Qulasta


Shuma Hiya Nirmala Tabata Yeshu, uMaryam, Amin

The name of Life is pronounced over thee, O life giving Nourishment of Yeshu and Maryam.

Amen

May all be blessed, peaceful and happy, may all be free of pain, resentment and fear. May we have infinite gratitude, patience and compassion for all who are above, equal and below us. May we be doctor, medicine and nurse, for all the confused, sick and sad. May all the virtue aquired by us, flow freely to all those in need.

May everyone find the path to peace, May everyone become pure and perfect, May everyone find the treasury of Life! May Kushta bless you and kepp you…Amin

Good is the Good to the good, and They settle their nature upon those who love their name. We will seek and find, and will pray and be heard.

We have sought and found, we prayed and were heard in thy presence, my Lord Yeshu and Maryam d-Hiya, Lords of Healings.

Amen

–The Gnostic Prayer book

From what I read on the website, I understand that the Harry Potter books use symbols to tell about how a person can reach “heaven” or whatever you may refer to it as. I understand how the characters and their actions tell how someone may be liberated by killing the “Voldemort” within us. But my question is how does one reach liberation in everyday life.

Hans:

I feel honoured to be asked this question, as this is the most important question (in my opinion) in the universe. It is an extremely beautiful question!

I hope you will understand that this is also a question that can’t really ever be answered. This is the question that everyone has to answer for himself! Liberation is an inner process; it’s often referred to as Alchemy, which means converting the lead that we are into the everlasting gold of the Universal Creative Spirit.

The Bible quotes Jesus, who is our prototype for the inner process, as saying I will destroy this temple and build it up again in three days [stages]. In other words, in both examples there is a process of breaking down, and a process of building up. Both these actions have to be performed by ourselves.

What I’m saying is that liberation is a deeply radical process which changes our whole being totally, completely and utterly. And WE have to do it ourselves. No one’s going to do it for us, because that would be against one of the most fundamental principles of the Universal Spirit: Absolute Freedom. This also means we can’t be tricked or fooled into doing anything we don’t want or trust completely. The Path of Liberation is safe! It’s in our own hands, and we can do it at our own pace.

However, there are rules to it, like anything else we try to do. You have made the first move in this dialogue which I hope will last many years. I want to be able to explain the rules to you, but in such a way that you feel totally comfortable about everything, and that you see the reason for the rules, and understand completely what you’re doing.

You might be alarmed at my statement “many years”. I want to be frank and open with you right from the start. Transmuting a mortal, biological person into an immortal, Divine Child of God is an immensely long journey. But you must know that quote I’ve seen in so many homes (on the toilet wall, usually): a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

So let’s not think too much about the length of the journey, but on that first step.

Well, Liberation is achieved in four main stages:

1. Insight

2. Yearning for Liberation

3. Self-surrender

4. the New Mode of Life

5. Liberation

Just briefly:

Insight means understanding the Path, understanding Liberation, understanding the imprisonment we’re in. It’s the MENTAL process.

Yearning for Liberation means that when we understand the need for liberation, for return to God, we start to WANT it very much. We focus our heart on it. This is a DESIRE or astral process.

Self-surrender means surrendering our whole being to the Divine Self in the heart. This Divine Self is symbolised by Harry Potter, born in Godric’s Hollow, God’s hollow place: the heart. A New Soul is born, but this is like a foetus, without consciousness, and completely dependent. We have to care for this inner God as the most precious thing in our life, and we must place its interests before ours. The force of life we call ETHERIC and so this is the etheric process.

The New Mode of Life means living life as the humble, selfless servant of the Inner God. This Inner God gradually grows in strength and starts to become conscious. This means we can begin to understand what he wants, and when we do what he tells us in our heart, our mode of life becomes magical. It becomes pure, unselfish, loving, caring, and wise. In other words, we start complying with the Universal Plan of Creation. We start to carry out God’s Plan in the PHYSICAL plane.

The above paragraphs possibly raise a great number of questions (which is great) but for now I just want you to understand that this process starts of on the mental level, then moves into the desire or astral level, then the etheric, then finally the physical.

What this means in practical terms is that you must fully understand the Path before you can start to go it. To become an Alchemist in the laboratory of your own body you must become an apprentice first, to learn what it’s all about.

However, insight isn’t just intellectual learning. The word explains itself: it is sight within our self. Insight means understanding with our whole being. Insight is achieved by learning from experience. It’s achieved by putting something into practice. For example a mother may be overprotective of a child. The one day something terrible happens. The child has a bad accident because it comes across something it hasn’t had experience with. The mother has protected the child so much that when it faces danger it doesn’t know what to do. Insight is when the mother realises her mistake.

So before the process can start, before the journey can begin, you have to know what you’re facing, AND have insight into what works and what doesn’t.

In the case of liberation, it’s insight into how much we are in a prison. If you’re born in a prison and you’re happy there, you’re not going to be liberated, obviously. But when you feel unhappy and try to escape, which is very difficult, you’ll start to experience the walls of the prison very painfully. So insight is exploring the prison, not seeing a way out, and suffering the pain of imprisonment. That doesn’t sound very attractive, but only when we realise how strong and restrictive our prison is can we develop enough yearning to be able to escape.

Now I want to give you a practical suggestion. How do we bring the Path of Liberation into everyday life?

