The Life Of Issa
Best Of The Sons
1 The earth has
trembled and the heavens have wept because of a great crime
which has been committed in the land of Israel.
2 For they have
tortured and there put to death the great and just Issa, in whom
dwelt the soul of the universe,
3 Which was
incarnate in a simple mortal in order to do good to men and to
exterminate their evil thoughts
4 And in order
to bring back man degraded by his sins to a life of peace, love,
and happiness and to recall to him the one and indivisible
Creator, whose mercy is infinite and without bounds.
5 Hear what the
merchants from Israel relate to us on this subject.
1 The people of
Israel, who dwelt on a fertile soil giving forth two crops a
year and who possessed large flocks, excited by their sins the
anger of God
2 Who inflicted
upon them a terrible chastisement in taking from them their
land, their cattle, and their possessions. Israel was reduced to
slavery by the powerful and rich pharaohs who then reigned in
3 These treated
the Israelites worse than animals, burdening them with difficult
tasks and loading them with chains. They covered their bodies
with weals and wounds, without giving them food or permitting
them to dwell beneath a roof,
4 To keep them
in a state of continual terror and to deprive them of all human
5 And in their
great calamity, the people of Israel remembered their heavenly
protector and, addressing themselves to him, implored his grace
illustrious pharaoh then reigned in Egypt who had rendered
himself famous by his numerous victories, the riches he had
heaped up, and the vast palaces which his slaves had erected for
him with their own hands.
7 This pharaoh
had two sons, of whom the younger was called Mossa. Learned
Israelites taught him diverse sciences.
8 And they
loved Mossa in Egypt for his goodness and the compassion which
he showed to all those who suffered.
9 Seeing that
the Israelites would not, in spite of the intolerable sufferings
they were enduring, abandon their God to worship those made by
the hand of man, which were gods of the Egyptian nation,
believed in their invisible God, who did not let their failing
strength give way.
11 And the
Israelitish preceptors excited the ardor of Mossa and had
recourse to him, praying him to intercede with the pharaoh his
father in favor of their co-religionists.
the Prince Mossa went to his father, begging him to ameliorate
the fate of these unfortunates. But the pharaoh became angered
against him and only augmented the torments endured by his
13 It happened
that a short time after, a great evil visited Egypt. The
pestilence came to decimate there both the young and the old,
the weak and the strong; and the pharaoh believed in the
resentment of his own gods against him.
14 But the
Prince Mossa told his father that it was the God of his slaves
who was interceding in favor of these unfortunates in punishing
15 The pharaoh
then gave to Mossa his son an order to take all the slaves of
the Jewish race, to conduct them outside the town, and to found
at a great distance from the capital another city where he
should dwell with them.
16 Mossa then
made known to the Hebrew slaves that he had set them free in the
name of their God, the God of Israel, and he went out with them
from the city and from the land of Egypt.
17 He led them
into the land they had lost by their many sins, he gave unto
them laws, and enjoined them to pray always to the invisible
Creator whose goodness is infinite.
18 On the death
of Prince Mossa, the Israelites rigorously observed his laws,
wherefore God recompensed them for the ills to which he had
exposed them in Egypt.
kingdom became the most powerful of all the earth, their kings
made themselves famous for their treasures, and a long peace
reigned among the people of Israel.
1 The glory of
the riches of Israel spread throughout the earth, and the
neighboring nations bore them envy.
2 For the Most
High himself led the victorious arms of the Hebrews, and the
pagans dared not attack them.
3 Unhappily, as
man is not always true to himself, the fidelity of the
Israelites to their God did not last long.
4 They began by
forgetting all the favors which he had heaped upon them, invoked
but seldom his name, and sought the protection of magicians and
5 The kings and
the captains substituted their own laws for those which Mossa
had written down for them. The temple of God and the practice of
worship were abandoned. The people gave themselves up to
pleasure and lost their original purity.
centuries had elapsed since their departure from Egypt when God
determined to exercise once more his chastisements upon them.
began to invade the land of Israel, devastating the country,
ruining the villages, and carrying the inhabitants into
8 And there
came at one time pagans from the country of Romeles, on the
other side of the sea. They subdued the Hebrews and established
among them military leaders who by delegation from Caesar ruled
destroyed the temples, they forced the inhabitants to cease
worshipping the invisible God, and compelled them to sacrifice
victims to the pagan deities.
10 They made
warriors of those who had been nobles, the women were torn away
from their husbands, and the lower classes, reduced to slavery,
were sent by thousands beyond the seas.
11 As to the
children, they were put to the sword. Soon in all the land of
Israel naught was heard but groans and lamentations.
12 In this
extreme distress, the people remembered their great God. They
implored his grace and besought him to forgive them; and our
Father, in his inexhaustible mercy, heard their prayer.
