Passages from, The Jesus Sutras — Da Qin (Religion of the Light) — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity
"After a thousand years of silence, they sing out again". (Martin Palmer)
The highest skies are in love with You.
The great Earth opens its palms in peace.
0ur truest being is anchored in Your Purity.
You are Allaha: Compassionate Father of the Three.
Everything praises you, sounding its true note.
All the Enlightened chant praises —
Every being takes its refuge in You
And the Light of Your Holy Compassion frees us all.
You live perpetually in Light
The Light which enters every sphere.
Yet you have never been seen
No eye can see Your Form
Or Your Unclouded Nature.
Among all spirits You alone are unchanging
Making all that is good, beyond reckoning.
The root and essence — the thing itself!
Today I reflect on Your Compassion and Grace,
I delight in Your Delight which covers our land Messiah,
Great Holy Son of the Honored One
As countless of the Suffering are saved —
Supreme King, Will of Ages,
Compassionate Joyous Lamb Loving all who suffer
Fearless as You strive for us
Free us of the karma of our lives,
Bring us back to our original nature
Delivered from all danger.
Great Teacher, I stand in awe of the Father.
Great Teacher, I am awed by the Holy Lord.
Great Teacher, I am speechless before the King of Dharma.
Great Teacher, I am dazzled by the Enlightened Mind —
Great Teacher, You who do everything to save us.
“These Sutras deserve to be better known. They are classics of the most radical fusion of Western and Eastern spirituality as well as classics of Tang Dynasty poetry. I hope that by bringing them to life again through translation they can join the corpus of great works of spirituality. After a thousand years of silence, they sing out again.
"By the time the Da Qin monastery had built its pagoda, it would have had these magnificent Sutras to house. In a remarkably short time the Church of the East had become fully Chinese and produced masterpieces of Chinese spirituality. The future looked assured and good. The light of the Dharma King Christ had never shone so brightly and the sound of praise and singing was to be heard in many places." (Martin Palmer, The Jesus Sutras — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity)