The Greatest Evil in Man is Not Knowing God

I’ve been reading the “Corpus Hermeticum: The Divine Pymander” (2015 edition edited by Tarl Warwick, see post photo) and I wanted to share this section. The book itself is quite interesting though some parts are a bit hard to understand/read. Not sure if it’s just this particular edition/translation or the fact it’s my first time reading through it. Anyway, I really liked this section and I am going to reprint the entire section below for you all to enjoy. This particular edition can be found on Amazon for $6, so if you are interested in reading the rest of the book, you can get it there. Other editions/translations are available as well.

VIII: THE GREATEST EVIL IN MAN IS NOT KNOWING GOD

  1. Where are you carried, Oh men, drunken with the win of ignorance? When you see that you cannot hold it down, why do you vomit it up again?
  2. Stand, and be sober, and look up again with the eyes of your heart, and if you cannot all do so, yet do so as many as you can.
  3. For the malice of ignorance surrounds all the Earth, and corrupts the soul, shut up in the body, not suffering it to arrive at the havens of salvation.
  4. Suffer not yourselves to be carried with the great stream, but stem the tide you that can lay hold of the haven of safety, and make your full course towards it.
  5. Seek still what may lead you by the hand, and conduct you to the door of truth and knowledge, where the clear light is that which is pure from darkness, where there is not one drunken, but all are sober, and in their heart look up to him, whose pleasure it is to be seen.
  6. For he cannot be heard with ears, nor seen with eyes, nor expressed in words; but only in mind and heart.
  7. But first you must tear to pieces, and break through the garment that you wear; the web of ignorance; the foundation of all mischief; the shackles of corruption; the cloak of darkness; the living death; the corruptible corpse; the sepulcher, carried about with us; the domestic thief, which in what he loves us, hates us, envies us.
  8. Such is the hurtful apparel, with which you are now clothed, which draws and pulls you downward by its own self, lest looking upward and seeing the beauty of truth, and the good that is reposed therein, you would hate the wickedness of this garment and understand the traps and ambushes which it had laid for you.
  9. Therefore it labors to make good those things that seem, and are by the senses, judged and determined; and the things that are true, it hides, and veils in much matter, filling what it presents unto you, with hateful pleasure, that you may neither hear what you should hear, nor see what you should see.

The Sentences of Sextus

I love “sayings” text. They are easy to read and after each sentence, you can stop and take in what it said. I wanted to highlight this particular text that was found in the Nag Hammadi library. The above video is a reading of the text but for below, I am quoting a slightly different translation. If you are like I am, you read various translations of texts as they all add a different take on texts (and at times, can make them flow more poetically rather than dry academia). Below are some of my favorite quotes from this translation: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/sent.html

(163b) When it is proper to act, do not use a word.

Actions speak louder than words!

(164b) While it is a skill to speak, it is also a skill to be silent.

Now this is a skill our modern society should consider implimenting!

(178) What it is not right to do, do not even consider doing it.

(179) What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either.

The ole “practice what you preach” mentality.

(323) The fear of death grieves man because of the ignorance of the soul.

I see this as an issue with a lot of people who are afraid of dying. If you know the Father, there should absolutely be no fear of death.

(328) Let not an ungrateful man cause you to cease to do good.

Another lesson I would LOVE to see our modern society take hold. I’ve heard this excuse from people all the time on why they should not help someone. That is definitely not the way to go.

(331) Persuade a senseless brother not to be senseless; if he is mad, protect him.

Those taking up this cause, it can be very aggravating if you do not have patience especially if the one who is senseless is very persistent.

(336) It is better to serve others than to make others serve you.

I live to serve! 😀 I always tell my kids, help whoever you can, whenever you can. Do not ask for anything in return and you will be amazed with what happens in your life.

(343/344) Do not provoke the anger of a mob. Know, then, what is fitting for the fortunate man to do.

I am guilty of this at my workplace though in the past few years, I have gone the other way (even when my co-workers still partake in this). This is another example where our current society could learn a lot from this advice. Social media has made it all too easy to get caught up in the mob mentality.

(350) Do not give the word of God to everyone.

(351) For those who are corrupted by glory it is not assuring to hear about God.

(352/353) It is not a small danger for us to speak the truth about God; do not say anything about God before you have learned from God.

(354/356) Do not speak with a godless person about God; if you are polluted on account of impure works, do not speak about God.

(355) Speak concerning the word about God as if you were saying it in the presence of God.

(358) If first your mind is persuaded that you have been god-loving, then speak to whomever you wish about God.

(360) Do not wish to speak with a crowd about God.

(361) Be (more) sparing with a word about God (than) about a soul.

