaven. The servants of the father
are the angels. The father's field is the world, which is changed into the
kingdom of the heavens, if the Sons of Man work thereon together with the
angels of the Heavenly Father. For I tell you, it is better that the son should
obey his father and keep watch over his father's servants in the field, than
that he should become the debtor of the wicked creditor and toil and sweat in
serfdom to repa y all his debts. it is better, likewise, if the Sons of Man
also obey the laws of their Heavenly Father, and work together with his angels
upon his kingdom, than that they should become the debtors of Satan, the lord
of death, of all sins and all diseases, and that they should suffer with pains
and sweat till they have repaid all their sins. I tell you truly, great and
many are your sins. Many years have you yielded to the enticings of Satan. You
have been gluttonous, wine-bibbers and gone a-whoring, and your past debts have
multiplied. And now you must repay them, and payment is difficult and hard. Be
not, therefore, already impatient after the third day, like the prodigal son,
but wait patiently for the seventh day which is sanctified by God, and then go
with humble and obedient heart before the face of your Heavenly Father, that he
may forgive you your sins and all your past debts. I tell you truly, your
Heavenly Father loves you without end, for he also allows you to pay in seven
days the debts of seven years. Those that owe the sins and diseases of seven
years, but pay honestly and persevere till the seventh day, to them shall our
Heavenly Father forgive the debts of all these seven years.
"If we sin for seven times seven years?" asked a sick man who
suffered horribly. "Even in that case the Heavenly Father forgives you all
your debts in seven times seven days.
"Happy are those that persevere to the end, for the devils of Satan
write all your evil deeds in a book, in the book of your body and your spirit.
I tell you truly, there is not one sinful deed, but it is written, even from
the beginning of the world, before our Heavenly Father. For you may escape the
laws made by kings, but the laws of your God, these may none of the Sons of Man
escape. And when you come before the face of God, the devils of Satan bear
witness against you with your deed, and God sees your sins written in the book
of your body and of your spirit and is sad in his heart. But if you repent of
your sins, and by fasting and prayer you seek the angels of God, then each day
that you continue to fast and to pray, God's angels blot out one year of your
evil deeds from the book of your body and your spirit. And when the last
page is also blotted out and cleansed from all your sins, you stand before the
face of God, and God rejoices in his heart and forgets all your sins. He frees
you from the clutches of Satan and from suffering; he takes you within his
house and commands that all his servants, all his angels serve you. Long life
does he give you, and you shall never see disease. And if, thenceforward,
instead of sinning, you pass your days in doing good deeds, then the angels of
God shall write all your good deeds in the book of your body and of your
spirit. I tell you truly, no good deed remains unwritten before God, not from
the beginning of the world. For from your kings and your governors you may
wait in vain for your reward, but never do your good deeds want their reward
"And when you come before the face of God, his angels bear witness for
you with your good deeds. And God sees your good deeds written in your bodies
and in your spirits, and rejoices in his heart. He blesses your body and your
spirit and all your deeds, and gives you for a heritage his earthly and
heavenly kingdom, that in it you may have life everlasting. Happy is he who can
enter into the kingdom of God, for he shall never see death."
And a great silence fell at his words. And those that were discouraged took
new strength from his words and continued to fast and to pray. And he who had
spoken the first, said to him: "I will persevere to the seventh day."
And the second, likewise, said to him: "I also will persevere to the seven
times seventh day."
Jesus answered them: "Happy are those that persevere to the end, for
they shall inherit the earth."
And there were many sick among them tormented with grievous pains, and they
hardly crawled to Jesus' feet. For they could no longer walk upon their feet.
They said: "Master, we are grievously tormented with pain; tell us what we
shall do." And they showed Jesus their feet in which the bones were
twisted and knotted and said: "Neither the angel of air, nor of water, nor
of sunshine has assuaged our pains, notwithstanding that we baptized ourselves,
and do fast and pray, and follow your words in all things."
"I tell you truly, your bones will be healed. Be not discouraged,
but seek for cure nigh the healer of bones, the angel of earth. For thence
were your bones taken, and thither will they return."
And he pointed with his hand to where the running of the water and the sun's
heat had softened to clayey mud the earth by the edge of the water. "Sink
your feet in the mire, that the embrace of the angel of earth may draw out from
your bones all uncleanness and all disease. And you will see Satan and your
pains fly from the embrace of the angel of earth. And the knots of your bones
will vanish away, and they will be straightened, and all your pains will
And the sick followed his words, for they knew that they would be healed.
And there were also other sick who suffered much from their pains, howbeit,
they persisted in their fasting. And their force was spent, and great heat
tormented them. And when they would have risen from their bed to go to Jesus,
their heads began to turn, as if it were a gusty wind which shook them, and as
oft as they tried to stand upon their feet they fell back to the ground.
Then Jesus went to them and said: "You suffer, for Satan and his
diseases torment your bodies. But fear not, for their power over you will
quickly end. For Satan is like a choleric neighbor who entered his neighbor's
house while he was absent, intending to take his goods away to his own house.
