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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 Ruins—Jerusalem, 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

mighty rulers."

Life is exalted and is victorious, and victorious is the Man who has

come hither.

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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.

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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!"


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


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