INThis edition used a translation from French made by Archimandrite Chr. “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ (Tibetan Legend)” and published in St. Petersburg, Ed. “Bulletin of Knowledge”, 1910, adj. N 12.
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Life of Saint Issa
The earth shook and the heavens groaned over the great atrocity committed in the land of Israel.
For there they tortured and then put to death the great righteous man Issa, in whom the soul of the universe dwelt,
That she incarnated in a mere mortal in order to do good to people and eradicate their evil thoughts,
To return a person disgraced by sin to a life of peace, love and happiness and remind him of the one and indivisible Creator, whose mercy is infinite and knows no limits.
Hear what the traders who traveled to Israel told about this.
The people of Israel, who lived in fertile lands that gave two harvests a year, and owned large flocks, aroused the wrath of God with their sins,
Who imposed a terrible punishment on him, taking away the land, livestock and all his fortune; Israel was enslaved by the powerful and wealthy pharaohs who then reigned in Egypt.
They treated the Israelites worse than animals, burdening them with hard work and chaining them, covering their bodies with scars and wounds, giving them no food and forbidding them to live under a roof.
To keep them in constant fear and deprive them of any semblance of humanity.
And in their great tribulation, the people of Israel remembered their heavenly patron and, turning to Him, cried out for mercy and forgiveness.
At that time, the famous Pharaoh reigned in Egypt, famous for numerous victories, accumulated wealth and vast palaces that his slaves had erected for him.
This pharaoh had two sons, the youngest of whom was called Mossa. Israeli scientists taught him various sciences.
And Mossa was loved in Egypt for his kindness and compassion, which he showed to all those in need.
Seeing that the Israelites did not want, even while experiencing unbearable suffering, to deny their God in order to worship the human-made gods of the Egyptian people,
Mossa believed in their invisible God, who did not allow them to break their weak powers.
The Israeli mentors rejoiced at Mossa’s zeal and turned to him, asking him to intercede with Pharaoh, his father, for leniency towards their fellow believers.
And then the prince of Moss went to his father, begging him to relieve the fate of these unfortunates. But Pharaoh was angry with him, and only increased the severity of the suffering endured by his slaves.
And it so happened that shortly thereafter, a great misfortune came to Egypt. The plague struck with death every tenth – small and old, weak and strong: and Pharaoh believed that he had angered his gods.
But the prince of Moss told his father that it was the God of his slaves who stood up for the unfortunate and punished the Egyptians.
Pharaoh ordered his son to take all the slaves of the Jewish tribe, take them out of the city and found another city at a great distance from the capital, where Mossa would live with them.
Mossa announced to the Jewish slaves that he was giving them freedom in the name of their God, the God of Israel, and he left with them from the city and from the land of Egypt.
He led them to the land that they had lost for their many sins, gave them laws and urged them to constantly pray to the invisible Creator, whose goodness is infinite.
After the death of Prince Mossa, the Israelites strictly observed his laws, and for this God rewarded them for all the calamities that they suffered in Egypt.
Their kingdom became the most powerful in all the earth, their kings were famous for their riches, and long peace reigned among the people of Israel.
The fame of Israel’s wealth spread throughout the land, and neighboring nations began to envy him.
But the Almighty himself led the victorious armies of the Jews, and the pagans did not dare to attack them.
Unfortunately, man is not always true to himself, and the Israelites’ devotion to their God did not last long.
They gradually began to forget all the mercies with which He showered them, rarely invoked His name and sought help from magicians and sorcerers.
Kings and chiefs replaced with their own laws those that Moss had given them. The temple of God and worship services were abandoned. The people indulged in pleasures and lost their original purity.
Several centuries have passed since their exit from Egypt, when God decided to punish them again.
Foreigners began to raid the land of Israel, devastating fields, destroying villages and taking the inhabitants into captivity.
And one day pagans came from the land of the Romans, on the other side of the sea. They subdued the Jews and appointed military leaders who ruled them at the behest of Caesar.
Destroying temples, they forced the inhabitants not to worship the invisible God anymore, but to offer sacrifices to pagan deities.
From noble families they made warriors, women were taken away from their husbands, and the common people, converted into slavery, were sent overseas in thousands.