(362) It is better to dispose of a soul than to discard at random a word about God.

(365) He who speaks the word of God to those for whom it is not lawful, he is the betrayer of God.

(366) It is better for you to be silent about the word of God, than to speak recklessly.

(367/368) He who speaks lies about God is lying to God; a man who does not have anything truthful to say about God is abandoned by God.

I grouped these sayings all together since they refer to speaking of the Father. Living in the USA, I am full aware of the TV evangelicals that I believe do much more harm than good. Based on these sayings, those people go against quite a few of them. But to each their own. Speaking of the Father should be personal and pure, and to those who wish to seek the wisdom of the Father. Cast not pearls before swine, as the saying goes.

(380) He who thinks that no one is in the presence of God, he is not humble towards God.

The Father is everywhere and in everything. Know this!

Those are just some of my favorite sayings but really, the whole text is quite lovely and I highly recommend it.

The Seven Hermetic Principles

Late last year, I picked up a copy of “The Kybalion” and was very impressed with the book. It was published in 1908, author unknown (though the introduction to the edition I bought lays the groundwork for whom they believe the author was). The book deals with seven Hermetic principles of the universe and how they work together. This was my formal introduction to Hermeticism (though it is not a work of classical Hermeticism). This is one of those few books that I read through and on the first time, it really connected with me. Esoteric books can be quite puzzling at times but this one really laid it out quite nicely. After I read a book that I really like, I look around on the internet for reviews to see what others say. Most people like to make the comment “This book will find you in life at the right time that you need it to” and isn’t that the truth! Here is the seven principles of the teaching:

  1. MENTALISM – All is mind.
  2. CORRESPONDENCE – Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes. “As Above, So Below.”
  3. VIBRATION – Everything is in motion.
  4. POLARITY – Everything is dual / has two poles. Opposites are the same, just differing in degrees.
  5. RHYTHM – Everything is manifested a measured motion, to and for (think of a pendulum).
  6. CAUSE AND EFFECT – There is a cause for every effect, an effect for every cause. Everything happens according to law. Nothing ever happens merely by chance.
  7. GENDER – Masculine and feminine principles always at work, regardless of plane.

The book goes into more detail about each principle. The principle that really got to me is the POLARITY aspect. I have a tendency to always look at issues from various viewpoints. I like to play “devil’s advocate” quite a bit. But when you look at issues from both sides, it gives you a different perspective and different ways to accomplish a goal. Example, if I state “I am feeling tired”, my mind is telling me that I am feeling sleepy and drained of energy. But if I would look on the flip side and say “I am feeling slower than usual”, my mind will then look for a solution to pick myself up. Imagine you have a line, like so:

Tiredness————————————–Vibrant

My example would first start me at:

Tiredness–<*———————————-Vibrant

I am thinking of that negative aspect and thus my mind tends to drift towards that. But when I on the flip side, thinking why am I feeling slower, I would be as such:

Tiredness–*>———————————-Vibrant

Now I am heading in the opposite direction and thus my mind reacts in that way. I start to find different solutions. I look at my problem a different way. So instead of repeating the mantra “why am I tired”, I now have a mantra of “need to get awake.”

I have applied this method into my life and it has really helped me over come quite a bit of tasks with results I would not have thought possible. The whole book is really quite a GEM and I highly recommend it to all. All seven principles are explained in detailed and it really just makes perfect sense IMO. If you want to read a PDF of the text, you can find it here: http://www.kybalion.org . I personally prefer to read my books in physical versions and I recommend the “The Kybalion: Centenary Edition” that is a small black hardback (faux leather) book that can be found on most online bookstores and even some brick and mortar shops (I found mine in store at a Barnes and Noble).

Authoritative Teaching

With this post, I wanted to bring attention to a Gnostic text that does not get mentioned much, at least from what I have seen.  That text is titled the “Authoritative Teaching” from Codex VI of the Nag Hammadi Library.  It is a text that speaks of the soul.  The text is not complete as it is fragmented in the beginning.  It may be kind of hard to read starting out but once the fragmented parts go by and the text that is mostly complete continues on, you start to get the picture.  It speaks of the soul needing to know the Father and to be aware of the evils of the material world.  I like to quote some lines for this post.

Secretly her bridegroom fetched it. He presented it to her mouth to make her eat it like food, and he applied the word to her eyes as a medicine to make her see with her mind and perceive her kinsmen and learn about her root, in order that she might cling to her branch from which she had first come forth, in order that she might receive what is hers and renounce matter.

I love the allegorical phrasing of this paragraph, which is just the second paragraph in the text.  The first paragraph is very fragmented.  

