“Be as wanderers upon the earth” – The value of scriptures – How to live in wisdom
and joy – Parable: The Spiritual Farmer – What the body is like unto – The spirit
of man – The path of true wisdom
1 There sat beside the Lord, Mary his Beloved, and Miriam his mother; and at his
feet sat Jude whom he loved.
2 And looking upon all the disciples which were gathered there, his soul was filled
with tenderness because of them, and he spoke, saying:
3 “Be you, therefore, as wanderers upon the earth, and if any man should ask of
you, saying: ‘What is the sign of your Father?’ Then shall you answer them, saying:
‘It is a movement and a rest.’
4 Seek you then after spiritual things; press on diligently towards the mark which
is set before you, and you shall obtain richly; being established in eternal truth,
having your foundations made secure by a fullness of goodly things.
5 Study diligently the scriptures always, for they do but lead unto me; for as a
reservoir gives the life of many waters unto a parched and weary land, so do the
scriptures give life unto the soul in the midst of famine.
6 But just as a reservoir is of little use in the midst of the flood, so are the
scriptures of little use to the one who dwells always in the mind of God; for, behold,
they do see the Lord in all things, dancing and moving about in the midst of his
7 For you live in wisdom and joy always when you see yourself in all things, and
all things in you; having turned aside from selfish cravings which torment the heart.
8 You live in wisdom and peace when you have subdued the passions of the body to
keep your mind founded in God.
9 By this shall you dwell richly in the wisdom of your soul, having been made free
of all hatred, envy, anger, and greed.
10 For such things do blind the soul, to fill the mind with darkness; and the errors
of your life shall follow hard after you, making your life an utter waste.
11 But if you would free your soul of hatred, and anger, and envy, and greed, then
shall that peace descend upon you wherein all sorrows end; and you shall be filled
12 Unto whom then shall I, the Lord, draw near to make my abode? Only unto that
one which is incapable of ill will, who is friendly and compassionate to all;
13 Living always beyond the taint of ‘I’ or ‘mine’, being patient, contented, self-controlled,
firm in the faith, with all his heart and all his mind given in sacrifice unto me;
such a one is become most precious.
14 Seek not for goodness beyond yourself, for it is given you already; for in the
pathways of the soul shall you find a fount of unending love, and mercy, and compassion,
and hope, and faith exceeding.
15 Come now and hear this parable that you may be wise and not fearful, for there
was a certain wise man which sat daily in the market place according to his custom.
16 And as he sat he did naught but speak unto the people and smile upon those which
passed by; and on a certain day one asked him, saying: “Sir, what is your employment?”
17 And the wise man answered him, saying: “I am a farmer.” He asked him again, saying:
“Then sir, where is your field?”
18 And the wise man answered him, saying: “This body of mine is my field; for I
sow every day an abundance of good thoughts and actions, that in my soul I might
bring forth a goodly harvest in plenty.”
19 Unto what then shall I compare the body in which you dwell? Behold, it is like
unto a field made ready to both plant and harvest.
20 And I, which am come again from the dead to walk among you, am the knower of
the field in every man.
21 Come then and I will tell you the nature of the field, what it is like unto:
for unto the field is there given the five senses of the body, which senses are:
hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling.
22 Through these arise the perceptions of the body, revealing in you a great many
23 For in this life are you made to know both pleasure and pain, sickness and health,
joy and sorrow, life and death, knowledge and ignorance, peace and anger, love and
hate, hope and despair, and many others beside.
24 But there dwells within and without the field, the spirit which is come from
God, which spirit all men possess; and unto this spirit is there given a power which
is greater than any other.
25 For the spirit dwells in all and through all, being in every hand, and foot,
and eye, and ear, and tongue.
26 Being born of God, it shines through the senses of the body; being both near
and far, both within and without, it moves and is unmoving.
27 In its subtlety it is beyond comprehension, being indivisible and eternal it
is become in all men the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer.
28 Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness; being called the light of lights,
it is the object and goal of all spiritual wisdom.
29 For even as the sun cast down its light upon the whole world, even so does the
spirit within cast forth its light upon the whole field, revealing always the light
and shadow of the greater and lesser portions.
30 Thus have I revealed unto you the true nature of the field and the meaning and
object of all true wisdom.
31 Those which are devoted unto me, knowing these things, are united with me always;
and in the kingdom of God shall they dwell and not depart.
32 Those, therefore, who know true wisdom, are free of pride and envy; being in
their persons, gentle, and forgiving, upright, and pure, filled with inner strength,
33 Not deluded by the senses of the body, but seeking always beyond to the things
which are born of spirit, they follow faithfully the Lord which called them.
34 Being free of selfish cravings, they entangle not themselves in the rudiments
of men; being tranquil through good fortunes and bad, they waver not in following
35 Enjoying communion and solitude with the Lord, they follow not after the crowds
of men, but seek me always in prayer and meditation; revealing their devotions in
good works always.
36 For whosoever shall see the Lord as living in all things, who sees the eternal
in all which dies, seeing the same Lord in all, through all, and above all, such
a one harms not himself or others.
37 This then is the wisdom which is preferred above every other, to see the soul
as the only true wisdom which is come from God.
38 But they which seek after the things of this life only, behold, how they are
bound in the darkness still, being ignorant and ever despairing;
39 Being ever subject unto envyings and strivings, being consumed always with selfish
cravings of which there is no end.”