We All Suffer

All the blessed ones who have ever existed have borne these pains, down to the Glorious One, the beloved Maran Yisho. Every man of God who has ever existed, all genders, all have suffered, down to the Glorious One, the Messenger Mani. How many of his disciples too received the same as their fathers! My brethren, we too have our share of sufferings, we shall join with them in the suffering and rest in theirs! It is good for us to be silent; let us not think in our heart that our God is forgetful of us, for before us, all hardships will disappear like gloomy shadows before the glorious Sun. The Covenant of our Father, the profit and the loss, is shared among us; we are true sons and daughters, the heirs of their fathers.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 55:1-6


In the above text from the Gospel of our beloved Prophet and Apostle Mar Mani, the subjects of courage and suffering, physical and mental pains and hardships are discussed. Everyone who has ever existed has “borne these pains” even “down to the Glorious One, the beloved Yisho” and “the Messenger Mani.” These pains are not limited to any particular group of people; the Scriptures tell us that “all have suffered.” As the passage says, “we too have our share of sufferings.”

The Blessed Prophet instructs us that when we are undergoing any of the various pains in life, that “it is good for us to be silent; do not rail against God for what we are undergoing.” Many people who experience a tragedy in their life will often times blame God for that terrible event. Others become depressed thinking that God doesn’t care about them anymore. But the Scriptures tell us that we should “not think in our heart that our God is forgetful of us.” Why is this? The Holy Book says “all hardships will disappear like gloomy shadows before the glorious Sun.” Whether in good times or bad times, “the profit and the loss is shared among us.” The Scriptures give us a very encouraging reminder that “we are true sons and daughters, the heirs of their fathers.”

BRD

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