Saturday, November 11, 2006

Religion of Light

Last evening Bro. Juniper further spoke about the early Chinese Christian church, telling of the stone monument, or 'Nestorian Stele' that was erected in 781 AD at the site where the Jesus Sutras were found. This monument, or stele, stands 10-feet high and is now in a museum in Xian. Here is but a small sample of the Chinese text (the stele also has Syriac text, which Bro. Juniper said is the 'alphabet' of Aramaic):

The true Lord is without origin,
Profound, invisible, and unchangeable;
With power and capacity to perfect and transform,
He raised up the earth and established the heavens.

Divided in nature, he entered the world,
To save and to help without bounds;
The sun arose, and darkness was dispelled,
All bearing witness to his true original.

The glorious and resplendent, accomplished Emperor,
Whose principles embraced those of preceding monarchs,
Taking advantage of the occasion, suppressed turbulence;
Heaven was spread out and the earth was enlarged.

When the pure, bright Illustrious Religion
Was introduced to our Tang Dynasty,
The Scriptures were translated, and churches built,
And the vessel set in motion for the living and the dead;
Every kind of blessing was then obtained,
And all the kingdoms enjoyed a state of peace.

His light penetrated the secrecies of men,
And to him the diversities of objects were seen as in a mirror;
He shed a vivifying influence through the whole realm of nature,
And all outer nations took him for example.

The true doctrine, how expansive!
Its responses are minute;
How difficult to name it!
To elucidate the three in one.

The sovereign has the power to act!
While the ministers record;
We raise this noble monument!
To the praise of great felicity.

This was erected in the 2d year of Kien-chung, of the Tang Dynasty [A.D. 781], on the 7th day of the 1st month, being Sunday.


John said...

Hi, Its John again. Please check out these essays on Conscious Light as the origin & context of the entire cosmos.

Bro. Bartleby said...

Thank you for your thoughts, but I have to admit that Franklin Jones gives me headaches. As Bro. Simon said, "That fellow does what every teenage boy tries to do, figure out a way to get all the girls, he not only gets them, but they pay him so that he can live the life of Riley." Well, I admit, Bro. Simon is often blunt, but he does speak in sentences that need not translation. So I ask, are you interested in his writings, his lifestyle, his person?

John said...

Why does Franklin Jones give you headaches?
Too challenging perhaps?

Bro. Bartleby said...

Alas, he gives me a headache because he can't write a nice, clear, simply sentence. When I find more truth in my pre-dawn strolls through the desert landscape than I find in ... say, Bertrand Russell's Principia Mathematica, then I have to admit, Russell (and Whitehead) are a bit too challenging for my taste, but that doesn't preclude that some will find Principia Mathematica exciting and more enlightening than my desert walks. So too Franklin Jones, the writing is just too dreary for me to make it though a paragraph, let alone his collected works. But that is true of many cult leaders, their writing is so turgid and pretentious that the 'leader' must talk and clarify and spend a lifetime of teaching what Jesus taught in a single afternoon on a mount before a crowd -- simply sentences that transform lives, and the world.