1 At this time
came the moment when the all-merciful Judge elected to become
incarnate in a human being.
2 And the
Eternal Spirit, dwelling in a state of complete inaction and of
supreme beatitude, awoke and detached itself for an indefinite
period from the Eternal Being,
3 So as to show
forth in the guise of humanity the means of self-identification
with Divinity and of attaining to eternal felicity,
4 And to
demonstrate by example how man may attain moral purity and, by
separating his soul from its mortal coil, the degree of
perfection necessary to enter into the kingdom of heaven, which
is unchangeable and where happiness reigns eternal.
5 Soon after, a
marvelous child was born in the land of Israel, God himself
speaking by the mouth of this infant of the frailty of the body
and the grandeur of the soul.
6 The parents
of the newborn child were poor people, belonging by birth to a
family of noted piety, who, forgetting their ancient grandeur on
earth, praised the name of the Creator and thanked him for the
ills with which he saw fit to prove them.
7 To reward
them for not turning aside from the way of truth, God blessed
the firstborn of this family. He chose him for his elect and
sent him to help those who had fallen into evil and to cure
those who suffered.
8 The divine
child, to whom was given the name of Issa, began from his
earliest years to speak of the one and indivisible God,
exhorting the souls of those gone astray to repentance and the
purification of the sins of which they were culpable.
9 People came
from all parts to hear him, and they marveled at the discourses
proceeding from his childish mouth. All the Israelites were of
one accord in saying that the Eternal Spirit dwelt in this
10 When Issa
had attained the age of thirteen years, the epoch when an
Israelite should take a wife,
11 The house
where his parents earned their living by carrying on a modest
trade began to be a place of meeting for rich and noble people,
desirous of having for a son-in-law the young Issa, already
famous for his edifying discourses in the name of the Almighty.
12 Then it was
that Issa left the parental house in secret, departed from
Jerusalem, and with the merchants set out towards Sind,
13 With the
object of perfecting himself in the Divine Word and of studying
the laws of the great Buddhas.
1 In the course
of his fourteenth year, the young Issa, blessed of God, came on
this side of Sind and established himself among the Aryas in the
land beloved of God.
2 Fame spread
the reputation of this marvelous child throughout the length of
northern Sind, and when he crossed the country of the five
rivers and the Rajputana, the devotees of the god Jaine prayed
him to dwell among them.
3 But he left
the erring worshippers of Jaine and went to Juggernaut in the
country of Orissa, where repose the mortal remains of Vyasa-Krishna
and where the white priests of Brahma made him a Joyous welcome.
4 They taught
him to read and understand the Vedas, to cure by aid of prayer,
to teach, to explain the holy scriptures to the people, and to
drive out evil spirits from the bodies of men, restoring unto
them their sanity.
5 He passed six
years at Juggernaut, at Rajagriha, at Benares, and in the other
holy cities. Everyone loved him, for Issa lived in peace with
the Vaisyas and the Sudras, whom he instructed in the holy
6 But the
Brahmans and the Kshatriyas told him that they were forbidden by
the great Para-Brahma to come near to those whom he had created
from his side and his feet;
7 That the
Vaisyas were only authorized to hear the reading of the Vedas,
and this on festival days only;
8 That the
Sudras were forbidden not only to assist at the reading of the
Vedas, but also from contemplating them, for their condition was
to serve in perpetuity as slaves to the Brahmans, the
Kshatriyas, and even the Vaisyas.
9 “‘Death only
can set them free from their servitude’ has said Para-Brahma.
Leave them then and come and worship with us the gods, who will
become incensed against thee if thou cost disobey them.”
10 But Issa
listened not to their discourses and betook him to the Sudras,
preaching against the Brahmans and the Kshatriyas.
11 He inveighed
against the act of a man arrogating to himself the power to
deprive his fellow beings of their rights of humanity; “for,”
said he, “God the Father makes no difference between his
children; all to him are equally dear.”
12 Issa denied
the divine origin of the Vedas* and the Puranas*. “For,” taught
he to his followers, “a law has already been given to man to
guide him in his actions;
Abhedananda version of the Himis transcript does not include
13 “Fear thy
God, bend the knee before him only, and bring to him alone the
offerings which proceed from thy gains.”
14 Issa denied
the Trimurti and the incarnation of Para-Brahma in Vishnu,
Siva*, and other gods, for said he:
*[The Abhedananda version of the Himis transcript does not include this
15 “The Judge
Eternal, the Eternal Spirit, comprehends the one and indivisible
soul of the universe, which alone creates, contains, and
Jesus’ closest disciple, John, begins his Gospel with a quote
from the Vedas, “In the beginning was the Word . . . ,” the
authenticity of this passage may be questioned. (Notation added
16 “He alone
has willed and created, he alone has existed since all eternity,
and his existence will have no end. He has no equal either in
the heavens or on earth.
