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II.THE STORY OF THE BREACH WITH JUDAISM.
MIRYAI IS EXPELLED FROM JEWRY (§ 34).
In the Name of Great Life, may hallowed Light be glorified.
MIRYAI am I, of the Kings of Babel1 a daughter, a daughter of
Jerasalem's mighty rulers. They have given me birth; the priests
brought me up. In the fold of their robe they carried me up into the
dark house, into the temple. Adonai laid a charge on my hands and on
my two arms: I must scour and cleanse the house [that is] without
firmness. There is naght therein for supporting the poor, naught to
revive the tormented souls.
My father went to the house of the people, my mother went to the
temple. My father went out and said to me, and my mother went out and
charged me: "Miryai, close thy inner doors and bolt the bar. See that
thou goest not forth into the main streets and that the suns of my
Lord2 fall not upon thee."
But I, Miryai, listened not to what my mother did tell me, and
hearkened not with the ear to what my father did charge me. I opened
the inner doors, and the outer let I stand open. Out went I into the
main streets and the suns of my Lord fell upon me. To the house of
the people would I not go, but my way bore me unto the temple [sc. of
the Mand¿ans]. I went and I found my brothers and sisters, how they
stand and carry on proclamations. My brothers carry on proclamations
and my sisters throw out explanations.3 With the voice of their
proclamations and with the voice of their explanations I became
drowsy and laid me down on the spot.4 My brothers went forth and did
not wake me, and my sisters withdrew and roused me not. But thou, my
sister in Truth,5 dost rouse me from sleep and dost say: "Arise,
arise, Miryai, before the day breaks and the cock lets crow his morn-
call, before the sun shines and his glory rises over the p. 63
worlds, before the priests and the priests' sons go forth and sit
them down in the shade of the RuinsJerusalem, before thy father
comes and brings upset upon thee such as thou never hast had."
I, Miryai, keep secret my prayers and utterly secret keep my
Early, day began to dawn, early the cock let crow his call, early
the sun shone and his glory rose over the worlds. The priests and
priests' sons went out and sat them down in the shade of the Ruins
Jerusalem. Then came my bodily father and brought on me upset such as
I never have had. He spake:
"Where hast come from, thou debauched trough, whom [? locks] and
bars [cannot keep in]? Where hast thou come from? Woe [unto thee],
thou bitch in heat, who [? mindest] not [door-] pins and lockings!
Where hast thou come from? Woe, woe [unto thee], thou bit of coarse
stuff that has been patched on my robe!"
"If I am a debauched trough, I will burst thy [boltings] and bars.
If I am a bitch in beat, I will draw back the pins and the lockings.
If I am a bit of coarse stuff that has been patched on thy robe, then
out of thy robe cut and rip me."
Thereon he cried: "Come (pl.), look on Miryai, who has left Jewry
and gone to make love with her lord. Come, look on Miryai, who has
left off coloured raiment and gone to make love with her lord. She
forsook gold and silver and went to make love with her lord. She
forsook the phylacteries1 and went to make love with the man with the
Then Miryai makes answer unto him: "Far lies it from me to love
him whom I have hated. Far lies it from me to hate him whom I have
loved. Nay, far from me lies it to hate my Lord, the Life's Gnosis,
who is for me in the world a support. A support is he in the world
for me and a helper in the Light's region. Dust in the mouth of the
Jews, ashes in the mouth of all of the priests! May the dung that is
under the feet of the horses, come on the high ones and Jerusalem's
Life is exalted and is victorious, and victorious is the Man who has
A VARIANT OF THE ABOVE FROM THE OXFORD MS. (L.'s J. B., pp. 123-125).
In the name of Great Life, may hallowed Light be glorified.
AT the door of the house of the people her mother came upon
Miryai. Her mother came upon Miryai and put question to her: "Whence
com'st thou, my daughter, Miryai, whose face gathers roses? Roses
gathers thy face and of sleep are thy eyes full. Full of sleep are
thy eyes, and upon thy forehead lies slumber."
Thereon she made answer: "It is two,three days to-day that my
brothers sat down in the house of my Father. In my Father's house sat
down my brothers and let wonderful proclamations be heard. Because of
the voice and the ringing of the proclamation of the treasures, my
brothers, there comes no sleep over my eyes. Sleep comes not over my
eyes, nor slumber upon my forehead."
"Hast thou not heard, Miryai, my daughter, what the Jews are
saying about thee? The Jews are saying: Thy daughter has fallen in
love with a man. She has gotten hate against Jewry and love for
Nazôr¿anity. Hate has she gotten against the house of the people and
love for the door of the temple (sc. of the MM.). Hate has she gotten
against the phylacteries and love for the flaunting wreaths. Work
does she on Sabbath; on Sunday she keeps her hands still. Miryai has
cast aside straightway the Law that the Seven have laid [upon us]."