And (as for) those who contend with us, being adversaries who contend against us, we are to be victorious over their ignorance through our knowledge, since we have already known the Inscrutable One from whom we have come forth.

The text has various examples of this conflict between those with gnosis and those without.  It has a very heavy emphasis on avoiding ignorance and those who have decided to live in the material world without having any desire to know the Father.

We have also become ashamed of the worlds, though we take no interest in them when they malign us. And we ignore them when they curse us. When they cast shame in our face, we look at them and do not speak.

Another example of avoiding the ignorant.  Now you may say “Should we try to help these people?”  Of course, but if a person is not willing to even entertain the idea of such a concept of a higher power, will you ever get through to them?  I believe everyone will awaken when it is their time and it may not be during this particular life cycle.  The text does address this issue and I will quote it later.

Our soul indeed is ill because she dwells in a house of poverty, while matter strikes blows at her eyes, wishing to make her blind. For this reason she pursues the word and applies it to her eyes as a medicine <opening> them, casting away […] thought of a […] blindness in […] afterwards, when that one is again in ignorance, he is completely darkened and is material.

Despite the fragmentary nature of this paragraph, it is pretty easy to see what is being said.  Notice the re-use of the allegory of applying the word as medicine to one’s eyes to see the truth.  

Now these are the foods with which the devil lies in wait for us. First he injects a pain into your heart until you have heartache on account of a small thing of this life, and he seizes (you) with his poisons. And afterward (he injects) the desire of a tunic, so that you will pride yourself in it, and love of money, pride, vanity, envy that rivals another envy, beauty of body, fraudulence. The greatest of all these are ignorance and ease.

This is just one paragraph that goes on to state on how the world constantly tempts the soul to fall into ignorance.  During this section of the text, it reminds me of the “Hymn of the Pearl” in that it is a cautionary tale and how one needs to stay vigilant of falling asleep in the material world.

She gave the body to those who had given it to her, and they were ashamed, while the dealers in bodies sat down and wept because they were not able to do any business with that body, nor did they find any (other) merchandise except it. They endured great labors until they had shaped the body of this soul, wishing to strike down the invisible soul. They were therefore ashamed of their work; they suffered the loss of the one for whom they had endured labors. They did not realize that she has an invisible spiritual body, thinking, “We are her shepherd who feeds her.” But they did not realize that she knows another way, which is hidden from them. This her true shepherd taught her in knowledge.

This paragraph is about the soul leaving the physical body to the archons of the physical world and how those forces are not aware of the true path for one who has obtained gnosis.

The next three paragraphs, that I did not quote, go on to speak of those who do not have any desire to know the Father and the error of their ways.  The text is very forceful in it’s damning of such individuals.  The main theme of this text is of avoiding ignorance and the obtaining of gnosis, thus the strong wording that comes from these paragraphs.

But the rational soul who (also) wearied herself in seeking – she learned about God. She labored with inquiring, enduring distress in the body, wearing out her feet after the evangelists, learning about the Inscrutable One. She found her rising. She came to rest in him who is at rest. She reclined in the bride-chamber. She ate of the banquet for which she had hungered. She partook of the immortal food. She found what she had sought after. She received rest from her labors, while the light that shines forth upon her does not sink. To it belongs the glory and the power and the revelation for ever and ever. Amen.

The final paragraph of the text beautifully portrays the soul finally at rest in the pleroma with the Father.  

I HIGHLY recommend everyone read the full text at http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/autho.html  

“Surviving Death” (Netflix) review

With this post, I plan on doing something a bit different.  I’ve had writer’s block for the past few weeks.  My family and I have been sick with covid and the symptoms have created some major brain fog for myself along with severe headaches.  Today it finally started to clear up some.  I noticed Netflix has a new series up titled “Surviving Death” so I decided to binge watch the six episodes.  Normally I am not a fan of binge watching, but this subject does intrigue me a great deal so I sat it out for 6 hours.  Here are my thoughts on the episodes.

Episode 1 deals with near death experiences.  I’ve listened to stories on youtube involving NDEs for quite some time and love hearing about them.  It is always interesting to hear about them from people who normally do not give death a second thought; those who typically are not spiritual or religious.  This episode was pretty much like that from the various stories and a good way to start the series.