But some told the other that his enemy was ravaging within his house, and he
came back to his house, running. And when the wicked neighbor, having gathered
together all that pleased him, saw from afar the master of the house returning
in haste, then he was very wroth that he could not take all away, and set to
breaking and spoiling all that was there, to destroy all. So that even if the
things might not be his, the other might have nothing. But immediately the lord
of the house came in, and before the wicked neighbor fulfilled his purpose, he
took him and cast him out of the house. I tell you truly, even so did Satan
enter your bodies which are the habitation of God. And he took in his power all
that he wished to steal: your breath, your blood, your bone, your flesh, your
bowels, your eyes, and your ears. But by your fasting and your prayer, you have
called back the lord of your body and his angels. And now Satan sees that
the true lord of your body returns, and that it is the end of his power.
Wherefore, in his wrath he gathers his strength once again, that he may destroy
your bodies before the coming of the lord. It is for this that Satan
torments you so grievously, for he feels that the end is come. But let not your
hearts tremble, for soon will the angels of God appear, to occupy again their
abodes and rededicate them as temples of God. And they will seize Satan and
cast himn from your bodies with all his diseases and all his uncleannesses. And
happy will you be, for you will receive the reward of your steadfastness, and
you will never see disease."
And there was among the sick, one that was more tormented by Satan than all
the others. And his body was as parched as a skeleton, and his skin yellow as a
falling leaf. He was so weak already that he could not, even upon his hands,
crawl to Jesus, and cried only to him from afar: "Master, have pity on me,
for never has man suffered, not from the beginning of the world, as I do
suffer. I know that you are indeed sent by God, and I know that if you will,
you can straightway cast out Satan from my body. Do not the angels of God obey
God's messenger? Come, Master, and cast out Satan from me now, for he rages
angrily within me and grievous is his torment."
And Jesus answered him: "Satan torments you thus greatly because you
have already fasted many days, and you do not pay to him his tribute. You do
not feed him with all the abominations with which you hitherto defiled the
temple of your spirit. You torment Satan with hunger, and so in his anger he
torments you also. Fear not, for I tell you, Satan will be destroyed before
your body is destroyed; for while you fast and pray, the angels of God protect
your body, that Satan's power may not destroy you. And the anger of Satan is
impotent against the angels of God."
Then they all came to Jesus and with loud cries besought him saying:
"Master, have compassion on him, for he suffers more than we all, and if
you do not at once cast Satan out of him, we fear he will not live until
And Jesus answered them: "Great is your faith. Be it according to your
faith, and you shall see soon, face to face, the frightful countenance of
Satan, and the power of the Son of Man. For I will cast out from you the
powerful Satan by the strength of the innocent lamb of God, the weakest
creature of the Lord. For the holy spirit of God makes more powerful the
weakest than the strongest."
And Jesus milked an ewe which was feeding among the grass. And he put the
milk upon the sand made hot by the sun, saying: "Lo, the power of the
angel of water has entered this milk. And now the power of the angel of
sunshine will enter it also."
And the milk became hot by the strength of the sun.
"And now the angels of water and of sun will join with the angel of
And lo, the vapor of the hot milk began to rise slowly into the air.
."Come and breathe in by your mouth the strength of the angels of
water, of sunshine, and of air, that it may come into your body and cast out
the Satan from you."
And the sick man whom Satan tormented did breathe within himself, deeply,
the rising whitish vapor.
"Straightway will Satan leave your body, since for three days he
starves and finds no food within you. He will come out of you to satisfy his
hunger by the hot steaming milk, for this food finds favor in his sight. He
will smell its smell, and will not be able to resist the hunger which has
tormented him three days already. But the Son of Man will destroy his body,
that he may torment none else again."
Then the sick man's body was seized with an ague, and he retched as though
he would vomit, but he could not. And he gasped for air, for his breath was
spent. And he fainted on the lap of Jesus.
"Now does Satan leave his body. See him." And Jesus pointed to the
sick man's opened mouth.
And then they all saw with astonishment and terror that Satan was coming out
from his mouth in the shape of an abominable worm, straight towards the
steaming milk. Then Jesus took two sharp stones in his hands and crushed the
head of Satan, and drew out from the sick man all the body of the monster which
was almost as long as the man. When the abominable worm came out of the sick
man's throat, he recovered at once his breath, and then all his pains ceased.
And the others looked with terror at the abominable body of Satan.
"See, what an abominable beast you carried and nourished in your body
for long years. I have cast it out of you and killed it that it may never again
torment you. Give thanks to God that his angels have made you free, and sin no
more, lest Satan return to you again. Let your body be henceforth a temple
dedicated to your God."
And they were all amazed at his words and at his power. And they said:
"Master, you are indeed God's messenger, and do know all secrets."
"And you," answered Jesus, "be true Sons of God, that you
also may partake in his power and in the knowledge of all secrets. For wisdom
and power can come only from the love of God. Love, therefore, your Heavenly
Father and your Earthly Mother with all your heart, and with all your spirit.
And serve them, that their angels may serve you also. Let all your deeds be
sacrificed to God. And feed not Satan, for the wages of sin is death. But with
God lies the reward of the good, his love, which is knowledge and power of
And they all knelt down to give thanks to God for his love.
And Jesus departed, saying: "I will come again to all who persist in
prayer and fasting tAl the seventh day. Peace be with you."
