Introduction to the Basics

Manichaeans (Aramaic: Maninaye) practice a monotheistic religion revealed to the Holy Prophet Mar Mani in third century Babylonia, emphasizing the spiritual liberation of all humankind.

Religious history is viewed by Manichaeans 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 liberate souls from the illusion of Matter. These Divine Messengers are all facets of one author who is often referred to as the Third Messenger. It is he who has continually seeks to awaken souls and bring them to the Kingdom of Light, an eternal realm beyond the physical universe.

The revelations of the Messengers are manifested either as religions or spiritual traditions that suited the need of the culture, the era and the location of the people at the time of their being manifested.

The title “Third Messenger” is used to describe His role of overseeing the dissolution of the Second Creation of this universe (which we are in now), and the formation of a new universe, the Third Creation of this universe.

Manichaeans believe Mar Mani to have been not only a great servant of the Third Messenger but also a Prophet and Messenger. Other manifestations have included Buddha, Jesus and others.

Each Divine Manifestation of the Third Messenger teaches the Pure Teaching of the One True God within the culture in which they manifest: Worship God who is outside time and creation, cultivate virtue, remove vice and put aside worldly attachments. We strive to live the Way of the Prophet Mani in this world, presented in its purified form, free from the many false doctrines and practices that developed over the ages.

This website presents Manichaean teachings revealed not only in ancient times but also codified within the pages of the Gospel of the Prophet Mani. If you would like to know more about our Church, continue exploring the site.