As for the children, they were put to the sword. And soon all over the land of Israel only sobs and groans were heard.
In this great tribulation, the people remembered their God. They cried out to His mercy, begging to forgive them, and our Father, out of His inexhaustible goodness, heard their prayer.
And the time came when the merciful Judge chose to incarnate in a human being.
And the Eternal Spirit, dwelling in the kingdom of complete rest and supreme bliss, awoke and separated for an indefinite period from the Eternal Being,
In order to put on a human image, to indicate the means and methods of connecting with the Divine and achieving eternal bliss,
In order to show by His example how one can achieve moral purity by separating the soul from its gross shell – to reach the level of perfection that is necessary for ascent to the eternal kingdom of heaven, where eternal bliss reigns.
Soon a wonderful child was born in the land of Israel, God himself spoke through the mouth of this baby about bodily poverty and the greatness of the soul.
The parents of the newborn were poor people, but they came from a family known for piety, and, consigning to oblivion their ancient greatness on earth, glorified the name of the Creator and thanked Him for the sorrows that he sent as trials.
As a reward for the fact that they did not turn away from the true path, God blessed the firstborn in this family. He appointed him as his chosen one and sent him to help those who fell into sin and to heal the suffering.
The divine child, who was given the name Issa, began from a very young age to talk about the one and indivisible God, calling the souls of the lost to repentance and cleansing from the sins of which they were guilty.
People went to listen to him from everywhere and marveled at his speeches coming from children’s lips. All Israelites agreed that the Eternal Spirit dwells in this child.
When Issa reached the age of thirteen – and during these years every Israelite must choose a wife –
The house of his parents, who lived with modest labor, began to be visited by rich and noble people, who wanted to see young Issa as their son-in-law, already famous for his edifying sermons in the name of the Almighty.
But Issa secretly left his parental home, left Jerusalem and went with the merchants to the Indus,
To improve in the Divine Word and study the laws of the great Buddhas.
At fourteen years old, young Issa, blessed by God, crossed to the other side of the Indus and settled among the Aryans in the land beloved by God.
The fame of the wonderful youth spread throughout the northern Indus, and when he crossed the land of five rivers and Rajputana, the worshipers of the god Jaina asked him to settle among them.
But he left Jaina’s deluded worshipers and went to Juggernaut in the lands of Orissa, where the mortal remains of Vyasa-Krishna rest and where the white priests of Brahma gave him a warm welcome.
They taught him to read and interpret the Vedas, heal with prayers, teach, explain the scriptures to the people and expel evil spirits from the bodies of people, restoring them to a sound mind.
He spent six years in Juggernaut, Rajagrih, Benares and other holy cities. Everyone loved him, since Issa lived peacefully with the Vaisyas and Sudras, to whom he interpreted the scriptures.
But the brahmins and kshatriyas began to tell him that the great Parabrahman forbade them to approach those whom He created from His womb and feet;
That the Vaisyas are only allowed to listen to the reading of the Vedas, and then only on holidays;
That the sudras are forbidden not only to be present at the reading of the Vedas, but even to look at them, because their duty is to work eternally, like slaves, at the brahmins, kshatriyas and even vaisyas.
“Only death can deliver them from bondage,” said Parabrahman. Leave them, come and worship with us the gods who will be angry with you for disobeying them. “
But Issa did not listen to their speeches and went to the Shudras, speaking in his sermons against the Brahmins and Kshatriyas.
He rebelled against the fact that man arrogates to himself the right to deprive his neighbors of human dignity; “for,” he said, “God the Father makes no distinction between his children; they are all equally dear to him.”
Issa denied the divine origin of the Vedas * / In view of the fact that the closest disciple of Jesus John begins the Gospel with a quote from the Vedas, “In the beginning was the Word …”, the reliability of the interpretation of this passage can be challenged. See Notes, chap. 7: 1. for discussion / and Puranas. “For,” he instructed his followers, “the law has already been given to man to guide him in his affairs;
Fear your God, bow your knees only to Him alone and to Him alone bring the sacrifices that you have learned from your profits. “
Issa denied Trimurti and the incarnation of Para-brahmana in Vishnu, Shiva and other gods, for he said:
“The Eternal Judge, the Eternal Spirit created the single and indivisible soul of the universe, which alone creates, contains and animates everything.