And the sick man from whom Jesus had cast out the Satan, stood up, for the
strength of life had come back to him. He breathed out deeply, and his eyes
became clear, for every pain had left him. And he cast himself down upon the
ground where Jesus had stood, and he kissed the print of his feet and he wept.
And it was by the bed of a stream, many sick fasted and prayed with God's
angels for seven days and seven nights. And great was their reward, because
they followed Jesus' words. And with the passing of the seventh day, all their
pains left them. And when the sun rose over the earth's rim they saw Jesus
coming towards them from the mountain, with the brightness of the rising sun
about his head.
"Peace be with you."
And they said no word at all, but only cast themselves down before him, and
touched the hem of his garment in token of their healing.
"Give thanks not to me, but to your Earthly Mother, who sent you her
healing angels. Go, and sin no more, that you may never again see disease. And
let the healing angels become your guardians."
But they answered him: "Whither should we go, Master, for with you are
the words of eternal life? Tell us, what are the sins which we must shun, that
we may nevermore see disease?"
Jesus answered: "Be it so according to your faith," and he sat
down among them, saying:
"It was said to them of old time, 'Honor thy Heavenly Father and thy
Earthly Mother, and do their commandments, that thy days may be long upon the
earth.' And next afterward was given this commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill,'
for life is given to all by God, and that which God has given, let not man take
away. For-I tell you truly, from one Mother proceeds all that lives upon the
earth. Therefore, he who kills, kills his brother. And from him will the
Earthly Mother turn away, and will pluck from him her quickening breasts. And
he will be shunned by her angels, and Satan will have his dwelling in his body.
And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I
tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain
beasts, eats of the body of death. For in his blood every drop of their
blood turns to poison; in his breath their breath to stink; in his flesh their
flesh to boils; in his bones their bones to chalk; in his bowels their bowels t
o decay; in his eyes their eyes to scales; in his ears their ears to waxy
issue. And their death will become his death. For only in the service of your
Heavenly Father are your debts of seven years forgiven in seven clays. But
Satan forgives you nothing and you must pay him for all. 'Eye for eye, tooth
for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot; burning for burning, wound for wound;
life for life, death for death.' For the wages of sin is death. Kill not,
neither eat the flesh of your innocent prey, lest you become the slaves of
Satan. For that is the path of sufferings, and it leads unto death. But do the
will of God, that his angels may serve you on the way of life. Obey, therefore,
the words of God: 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a
tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the
earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon th e
earth, wherein there is breath of life, I give every green herb for meat. Also
the milk of every thing that moveth and liveth upon earth shall be meat for
you; even as the green herb have I given unto them, so I give their milk unto
you. But flesh, and the blood which quickens it, shall ye not eat. And, surely,
your spurting blood will I require, your blood wherein is your soul; I will
require all slain beasts, and the souls of all slain men. For I the Lord thy
God am a God strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing
mercy unto thousands -of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
strength: this is the first and greatest commandment.' And the second is like
unto it: 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' There is none other commandment greater
And after these words they all remained silent, save one, who called out:
"What am I to do, Master, if I see a wild beast rend my brother in the
forest? Shall I let my brother perish, or kill the wild beast? Shall not I thus
transgress the law?"
And Jesus answered: "It was said to them of old time: "All beasts
that move upon the earth, all the fish of the sea, and all the fowl of the air
are given into thy power." I tell you truly, of all creatures living upon
the earth, God created only man after his image. Wherefore beasts are for man,
and not man for beasts. You do not, therefore, transgress the law if you
kill the wild beast to save your brother's life. For I tell you truly, man is
more than the beast. But he who kills the beast without a cause, though the
beast attack him not, through lust for slaughter, or for its flesh, or for its
hide, or yet for its tusks, evil is the deed which he does, for he is turned
into a wild beast himself. Wherefore is his end also as the end of the wild
Then another said: "Moses, the greatest in Israel, suffered our
forefathers to eat the flesh of clean beasts, and forbade only the flesh of
unclean beasts. Why, therefore, do you forbid us the flesh of all beasts? Which
law comes from God? That of Moses, or your law?"
And Jesus answered: "God gave, by Moses, ten commandments to your
forefathers. 'These commandments are hard,' said your forefathers, and they
could not keep them. When Moses saw this, he had compassion on his people, and
would not that they perish. And then he gave them ten times ten commandments.
For he whose feet are strong as the mountain of Zion, needs no crutches; but he
whose limbs do shake, gets further having crutches, than without them. And
Moses said to the Lord: 'My heart is filled with sorrow, for my people will be
lost. For they are without knowledge, and are not able to understand thy
commandments. They are as little children who cannot yet understand their
father's words. Suffer, Lord, that I give them other laws, that they may not
perish. if they may not be with thee, Lord, let them not be against thee; that
they may sustain themselves, and when the time has come, and they are ripe for
thy words, reveal to hem thy laws.' For that did Moses break the two tablets of
s tone whereon were written the ten commandments, and he gave them ten times
ten in their stead. And of these ten times ten the Scribes and Pharisees have
made a hundred times ten commandments. And they have laid unbearable burdens on
your shoulders, that they themselves do not carry. For the more nigh are the
commandments to God, the less do we need; and the farther they are from God,
then the more do we need. Wherefore are the laws of the Pharisees and
Scribes innumerable; the laws of the Son of Man seven; of the angels three; and
of God one.