17 “The Great
Creator has not shared his power with any living being, still
less with inanimate objects, as they have taught to you; for he
alone possesses omnipotence.
18 “He willed
it and the world appeared. In a divine thought, he gathered
together the waters, separating from them the dry portion of the
globe. He is the principle of the mysterious existence of man,
in whom he has breathed a part of his Being.
19 “And he has
subordinated to man the earth, the waters, the beasts, and all
that he has created and that he himself preserves in immutable
order, fixing for each thing the length of its duration.
20 “The anger
of God will soon be let loose against man; for he has forgotten
his Creator, he has filled his temples with abominations, and he
worships a crowd of creatures which God has made subordinate to
21 “For to do
honor to stones and metals, he sacrifices human beings, in whom
dwells a part of the spirit of the Most High.
22 “For he
humiliates those who work by the sweat of their brow to acquire
the favor of an idler seated at his sumptuous board.
23 “Those who
deprive their brethren of divine happiness shall be deprived of
it themselves. The Brahmans and the Kshatriyas shall become the
Sudras, and with the Sudras the Eternal shall dwell
24 “Because in
the day of the last judgment the Sudras and the Vaisyas will be
forgiven much because of their ignorance, while God, on the
contrary, will punish with his wrath those who have arrogated to
themselves his rights.”
25 The Vaisyas
and the Sudras were filled with great admiration and asked Issa
how they should pray so as not to lose their eternal felicity.
26 “Worship not
the idols, for they hear you not. Listen not to the Vedas, for
their truth is counterfeit. Never put yourself in the first
place and never humiliate your neighbor.
27 “Help the
poor, support the weak, do ill to no one, and covet not that
which thou hast not and which thou seest belongeth to another.”
1 The white priests and the warriors, becoming acquainted with
the discourses of Issa addressed to the Sudras, resolved upon
his death and sent with this intent their servants to seek out
the young prophet.
2 But Issa, warned of his danger by the Sudras, left the
neighborhood of Juggernaut by night, reached the mountain, and
established himself in the country of Gautamides, the birthplace
of the great Buddha Sakyamuni, in the midst of a people
worshipping the one and sublime Brahma.
3 After having perfected himself in the Pali language, the just
Issa applied himself to the study of the sacred writings of the
4 Six years after, Issa, whom the Buddha had elected to spread
his holy word, had become a perfect expositor of the sacred
5 Then he left Nepal and the Himalayan mountains, descended into
the valley of Rajputana, and went towards the west, preaching to
diverse peoples the supreme perfection of man,
6 Which is-to do good to one’s neighbor, being the sure means of
merging oneself rapidly in the Eternal Spirit: “He who shall
have regained his original purity,” said Issa, “will die having
obtained remission for his sins, and he will have the right to
contemplate the majesty of God.”
7 In crossing pagan territories, the divine Issa taught that the
worship of visible gods was contrary to the law of nature.
8 “For man,” said he, “has not been permitted to see the image of
God, and yet he has made a host of deities in the likeness of
9 “Moreover, it is incompatible with the human conscience to make
less matter of the grandeur of divine purity than of animals and
objects executed by the hand of man in stone or metal.
10 “The Eternal Lawgiver is one; there is no other God but he. He
has not shared the world with anyone, neither has he informed
anyone of his intentions.
11 “Even as a father would act towards his children, so will God
judge men after their deaths according to the laws of his mercy.
Never would he so humiliate his child as to transmigrate his
soul, as in a purgatory, into the body of an animal.”
12 “The heavenly law,” said the Creator by the mouth of Issa, “is
opposed to the immolation of human sacrifices to an image or to
an animal; for I have consecrated to man all the animals and all
that the earth contains.
13 “All things have been sacrificed to man, who is directly and
intimately associated with me his Father; therefore he who shall
have stolen from me my child will be severely judged and
chastised by the divine law.
14 “Man is naught before the Eternal Judge, as the animal is
naught before man.
15 “Wherefore I say unto you, Leave your idols and perform not
rites which separate you from your Father, associating you with
the priests from whom the heavens have turned away.
16 “For it is they who have led you from the true God and whose
superstitions and cruelties conduce to the perversion of your
soul and the loss of all moral sense.”
1 The words of Issa spread among the pagans in the midst of the
countries he traversed, and the inhabitants forsook their idols.
2 Seeing which the priests exacted of him who glorified the name
of the true God, reason in the presence of the people for the
reproaches he made against them and a demonstration of the
nothingness of their idols.
3 And Issa made answer to them: “If your idols and your animals
are powerful and really possessed of supernatural strength, then
let them strike me to the earth.”
