“The Soul is sent to the Judge of the Dead and the Just seizes the confused Soul which appears as in a mirror….’Hail righteous Judge, strong Power, the path of Truth, clear Mirror, separating the acquitted and the condemned! Clothe me in your Robe, give me the Garland and the Prize! I have lived ever since I heard your sweet voice, O true Judge, O Glorious One!’” — Gospel of Mar Mani 76:1-11
In the first verse of the 76th chapter of the Gospel of Mar Mani we are told that the “soul is sent to the Judge of the Dead.” The soul is set before a mirror, as it were, and “its evil deed revealed”, that is, the deeds that it has performed while in the body of flesh when it was on the earth.
The Gospel text tells us that “the majesty of the Earth and Water is unhappy, the splendour of the Fire and Water weeps, the brightness of Plants and Trees, wails aloud.”
The text says that “no bribe or gift or pleading can avail.” In other words, the soul must rely completely on the grace “the Father’s Image, the Maiden of the Light” because it is the Maiden of Light that is the only who can “help on that day.” But the text also says that “those near the King are the Righteous.”
The passage shows that if the good deeds of the soul are more than those of his sins and he will rise “to the Garden of Light uniting with the Column of Glory.” The soul is rewarded according to its measure of goodness and they are raised up to the Kingdom of Light” and made “heirs in everlasting life.” These souls are “forgiven because they have forgiven others, but they will atone for every sin they have committed.”
We read in this passage of the soul’s plea, while in the body, to the Celestial Beings to take pity on her and to “take away the sins from” her. The text refers to sins committed as being “scars that are branded on our soul.”