Welcome to the official web site of the United Manichaean Assembly, which is the Holy and Ancient Manichaean Church.
Maninaye (Syriac for “Manichaeans”) practice a monotheistic religion revealed to the Holy Prophet Mar Mani in second century Babylonia, emphasizing the spiritual liberation of all humankind.
Religious history is viewed by Maninaye as a perpetual series of revelations to diverse peoples across the world. These revelations coming in the form of a Divine Messenger who provides the Pure Teaching, the Divine knowledge required to liberation souls from the illusion of Matter. These Divine Messengers are all facets of one Author Who is Mir Izgadda, He is often referred to as the Third Messenger. It is He who has continually sought to awaken souls and bring them to the Kingdom of Lights, an eternal realm beyond the physical universe.
“During the decline of the Pure Teaching, in the days of darkness, in the days when the corruption of religion becomes a disease in the bones of the religious sects, a man of Truth and Righteousness shall appear being sent down from the Kingdom of Lights into the world of Matter. It is He who shall take great concern for the Assembly according to the powers of the Great Spirit within Him and to His capacity as one inhabits a physical body.” (Karuzuta d’Mar Mani 3:1)
A Divine Messenger has either been direct manifestations of Mir Izgadda (also called “Lord Mithra” in some texts) or they have been great servants of the Third Messenger in this world. These revelations manifested either as religions or spiritual traditions that suited the need of the culture, the era and the location of the people. The many difference between religions today is seen either as cultural differences between these revelations, the alteration of these original revelations or in some cases non-revelatory faiths present in the world.
“The Third Messenger is the King of the Border, the God Mithra from the Chariot of the Sun, the bust of the King of Lights, the very Lord of all the Counsels King who is in these worlds.” (Karuzuta d’Mar Mani 2:24)
The title “Third Messenger” is used to describe Mithra due to His role of overseeing the dissolution of the 2nd creation of this universe (which we are in now), and the formation of a new universe, the Third Creation of this universe.
Manichaeans believe Mani to have been a great servant of the Third Messenger, and in fact, that He has returned as the World Teacher in our present day, also known as Mir Izgadda and as the “Dinkha Ilahaya.”
These manifestations of Mithra have included Enoch, Zoroaster, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, Moses, Rama, Krishna, the Buddha, Jesus, Mahavatar Babaji and others. And most recently Mir Izgaddah.
Each Divine Manifestation of the Third Messenger taught the Pure Teaching of the One True God: Worship the Godhead outside Creation, cultivate virtue, remove vice and put aside worldly attachments. The final act of Mir Izgadda was to call for the restoration of the Way of Mani in this world, presented in its purified form, free from the many false doctrines and practices that developed over the ages.
Humanity is in the process of a collective ascension, and the need of the present time is for the gradual liberation of souls from what they perceive as permanent reality, but is only a temporary illusion. That true reality, bliss, peace, justice and unity await those who walk the path of virtue to the Kingdom of Lights. “Follow good rules and habits and determine to rest your minds in the Place of Liberation; leap with joy and stand firm by the Right Religion!” (Karuzuta d’Mar Mani 5:4)
The Church holds dear the authorised, ancient Aramaic and Persian texts as its Holy Scriptures. Some of these texts include the Psalms and Proverbs (from the Ancient Aramaic Peshitta text), portions of the original Holy Gospel of Mshikha, the Holy Gospel of Mar Mani, and others. Some of our Scriptures were lost with time and due to persecution, but many were also translated to Chinese, thus we also rely on the Chinese texts still available to this day. The Manichaean Church believes in and practices the Three Pillars of the Faith, known as 1) Scripture, 2) Tradition, and 3) Revelation.
The word “Maninaye” literally means “Manichaeans” or “those who follow the Way of Mani.”
If you would like to know more about the Manichaean Religion, about the Third Messenger or the Religion of Light in general, please contact us.
(Adapted from the original text by H.H. Patriarch Mar Innai)