To make disciples of; to convert to
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One who embraces and assists in
spreading the teachings of
One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a
learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the
knowledge.html#know" of his teacher; an adherent in
A disciple of Jesus is one who (1) believes his
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(4) imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John
Bahauddin Naqshband was visited by a group of seekers.
The seekers found him in his courtyard, surrounded by disciples, in the
midst of revelation.
Some of the newcomers said: 'How obnoxious - this is no way to behave!'
The seekers tried to remonstrate with the Sufi Master.
said: 'This seems to us excellent - we like this kind of teaching, and wish to
take part in it.'
Yet others said: 'We are partly perplexed and wish to
know more about this puzzle.'
remainder said to one another:
'There may be some wisdom in this, but
whether we should ask about it or not we do not know.'
Naqshband sent them all away.
All these seekers spread, in conversation
and in writing, their opinions of the
revelation. Even those
who did not allude to the experience directly were affected by it, and their
speech and works reflected their beliefs about it. Some time later certain
members of this party again passed that way.
They called upon the
As the seekers stood at the door and peered within
they noticed that within the courtyard Bahauddin Naqshband and his disciples
sat, decorously, deep in contemplative reflection.
'This is better,'
said some of the seekers, 'for he has evidently learned from our protests.'
'This is excellent,' said others, 'for last time he was undoubtedly
only testing us.'
'This is too somber,' said others, 'for we could have
found long faces anywhere.'
And, of course, there were other opinions,
voiced and unspoken.
The Sufi Master, when the time of reflection was
over, sent all these seekers away.
Much later, a small number returned
and sought his interpretation of what they had experienced.
presented themselves at the gateway, and looked into the courtyard.
Bahauddin Naqshband sat there, alone, neither reveling nor in
His disciples were now nowhere to be seen.
"You may at last hear the whole story he said, for I have been
able to dismiss my pupils, since the task is complete. When you first came,
that class of mine had been too serious - I was in process of applying the
corrective. The second time you came, they had been too
gay - I was applying the corrective.
When a man is working, he does not always explain his self to casual
visitors, however interested the visitors may think themselves to be. When an
action is in progress, what counts is the correct operation of that action.
Under these circumstances, external evaluation becomes a secondary
Those that are unable to reject the
Call to serve the Creator and Sustainer.
Disciples or luminaries of
the Creator and
Sustainer are easily identified by the schism forged when they point out
the hypocrisy of the rejection of the underpinning foundations of their
personal religion in favor of the acceptance of myth as literal fact and dogma
as all important.
In the past many
disciples or luminaries of God were dealt with in harsh ways - such as being
"put to the question" (tortured) during the multiple
Avatars of God or Disciples
of the Creator and
Jesus the Tekton,
'Abdullāh, Thomas Aquinas,
William of Ockham,
Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y
Ahumada, Juan de Yepes Alvarez,
Henry David Thoreau,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
John Muir, George Orwell,
Aldous Leonard Huxley,
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
Martin Luther King Jr.,
acolytean altar attendant
in public worship
any attendant, assistant, or follower
Catholic Church: a member of the highest-ranking of the four minor
sycophanta self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite
person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain
yes-man, bootlicker, brown-noser, toady, flatterer, flunky,
lackey, doormat, stooge, cringer, suck-up
to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., esp. to
imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
teach or inculcate
to imbue with
To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles
with a partisan or ideological point of
implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and
to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or
To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent
instruction or repetition; instill
To teach (others) by frequent
instruction or repetition; indoctrinate
The Epic of Gilgamesh
he who saw everything
"Out I went, into the world, but there was none
better than me - Gilgamesh!"
The men of
'Gilgamesh, noisy Gilgamesh! Arrogant Gilgamesh!'
young men gone - Defeated by Gilgamesh, and no son was left to his father.
All young girls made women by Gilgamesh
His lusts are such, and no
virgin left to her lover!
Not the daughter of a warrior,
Nor the wife
of a nobleman!
Yet he is king and should be
The people's careful
He is king and
Shepherd of the
He is wise, he is handsome, he is
firm as a rock.'
In heaven the gods
Heard the lament of the people,
And the gods cried out to
the Great God, higher king of Uruk:
'Strong as a wild bull is this Gilgamesh
So he was made by
Aruru, the goddess
None who can
survive him in fighting.
No son left to his father.
Gilgamesh, he takes
them all, and is he
He the king?
Shepherd of the people?
No virgin left to her lover, For he lusts strongly!
No, nor the wife of
The Great God heard
To the Goddess of Creation,
Cried all the gods:
'You forged this Gilgamesh! Well,
create him his equal!
Let him look as into mirrors - Give a second self to
Rushing winds meet rushing winds!
Let them flow heart to
Give them each other to fight,
Leaving Uruk in
Goddess of Creation took and formed in
This image, and there it was conceived
mind, and it was made of
That composes the Great God,
He of the Firmament.
She then plunged her hands down into water and
pinched off a little clay.
She let it drop in the
Thus the noble Enkidu was made.
Given the strength of
Ninurta, the God of War
waved like millet filaments
grain goddess Nisaba.
Matted hair was all over his body, like the skins
of the cattle.
Of the cattle god Samugan.
This Enkidu was innocent of
He knew not the cultivated land.
Enkidu was in the
With the gazelles
They ran with each other
With all the
He too loved the water-hole.
But one day by a water hole
trapper met him face to face,
Because the herds of wild game
into his territory.
On three days face to face
Each day the trapper
Frozen stiff with fear.
With his game he went home,
Unable to speak, numb with fright.
The trapper's face altered, reborn
long journey does that to one,
Gives a new visage upon returning.
The trapper, his heart all
awe, told his father:
'Father, what a man! No other like him!
comes from the hills, strongly alive!