He alone ruled and created, He alone existed from time immemorial, and His existence has no end. There is no one equal to Him either in heaven or on earth.
The Great Creator did not share His power with any living being, even less with a soulless thing, as you were taught; for He alone is omnipotent.
He expressed his will and the world appeared. With a divine thought, He collected the waters, separating from them the dry land of the globe. He is the beginning of the wonderful existence of man, into whom he breathed a particle of his Being.
He subjugated the earth, waters, animals and everything that he created and Himself preserves in an unchanged order to man, determining its duration for each thing.
The wrath of the Lord will soon fall on man, for he has forgotten his Creator, filled His temples with abomination and worships many creatures that God has subjugated to him.
For, honoring stones and metals, people sacrifice human beings, in which part of the spirit of the Most High dwells.
For a person humiliates those working in the sweat of his brow, currying favor with a bum sitting at a magnificent table.
Those who deprive their brothers of their divine happiness will be deprived of it themselves. Brahmins and kshatriyas will become sudras, and with sudras the Eternal will always be.
For on the day of the last judgment, the sudras and vaisyas will be forgiven much for their ignorance; on the contrary, the wrath of God will punish those who have arrogated to themselves His rights. “
The vaisyas and sudras were overwhelmed with admiration and asked Issa how they should pray so as not to lose eternal bliss.
“Do not worship idols, for they will not listen to you. Do not follow the Vedas, for the truth in them is distorted. Never put yourself above others and do not humiliate your neighbor.”
“Help the poor, support the weak, do no harm to anyone and do not desire what you do not have, but what you see from others.”
White priests and warriors, having learned what speeches Issa addressed to the Sudras, decided to kill him and sent their servants to hunt down the young prophet.
But Issa, warned by the sudras about the danger, left the suburbs of Juggernaut at night, reached the mountains and settled in the country of the Gautamids, where the great Buddha Shakyamuni was born, among the people who worshiped the one and majestic Brahma.
Having perfectly mastered the Pali language, the righteous Issa devoted himself to studying the scriptures of the Sutras.
Six years later, Issa, whom the Buddha chose to spread his holy word, became an excellent interpreter of the scriptures.
Then, leaving Nepal and the Himalayan mountains, he went down to the valley of Rajputan and headed west, preaching to different nations about the highest perfection of man,
The fact that doing good to one’s neighbor is a sure means for a speedy merging with the Eternal Spirit: “The one who regains the original purity,” said Issa, “when dying, will receive the remission of his sins and the right to contemplate the greatness of God.”
Passing the pagan lands, the divine Issa taught that the worship of visible gods is contrary to the law of nature.
“For man,” he said, “is not allowed to see the image of God, but he nevertheless created a host of deities in the likeness of the Eternal.
Moreover, it is ashamed for a person to put the greatness of divine purity below animals, as well as objects made by human hands from stone or metal.
The Eternal Legislator is one; there is no other God besides Him. He does not share the world with anyone else and does not inform anyone of His intentions.
As a father would treat his children, so God himself will judge people after their death according to the laws of His mercy. He will never humiliate His child, forcing his soul to move, as in purgatory, into the body of an animal. “
“The heavenly law,” the Creator said through the lips of Issa, “is against the offering of human sacrifices to the idol or animals; for I have subdued to man all animals and everything that is on earth.
Everything is given to a person who is directly and closely related to Me, his Father; therefore, the one who stole my child from me will be severely judged and punished by the divine law.
Man is nothing before the Eternal Judge, as a beast is nothing before man.
Therefore, I say to you: “Leave your idols and do not perform the rites that separate you from your Father, linking you to the priests from whom heaven has turned away.
For they have turned you away from the true God, and their superstition and cruelty lead you to the corruption of the soul and the loss of all morality. “
Issa’s words spread among the pagans in the countries where he passed, and the inhabitants abandoned their idols.
Seeing this, the priests demanded from him, who glorified the name of the true God, to publicly prove what he blamed them for, and to demonstrate the insignificance of their idols.