"Therefore, I teach you only those laws which you can understand,
that you may become men, and follow the seven laws of the Son of Man. Then
will the unknown angels of the Heavenly Father also reveal their laws to you,
that God's holy spirit may descend upon you, and lead you to his law."
And all were astonished at his wisdom, and asked him: "Continue,
Master, and teach us all the laws which we can receive."
And Jesus continued: "God commanded your forefathers: 'Thou shalt not
kill.' But their heart was hardened and they killed. Then Moses desired that at
least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts. And then
the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and
beasts likewise. But I do say to you: Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the
food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will
quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For
life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything
which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your
bodies kills your souls also. And your bodies become what your foods are,
even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are. Therefore,
eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned,
frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. Be not like
the foolish husbandman who sowed in his ground cooked, and frozen, and rotten
seeds. And the autumn came, and his fields bore nothing. And great was his
distress. But be like that husbandman who sowed in his field living seed, and
whose field bore living ears of wheat, paying a hundredfold for the seeds which
he planted. For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare
not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and
your souls also."
"Master, where is the fire of life?" asked some of them.
"In you, in your blood, and in your bodies."
"And the fire of death?" asked others.
"It is the fire which blazes outside your body, which is hotter than
your blood. With that fire of death you cook your foods in your homes and in
your fields. I tell you truly, it is the same fire which destroys your foods
and your bodies, even as the fire of malice, which ravages your thoughts,
ravages your spirits. For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is
that which you think. Eat nothing, therefore, which a stronger fire than the
fire of life has killed. Wherefore, prepare and eat all fruits of trees, and
all grasses of the fields, and afl milk of beasts good for eating. For all
these are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels
of our Earthly Mother. But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives
savor, for such is of Satan."
"How should we cook our daily bread without fire, Master?" asked
some with great astonishment.
"Let the angels of God prepare your bread. Moisten your wheat, that the
angel of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air also
may embrace it. And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the
angel of sunshine may descend upon it. And the blessing of the three angels
will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat. Then crush your grain,
and make thin wafers, as did your forefathers when they departed out of Egypt,
the house of bondage. Put them back again beneath the sun from its appearing,
and when it is risen to its highest in the heavens, turn them over on the other
side that they be embraced there also by the angel of sunshine, and leave them
there until the sun be set. For the angels of water, of air, and of sunshine
fed and ripened the wheat in the field, and they, likewise, must prepare also
your bread. And the same sun which, with the fire of life, made the wheat to
grow and ripen, must cook your bread with the same fire. For the fire of the
sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread, and to the body. But the fire of
death kills the wheat, the bread, and the body. And the living angels of the
living God serve only living men. For God is the God of the living, and not the
God of the dead.
"So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the
grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees. For
everything beyond these is of Satan, and leads by the way of sins and of
diseases unto death. But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God
give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see diseases For the
table of God fed Methuselah of old, and I tell you truly, if you live even as
he lived, then will the God of the living give you also long life upon the
earth as was his.
"For I tell you truly, the God of the living is richer than all the
rich of the earth, and his abundant table is richer than the richest table of
feasting of all the rich upon the earth. Eat, therefore, all your life at the
table of our Earthly Mother, and you will never see want. And when you eat at
her table, eat all things even as they are found on the table of the Earthly
Mother. Cook not, neither mix all things one with another, lest your bowels
become as steaming bogs. For I tell you truly, this is abominable in the eyes
of the Lord.
"And be not like the greedy servant, who always ate up, at the table
of his lord, the portions of others. And he devoured everything himself,
and mixed all together in his gluttony. And seeing that, his lord was wroth
with him, and drove him from the table. And when all had ended their meal, he
mixed together all that remained upon the table, and called the greedy servant
to him, and said: 'Take and eat all this with the swine, for your place is with
them, and not at my table.'
"Take heed, therefore, and defile not with all kinds of abominations
the temple of your bodies. Be content with two or three sorts of food, which
you will find always upon the table of our Earthly Mother. And desire not
to devour all things which you see around you. For I tell you truly, if you mix
together all sorts of food in your body, then the peace of your body will
cease, and endless war will rage in you. And it will be blotted out even as
homes and kingdoms divided against themselves work their own destruction. For
your God is the God of peace, and does never help division. Arouse not,
therefore, against you the wrath of God, lest he drive you from his table, and
lest you be compelled to go to the table of Satan, where the fire of sins,
diseases, and death will corrupt your body.
"And when you eat, never eat unto fulness. Flee the temptations
of Satan, and listen to the voice of God's angels. For Satan and his power
tempt you always to eat more and more. But live by the spirit, and resist the
desires of the body. And your fasting is always pleasing in the eyes of the
angels of God. So give heed to how much you have eaten when your body is
sated, and always eat less by a third.
"Let the weight of your daily food be not less than a mina, but mark
that it go not beyond two. Then will the angels of God serve you always,
and you will never fall into the bondage of Satan and of his diseases. Trouble
not the work of the angels in your body by eating often. For I tell you truly,
he who eats more than twice in the clay does in him the work of Satan. And the
angels of God leave his body, and soon Satan will take possession of it. Eat
only when the sun is highest in the heavens, and again when it is set. And
you will never see disease, for such finds favor in the eyes of the Lord.