A star in heaven his strength,
The star essence of An, the Sky
Over the hills with the beasts
Ranges across all
Going to the wells.
I fear him, stay far away.
in my pits
Tears up my game traps
Helps the beasts escape
Now all the
game slips away
His father opened his mouth,
Told the son, the
'My son, in Uruk lives Gilgamesh.
None can withstand him,
None has surpassed him,
As a star in heaven is his strength
star-essence of An, the Sky Father.
Go to Uruk, find Gilgamesh
the wild man's strength ask for a temple hierodule from the Temple of Love,
Such a child of pleasure;
Bring her and let her power of
Subdue this wild man.
When he goes to the wells,
embrace the priestess
And the wild beasts will reject him.'
Uruk the trapper went
And said to Gilgamesh:
'Like no other, a
Roaming in the pastures,
A star in heaven his strength
the star-essence of An, the Sky Father.
I am afraid, stay far away; he
helps the beasts escape
Fills in my pits
Tears up my game
priestess, child of pleasure
When he goes to the wells
He will embrace
And the wild beasts will reject him.'
returned with the hierodule
And three days to the drinking hole,
they sat down
Hierodule facing the trapper,
Waiting for the game.
First day, nothing.
Second day, nothing.
Third day, bonanza !
herds came to drink, and Enkidu
Glad for the water were the small wild
And Enkidu was glad for the water
He of the gazelles and wild
Born in the hills.
The priestess saw this man
Wild from the
'There woman', points the trapper,
'Bare your breasts
This is he,
Have no shame, delay not,
Welcome his compassion,
Let him see you naked,
Let him possess your body.
As he approaches, take off your clothes,
Lie with him, teach him,
The savage, your art of woman,
For as he
loves you, then
The wild beasts, his companions,
They will reject
She had no shame for
Made herself naked
Incited him to copulation,
Taught the woman's art.
days, seven nights,
That time lying together,
Enkidu had forgotten his
Had forgotten the hills
After that time he was satisfied.
he went back to the wild beasts
But the gazelles saw him and ran,
wild beasts saw him and ran.
Enkidu would follow, but weak,
strength gone into the woman;
Wisdom came to him,
A man's thoughts in
So he returned to the priestess.
At her feet he listened
'You have wisdom, Enkidu.
Now you are
as a god.
Why the beasts? Why the hills?
Come to Uruk of the strong
To Inanna's Temple of Love,
And to the
Sky God An can be found.
Gilgamesh is there, strong,
Raging like a
wild bull, over the land
Is his strength.'
Favourably as she
speaks, he hears her words.
He comes to know his own heart
desire to have a companion.
He tells the priestess:
me, girl, to the sacred perfect
Dwelling of Love and Sky God's
Where lives Gilgamesh of perfect strength,
He who rages like a
bull over all,
And I will summon him forth and challenge him
And I will
shout in Uruk:
I am the mightiest!
Yes, I can change the order of what
Anyone born on the steppe is mighty and has
'Then let us go that Gilgamesh may see your face
And I will
show you Gilgamesh, for I know well where he is.
Come Enkidu, to Uruk of
Where all are dressed for festival,
Where each day is a
Where there are boys,
Where there are girls,
ripe and perfumed,
Who drive the great ones from their fretted
To you, Enkidu, of joy in life
I will show the joy in life of
See him, see his face
Radiant is his manhood, of full-bodied
His body ripe with beauty in every part.
So exceeding you in
Needing no sleep by day or by night.
Restrain your folly,
Gilgamesh, like Shamash the
Sun, is proud,
Also An, the God
Also valiant Enlil,
And Enki, his son
All have given wisdom.
Before you come from the open
Gilgamesh will have dreamed of it.'
And so Gilgamesh rose
from his bed
And to his mother, in revealing dreams, said:
I saw in a dream last night
were stars in heaven
And a star descended upon me like unto
of An, the Sky God.
I tried to
lift it up, but it was too heavy for me,
I tried to move it, but it would
not be moved.
The land of Uruk was around it,
All the people were
pressing towards it.
All the nobles also came round it,
And all my
friends kissed its feet.
I was drawn towards it as to a woman
And I laid
it at its feet
And you said it was my equal.'
She, Ninsun, Wise
Custodian of Knowledge,
Says to Gilgamesh:
'Your equal was a star
Which descended upon you like unto
The essence of
An who is the God of the
You tried to lift it but it would not be moved
And I called
it your equal, comparing it to you.
You were drawn to it as to a woman.
The meaning of this
Is of a strong friend who saves his companion
is the strongest of the land; he has strength.
As a star in heaven his
The strength of An of the
Firmament and his host.
So that you are drawn to him overwhelmingly.
And this means he will never forsake you.
Such is your dream.'
Gilgamesh says again to his mother:
'Mother, another dream
of the ramparts lay an axe
All were gathered around it,
standing round about it.
The people pressed towards it;
I laid it at
I was drawn to it as to a woman.
For you called it my
She, the Wise Custodian of Knowledge, says to her
'The axe is a man
You were drawn to it as to a woman
called it your equal
And it was to rival you.
This means a strong friend
standing by his friend
He is the strongest of the land; he has strength.
The essence of An of the Firmament, is his arms
So strong is
Gilgamesh then spoke to his mother:
'Now according to
the word of Enlil
Let a counsellor and
friend come to me
That I may acquire a companion
And to him I shall be
friend and counsellor also.'
And as Gilgamesh revealed his
The girl was speaking to Enkidu
As they sat together.
Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of
compassion and fertility centered in the Eanna temple at the city of
Eanna - From the old Irish 'Eidhne' pronounced
'Ay-nah'. A term from the west of Ireland meaning one of unscrupulous
intentions towards one of the opposite sex.
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