Keeping in mind that the beginning of the Path is on the mental plane, my advice is for you to think with great joy and excitement that you’re preparing to start a long journey. Just as you know that you have to make thorough preparations when you go on a camping trip somewhere far away, so you do for the Path. But the important thing here is to get excited about it, feel the anticipation, feel the expectation of a journey that will take you to the Heart of God, to a state where you’ll be able to do something permanent and real for the millions of people suffering in this world; to a state where your heart will be so filled with Love for God and humanity, that you think it must burst in the ecstasy of it.

Hans Andréa

We have purified our hands in Kushta In the Name of the Living Gods!

We have purified our hands in Kushta and our lips in faith.

We have uttered words of radiance and were absorbed in thoughts of Light.

Thou, my Lord Yeshu d-Hiya, art blessed and praised and thy praise is established.

Great is the strength of Life; abounding the glory of the mighty Life! Honor rests upon the Uthras who sit in glory.

This is prayer and praise which came to them from the great place of Light and the everlasting Abode.

We praise with it when we have risen from our sleep, before any have spoken falsehood.

For anyone who prays this prayer there will be forgiving of sins and transgressions in the great place of Light and in the everlasting Abode.

And Life is transcendant.

Extract from the Mandaean text, Qulasta (Hymns of Praise)

“The greatest Teacher

is everywhere and in all of us.

The essence of spiritual practice

is love and compassion”

–Miriam Baum

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(50) Jesus said, “If they say to you (plur.), ‘Where are you from?’ say to them, ‘It is from light that we have come – from the place where light, of its own accord alone, came into existence and [stood at rest]. And it has been shown forth in their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say ‘We are its offspring, and we are the chosen of the living father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father within you?’ say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.'”

–Gospel of Thomas (Layton translation)

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“We have come out of the light where the light came of itself. It rested appearing in their image. ”


–From the canonical Mandaean Prayer book Qulasta

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“In the name of Life we pray for eternal Life and the Gnosis of Life. We praise Their dignified visage, which is resulted and spread by Their essence.”

–Modern Mandaean translation of the above

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A muddy brook can easily muddy another brook. But can a muddy brook muddy the sea? The sea shall gladly take the mud and spread it in its bed, and give the muddy brook clear water in return.

You can defile, or sterilise, a square foot of the earth – perhaps a mile. Who can defile or sterilise the Earth? The earth accepts all men’s and beast’s impurities and gives them in return sweet fruits and fragrant flowers, and grains and grasses in abundance.

A sword can surely wound the flesh. But can it wound the air, however keen of edge and strong the arm behind it?

It is the pride of mean and narrow self, begot of blind and lustful ignorance that can insult and be insulted, and would avenge the insult with an insult and wash away the filth with filth.

The pride-ridden and self-intoxicated world shall heap up injuries on your heads. It shall unleash on you the blood-thirsty hounds of its tattered laws, its putrid creeds, and mouldy honours. It shall proclaim you enemies of order and agents of chaos and doom. It shall bestrew your roads with snares and bedeck your beds with nettles. It shall sow curses in your ears and spit contempt upon your faces.

Let not your heart be faint. But like the Sea be broad and deep, and give a blessing unto him that gives you but a curse.

And like the Earth be generous and calm, and turn impurities of men’s hearts into pure health and beauty.

And like the Air be fee and supple. The sword that would wound you would finally tarnish and rust. The arm that would harm you would finally weary and halt.

The world, not knowing you, cannot contain you. Therefore shall it receive you with a snarl. But you, knowing the world, can contain it. Therefore must you allay its wrath with kindliness, and drown its calumny in loving Understanding.

And Understanding shall carry the day.

–the book of Mirdad

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Moderation is the key to mastery. One approaches it slowly. It is not difficult if we are gentle. We cannot force ourselves into a moderate lifestyle, because force and moderation are contradictory terms. Rather we can embrace moderation in increments, and the excess baggage of our lives will slowly melt away.

–God is a verb (Rabbi David cooper)

“True love leads a man to fulfillment, not by drawing thing to himselfbut by forcing him to transcend himself and to become something greaterthan himself. True spiritual love takes the isolated individuals,exacts from him labor, sacrifice, and the gift of himself. It demandsthat he ‘lose his life’ in order to find it again on a higher level –in Christ.”

–Thomas Merton

I am forever walking upon these shores,

Betwixt the sand and the foam,

The high tide will erase my foot-prints,

And the wind will blow away the foam.

But the sea and the shore will remain

Forever.

Once I filled my hand with mist.

Then I opened it and lo, the mist was a worm.

And I closed and opened my hand again, and behold there was a bird.

And again I closed and opened my hand, and in its hollow stood a man with a sad face, turned upward.

And again I closed my hand, and when I opened it there was naught but mist.

But I heard a song of exceeding sweetness.

It was but yesterday I thought myself a fragment quivering without rhythm in the sphere of life.

Now I know that I am the sphere, and all life in rhythmic fragments moves within me.

They say to me in their awakening, “You and the world you live in are but a grain of sand upon the infinite shore of an infinite sea.”

And in my dream I say to them, “I am the infinite sea, and all worlds are but grains of sand upon my shore.”

Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, “Who are you?”

–Kahlil Gibran

When I read the Bible, I do so with the belief that it is not a static text but the Living Word and that I must be continually open to new revelations –whether they come from a lesbian friend or a doctor opposed to abortion.

–Barack Obama

“Like a servant lying prostrate before Thee, our eyes are lifted to Thee, our lips give Thee praise and blessing seven hours of the day and the three watches of the night.”

–Qulasta (Ancient Aramaic Prayer Book)