Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Of Gods and Redeemers

I have been seeing the car for a while now and took the pic. For what it's worth, some Iranian too have been waiting for the missing Messiah. For a long, long time. For your reading pleasure on this wonderful morning, an ancient Iranian Hymn:

Hymn on the Second Coming of Jesus
- Manichaean
Hymn in Persian with Parthian words.

Speak to me,  Lord and Friend, and reveal to me, Son

of the most beloved, the time of your coming, when

you will appear at the end.
Oh great Redeemer, my Teacher, speak of that time and its signs.

The speakers, the righteous and chosen ones, who must live

in the Realm of the Lie, Do not accumulate herds and belongings.

Therefore they are persecuted.
Ha, this irate potentate! How long will he continue to rule?

How long will the poor and the Family of Peace be persecuted?

Tell me what reward the wise and righteous ones
that are now
persecuted will have.

Read the rest in the Gnostic Society Library.

And then one of my absolute favorites:

Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a time when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus.  But where in all the world is there a man who worships Jupiter today? And who of Huitzilopochtli.

H.L.Mencken's short "Memorial Service."

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