And Issa answered them: “If your idols and your beasts are powerful and indeed possess supernatural power, then let them strike me on the spot.
“Then work a miracle,” answered the priests, “and may your God destroy our gods, if they are contrary to Him.”
But Issa said: “The miracles of our God have been performed since the first day of the creation of the universe, they are performed every day and every minute. Whoever does not see them is deprived of one of the most beautiful gifts of life.
And the wrath of God will not be directed against soulless pieces of stones, metal or wood, but it will fall on people, who, if they yearn for salvation, must destroy all the idols they have created.
Like a stone and a grain of sand, insignificant before a man, they humbly wait for him to take them and use them with benefit,
In the same way, a person should expect great mercy that God will show him at the final judgment.
But woe to you, enemies of men, if you do not [receive] the mercies that you expect, but the wrath of the Divine; woe to you if you expect miracles to testify of His power.
For he will not destroy idols in his wrath, but those who raised them up. Their hearts will be devoted to eternal fire, and their torn bodies will satisfy the hunger of wild animals.
God will drive out the unclean one from His flocks, but will return to Himself those who have erred, who have not recognized the spiritual principle in themselves. “
Seeing the powerlessness of their priests, the pagans believed even more in the words of Issa and, fearing the Divine wrath, smashed their idols to smithereens. As for the priests, they fled to escape the people’s revenge.
And then Issa taught the pagans not to try to see the Eternal Spirit with [earthly] eyes, but to strive to feel Him in their hearts and by the purity of their souls to deserve His mercy. “
“Not only,” he said to them, “do not make human sacrifices, but don’t give to slaughter a single creature to which life was given, for everything that exists was created for the benefit of man.
Do not steal from your neighbor, for what you steal he deserves in the sweat of his brow.
Do not lie, lest you yourself be deceived. Try to justify yourself until the last judgment, for then it will be too late.
Do not indulge in debauchery, for this is a violation of the laws of God.
You will achieve the highest happiness not only by purifying yourself, but also by guiding others on the path that will allow them to find their original perfection. “
The neighboring countries were full of rumors about Issa’s sermons, and when he came to Persia, the priests were alarmed and forbade the inhabitants to listen to him.
And when they saw that all the villages happily greet him and reverently listen to his speeches, they ordered to seize him and bring him to the high priest, where he was interrogated as follows:
“What new God are you talking about? Don’t you know, unfortunate one, that Saint Zoroaster is the only righteous man who has merited communion with the Supreme Being,
He commanded the angels to write down the word of God for the good of his people – the laws that were given to Zoroaster in paradise?
Who are you to blaspheme our God and sow doubt in the hearts of believers? “
And Issa answered him: “I do not proclaim about a new God, but about our Heavenly Father, who existed from the beginning and will remain when all that exists ceases to exist.
I spoke about Him to people who, like innocent children, are not able to comprehend God with the simple power of their minds or penetrate into his divine and spiritual sublimity.
But as a newborn in darkness finds a mother’s breast, so your people, deluded by your false teaching and religious rituals, recognized by the inspiration of their Father in the Father whose herald I am.
The Eternal Jehovah announced through my lips to your people: “Do not worship the sun, for it is only a part of the world that I created for man.
The sun rises to warm you while you work, and sets to give you rest, as I have established.
It is to me, and only to me, you owe everything that you own, everything that is around you, above you and the basement. “
“But,” objected the priests, “how can a people live according to the laws of justice if they have no mentors?”
To this Issa replied: “Until the people had priests, natural law ruled over them, and they kept the purity of their souls.
Their souls were in God and, in order to communicate with the Father, there is no need for the mediation of idols or animals, or fire, as they do here.
You claim to worship the sun, the spirit of good and the spirit of evil. Well, I tell you, your teaching is false, the sun does not move by itself, but in accordance with the will of the invisible Creator, who gave him life
And whoever wishes it to be a star that will illuminate the day, will warm the labor and sowing of a person.
The Eternal Spirit is the soul of all living things. You commit a grave sin, dividing Him into a spirit of evil and a spirit of good, for He is exclusively the God of Good,
Who, like the father of a family, does only good to His children, forgiving them all their transgressions if they repent.