As Miryai stands there, she puts dust on her feet, and
speaks: "Dust in the mouth of the Jews and ashes in the mouth of all
of the priests! May the dung that lies under the horses, come on the
elders who are in Jerusalem! I cannot hate him whose love I have won,
nor love him 'gainst whom I have gotten hate. Yea, I have won the
love of my Lord the Life's Gnosis, [and hope] that in him a helper
will for me arise, a helper and a support from the region of Darkness
unto Light's region."
Thou hast won the victory, Gnosis of Life, and helped all thy
friends to victory.
And Life is victorious.
THE EXILED COMMUNITY SETTLE ON THE EUPHRATES (§ 35).
In the Name of Great Life, may hallowed Light be glorified.
MIRYAI am I, a vine, a tree, who stands at the mouth of Eu-phrates
(Frash). The tree's leaves are precious stones, the tree's fruits
pearls. The vine-tree's foliage is glory, its shoots precious light.
Among the trees its scent it diffuses, and it spreads over all the
worlds. The birds of the air scented it; a flock settled down on the
tree. A flock on it down-settled, and they would build their nest
there. They flutter about in it and settle not down in it firmly. Of
its foliage they eat . . . from its inner part they drink wine. They
eat what is not to be cast away, and drink what was not wine.1
While the birds sat on the vine, winds and tempests broke loose.
They shook the good birdlets awake, they smote 'gainst the tree; on
all sides they scattered the leaves of the vine-tree and scared the
birds out of their place. Many a bird there was who flew not away,
but held on fast with claws and with wings, till the winds and the
tempests were over. Many again held not on fast and were hurried
away ... . Woe unto those who did not hold fast, but were dashed from
the tree and flew off. How fair is the tree of Life and fair the
birds who dwell on it!
The winds and the tempests passed and rest came over the world.
As the birds sit there and chirp and would be a-building their
nest, as the birds sit on the vine, an eagle wheeled and flew hither.
A white eagle-bird2 came, looked down and caught sight of the birds.
Round wheeled he, sped down on them with his wings, and came and sat
on the tree. In converse with him joined the birds, and said to him:
"By thy Life, Eagle! On this tree were we birds without number.
But there broke loose against them the winds, and on the tree came
raging tempests. They shook them off from the tree, so that they tore
their wings from them [nearly]. Many a one held fast, whom the winds
and tempests could not tear away; but many a one flew off at top
speed.We speak to thee, therefore, p. 66 O Eagle, we ask thee
respecting the birds, because thou art sharp of sight and dost see
all in this world: What have the winds and the tempests done with
those birds, our brothers? What spyest thou out (?) over them?"
Then made he answer unto them: "You had better not to have known,
my brothers, what has become of those birds. Slingshots drove them
far from me; their wings broke; torn off were they, broken off; they
went hence and relied on the bird-catchers.1 The harrier and hawk
wheeled round them, tore pieces out of their flesh and fed on those
who were fat. Woe to those who fell prey to the water,2 if there was
no portion for them at the crossing. Well for you, ye birds, who hold
fast to this vine [here]; you became a companionship of Miryai, the
vine, who stands at the mouth of Euphrates. See and satisfy
yourselves, ye birds, that I have come to you. I have come to my
brothers to be a support for them in this world. I have come to heal
Miryai, [come] to bring water to the good, beloved plants, to the
vines, who stand at the mouth of Euphrates. In a white3 pail I draw
water and bring it to my plants. I bear and I hold [it] on the arms
of glory which are my own. I bear and I hold [it] and give [them] to
drink. Well for him who has drunk of my water. He drinks, finds
healing and confirmation, and grows to double [his stature]. The
vines who drank water, brought forth good fruit. Their leaves turned
on high and made a brave show. The branches which drank no water,
brought forth bitter herbs and worm-wood (?). Woe to those who have
not gone forward upon the Way; woe to those who have not passed on by
the way-stone! They hated Life's Treasure-House,4 Miryai, the dear
"My brothers, hold fast, be a companionship of Miryai. I will look
round in the world, let Life's call sound forth and rouse the
sleeping and wake [them]."
The eagle flew off from the tree; he wheeled round and instructed
his friends. He speaks to them: "Give ear to me, my p. 67 brothers!
Stay fast and endure persecution. Be a companionship to Miryai. Woe
to the Jews, who were a persecution for Miryai! Woe to Elizar, the
great house, the pillar that props the temple! Woe to Zatan, the
pillar,1 who has witnessed lies against Miryai!"
THE JEWS PERSECUTE THE MAND¯ANS (§ 35 CONTD.).
ALL the Jews gathered together, the teachers, the great and the
little; they came [together] and spake of Miryai: "She ran away from
the priests, fell in love with a man, and they took hold of each
other's hands. Hold of each other's hands they took, went forth and
settled at the mouth of Euphrates. We will slay them and make Miryai
scorned in Jerusalem. A stake2 will we set up for the man who has
ruined Miryai and led her away. There shall be no day in the world
when a stranger3 enters Jerusalem."
They split open their fellings and catch the doves in Jerusalem.4
THEY BEG THEM TO RETURN (§ 35 CONTD.).
