part 12 - Story of the Jewish king who for bigotry's sake used to slay the Christians

    324   Amongst the Jews there was a king who wrought oppression, an enemy of Jesus and a destroyer of Christians 325   ’Twas the epoch of Jesus and the turn was his: he was the soul...


part 12 - Story of the Jewish king who for bigotry's sake used to slay the Christians

 

 

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Amongst the Jews there was a king who wrought oppression, an enemy of Jesus and a destroyer of Christians

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’Twas the epoch of Jesus and the turn was his: he was the soul of Moses, and Moses the soul of him;

326

 

(But) the squint-eyed (double-seeing) king separated in the way of God those two Divine (prophets) who were (really) in accord (with each other).

327

 

The master said to a squint-eyed (pupil), “Come on; go, fetch that bottle out of the room.”

328

 

Said the squint-eyed one: “Which of the two bottles shall I bring to you? Explain fully.”

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“There are not two bottles,” replied the master; “go, leave off squinting and do not be seeing more (than one).”

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“O master,” said he, “don't chide me.” Said the master, “Smash one of those two.”

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The bottle was one, though in his eyes it seemed two; when he broke the bottle, there was no other.

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When one was broken, both vanished from sight: a man is made squint-eyed by (evil) propensity and anger.

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Anger and lust make a man squint-eyed, they change the spirit (so that it departs) from rectitude.

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When self-interest appears, virtue becomes hidden: a hundred veils rise from the heart to the eye

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When the cadi lets bribery gain hold of his heart, how should he know the wronger from the wretched victim of wrong?

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The king, from Jewish rancour, became so squint-eyed that (we cry), “Mercy, O Lord, mercy (save us from such an affliction)!”

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He slew hundreds of thousands of wronged (innocent) believers, saying, “I am the protection and support of the religion of Moses.”

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