From the Essene Book of Jesus:

The Sevenfold Peace

And seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain, and his disciples came unto him,
and all those who hungered for his words. And seeing them gathered, he opened his mouth
and taught them, saying: Peace I bring to thee, my children, the Sevenfold Peace

Of the Earthly Mother and the Heavenly Father.
Peace I bring to thy body, guided by the Angel of Power;
Peace I bring to thy heart, guided by the Angel of Love;
Peace I bring to thy mind, guided by the Angel of Wisdom.
Through the Angels of Power, Love and Wisdom,
Thou shalt travel the Seven Paths of the Infinite Garden,
And thy body, thy heart and thy mind shall join in Oneness
In the Sacred Flight to the Heavenly Sea of Peace.

Yea, I tell thee truly, the paths are seven through the Infinte Garden.
And each must be traversed by the body, the heart and the mind as one,
Lest thou stumble and fall into the abyss of emptiness.
For as a bird cannot fly with one wing, so doth thy Bird of Wisdom
Need two wings of Power and Love
To soar above the abyss to the Holy Tree of Life.

For the body alone is an abandoned house seen from afar:
What was thought beautiful is but ruin and desolation when drawing near.
The body alone is as a chariot fashioned from gold,
Whose maker sets it on a pedestal, loath to soil it with use.
But as a golden idol, it is ugly and without grace,
For only in movement doth it reveal its purpose.
Like the hollow blackness of a window when the wind puts out its candle
Is the body alone, with no heart and no mind to fill it with light.

And the heart alone is a sun with no earth to shine upon,
A light in the void, a ball of warmth drowned in a sea of blackness.
For when a man doth love, that love turneth only to its own destruction
When there is no hand to stretch forth in good works,
And no mind to weave the flames of desire into a tapestry of psalms.
Like a whirlwind in the desert is the heart alone,
With no body and no mind to lead it singing through the cypress and the pine.

And the mind alone
Is a holy scroll which has worn thin with the years,
and must be buried.
The truth and beauty of its words have not changed,
But the eyes can no longer read the faded letters,
And it falleth to pieces in the hands.
So is the mind without the heart to give it words,
And without the body to do its deeds.

For what availeth wisdom
Without a heart to feel and a tongue to give it words?
Barren as the womb of an aged woman is the mind alone,
With no heart and no body to fill it with life.

For, lo, I tell thee truly, the body and the heart and the mind
Are as a chariot and a horse and a driver.
The Chariot is the body, forged in strength to do the will
Of the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother.
The heart is the fiery steed, Glorious and courageous,
Who carries the chariot bravely, whether the road be smooth,
Or whether stones and fallen trees lie in its path.
And the driver is the mind, holding the reins of wisdom,
Seeing from above what lieth on the far horizon,
Charting the course of hoofs and wheels.

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak;
And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew,
As the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.

Blessed is the Child of Light who is strong in body,
For he shall have oneness with the earth.
Thou shalt celebrate a daily feast with all the gifts of the Angel of Earth;
The golden wheat and corn, the purple grapes of autumn,
The ripe fruits of the trees, the amber honey of the bees.
Thou shalt seek the fresh air of the forest and of the fields,
And there in the midst of them shalt thou find the Angel of Air.
Put off thy shoes and clothing and suffer the Angel of Air
To embrace all thy body.
Then shalt thou breathe long and deeply,
That the Angel of Air may be brought within thee.
Enter into the cool and flowing river and suffer the Angel of Water
To embrace all thy body.
Cast thyself wholly into his enfolding arms,
And as often as thou movest the air with thy breath,
Move with thy body the water also.
Thou shalt seek the Angel of Sun, and enter into that embrace
Which doth purify with holy flames.
And all these things are of the Holy Law of the Earthly Mother,
She who did give thee birth.
He who hath found peace with the body hath built a holy temple,
Wherein may dwell forever the Spirit of God.
Know this peace with thy mind,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.

Blessed is the Child of Light who is wise in mind,
For he shall create heaven.
The mind of the wise is a well-ploughed field
Which giveth forth abundance and plenty.
For if thou showest a handfull of seed to a wise man,
He will see in his mind's eye a field of golden wheat.
And if thou showest a handfull of seed to a fool,
He will see only that which is before him, and call them worthless pebbles.
And as the field of the wise man giveth forth grain in abundance,
And the field of the fool is a harvest only of stones,
So it is with our thoughts.
As the sheaf of the golden wheat lieth hidden within the tiny kernel,
So is the kingdom of heaven hidden within our thoughts.
If they be filled with the Power, Love and Wisdom
Of the Angels of the Heavenly Father,
So they shall carry us to the Heavenly Sea.
But if they be stained with corruption, hatred and ignorance,
They shall chain our feet to pillars of pain and suffering.
No man can serve two masters;
Neither can evil thoughts abide in a mind filled with the Light of the Law.
He who hath found peace with the mind
Hath learned to soar beyond the Realm of the Angels.
Know this peace with thy mind,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.