4 “Work then a miracle,” replied the priests, “and let thy God
confound our gods, if they inspire him with contempt.”
5 But Issa then said: “The miracles of our God have been worked
since the first day when the universe was created; they take
place every day and at every moment. Whosoever seeth them not is
deprived of one of the fairest gifts of life.
6 “And it is not against pieces of stone, metal, or wood, which
are inanimate, that the anger of God will have full course; but
it will fall on men, who, if they desire their salvation, must
destroy all the idols they have made.
7 “Even as a stone and a grain of sand, naught as they are in the
sight of man, wait patiently the moment when he shall take and
make use of them,
8 “So man must await the great favor that God shall accord him in
his final judgment.
9 “But woe unto you, ye enemies of men, if it be not a favor that
you await but rather the wrath of the Divinity-woe unto you if
ye expect miracles to bear witness to his power.
10 “For it will not be the idols that he will annihilate in his
anger but those who shall have erected them. Their hearts shall
be consumed with eternal fire, and their lacerated bodies shall
go to satiate the hunger of wild beasts.
11 “God will drive the impure from among his flocks, but he will
take back to himself those who shall have gone astray through
not having recognized the portion of spirituality within them.”
12 Seeing the powerlessness of their priests, the pagans had
still greater faith in the sayings of Issa and, fearing the
anger of the Divinity, broke their idols to pieces. As for the
priests, they fled to escape the vengeance of the populace.
13 And Issa further taught the pagans not to strive to see the
Eternal Spirit with their eyes but to endeavor to feel him in
their hearts and by purity of soul to render themselves worthy
of his favors.
14 “Not only,” said he unto them, “abstain from consuming human
sacrifices, but immolate no creature to whom life has been
given, for all things that exist have been created for the
profit of man.
15 “Do not steal the goods of your neighbor, for that would be to
deprive him of what he has acquired by the sweat of his brow.
16 “Deceive no one, so as not to be yourselves deceived. Endeavor
to justify yourself before the last judgment, for then it will
be too late.
17 “Do not give yourselves up to debauchery, for that would be to
violate the laws of God.
18 “You shall attain to supreme happiness, not only in purifying
yourselves, but also in guiding others in the way that shall
permit them to gain original perfection.”
1 The neighboring countries resounded with the prophecies of
Issa, and when he entered into Persia the priests became alarmed
and forbade the inhabitants to listen to him.
2 And when they saw all the villages welcoming him with joy and
listening devoutly to his sermons, they gave orders to arrest
him and had him brought before the high priest, where he
underwent the following interrogation:
3 “Of what new God cost thou speak? Art thou not aware, unhappy
man, that Saint Zoroaster is the only just one admitted to the
privilege of communion with the Supreme Being,
4 “Who ordered the angels to put down in writing the word of God
for the use of his people, laws that were given to Zoroaster in
5 “Who then art thou to dare here to blaspheme our God and to sow
doubt in the hearts of believers?”
6 And Issa said unto them: “It is not of a new God that I speak
but of our Heavenly Father, who has existed since all time and
who will still be after the end of all things.
7 “It is of him that I have discoursed to the people, who, like
unto innocent children, are not yet capable of comprehending God
by the simple strength of their intelligence or of penetrating
into his divine and spiritual sublimity.
8 “But even as a babe discovers in the darkness its mother’s
breast, so even your people, who have been led into error by
your erroneous doctrine and your religious ceremonies, have
recognized by instinct their Father in the Father of whom I am
9 “The Eternal Being has said to your people through the medium
of my mouth: ‘You shall not worship the sun, for it is but a
part of the world which I have created for man.
10 “‘The sun rises in order to warm you during your work; it sets
to allow you the repose which I myself have appointed.
11 “‘It is to me, and to me alone, that you owe all that you
possess, all that is to be found about you, above you, and below
12 “But,” said the priests, “how could a people live according to
the rules of justice if it had no preceptors?”
13 Then Issa answered, “So long as the people had no priests, the
natural law governed them, and they preserved the candor of
14 “Their souls were with God, and to commune with the Father
they had recourse to the medium of no idol or animal, nor to the
fire, as is practiced here.
15 “You contend that one must worship the sun, the spirit of good
and of evil. Well, I say unto you, your doctrine is a false one,
the sun acting not spontaneously but according to the will of
the invisible Creator who gave it birth
16 “And who has willed it to be the star that should light the
day, to warm the labor and the seedtime of man.
17 “The Eternal Spirit is the soul of all that is animate. You
commit a great sin in dividing it into a spirit of evil and a
spirit of good, for there is no God outside the good,
18 “Who, like unto the father of a family, does but good to his
children, forgiving all their faults if they repent them.
