Mandæan Scriptures and Fragments- 3 -
THE BOOK OF SOULS (Baptism Liturgy)
My Lord be praised!In the name of the Great First Other-Worldly Life! From far-off worlds of light that areabove all works may there be healing, victory, soundness, speech and a hearing, joy of heart and forgiving of sins for me, Adam-Yuhana son of Mahnus through the strength of Yawar-Ziwa and Simat-Hiia!
In the name of the Life and in the name of Knowledge-of-Life (Manda-d-Hiia) and in thename of that Primal Being who was Eldest and preceded water, radiance, light and glory,the Being who cried with His voice and uttered words. By means of His voice and Hiswords Vines grew and came into being, and the First Life was established in its Abode.And He spoke and said,
The First Life is anterior to the Second Life by six thousandmyriad years and the Second Life anterior to the Third Life by six thousand myriad yearsand the Third Life more ancient than any
by six thousand myriad years. And any
is older than the whole earth and older than the Seven Lords of the House by sevenhundred and seventy thousand myriad years. There is that which is infinite.At that time there was no solid earth and no inhabitants in the black waters. From them,from those black waters, Evil was formed and emerged, One from whom a thousandthousand mysteries proceeded and a myriad myriad planets with their own mysteries.The Seven were wroth with me, were outraged and said,
The man who set out and cametowards us hath not bound a circlet about his head!
Then I turned my face toward myCreator who created me, the celestial Lord of Greatness, and I said to Him,
O myCreator who created me, (O) Lord of lofty Greatness! As I went (my ways) the Sevenwere wroth with me and said,
The man who went and came towards us hath not bound acirclet about his head!
Then that Lord of Lofty Greatness took a circlet of radiance, light and glory and set it onmy head; He laid on me His hand of Truth and His great right hand of healings and saidto me,
Upon thee shall rest something of the likeness of Sam-Gufna and of Sam-Gufaianand of Sam-Pira-Hiwara, whose radiance gleams and whose appearance beams, for theyare holy and believing beings in the Place of Light and in the everlasting Abode.
And Manda-d-Hiia, the valorous
, taught, revealed and said
Every Nasoraean manwho is righteous and believing, on arising from sleep, must take a white turban