His disciples questioned him, and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?”
Jesus said to them, “If you fast, it shall serve you no purpose, lest that you lose your bellies. Should you become as the righteous, you will give rise to that which is wrong for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned for your stupidity, for there is no god to hear you, and you will do harm to your spirits. The Force of the Earth has no ears for men, and hears not his mumblings.
“Furthermore, do not tell lies that are evil or unnecessary, and do not do what you hate unless it is necessary, for all things are plain in the sight of the inner man. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered. That which you see is without harm, and that which you see not is a danger to you.
“When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them as far as you can. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you; but that which issues from your mouth,”it is that which will defile you. Men have two ears and one mouth: hear therefore twice that of which you speak, and so shall you become wise and do most good.”
And the old man asked of himself, “What is it all about?”
Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life; and he will live because he seeks, and knows not shame in the seeking. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.”
Since the time of Dan, who was the first to come before men, to Odin and Marduk, to Moses and to Buddha, was given much learning by the Brotherhood. They did also teach and protect Jesus Ben Miriam, and did strengthen him in his spirit, and assisted him in his hour of testing upon the tree, for his life's sake. Paul did pour scorn upon him, for the message of the Christ's was not suited to his design. And Peter was slain, for he wouldst not commend the new teachings.
And the High Lord Buddha too was also exalted as a god long after he was dead and his children were dead; and the true greatness of him was lost. Men were still not ready for that which he had set before them. Again, men of greed for power used him and all that he was, to create something that was against all that he was, and all that he did, and all that he did say. And by the use of this vileness men did great wrong of him and his Caul, and they did believe whatever gave them power over his people. And they knew not anything except the vileness of belief and the evil of unreason.