Why are we unhappy? – Parable: The Unkept Field – Awaken your self by your self –
The burden of unceasing want – There is no fire which burns like passion – A weigher
of weighty matters – The good man: what he is like – Putting away your anger – “Live
you happily then” – On personal discipline – A sin greater than sin – On fears and
1 These are the words which Yeshua spoke upon the way, while yet he rested by the
waters of the sea; and there spoke unto him a disciple, saying:
2 “Tell us, Lord, by what means we shall remove from us the things which wound and
make heavy the heart of man; for in this life are we ever weighed down with many
3 Behold, O Lord, how the children of men are made to suffer, being oppressed by
a multitude of care.”
4 And the Master taught them, saying: “If you would that you should not dwell in
the house of sorrow, then give heed and be wise.
5 For there was a certain man which had a field which brought forth neither profit
nor beauty, for he tilled and dressed it not, neither would he plant any good thing
6 And there sprung up all manner of noxious weeds, and there came and dwelt in the
wild grasses of the field, all manner of serpents and scorpions.
7 Thus it was that unto whatsoever person who should happen upon the field, even
they would find to the eye no pleasant thing to see or to taste;
8 But unto them would come forth all manner of deadly things which would imperil
the soul of man.
9 In like manner shall you become even as this field, if you take no care to till
and dress the soul wherein you should plant all manner of goodly things, both to
see and to taste.
10 Beware, therefore, of weeds which creep in unawares, for even as weeds will make
of no value the field without;
11 Even so shall hate and envy, fear and folly make of no worth the soul within,
being filled with impurities of every kind.
12 For you are all become as a withered leaf which even the wind would carry unto
13 Behold, then how you shake and tremble all about because of some adversity, for
you have made for the soul no refuge within, neither have you taken to yourself any
14 For you delight always in the things of this world, ever moving between that
which is good and that which is less.
15 If then you would set free the soul from sorrow and secure for yourself the happiness
of life, then awaken yourself by your Self, examine yourself by your Self.
16 Thus guarded by your self and ever attentive, you will dwell in the house of
17 For the self is lord of the self always, and the self is the refuge of the self;
therefore, tame yourself even as the charioteer would tame for the race a fine horse.
18 For consider by what strange powers you are driven about; for men which are driven
by a multitude of wanting are become as the hunted hare.
19 Being chased about on every side, they suffer continually without relief, going
always from one want to another, seeking therein some refuge.
20 Who then bears the greater burden, he which is slave only to some other, or he
that is rich and filled with wanting?
21 For the slave, when he dies, is set at liberty again. But he which is ever grasping
for things of which he has no need, wherein shall he be free?
22 Seeing that in death he is fettered still, being filled again and again with
23 Whosoever shall lay aside the burden of wanting, from him shall sorrow fall quickly
away; and the end of all his days shall be as peace and happiness.
24 For the undoing of all want conquers a multitude of sorrow; for want is the child
of envy, filling the soul with all manner of corruption and impurity.
25 Whosoever, therefore, would secure happiness by inflicting suffering upon some
other, unto them shall no happiness be given, but misery upon misery only.
26 For such as these are wrapped round about with bitter gall, being bound securely
by all manner of hate and envy, ever fearful and filled with folly.
27 For greediness is the worst of diseases; and unrestraint leads to the greatest
of sorrows; for out of desire and want are come all manner of grief and fear.
28 Therefore, if you would be happy still, beware of envy, beware of want; for if
you envy not, wherein shall you grieve; if you want not, of what shall you be afraid?
29 For he in whom envy is destroyed, being plucked out by the very root, he it is
who, day by day, increaseth happiness.
30 For there is no fire which burns like passion, no capturer of the self like hatred,
no snare to the soul like delusion, and no torrent like unceasing want, carrying
away upon the flood all tranquility.
31 Be you, therefore, as a refiner of fine silver, removing by the fire all impurities
within, one by one, here a little there a little, and from time to time purifying
always the soul within.
32 Be you also like unto a weigher of weighty matters, both prudent and wise; who,
holding as it were the scales of good and evil, takes only what is good.
33 For whosoever kills another, who speaks falsehood continually, who takes from
another what is not his own, who gives himself wantonly to passion, even this one
is destroyed already, having dug himself up by the roots altogether.
34 But where unto shall we find the goodly man, who, having subdued the self within,
is made all happy without?
35 In him has virtue and joy embraced together, being established forever in the
bosom of the Father which comes from above;
36 For all his ways are founded in goodness, tending always the affairs of his own
soul; this then is the one whom God holds dear.
37 For in him is the mystery revealed, who, being rooted in the richness of his
own soul, is free of envy and want, fear and hate;
38 This is he who, ascending the stream and the flood, returneth unto God to dwell
above the earth.
39 And when he is returned, behold, how the Heavens shout together and leap for
joy at his coming; for that which was lost is found again, and that which was gone
far away is returned.
40 Therefore, if you would be happy, seek not the company of fools; neither go you
into the way of those which are ever grasping, but who are never able to lay hold.
41 Let each man put away his anger, let him renounce a multitude of wanting. For
they which are free of envy and strife shall become happy altogether.
42 Give heed, therefore, and be you wise; that you may know of a surety that all
anger is overcome by gentleness only, that all evil is overcome by goodness, that
miserliness is overcome by liberality, and that falsehood is overcome by the truth.
43 For one should speak rightly always and not yield to anger, even if you be asked
for a little. By these means shall you enter into happiness, being made one with
God who is your Father.
44 Live you happily then, hating no one; that you may dwell free of hate even among
those which hate.
45 Live you happily then, being free of such diseases as afflict others; for health
is the greatest of gifts, contentment is the greatest wealth, and trust in God the
46 Live you happily then, being free from care in the midst of those which are overburdened
with care already; be you free of want among those which are filled with much wanting.
47 Live you happily then, even though you possess but little. Dwell richly always,
feeding upon such happiness as God shall give; for, behold, he cares for you.
48 Give not yourself to reviling, neither injure others beside; but be you disciplined
in all things pertaining to both body and spirit;
49 Eating moderately and not given to drunkenness; dwelling oft in some solitary
place that you may offer unto God the prayers and meditations of the heart;
50 Turning always the mind unto some higher thought that you may become as noble
and purified within; being ever awakened by the light which comes from above.
51 For there are many which slumber in the light, and when they are awakened, behold,
it is all dark within, and fear creepeth in all about.
52 For I tell you truly that there is a sin greater than sin, a darkness greater
than darkness, and an impurity greater than impurity.
53 Know, therefore, that ignorance is greater than all these things, making dull
and dim witted the soul within.
54 Unto such as these arise all manner of vain thoughts and superstitions, filling
the hearts of men with despair and fear continually.
55 For such men, ever fleeing and seeking refuge will run in haste to mountain and
forest, to sacred groves and to temple shrines;
56 Yet when they are arrived, behold, fear greeteth them at the very door, and darkness
descends all about to make sleep again.
57 Beware of others who would but distract, but turn your soul unto prayer and meditation,
for therein alone shall God reveal the hidden portion which makes rich the happy
58 And seek not the welfare of the body only, for it is the soul within that leads
59 These then are the words which Yeshua taught by the sea. And rising from his
place he journeyed unto Sidon.