And the spirit of evil dwells on earth in the hearts of those people who seduce the children of God from the straight path.
Therefore, I say to you: “Fear the day of judgment, for God will impose a heavy punishment on all who lead His children astray and fill them with superstitions and prejudices;
On those who blinded the sighted, who transmitted the infection to the healthy and taught them to worship what God subordinated to man for his good and help him in his labors.
Your teaching is therefore the fruit of your delusions; for, desiring to bring the true God closer to you, you created false gods for yourself. “
Having listened to him, the Magi decided not to harm him. But at night, when the whole village was asleep, they took him out of the walls and left him on the high road, in the hope that he would soon become the prey of wild animals.
But, guarded by our Lord God, Saint Issa continued on his way unharmed.
Issa, chosen by the Creator to remind mankind, mired in vice, of the true God, reached the age of twenty-nine when he returned to the land of Israel.
Since his departure, the pagans have inflicted even more terrible suffering on the Israelites, and they were in deep despair.
Many of them have already begun to abandon the laws of their God and the laws of Mossa in the hope of appeasing the cruel conquerors.
At the sight of such a disaster, Issa urged his fellow citizens not to despair, for the day of atonement for sins was approaching, and strengthened them in their faith in the God of their fathers.
“My children, do not give way to despair,” said the Heavenly Father through the mouth of Issa, “for I have heard your voice, and your groans have come to Me.
Do not cry, my beloved! For your grief touched your Father’s heart, and He forgave you as He forgave your forefathers.
Do not abandon your families to indulge in revelry, do not lose the nobility of your feelings, do not worship idols who will remain deaf to your voice.
Fill My temple with your hope and your patience and do not depart from the faith of the fathers, for I alone guided them and showered them with blessings.
You will raise up those who have fallen, you will give food to the hungry and you will help the sick, so that all may be pure and righteous in the day of the final judgment that I have prepared for you. “
The Israelites gathered in droves to listen to Issa’s word, asking him where they should worship the Heavenly Father, when the enemy wiped out their temples from the face of the earth and desecrated the sacred vessels.
Issa answered them that God does not mean temples erected by human hands, but considers the human heart to be the true temple of God.
“Enter your temple, into your heart. Illuminate it with good thoughts, patience and the unshakable hope that you must have towards your Father.
And your sacred vessels are your hands and eyes. See and do what pleases God, for by doing good to your neighbor, you are performing a rite that decorates the temple where the One who gave you life dwells.
For God created you in His own likeness – innocent, pure in soul, with a heart full of good, destined not to invent evil, but to become a sanctuary of love and justice.
Therefore, I say to you, do not defile your hearts, for the Most High dwells there forever.
If you want to do things that are marked by love and piety, do them with an open heart and do not allow yourself to be guided by prudence or the hope of reward.
For such deeds will not bring you closer to salvation, but will bring you to such a moral decline, when theft, lies and murder are considered valor. “
Saint Issa went from city to city, strengthening the courage of the Israelites with the word of God, ready to fall under the burden of despair, and thousands of people followed him to listen to his sermons.
But the elders of the cities were afraid of him and reported to the chief ruler, who lived in Jerusalem, that a man named Issa had arrived in the country, that with his speeches he roused the people against the authorities, that the crowd, diligently listening to him, neglected public works and claims that he would soon get rid of self-appointed rulers.
Then Pilate, the ruler of Jerusalem, ordered to seize the preacher Issa, take him to the city and bring him to trial. But in order not to arouse the displeasure of the people, Pilate ordered the priests and scribes, the Jewish elders, to judge him in the temple.
Meanwhile Issa, continuing his preaching, came to Jerusalem, and, having learned of his arrival, all the inhabitants who had already heard about him went out to meet him.
They greeted him with reverence and opened the doors of their temple to him in order to hear from him what he said in other cities of Israel.
And Issa said to them: “The human race is perishing from a lack of faith, for darkness and storm have scattered the flocks of men and they have lost their shepherds.
But the storm will not last forever, and the darkness will not hide the light forever. One day the sky will clear up, the heavenly light will spill over the earth and the flocks, now lost, will gather around their shepherd.