And if you will that the angels of God rejoice in your body, and that Satan
shun you afar, then sit but once in the day at the table of God. And then
your days will be long upon the earth, for this is pleasing in the eyes of the
Lord. Eat always when the table of God is served before you, and eat always
of that which you find upon the table of God. For I tell you truly, God
knows well what your body needs, and when it needs.
"From the coming of the month of Ijar, eat barley; from the month of
Sivan, eat wheat, the most perfect among all seed-bearing herbs. And let your
daily bread be made of wheat, that the Lord may take care of your bodies. From
Tammuz, eat the sour grape, that your body may diminish and Satan may depart
from it. in the month of Elul, gather the grape that the juice may serve you as
drink. In the month of Marchesvan, gather the sweet grape, dried and sweetened
by the angel of sun, that your bodies may increase, for the angels of the Lord
dwell in them. You should eat figs rich in juice in the months of Ab and
Shebat, and what remain, let the angel of sun keep them for you; eat them with
the meat of almonds in all the months when the trees bear no fruits. And the
herbs which come after rain, these eat in the month of Thebet, that your blood
may be cleansed of all your sins. And in the same month begin to eat also the
milk of your beasts, because for this did the Lord give the herbs of the fields
to all the beasts which render milk, that they might with their milk feed man.
For I tell you truly, happy are they that eat only at the table of God, and
eschew all the abominations of Satan. Eat not unclean foods brought from far
countries, but eat always that which your trees bear. For your God knows
well what is needful for you, and where and when. And he gives to all
peoples of all kingdoms for food that which is best for each. Eat not as
the heathen do, who stuff themselves in haste, defiling their bodies with all
manner of abominations.
"For the power of God's angels enters into you with the living food
which the Lord gives you from his royal table. And when you eat, have above you
the angel of air, and below you the angel of water. Breathe long and deeply at
all your meals, that the angel of air may bless your repasts. And chew well
your food with your teeth, that it become water, and that the angel of water
turn it into blood in your body. And eat slowly, as it were a prayer you make
to the Lord. For I tell you truly, the power of God enters into you, if you eat
after this manner at his table. But Satan turns into a steaming bog the body of
him upon whom the angels of air and water do not descend at his repasts. And
.the Lord suffers him no longer at his table. For the table of the Lord is an
altar, and he who eats at the table of God is in a temple. For I tell you
truly, the body of the Son of Man is turned into a temple, and his inwards into
an altar, if he does the commandments of God. Wherefore, put naught u pon the
altar of the Lord when your spirit is vexed, neither think upon any one with
anger in the temple of God. And enter only into the Lord's sanctuary when you
feel in yourselves the call of his angels, for all that you eat in sorrow, or
in anger, or without desire, becomes a poison in your body. For the breath of
Satan defiles aR these. Place with joy your offerings upon the altar of your
body, and let all evil thoughts depart from you when you receive into your body
the power of God from his table. And never sit at the table of God before he
call you by the angel of appetite.
"Rejoice, therefore, always with God's angels at their royal table, for
this is pleasing to the heart of the Lord. And your life will be long upon the
earth, for the most precious of God's servants will serve you all your days:
the angel of joy.
"And forget not that every seventh day is holy and consecrated to God.
On six days feed your body with the gifts of the Earthly Mother, but on the
seventh day sanctify your body for your Heavenly Father. On the seventh day
eat not any earthly food, but live only on the words of God, and be all the day
with the angels of the Lord in the kingdom of the Heavenly Father. And on
the seventh day let the angels of God build the kingdom of the heavens in your
body, as you labor for six days in the kingdom of the Earthly Mother. And let
not food trouble the work of the angels in your body throughout the seventh
day. And God will give you long life upon earth, that you may have life
everlasting in the kingdom of the heavens. For I tell you truly, if you see not
diseases any more upon earth, you will live for ever in the kingdom of the
"And God will send you each morning the angel of sunshine to wake you
from your sleep. Therefore, obey your Heavenly Father's summons, and lie not
idle in your beds, for the angels of air and water await you already without.
And labor all day long with the angels of the Earthly Mother that you may come
to know them and their works ever more and more well. But when the sun is set,
and your Heavenly Father sends you his most precious angel, sleep, then take
your rest, and be all the night with the angel of sleep. And then will your
Heavenly Father send you his unknown angels, that they may be with you the
livelong night. And the Heavenly Father's unknown angels will teach you many
things concerning the kingdom of God, even as the angels that you know of the
Earthly Mother, instruct you in the things of her kingdom. For I tell you
truly, you will be every night the guests of the kingdom of your Heavenly
Father, if you do his commandments. And when you wake up upon the morrow, you
will feel in you the power of the unknown angels. And your Heavenly Father will
send them to you every night, that they may build your spirit, even as every
day the Earthly Mother sends you her angels, that they may build your body. For
I tell you truly, if in the daytime your Earthly Mother folds you in her arms,
and in the night the Heavenly Father breathes his kiss upon you, then will the
Sons of Men become the Sons of God.
"Resist day and night the temptations of Satan. Wake not by night,
neither sleep by day, lest the angels of God depart from you.