19 “The spirit of evil dwells on the earth in the hearts of those
men who turn aside the children of God from the strait path.
20 “Wherefore I say unto you, Beware of the day of judgment, for
God will inflict a terrible chastisement upon all those who
shall have led his children astray from the right path and have
filled them with superstitions and prejudices;
21 “Those who have blinded them that see, conveyed contagion to
the healthy, and taught the worship of the things that God has
subordinated to man for his good and to aid him in his work.
22 “Your doctrine is therefore the fruit of your errors; for
desiring to bring near to you the God of truth, you have created
for yourselves false gods.”
23 After having listened to him, the magi determined to do him no
harm. But at night, when all the town lay sleeping, they
conducted him outside of the walls and abandoned him on the high
road, in the hope that he would soon become a prey to the wild
24 But, protected by the Lord our God, Saint Issa continued his
1 Issa, whom
the Creator had elected to remind a depraved humanity of the
true God, had reached his twenty-ninth year when he returned to
the land of Israel.
2 Since his
departure the pagans had inflicted still more atrocious
sufferings on the Israelites, who were a prey to the deepest
3 Many among
them had already begun to abandon the laws of their God and
those of Mossa in the hope of appeasing their savage conquerors.
4 In the face
of this evil, Issa exhorted his compatriots not to despair
because the day of the redemption of sins was at hand, and he
confirmed them in the belief which they had in the God of their
5 “Children, do
not give yourselves up to despair,” said the Heavenly Father by
the mouth of Issa, “for I have heard your voice, and your cries
have reached me.
6 “Do not weep,
O my beloved ones! For your grief has touched the heart of your
Father, and he has forgiven you, even as he forgave your
7 “Do not
abandon your families to plunge yourselves into debauchery, do
not lose the nobility of your feelings, and do not worship idols
who will remain deaf to your voices.
8 “Fill my
temple with your hope and with your patience and abjure not the
religion of your fathers; for I alone have guided them and have
heaped them with benefits.
9 “You shall
lift up those who have fallen, you shall give food to the
hungry, and you shall come to the aid of the sick, so as to be
all pure and just at the day of the last judgment which I
prepare for you.”
Israelites came in crowds at the word of Issa, asking him where
they should praise the Heavenly Father, seeing that the enemy
had razed their temples to the ground and laid low their sacred
11 And Issa
made answer to them that God had not in view temples erected by
the hands of man, but he meant that the human heart was the true
temple of God.
12 “Enter into
your temple, into your heart. Illumine it with good thoughts and
the patience and immovable confidence which you should have in
13 “And your
sacred vessels, they are your hands and your eyes. See and do
that which is agreeable to God, for in doing good to your
neighbor you accomplish a rite which embellishes the temple
wherein dwells he who gave you life.
14 “For God has
created you in his own likeness-innocent, with pure souls and
hearts filled with goodness, destined not for the conception of
evil schemes but made to be sanctuaries of love and justice.
15 “Wherefore I
say unto you, sully not your hearts, for the Supreme Being
dwells therein eternally.
16 “If you wish
to accomplish works marked with love or piety, do them with an
open heart and let not your actions be governed by calculations
or the hope of gain.
17 “For such
actions would not help to your salvation, and you would fall
into that state of moral degradation where theft, lying, and
murder pass for generous deeds.”
1 Saint Issa
went from one town to another, strengthening by the word of God
the courage of the Israelites, who were ready to succumb to the
weight of their despair; and thousands of men followed him to
hear him preach.
2 But the
chiefs of the towns became afraid of him, and they made known to
the principal governor who dwelt at Jerusalem that a man named
Issa had arrived in the country; that he was stirring up by his
discourses the people against the authorities; that the crowd
listened to him with assiduity, neglected the works of the
state, and affirmed that before long it would be rid of its
3 Then Pilate,
governor of Jerusalem, ordered that they should seize the person
of the preacher Issa, that they should bring him into the town
and lead him before the judges. But in order not to excite the
anger of the populace, Pilate charged the priests and the
learned Hebrew elders to judge him in the temple.
Issa, continuing his preachings, arrived at Jerusalem; and,
having learnt of his arrival, all the inhabitants, knowing him
already by reputation, went out to meet him.
5 They greeted
him respectfully and opened to him the gates of their temple in
order to hear from his mouth what he had said in the other
cities of Israel.
6 And Issa said
unto them: “The human race perishes because of its lack of
faith, for the darkness and the tempest have scattered the
flocks of humanity and they have lost their shepherds.
7 “But the
tempest will not last forever, and the darkness will not always
obscure the light. The sky will become once more serene, the
heavenly light will spread itself over the earth, and the flocks
gone astray will gather around their shepherd.