Episodes 2 & 3 almost lost me.  The two episodes deal with mediums.  I believe we all have the gift to speak to the spirit (or spirits as some would say), but we have not all tapped into that ability.  My issue always come from the theatrics of how some mediums present themselves.  It seems to come off hokey even if that is not their intention.  I am not going to say these people are frauds.  But if I had the easy ability to channel deceased loved ones for people, I personally would present it in a much different way.  Then again, I believe we are all a part of the consciousness of the Father.  We are tiny aspects of the Father, having different experiences but at the end of the day, we’re all connected.  To me, death is nothing to fear at all.  I don’t go into a deep mourning period for loved ones who passed away as I know they are not truly dead.  He/she just left their physical body.  Their soul has merged with the great Spirit.  I kept saying to myself if more people realized this, death would not be such a hard concept to deal with.  This may be more a western civilization issue since most of this culture tends to either go towards a dogmatic view or a skeptical / atheist belief. Some of the methods presented in these two episodes seemed a bit too much.  That being said, I am not one to say not to do it.  If it works for them or you, by all means, go for it.  I am sure some of the methods I do in my practices may seem odd to some.  I just think there are better ways to go about this.  😉

Episode 4 deals with signs from the beyond.  Now we’re getting back on track with the series.  Like I have mentioned before, we truly never die.  I absolutely believe in receiving signs from the deceased in some form.  I have received such signs, typically they are either in audible forms or vivid dreams (from my experience).  Unlike the people in the episode, I didn’t call out for any signs.  I believe they will come on their own, at their own time…and they usually do.  If you are going through such a time and wanting to see/hear/feel a sign from your loved one, do not over think it.  Do not yearn for it.  It will come and usually at a time you least expect it.

Episode 5 dealt with seeing dead people.  These are visions coming from people who are close to dying.  My dad had this experience.  He passed away back in the summer of 2020 but the year leading up to this, he started to tell me about seeing what he referred to as angelic beings from time to time.  Being an atheist (or an agnostic at best) his whole life, hearing him tell me that was quite surprising.  It really changed his outlook on death and by the time he passed, he was at peace with dying rather than being afraid.  The episode featured a researcher who worked with hospice patients and records what they see leading up to their deaths.  This is a very fascinating subject and youtube has all kinds of videos about this very subject.  I really liked this episode.

The last episode of the series dealt with reincarnation.  It had 3 main stories and I really liked the evidence presented.  The kid who was an actor and the kid who was a WW2 fighter pilot were great stories.  I am an absolute believer in reincarnation and wished more in the west would at least entertain the notion.  It seems our culture automatically dismisses it and typically use Christianity as a reason.  You can definitely tell they are not aware of the non-canonical gospels that do mention reincarnation.  Perhaps in the next life they’ll become aware of it?  😉  

Overall I enjoyed the series.  Not sure if the medium aspect deserved two episodes though.  

On an unrelated note, this year I plan on doing some deep reads of “The Books of Jeu 1 & 2” and the “Pistis Sophia.”  I have read the Pistis Sophia before, which was the G.R.S. Mead translation.  Some of it stuck, some of it did not.  It was a cold read going into it and was early on in my Gnostic studies.  I am planning on returning to the text but I have two other translations of the text, so I will be going through those.  The Books of Jeu 1 & 2 will be my first time reading, but am looking forward to it.  I am currently reading “The Word of The Pistis Sophia: Revealed in the Order of Jeu” by John Van Den Berg.  This small book (barely over 100 pages) is a good introduction to the Pistis Sophia and Books of Jeu 1 & 2.  A warm up if you will!  While I will be concentrating on those Gnostic books, on the side I will be reading more Hermetic texts.  I like having multiple books going on at the same time.  So expect to have some posts relating to both these subjects in the future.

Body – Soul – Spirit

Body – Soul – Spirit

While reading “The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs” translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, there is a section dedicated on sayings regarding “souls.”  Texts relating to souls have always interested me.  Gnostic literature features quite a few texts detailing the soul’s journey and I was happy to see this continue in Hermeticism.  The soul is not to be confused with spirit, but rather as our bridge from the body to spirit, thus Body-Soul-Spirit.  See my crude diagram (above) for a visualization of such a concept.  

Rather than post full texts from The Hermetica, I will post sections/phrases that really stuck out to me.  This first section is from the text titled “Incarnation of the Soul.”  This is the last part of the text and it’s a detailed account of souls not wanting to leave their heavenly home to be incarnated in the flesh.  

I have seen a vision of souls

About to be shut up in bodies.

Some of them wailed and moaned.

Some struggled against their doom,

Like noble beasts caught by crafty hunters

And dragged away from their wild home.

One shrieked

And looking up and down exclaimed:

‘O Heaven, source of Being,

Bright shining stars

And unfailing sun and moon,

Light and Life-breath of the One,

All you that share our home–

How cruel it is that we are being torn away

From such celestial splendour!

We are to be expelled

From this holy atmosphere

And from the blissful life we live here,

To be imprisoned

In a mean and sorry place.