Do not try to look for direct paths in the darkness so as not to fall into the abyss for you, but gather the remaining strength, support each other, put your trust in God and wait until the light dawns.
He who helps his neighbor strengthens himself; and who protects his family, protects the people and the state.
Be sure that the day is near when you will free yourself from the darkness; gather together in one family, and your enemy, who does not know the mercy of God, will tremble in fear. “
The high priests and elders, who listened to him, were overwhelmed with admiration for his speeches and asked if it was true that he was trying to raise the people against the authorities of the country, as they reported to the governor Pilate.
“Is it possible to raise the lost people to revolt, from whom their gates and their path are hidden by darkness?” Answered Issa. “I only warned the unfortunate, as here, in this temple, not to go further along the dark path, for at their feet the abyss opened.
Earthly power is short-lived and subject to many changes. What is the use of a person to be indignant against her, seeing that one power always replaces another? And so it will be until the end of the human race.
Do you not see that those in power and the rich are sowing among the children of Israel a spirit of rebellion against the eternal power of heaven? “
Then the elders asked: “Who are you and from what country came to us? We had never heard of you before and did not even know your name.”
“I am an Israelite,” answered Issa. “From the day I was born, I saw the walls of Jerusalem and heard the groans of my brothers, who were turned into slavery, and the cries of my sisters, who were taken away by the Gentiles.
And my soul was filled with sorrow when I saw that my brothers had forgotten the true God. As a child, I left my father’s house and went to live among other nations.
But when I heard that my brothers were experiencing even greater torment, I returned to the country of my fathers in order to remind my brothers of the faith of our ancestors, which teaches us patience on earth for the sake of finding perfect and supreme happiness in heaven. “
And the wise elders asked him this question: “They say that you reject the laws of Mossa and teach people to neglect the temple of God?”
And Issa answered: “It is impossible to destroy what has been given by our Heavenly Father, just as what has already been destroyed by sinners; I called for the cleansing of the heart from all defilement, for it is the true temple of God.
As for the laws of Mossa, I tried to establish them in the hearts of the people. And I tell you that you do not understand their true meaning, for they teach not revenge, but forgiveness; but their meaning was perverted. “
After listening to Issa, the high priests and wise elders decided not to judge him among themselves, for he did not harm anyone. And, having appeared before Pilate, whom the pagan king from the land of the Romans had appointed governor in Jerusalem, they said to him:
“We saw the man whom you accuse of inciting our people to rebellion, we listened to his speeches and we know that he is our compatriot.
But the city elders have sent you false reports, for he is a righteous man who teaches the people the word of God. After interrogating, we released him so that he could go in peace. “
Then the ruler fell into a rage and sent his disguised servants to Issa to monitor all his actions and report to the authorities about every word that he addressed to the people.
Meanwhile, Saint Issa continued to visit neighboring cities, preaching about the true ways of the Creator, calling on the Jews to be patient and promising them a speedy release.
And all this time, many people followed him everywhere, wherever he went, some relentlessly followed him and became his entourage.
Issa said: “Do not believe the miracles performed by the hand of man, for only He who rules over nature can do supernatural deeds, while man is powerless to restrain the fury of the wind or shed rain.
But there is a miracle that can be performed by a person. When, filled with sincere faith, he decides to rip out all bad thoughts from his heart, and having achieved his goal, he no longer walks the paths of iniquity.
All deeds done without God are only delusions, temptations and deceptions, which only show to what extent the soul of the one who is engaged in this craft is full of shamelessness, deceit and vices.
Do not believe the soothsayers, God alone knows the future; the one who resorts to fortune-tellers defiles the temple of his heart and shows distrust of his Creator.
Belief in oracles and their divination destroys the innate simplicity of man and his childish purity. Hellish forces take possession of him, prompting him to commit all kinds of crimes and worship idols;
But the Lord our God, who has no equal to Himself, is one, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. All wisdom and all light belongs to Him.
You must turn to Him for comfort in sorrows, for help in labors and for healing in ailments. And whoever turns to Him will not be rejected.
The mystery of nature is in the hands of God, for the world before its appearance was in the depths of divine thought and became material and visible by the will of the Almighty.