"And take no delight in any drink, nor in any smoke from Satan,
waking you by night and making you to sleep by day. For I tell you truly, all
the drinks and smokes of Satan are abominations in the eyes of your God.
"Commit not whoredom, by night or by day, for the whoremonger is
like a tree whose sap runs out from its trunk. And that tree will be dried
up before its time, nor will it ever bear fruit. Therefore, go not a-whoring,
lest Satan dry up your body, and the Lord make your seed unfruitful.
"Shun all that is too hot and too cold. For it is the will of
your Earthly Mother that neither heat nor cold should harm your body. And let
not your bodies become either hotter or colder than as God's angels warm or
cool them. And if you do the commandments of the Earthly Mother, then as oft as
your body becomes too hot, will she send the angel of coolness to cool you, and
as oft as your body becomes too cold, will she send you the angel of heat to
warm you again.
"Follow the example of all the angels of the Heavenly Father and of the
Earthly Mother, who work day and night, without ceasing, upon the kingdoms of
the heavens and of the earth. Therefore, receive also into yourselves the
strongest of God's angels, the angel of deeds, and work all together upon the
kingdom of God. Follow the example of the running water, the wind as it blows,
the rising and setting of the sun, the growing plants and trees, the beasts as
they run and gambol, the wane and waxing of the moon, the stars as they come
and go again; all these do move, and do perform their labors. For all which
has life does move, and only that which is dead is still. And God is the God
of the living, and Satan that of the dead. Serve, therefore, the living God,
that the eternal movement of life may sustain you, and that you may escape the
eternal stillness of death. Work, therefore, without ceasing, to build the
kingdom of God, lest you be cast into the kingdom of Satan. For eternal joy
abounds in the living kingdom of God, but still sorrow darkens the kingdom of
death of Satan. Be, therefore, true Sons of your Earthly Mother and of your
Heavenly Father, that you fall not as slaves of Satan. And your Earthly Mother
and Heavenly Father will send you their angels to teach, to love, and to serve
you. And their angels will write the commandments of God in your head, in
your heart, and in your hands, that you may know, feel, and do God's
"And pray every day to your Heavenly Father and Earthly mother, that
your soul become as perfect as your Heavenly Father's holy spirit is perfect,
and that your body become as perfect as the body of your Earthly Mother is
perfect. For if you understand, feel, and do the commandments, then all for
which you pray to your Heavenly Father and your Earthly Mother will be given
you. For the wisdom, the love, and the power of God are above all.
"After this manner, therefore, pray to your Heavenly Father: Our
Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive
us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for
"And after this manner pray to your Earthly Mother: Our Mother which
art upon earth, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, and thy will be done in
us, as it is in thee. As thou sendest every day thy angels, send them to us
also. Forgive us our sins, as we atone all our sins against thee. And lead us
not into sickness, but deliver us from all evil, for thine is the earth, the
body, and the health. Amen.
And they all prayed together with Jesus to the Heavenly Father and to the
And afterwards Jesus spoke thus to them: "Even as your bodies have been
reborn through the Earthly Mother's angels, may your spirit, likewise, be
reborn through the angels of the Heavenly Father. Become, therefore, true Sons
of your Father and of your Mother, and true Brothers of the Sons of Men. Till
now you were at war with your Father, with your Mother, and with your Brothers.
And you have served Satan. From today live at peace with your Heavenly Father,
and with your Earthly Mother, and with your Brothers, the Sons of Men. And
fight only against Satan, lest he rob you of your peace. I give the peace of
your Earthly Mother to your body, and the peace of your Heavenly Father to your
spirit. And let the peace of both reign among the Sons of Men.
"Come to me, all that are weary and that suffer in strife and
affliction! For my peace will strengthen you and comfort you. For my peace is
exceeding full of joy. Wherefore do I always greet you after this manner:
'Peace be with you!' Do you always, therefore, so greet one another, that upon
your body may descend the peace of your Earthly Mother, and upon your spirit
the peace of your Heavenly Father. And then you will find peace also among
yourselves, for the kingdom of God is within you. And now return to your
Brothers with whom hitherto you were at war, and give your peace to them also.
For happy are they that strive for peace, for they will find the peace of God.
Go, and sin no more. And give to every one your peace, even as I have given my
peace unto you. For my peace is of God. Peace be with you."
And he left them.
And his peace descended upon them; and in their heart the angel of love, in
their head the wisdom of law, and in their hands the power of rebirth, they
went forth among the Sons of Men, to bring the light of peace to those that
warred in darkness.
And they parted, wishing one to another:
"PEACE BE WITH YOU."
THE STORY OF THE ESSENE GOSPEL OF
Translated by Edmond Bordeaux
In Four Volumes
It was in 1928 that Edmond Bordeaux Szekely first published his translation
of Book One of The Essene Gospel of Peace, an ancient manuscript he had found
in the Secret Archives of the Vatican as the result of limitless patience,
faultless scholarship, and unerring intuition. This story is told in his book,
The Discovery of the Essene Gospel of Peace, published in 1975. The English
version of Book One appcared in 1937, and ever since, the little volume has
traveled over the world, appearing in many different languages, gaining every
year more and more readers, until now, still with no commercial advertisement,
over a million copies have been sold in the United States alone. It was not
until almost fifty years after the first French translation that Book Two and
Book Three appeared (The Unknown Books of the Essenes and Lost Scrolls of the
Essene Brotherhood), achieving rapidly the popularity of Book One.