8 “Do not
strive to find straight paths in the darkness, lest ye fall into
a pit; but gather together your remaining strength, support one
another, place your confidence in your God, and wait till light
9 “He who
sustains his neighbor, sustains himself; and whosoever protects
his family, protects the people and the state.
10 “For be sure
that the day is at hand when you shall be delivered from the
darkness; you shall be gathered together as one family; and your
enemy, who ignores what the favor of God is, shall tremble with
11 The priests
and the elders who were listening to him, filled with admiration
at his discourse, asked him if it were true that he had tried to
stir up the people against the authorities of the country, as
had been reported to the governor Pilate.
12 “Can one
excite to insurrection men gone astray, from whom the obscurity
has hidden their door and their path?” replied Issa. “I have
only warned the unfortunate, as I do here in this temple, that
they may not further advance along the darkened way, for an
abyss is open under their feet.
power is not of long duration, and it is subject to many
changes. Of what use that man should revolt against it, seeing
that one power always succeeds to another power? And thus it
will come to pass until the extinction of humanity.
which, see you not that the mighty and the rich sow among the
sons of Israel a spirit of rebellion against the eternal power
15 The elders
then asked: “Who art thou, and from what country cost thou come?
We have not heard speak of thee before, and we know not even thy
16 “I am an
Israelite,” replied Issa. “From the day of my birth I saw the
walls of Jerusalem, and I heard the weeping of my brothers
reduced to slavery and the lamentations of my sisters who were
carried away by the pagans.
17 “And my soul
was filled with sadness when I saw that my brethren had
forgotten the true God. As a child, I left my father’s house and
went to dwell among other peoples.
18 “But having
heard that my brethren were suffering still greater tortures, I
have come back to the country where my parents dwell to remind
my brothers of the faith of their forefathers, which teaches us
patience on earth to obtain perfect and sublime happiness in
19 And the
learned elders put him this question: “It is said that thou
deniest the laws of Mossa and that thou teaches” the people to
forsake the temple of God?”
20 And Issa
replied: “One cannot demolish that which has been given by our
Heavenly Father, neither that which has been destroyed by
sinners; but I have enjoined the purification of the heart from
all blemish, for it is the true temple of God.
21 “As to the
laws of Mossa, I have endeavored to establish them in the hearts
of men. And I say unto you that you do not understand their real
meaning, for it is not vengeance but mercy that they teach; only
the sense of these laws has been perverted.”
hearkened unto Issa, the priests and the wise elders decided
among themselves not to judge him, for he did harm to no one.
And presenting themselves before Pilate, appointed governor of
Jerusalem by the pagan king of the country of Romeles, they
addressed him thus:
2 “We have seen
the man whom thou accusest of inciting our people to rebellion;
we have heard his discourses, and we know him to be our
3 “But the
chiefs of the cities have made thee false reports, for this is a
just man who teaches the people the word of God. After having
interrogated him, we dismissed him, that he might go in peace.”
4 The governor
then became enraged and sent near to Issa his servants in
disguise, so that they might watch all his actions and report to
the authorities the least word that he should address to the
5 In the
meantime, Saint Issa continued to visit the neighboring towns,
preaching the true ways of the Creator, exhorting the Hebrews to
patience, and promising them a speedy deliverance.
6 And during
all this time, many people followed him wherever he went,
several never leaving him but becoming his servitors.
7 And Issa
said: “Do not believe in miracles wrought by the hand of man,
for he who dominates over nature is alone capable of doing that
which is supernatural, whilst man is powerless to stay the anger
of the winds or to spread the rain.
“Nevertheless, there is one miracle which it is possible for man
to accomplish. It is when, full of a sincere belief, he decides
to root out from his heart all evil thoughts, and when to attain
his end he forsakes the paths of iniquity.
9 “And all the
things that are done without God are but errors, seductions, and
enchantments, which only demonstrate to what an extent the soul
of him who practices this art is full of shamelessness,
falsehood, and impurity.
10 “Put not
your faith in oracles; God alone knows the future: he who has
recourse to diviners profanes the temple which is in his heart
and gives a proof of distrust towards his Creator.
11 “Faith in
diviners and in their oracles destroys the innate simplicity of
man and his childlike purity. An infernal power takes possession
of him, forcing him to commit all sorts of crimes and to worship
12 “Whereas the
Lord our God, who has no equal, is one, all-mighty, omniscient,
and omnipresent. It is he who possesses all wisdom and all
13 “It is to
him you must address yourselves to be consoled in your sorrows,
helped in your works, and cured in your sickness. Whosoever
shall have recourse to him shall not be denied.
14 “The secret
of nature is in the hands of God. For the world, before it
appeared, existed in the depth of the divine thought; it became
material and visible by the will of the Most High.