ALL the Jews gathered together and followed after Miryai. They
went and found that a throne was set up for Miryai on the bank of
Euphrates. A white stnndard was for her unfurled and a book stood
upright on her lap. She reads in the Books of Truth and rouses all
worlds from their sleep. She holds in her hand the staff of Life's
water; the girdle is bound round her loins. Miryai in humbleness
prays and proclaims with wondrous voice. The fishes gather out of the
sea, the birds5 from the mouth of Euphrates. They come to hear
Miryai's voice, and no more long to lie down to sleep. They breathe
in the sweet scent around her and forget the world. p. 68 When the
Jews saw this, they stood up before her. They felt shamed, doubled
their fists, smote on the fore-court of their breast and lamented.
The mother of Miryai spoke, and tears streamed into her bosom.
"Look on me, Miryai, my daughter," says she unto her; "look on me
who am thy mother! My daughter art thou and the daughter of all of
the priests. Thy head is the great chief of the temple. Rememberest
thou not, Miryai, that the Torah lay on thy lap? Thou didst open it,
read therein and knewest what stands in it. The outer keys lay in thy
hands, and the inner thou didst put in chains.1 All the priests and
priests' sons came and kissed thy hand. For whom thou wouldst, thou
didst open the door; whom thou wouldst not, must turn and go back to
his seat. A thousand stand there and two thousand sit there. They
submit themselves to thee, as a eunuch-made slave, and they give ear
to thy word in Jerusalem. Why didst thou forget thy brothers and thy
heart abandon the priests? Lo, the brides weep in Jud¿a, the women
and men in Jerusalem. Their beloved gold have they cast from them,
and they give themselves up to wailing and mourning for thee. They
say: 'We will make away with our goods, until Miryai returns. Gold
forge we [? no longer], and cast away fair raiments of silk and
bracelets (?).' They stand on the roofs and look out, that they may
see thee again in Jerusalem. For thee they make vows, if thou comest
to me and we go hence. My daughter, arise, come back to thy dwelling-
place, the city Jerusalem. Come, light up thy lamps, which have been
put out from the day when thou withdrewest thyself.2 Have no longing
after this man, who has prisoned thee and taken thee off. Leave p. 69
the man, who is not of thy dwelling-place,1 alone by himself in the
world. Let him not say: I have gone and carried off Miryai from her
place. Come, teach the children, so that they may learn. Lay the
Torah in thy lap and let us hear thy voice as it used to be. From the
moment and the day when thou didst detach the dough2 has it been
covered up ... ...."
When Miryai heard this from her mother, she laughed and rejoiced
in her mind. "It surely could not be the Jews," says she unto
her, "the infamous, worthless priests! It surely would not be the
Jews who stand there and bow down to a brick-grave!3 They shall be
buried in the Darkness.
"Go, go," says she unto them, "ye fools, ye abortions,4 ye who
were not of the world.5 I am no woman who is stripped for wantoning;
and it is not that I have fallen in love with a man. Stripped am I
not for returning to you and for again seeing you, doming of
blasphemy. Go, go hence from me, ye who have witnessed falsehood and
lying against me. Against me ye witnessed p. 70 wantonness and
thieving, and held me up as ye are yourselves. Blessed be the Man who
freed me from my fetters and planted my feet here. No wantonness have
I committed with him and attempted no theft in the world. Instead of
the witness ye have witnessed against me, there come to me prayer and
As the priests stand there and speak with Miryai at the mouth of
Euphrates, there came a pure eagle-bird, whose wings are the fulness
of worlds.1 He flew down on the Jews, dashed at them with his wings,
bound them and sank them down unto the water's bottom, deeper [down]
than the foul-smelling mud. He sank them deeper down than the blazing
[water], that is inside the dark water. He sank their ships down to
the blazing water's bottom. He destroyed the temple and laid fire to
He brought down all upon them and in Jerusalem slew the disciples.
He descended unto her (Miryai), folded before her his wings,
settled down by her, narrated and proclaimed to her; and they held
out the loved hand of Truth to each other. He embraced her in potent
embracing, forced her down and set her on the throne.
"Miryai," he speaks to her, "with favour look upon me, remember me
in the Life's presence. I am thy Good Messenger, the Man, who gives
ear to thy discourse. I beseech thee for the high Truth, the Truth
which the Jordans have chosen."
"O Good Treasure," she makes answer unto him, "Treasure whom Life
has sent! Thy glory and thy light has risen upon us, and thy honour
is approved in Light's region. Everyone who gives ear to thy voice,
will be in the pure region included. In Life's Treasury will he be
included and thy rays will rise [over him] twofold. For everyone who
gives not ear to thy voice, waking and sleep will be wiped out. Let
him belong to the Jews, to the slaves and all of the priests, the
sons of the Harlot. I and thou will circle aloft and victorious mount
to Light's region."
May Life be our pledge, and Life is victorious.
Copyright 2008 Maiden of Light Holy Orthodox Temple