In 1981, Book Four, The Teachings of the Elect, was published posthumously
according to Dr. Szekely's wishes, representing yet another fragment of the
complete manuscript which exists in Aramaic in the Secret Archives of the
Vatican and in old Slavonic in the Royal Library of the Habsburgs (now the
property of the Austrian government). The poetic style of the translator brings
to vivid reality the exquisitely beautiful words of Jesus and the Elders of the
Essene Brotherhood. Some of the chapters: The Essene Communions. The Sevenfold
Peace. The Holy Streams of Life, Light, and Sound. The Gift of the Humble
EXCERPTS FROM The Essene Gospel of
Peace, Book Two:
The Unknown Books of the Essenes
And one man spoke: "But, Master, we are but men, we are not angels. How
then can we hope to walk in their ways? Tell us what we must do."
And Jesus spoke:
As the son inherits the land of his father, So have we inherited a Holy Land
From our Fathers. This land is not a field to be ploughed, But a place within
us Where we may build our Holy Temple. -And even as a temple must be raised,
Stone by stone,
So will I give to you those stones
For the building of the Holy Temple;
That which we have inherited
From our Fathers,
And their Fathers' Fathers.
And all the men gathered around Jesus, and their faces shone with desire to
hear the words which would come from his lips. And he lifted his face to the
rising sun, and the radiance of its rays filled his eyes as he spoke:
"The Holy Temple can be built Only with the ancient Communions, Those
which are spoken,
Those which are thought, And those which are lived.
For if they are spoken only with the mouth,
They are as a dead hive
Which the bees have forsaken,
That gives no more honey.
The Communions are a bridge
Between man and the angels,
And like a bridge,
Can be built only with patience,
Yea, even as the bridge over the river
Is fashioned stone by stone,
As they are found by the water's edge.
And the Communions are fourteen in number,
As the Angels of the Heavenly Father
And the Angels of the Earthly Mother
And just as the roots of the tree
Sink into the earth and are nourished,
And the branches of the tree
Raise their arms to heaven,
So is man like the trunk of the tree,
With his roots deep
In the breast of his Earthly Mother,
And his soul ascending
To the bright stars of his Heavenly Father.
And the roots of the tree
Are the Angels of the Earthly Mother,
And the branches of the tree
Are the Angels of the Heavenly Father.
And this is the sacred Tree of Life
Which stands in the Sea of Eternity.
EXCERPTS FROM The Essene Gospel of
Peace, Book Three:
Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood
For the earth shall be filled
with the Peace of the Heavenly Father,
as the waters cover the sea.
I will invoke the Angel of Peace,
Whose breath is friendly,
Whose hand is clothed in power.
In the reign of Peace, there is neither hunger nor thirst,
Neither cold wind nor hot wind,
Neither old age nor death.
In the reign of Peace,
Both animals and men shall be undying,
Waters and plants shall be undrying,
And the food of life shall be never-failing.
It is said that the mountains
Shall bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, righteousness.
There shall be peace
As long as the sun and moon endure, Throughout all generations.
Peace shall come down like rain upon mown grass, As showers that water the
In the reign of Peace shall the Law grow strong,
And the Children of Light shall have dominion
From sea to sea, unto the ends of the earth.
T'he reign of Peace hath its source
In the Heavenly Father;
By his strength he setteth fast the mountains,
He maketh the outgoings of morning and evening To rejoice in the Light,
He bringeth to earth the river of the Law, To water and enrich it,
He maketh soft the earth with showers;
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness,
And the little hills rejoice on every side.
The pastures are clothed with flocks;
The valleys also are covered over with corn;
They shout for joy, they also sing.
O Heavenly Father!
Bring unto thy earth the reign of Peace! 7'hen shall we remember the words
Of him who taught of old the Children of Light:
I give the peace of thy Earthly Mother
To thy body,
And the peace of thy Heavenly Father To thy spirit.
And let the peace of both
Reign among the sons of men.
Come to me all that are weary,
And that suffer in strife and affliction!
For my peace will strengthen thee and comfort thee. For my peace is
exceeding full of joy.
Wherefore do I always greet thee after this manner: Peace be with thee!
Do thou always, therefore, so greet one another, That upon thy body may
descend The The Peace of thy Earthly Mother,
And upon thy spirit
The Peace of thy Heavenly Father.
And then wilt thou find peace also among thyselves,
For the Kingdom of the Law is within thee.
And return to thy Brothers
And give thy peace to them also,
For happy are they that strive for peace,
For they will find the peace of the Heavenly Father.
And give to every one thy peace,
Even as I have given my peace unto thee.
For my peace is of God.
Peace be with thee!