Blessed is the Child of Light who is pure in heart,
For he shall see God.
For as the Heavenly Father hath given thee His holy spirit,
And thy Earthly Mother hath given thee Her holy body,
So shall ye give love to all thy brothers.
And thy true brothers are all those
Who do the will of thy Heavenly Father and thy Earthly Mother.
Let thy love be as the sun which shines on all creatures of the earth,
And does not favor one blade of grass for another.
And this love shall flow as a fountain from brother to brother.
And as it is spent, so shall it be replenished,
For love is eternal.
Love is stronger than the currents of deep waters.
Love is stronger than death.
And if a man hath not love,
He doth build a wall between him and all the creatures of the earth,
And therein doth he dwell in loneliness and pain.
Or he may become as an angry whirlpool
Which sucks into its depths all that floats too near.
For the heart is a sea with mighty waves, and love and wisdom must temper it,
As the warm sun breaks through the clouds and quiets the restless sea.
He who hath found peace with his brothers
Hath entered the kingdom of Love and shall see God face to face.
Know this peace with thy mind,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.

Blessed is the Child of Light who doth build on earth
The Kingdom of heaven, for he shall dwell in both worlds.
Thou shalt follow the Law of the Brotherhood,
Which saith that none shall have wealth, and none shall be poor,
And all shall work together in the garden of the Brotherhood.
Yet each shall follow his own path,
And each shall commune with his own heart.
For in the Infinite Garden there are many and diverse flowers:
Who shall say that one is best because its color is purple,
Or that one is favored because its stalk is long and slender?
Though the brothers be of different complexion,
Yet do they all toil in the vineyard of the Earthly Mother,
And they all do lift their voices together
In praise of the Heavenly Father.
And together thy break holy bread,
And in silence share the holy meal of thanksgiving.
There shall be no peace among peoples
Till there be one garden of the brotherhood over the earth.
For how can there be peace
When each man pursueth his own gain
And doth sell his soul into slavery?
Thou, Child of Light, do ye gather with thy brothers
And then go ye forth to teach the ways of the Law
To those who would hear.
He who hath found peace with the brotherhood of man
Hath made himself the co-worker of God.
Know this peace with thy mind,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.

Blessed is the Child of Light who doth study the Book of the Law,
For he shall be as a candle in the dark of night,
As an island of truth in a sea of falsehood.
For know ye, that the written word which cometh from God
Is a reflection of the Heavenly Sea,
Even as the bright stars reflect the face of heaven.
As the words of the Ancient Ones
Are etched with the hand of God on the Holy Scrolls,
So is the Law engraved on the hearts of the faithful who do study them.
For it was said of old,
That in the beginning there were giants in the earth,
And mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
And the Children of Light shall guard and preserve their written word,
Lest we become again as the beasts,
And know not the Kingdom of the Angels.
Know ye, too, that only through the written word
Shalt thou find the Law which is unwritten,
As the spring which floweth from the ground hath a hidden source
In the secret depths beneath the earth.
The written Law is the instrument by which
The unwritten Law is understood,
As the mute branch of a tree becomes a singing flute
In the hands of the shepherd.
Many there are
Who would stay in the tranquil valley of ignorance,
Where children play
And butterflies dance in the sun for their short hour of life.
But none can tarry there long,
And ahead rise the somber mountains of learning.
Many there are who fear to cross,
And many there are who have fallen bruised and bleeding
From their steep and rugged slopes.
But faith is the guide over the gaping chasm,
And perseverance the foothold in the jagged rockes.
Beyond the icy peaks of struggle lies the peace and beauty
Of the Infinite Garden of Knowledge,
Where the meaning of the Law is made known to the Children of Light.
Here in the center of its forest
Stands the Tree of Life, mystery of mysteries.
He who hath found peace with the teachings of the Ancients,
Through the light of the mind,
Through the light of nature,
And through the study of the Holy Word,
Hath entered the cloud-filled hall of the Ancients,
Where dwelleth the Holy Brotherhood,
Of whom no man may speak.
Know this peace with thy heart,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.

The Nazarenes of  Mount Carmel
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