When you turn to Him, become children again, for you know neither the past, nor the present, nor the future, and God is the Master of all times. “
“Righteous man,” the spies of the governor of Jerusalem told him, “tell us, will we do the will of Caesar, or will we wait for a quick release?”
Issa, recognizing them as people sent to watch him, replied: “I did not tell you that you will be freed from Caesar. It is a soul mired in delusion that will receive its release.
There is no family without a head, there will be no order among the people without Caesar; he must be given full obedience, he alone will be held accountable for his deeds before the highest court. “
“Does Caesar have divine right?” The spies asked. “And is he the best of mortals?”
“There is no better thing among people, but there are always sufferers who must be cared for by the elect and appointed to fulfill this mission, using the means provided to them by the sacred law of our Heavenly Father.
Mercy and justice are the highest qualities of Caesar; his name will be glorified if he adheres to them.
But who acts differently, who oversteps the boundaries of the authority given to him over his subordinates, going so far as to endanger their lives, offend the great Judge and lose dignity in the eyes of people. “
Meanwhile, one of the spies pushed aside the old woman, who approached the others in order to better hear Issa, and stood in front of her.
And then Issa said: “It is not befitting for a son to remove his mother, taking her place. He who does not honor his mother, the most sacred being after God, is not worthy to be called a son.
Hear what I tell you. Honor a woman, for she is the mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation is contained in her.
She is the basis of all goodness and beauty, and she is the source of life and death. The whole existence of a man depends on her, for she is his natural and moral support.
She gives birth to you in agony. She brings you up by the sweat of her brow and worries about you until her death. Bless her and honor her, for she is your only friend, your only support on earth.
Honor her, protect her. In doing so, you will find her love and her heart and be pleasing to God, and many sins will be forgiven you.
Love your wives also and honor them, for tomorrow they will become mothers, and later the progenitors of the race.
Submit to a woman. Her love ennobles a man, softens his hardened heart, tames the beast and makes him a lamb.
A wife and mother are an invaluable treasure given to you by God. They are the best decoration of life, and from them all who inhabit the world will be born.
Just as the God of Powers once separated light from darkness and dry land from waters, so a woman has the divine gift to separate good intentions from evil intentions in a man.
Therefore, I tell you, after God, your best thoughts should be given to women and wives, for a woman for you is a temple in which you will most easily find perfect happiness.
Draw moral strength from this temple. Here you will forget your sorrows and failures and regain the lost strength necessary to help your neighbor.
Do not humiliate her, by this you will only humiliate yourself and lose that feeling of love, without which nothing exists here below.
Protect your wife so that she can protect you and your entire family. Whatever you do for your wife, your mother, for a widow or other grieving woman, you will do for God. “
Saint Issa instructed the people of Israel in this way for three years – in every city, every village, along the roads and in the fields, and every prediction came true.
All this time, Pilate’s servants in disguise watched him closely and did not hear anything similar to what had been collected in previous years in the reports of the city elders about Issus.
But the ruler Pilate, alarmed by the too great popularity of Saint Issa, who, according to his enemies, wished to anger the people and proclaim himself king, ordered one of the spies to falsely accuse him.
Then the soldiers were ordered to seize Issa, and they threw him into an underground dungeon, where they tortured him in every possible way, hoping to snatch from him a confession that would allow him to be put to death.
The saint, thinking only of the supreme bliss of his brothers, endured all the sufferings in the name of his Creator.
Pilate’s servants continued to torture him and brought him to extreme weakness, but God was with him and did not allow him to die.
Learning about the sufferings and torments that the saint endured, the high priests and wise elders came to beg the governor to release Issa on the occasion of the approaching great holiday.
But the ruler resolutely refused them this. Then they asked to allow Issa to appear before the court of the elders, so that he was condemned or pardoned before the holiday, and Pilate agreed to this.
The next day, the governor gathered the military leaders, high priests, scribes and legalists to judge Issa.
They brought the saint from prison and made him sit before the governor between two robbers, who were to be tried at the same time, in order to show the crowd that he would not be the only one to be condemned.
And Pilate, addressing Issa, said: “Man! Is it true that you turned the people against the authorities with the intention of becoming the king of Israel yourself?”