EXCERPTS FROM The Essene Gospel of
peace, Book Four:
The Teachings of the Elect
THE HOLY STREAMS
Into the innermost circle have you come, into the mystery of mysteries, that
which was old when our father Enoch was young and walked the earth. Around and
around have you come on your journey of many years, always following the path
of righteousness, living according to the Holy Law and the sacred vows of our
Brotherhood, and you have made of your body a holy temple wherein dwell the
angels of God. Many years have you shared the daylight hours with the angels of
the Earthly Mother; many years have you slept in the arms of the Heavenly
Father, taught by his unknown angels. You have learned that the laws of the Son
of Man are seven, of the angels three, and of God, one. Now you shall know of
the three laws of the angels, the mystery of the three Holy Streams and the
ancient way to traverse them; so shall you bathe in the light of heaven and at
last behold the revelation of the mystery of mysteries: the law of God, which
Now in the hour before the rising of the sun, just before the angels of the
Earthly Mother breathe life into the still sleeping earth, then do you enter
into the Holy Stream of Life. It is your Brother Tree who holds the mystery of
this Holy Stream, and it is your Brother Tree that you will embrace in your
thought, even as by day you embrace him in greeting when you walk along the
lake shore. And you shall be one with the tree, for in the beginning of the
times so did we all share in the Holy Stream of Life that gave birth to all
creation. And as you embrace your Brother Tree, the power of the Holy Stream of
Life will fill your whole body, and you will tremble before its might. Then
breathe deeply of the angel of air, and say the word "Life" with the
outgiving of breath. Then you will become in truth the Tree of Life which sinks
its roots deep into the Holy Stream of Life from an eternal source. And as the
angel of sun warms the earth, and all the creatures of land and water and ai r
rejoice in the new day, so will your body and spirit rejoice in the Holy Stream
of life that flows to you through your Brother Tree.
And when the sun is high in the heavens, then shall you seek the Holy Stream
of Sound. in the heat of noontide, all creatures are still and seek the shade;
the angels of the Earthly Mother are silent for a space. Then it is that you
shall let into your ears the Holy Stream of Sound; for it can only be heard in
the silence. Think on the streams that are born in the desert after a sudden
storm, and the roaring sound of the waters as they rush past. Truly, this is
the voice of God, if you did but know it. For as it is written, in the
beginning was the Sound, and the Sound was with God, and the Sound was God. I
tell you truly, when we are born, we enter the world with the sound of God in
our ears, even the singing of the vast chorus of the sky, and the holy chant of
the stars in their fixed rounds; it is the Holy Stream of Sound that traverses
the vault of stars and crosses the endless kingdom of the Heavenly Father. It
is ever in our ears, so do we hear it not. Listen for it, then, in the silence
of noontide; bathe in it, and let the rhythm of the music of God beat in your
ears untfl you are one with the Holy Stream of Sound. It was this Sound which
formed the earth and the world, and brought forth the mountains, and set the
stars in their thrones of glory in the highest heavens.
And you shall bathe in the Stream of Sound, and the music of its waters
shall flow over you; for in the beginning of the times so did we all share in
the Holy Stream of Sound that gave birth to all creation. And the mighty
roaring of the Stream of Sound will fill your whole body, and you will tremble
before its might. Then breathe deeply of the angel of air, and become the sound
itself, that the Holy Stream of Sound may carry you to the endless kingdom of
the Heavenly Father, there where the rhythm of the world rises and falls.
And when darkness gently closes the eyes of the angels of the Earthly
Mother, then shall you also sleep, that your spirit may join the unknown angels
of the Heavenly Father. And in the moments before you sleep, then shall you
think of the bright and glorious stars, the white, shining, far-seen and
far-piercing stars. For your thoughts before sleep are as the bow of the
skillful archer, that sends the arrow where he wills. Let your thoughts before
sleep be with the stars; for the stars are Light, and the Heavenly Father is
Light, even that Light which is a thousand times brighter than the brightness
of a thousand suns. Enter the Holy Stream of Light, that the shackles of death
may loose their hold for ever, and breaking free from the bonds of earth,
ascend the Holy Stream of Light through the blazing radiance of the stars, into
the endless kingdom of the Heavenly Father.
Unfold your wings of light, and in the eye of your thought, soar with the
stars into the farthest reaches of heaven, where untold suns blaze with light.
For at the beginning of the times, the Holy Law said, let there be Light, and
there was Light. And you shall be one with it, and the power of the Holy Light
Stream will fill your whole body, and you will tremble before its might. Say
the word "Light," as you breathe deeply of the angel of air, and you
will become the Light itself; and the Holy Stream will carry you to the endless
kingdom of the Heavenly Father, there losing itself in the eternal Sea of Light
which gives birth to all creation. And you shall be one with the Holy Stream of
Light, always before you sleep in the arms of the Heavenly Father.
I tell you truly, your body was made not only to breathe, and eat, and
think, but it was also made to enter the Holy Stream of Life. And your ears
were made not only to hear the words of men, the song of birds, and the music
of falling rain, but they were also made to hear the Holy Stream of Sound. And
your eyes were made not only to see the rising and setting of the sun, the
ripple of sheaves of grain, and the words of the Holy Scrolls, but they were
also made to see the Holy Stream of Light. One day your body will return to the
Earthly Mother; even also your ears and your eyes. But the Holy Stream of Life,
the Holy Stream of Sound, and the Holy Stream of Light, these were never born,
and can never die. Enter the Holy Streams, even that Life, that Sound, and that
Light which gave you birth; that you may reach the kingdom of the Heavenly
Father and become one with him even as the river empties into the far-distant
More than this cannot be told, for the Holy Streams will take you to that
place where words are no more, and even the Holy Scrolls cannot record the