15 “When you
address yourselves to him, become again as children; for you
know neither the past, the present, nor the future, and God is
the Master of all time.”
man,” said unto him the spies of the governor of Jerusalem,
“tell us if we shall perform the will of our Caesar or await our
speedy deliverance. ”
2 And Issa,
having recognized them as people appointed to follow him,
replied: “I have not said to you that you shall be delivered
from Caesar. It is the soul plunged in error that shall have its
3 “As there can
be no family without a head, so there can be no order among a
people without a Caesar; to him implicit obedience should be
given, he alone being answerable for his acts before the supreme
4 “Does Caesar
possess a divine right?” further asked of him the spies. “And is
he the best of mortals?”
5 “There should
be no better among men, but there are also sufferers, whom those
elected and charged with this mission should care for, making
use of the means conferred on them by the sacred law of our
6 “Mercy and
justice are the highest attributes of a Caesar; his name will be
illustrious if he adhere to them.
7 “But he who
acts otherwise, who exceeds the limit of power that he has over
his subordinates, going so far as to put their lives in danger,
offends the great Judge and loses his dignity in the sight of
8 At this
juncture, an old woman who had approached the group, the better
to hear Issa, was pushed aside by one of the spies, who placed
himself before her.
9 Then Issa
held forth: “It is not meet that a son should set aside his
mother, taking her place. Whosoever respecteth not his mother,
the most sacred being after his God, is unworthy of the name of
then, to what I say unto you: Respect woman, for she is the
mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation
lies in her.
11 “She is the
basis of all that is good and beautiful, as she is also the germ
of life and death. On her depends the whole existence of man,
for she is his natural and moral support.
12 “She gives
birth to you in the midst of suffering. By the sweat of her brow
she rears you, and until her death you cause her the gravest
anxieties. Bless her and worship her, for she is your one
friend, your one support on earth.
her, uphold her. In acting thus you will win her love and her
heart. You will find favor in the sight of God and many sins
shall be forgiven you.
14 “In the same
way, love your wives and respect them; for they will be mothers
tomorrow, and each later on the ancestress of a race.
15 “Be lenient
towards woman. Her love ennobles man, softens his hardened
heart, tames the brute in him, and makes of him a lamb.
16 “The wife
and the mother are the inappreciable treasures given unto you by
God. They are the fairest ornaments of existence, and of them
shall be born all the inhabitants of the world.
17 “Even as the
God of armies separated of old the light from the darkness and
the land from the waters, woman possesses the divine faculty of
separating in a man good intentions from evil thoughts.
18 “Wherefore I
say unto you, after God your best thoughts should belong to the
women and the wives, woman being for you the temple wherein you
will obtain the most easily perfect happiness.
yourselves in this temple with moral strength. Here you will
forget your sorrows and your failures, and you will recover the
lost energy necessary to enable you to help your neighbor.
20 “Do not
expose her to humiliation. In acting thus you would humiliate
yourselves and lose the sentiment of love, without which nothing
exists here below.
your wife, in order that she may protect you and all your
family. All that you do for your wife, your mother, for a widow
or another woman in distress, you will have done unto your God.”
1 Saint Issa
taught the people of Israel thus for three years, in every town,
in every village, by the waysides and on the plains; and all
that he had predicted came to pass.
2 During all
this time the disguised servants of Pilate watched him closely
without hearing anything said like unto the reports made against
Issa in former years by the chiefs of the towns.
3 But the
governor Pilate, becoming alarmed at the too great popularity of
Saint Issa, who according to his adversaries sought to stir up
the people to proclaim him king, ordered one of his spies to
4 Then soldiers
were commanded to proceed to his arrest, and they imprisoned him
in a subterranean cell where they tortured him in various ways
in the hope of forcing him to make a confession which should
permit of his being put to death.
5 The saint,
thinking only of the perfect beatitude of his brethren,
supported all his sufferings in the name of his Creator.
6 The servants
of Pilate continued to torture him and reduced him to a state of
extreme weakness; but God was with him and did not allow him to
7 Learning of
the sufferings and the tortures which their saint was enduring,
the high priests and the wise elders went to pray the governor
to set Issa at liberty in honor of an approaching festival.
8 But the
governor straightway refused them this. They then prayed him to
allow Issa to appear before the tribunal of the ancients so that
he might be condemned or acquitted before the festival, and to
this Pilate consented.
9 The next day
the governor assembled together the chief captains, priests,
wise elders, and lawyers so that they might judge Issa.
10 They brought
him from his prison and seated him before the governor between
two thieves to be judged at the same time as he, in order to
show unto the crowd that he was not the only one to be
11 And Pilate,
addressing himself to Issa, said unto him: “O man! is it true
that thou incites” the people against the authorities with the
intent of thyself becoming king of Israel?”