“They are not made king of their own free will,” answered Issa, “and those who tell you that I raised the people to revolt are lying. I have always spoken only about the King of Heaven and I taught the people to worship Him.
For the children of Israel have lost their original purity, and if they do not turn to the true God, they will be sacrificed and their temples will lie in ruins.
Earthly power maintains order in the country, and I taught them not to forget about it. I told them: “Live in accordance with your position and your lot, so as not to disturb public order.” And he also urged them to remember that disorder reigns in their hearts and minds.
For which the Heavenly Father punished them and plunged their own kings into insignificance. I told them: “If you become submissive to your lot, you will inherit the kingdom of heaven as a reward.”
At that time, witnesses were brought, one of whom testified as follows: “You told the people that earthly power is insignificant before the king, who will soon deliver the Israelites from the pagan yoke.”
“Blessed be,” said Issa, “for having spoken the truth. The King of Heaven is greater and more powerful than the earthly law, and His kingdom surpasses all the kingdoms of the earth.
And the time is not far off when, having submitted to the divine will, the people of Israel will be cleansed of their sins, for it is said that the forerunner will appear to announce the deliverance of the people, having gathered everyone together. “
And the governor, turning to the judges, said: “Do you hear? The Israelite Issa confesses to the crime of which he is accused. Judge him according to your laws and sentence him to the most severe punishment.”
“We cannot condemn him, – answered the chief priests and elders. – You yourself just heard that he meant the King of Heaven and did not preach to the children of Israel anything that could be declared an offense to the law.”
The governor Pilate then sent for a witness who, at his instigation, betrayed Issa. This man came and addressed Issa like this: “Did you not think that you were the king of Israel when you said that He who rules in heaven sent you to prepare His people?”
And Issa, blessing him, said: “You will be forgiven, for you do not speak from yourself!” Then he turned to the ruler: “Why humiliate your dignity and teach your henchmen to live in a lie, after all, you have the power to condemn an innocent without this?”
At these words, the governor fell into a terrible rage, ordering Issa to be sentenced to death and pardon two robbers.
The judges, having consulted among themselves, said to Pilate: “We will not take on our heads the great sin – to condemn the innocent and justify the robbers. That would be against the law.
Do as you please. “Having said this, the chief priests and elders went out and washed their hands in a sacred vessel, saying:” We are innocent of the death of this righteous man. “
By order of the governor, the soldiers seized Issa and two thieves and took them to the place of execution, where they nailed them to crosses dug into the ground.
The whole day the bodies of Issa and the two thieves remained crucified under the guard of the soldiers, a terrible sight; the people stood around, the relatives of the sufferers prayed and wept.
By the time the sun went down, Issa’s suffering was over. He lost consciousness and the soul of the righteous left his body and was accepted by God.
Thus ended the earthly existence of the reflection of the Eternal Spirit in the image of a man who saved inveterate sinners and endured a lot of suffering.
Meanwhile, Pilate was afraid of what he had done and gave the body of the saint to his parents, who buried him near the place of execution. Crowds of people came to pray at the tomb of Issa and the air was filled with sobs and groans.
Three days later, the ruler, fearing popular outrage, sent his soldiers to take out the body of Issa and bury it elsewhere.
The next day, the crowd found the tomb open and empty. Immediately, the rumor spread that the Supreme Judge had sent His angels to carry away the mortal remains of the saint, in whom a particle of the Divine Spirit dwelt on earth.
When the rumors reached Pilate, he became angry and forbade, on pain of slavery and death, to pronounce the name of Issa or to pray to the Lord for him.
But people continued to mourn and loudly glorify their Master, so many were taken into slavery, tortured and put to death.
And the disciples of Saint Issa left the land of Israel-left and scattered among other nations, preaching that one should abandon one’s delusions, think about the salvation of the soul and the highest bliss that awaits humanity in the immaterial world of light, where in rest and in all His purity, the Great Creator dwells in perfect greatness.
The pagans, kings and warriors, listening to the preachers, abandoned their absurd beliefs, abandoned their priests and their idols to glorify the wise Creator of the universe, the King of Kings, whose heart is filled with infinite mercy.