12 “One becomes
not king at one’s own will,” replied Issa, “and they have lied
who have told thee that I stir up the people to rebellion. I
have never spoken of other than the King of Heaven, and it is he
I teach the people to worship.
13 “For the
sons of Israel have lost their original purity; and if they have
not recourse to the true God, they will be sacrificed and their
temple shall fall into ruins.
14 “As temporal
power maintains order in a country, I teach them accordingly not
to forget it. I say unto them: ‘Live conformably to your station
and your fortune, so as not to disturb the public order.’ And I
have exhorted them also to remember that disorder reigns in
their hearts and in their minds.
the King of Heaven has punished them and suppressed their
national kings. Nevertheless, I have said unto them, ‘If you
become resigned to your destinies, as a reward the kingdom of
heaven shall be reserved for you.”‘
16 At this
moment, the witnesses were brought forward, one of whom made the
following deposition: “Thou hast said to the people that the
temporal power is as naught against that of the king who shall
soon deliver the Israelites from the pagan yoke.”
17 “Blessed art
thou,” said Issa, “for having spoken the truth. The King of
Heaven is greater and more powerful than the terrestrial law,
and his kingdom surpasses all the kingdoms of the earth.
18 “And the
time is not far off when, conforming to the divine will, the
people of Israel shall purify them of their sins; for it has
been said that a forerunner will come to proclaim the
deliverance of the people, gathering them into one fold.”
19 And the
governor, addressing himself to the judges, said: “Doss hear?
The Israelite Issa confesses to the crime of which he is
accused. Judge him, then, according to your laws, and pronounce
against him capital punishment.”
20 “We cannot
condemn him,” replied the priests and the elders. “Thou hast
just heard thyself that his allusions were made regarding the
King of Heaven and that he has preached naught to the sons of
Israel which could constitute an offense against the law.”
21 The governor
Pilate then sent for the witness who, at his instigation, had
betrayed Issa. The man came and addressed Issa thus: “Didst thou
not pass thyself off as the king of Israel when thou saddest
that he who reigns in the heavens had sent thee to prepare his
22 And Issa,
having blessed him, said: “Thou shalt be pardoned, for what thou
sayest does not come from thee!” Then, addressing himself to the
governor: “Why humiliate thy dignity, and why teach thy
inferiors to live in falsehood, as without doing so thou hast
power to condemn the innocent?”
23 At these
words the governor became exceeding wroth, ordering the sentence
of death to be passed upon Issa and the acquittal of the two
24 The judges,
having consulted together, said unto Pilate: “We will not take
upon our heads the great sin of condemning an innocent man and
acquitting thieves. That would be against the law.
25 “Do then as
thou wilt.” Saying which the priests and the wise elders went
out and washed their hands in a sacred vessel, saying: “We are
innocent of the death of this just man.”
1 By the order
of the governor, the soldiers then seized Issa and the two
thieves, whom they led to the place of execution, where they
nailed them to crosses erected on the ground.
2 All the day
the bodies of Issa and the two thieves remained suspended,
terrible to behold, under the guard of the soldiers; the people
standing all around, the relations of the sufferers praying and
3 At sunset the
sufferings of Issa came to an end. He lost consciousness, and
the soul of this just man left his body to become absorbed in
4 Thus ended
the earthly existence of the reflection of the Eternal Spirit
under the form of a man who had saved hardened sinners and
endured many sufferings.
Pilate became afraid of his action and gave the body of the
saint to his parents, who buried it near the spot of his
execution. The crowd came to pray over his tomb, and the air was
filled with groans and lamentations.
6 Three days
after, the governor sent his soldiers to carry away the body of
Issa to bury it elsewhere, fearing otherwise a popular
7 The next day
the crowd found the tomb open and empty. At once the rumor
spread that the supreme Judge had sent his angels to carry away
the mortal remains of the saint in whom dwelt on earth a part of
the Divine Spirit.
8 When this
rumor reached the knowledge of Pilate, he became angered and
forbade anyone, under the pain of slavery and death, to
pronounce the name of Issa or to pray the Lord for him.
9 But the
people continued to weep and to glorify aloud their Master;
wherefore many were led into captivity, subjected to torture,
and put to death.
10 And the
disciples of Saint Issa abandoned the land of Israel and
scattered themselves among the heathen, preaching that they
should renounce their errors, bethink them of the salvation of
their souls and of the perfect felicity awaiting humanity in
that immaterial world of light where, in repose and in all his
purity, the Great Creator dwells in perfect majesty.
11 The pagans,
their kings, and their warriors listened to the preachers,
abandoned their absurd beliefs, and forsook their priests and
their idols to celebrate the praise of the all-wise Creator of
the universe, the King of kings, whose heart is filled with