What hard necessities wait for us?

What hateful thing will we have to do

To meet the needs of a body

That will quickly perish?

Our eyes will see little,

And only through the fluid

Which these orbs contain.

And when we see our vast heavenly home

Contracted to a size as small as an eye,

Our sorrow will never cease.

We shall not even see clearly,

For we have been condemned to darkness.

And when we hear our brothers and sisters

Blowing with the wind

We shall grieve

That we are no longer breathing

In unison with them.’

**

Definitely sounds like someone did not want to incarnate in a walking meat sack on the physical realm!  I don’t blame them one bit.  The second “soul” related text in the book is titled “Death and Immortality.”  Like the title states, it is about death and immortality (gotta keep it simple!).  Here is a passage from the text.  Please note, I replaced “Atum” with “The Father” (see my previous blog post on why I did this).

After quitting the body,

Mind, which is divine by nature,

Is freed from all containment.

Taking on a body of Light,

It ranges through all space–

Leaving the soul

To be judged and punished,

According to its deserts.

Souls do not all go to the same place.

Not to different places at random.

Rather, each is allocated

To a place that fits its nature.

When a soul leaves the body

It undergoes a trial and investigation

By the chief of the gods.

When he finds a soul to be honourable and pure,

He allows it to live in a region

That corresponds to its characteristics.

But if he finds it stained

With incurable ignorance,

He hurls it down

To the storms and whirlwinds,

Where it is eternally tossed between sky and earth on the billowing air.

Only a good soul is spiritual and divine.

Having wronged no one

And come to know The Father,

Such a soul has run the race of purity,

And becomes all Mind.

After it leaves its physical form,

It becomes a spirit in a body of Light,

So that it may serve The Father.

**

The third text in the book is titled “Ignorance of the Soul” and its about awakening from ignorance and seeking your true self.  Of the three, this is probably my favorite.  I will include several phrases below:

It is impossible to be permanently happy

While attached to a body.

A man should train his soul in this life

So that, when he enters the other world

Where he is able to see The Father,

He does not lose his way.

*

Our possessions possess us.

We were not born with possessions,

But acquired them later.

Everything a man uses to gratify his body

Is alien to his original god-like nature.

Not only possessions–

Even the body is foreign

To our true self.

*

You are drunk with ignorance of The Father

It has overpowered you,

And now you are vomiting it up.

Empty yourselves of darkness

And you will be filled with Light.

*

There is no greater mistake

Than to have the power to know The Father

And not to use it.

*

Everywhere The Father will come to meet you.

Look and he appears–

At times and places when you least expect.

*

This is because

The Father is All.

**

Man is a Marvel

While I have been studying Gnosticism for over three years now, I have recently started to get into Hermeticism.  A lot of the concepts, from what I read, go along with Gnosticism quite well.  I am currently reading “The Hermetica: The Last Wisdom of the Pharaohs”, translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy.  This book is a collection of various Hermetic texts.  Sort of an introduction to Hermeticism if you will (though I did read “The Kybalion” before this, a book that I will cover at another time).  There are amazing passages in this book and I would like to share some.  With this post, I am sharing the text titled “Man is a Marvel” which is about Man and his place among the divine line; God – Cosmos – Man.  The authors of the book use the word “Atum” in place of GOD (Atum being one of the ancient Egyptian names for the Supreme One).  They wanted to avoid using the word GOD due to the preconceptions that come with the word.  Personally I prefer “The Father”.  For this post, I will use “The Father” rather than “Atum” as that is how I read it.  

Man is a Marvel

The Father is first,

The Cosmos is second,

And man is third.

The Father is One,

The Cosmos is One,

And so is man–

For like the Cosmos

He is a whole made up

Of different diverse parts.

The Maker made man

To govern with him,

And if man accepts this function fully,

He becomes a vehicle

Of order in the Cosmos

Man may know himself,

And so know the Cosmos,

By being aware

That he is an image of The Father

And of the Cosmos.

He differs from other living things

In that he possess Mind.

Through Mind he may commune

With the Cosmos, which is the second god–

And by thought he may come to Knowledge

Of The Father the One-God.

The human body encloses pure Mind,

As if within a walled garden,

Which shelters and secludes it,

So that it may live in peace.

Man has this two-fold nature–

In his body he is mortal,

And in his intelligence he is immortal.

He is exalted above heaven,

But is born a slave to Destiny.

He is bisexual,

As his Father is bisexual.

He is sleepless,

As his Father is sleepless.

Yet he is dominated by carnal desires,

And lost in forgetfulness.

Of all beings that have Soul,

Only man has a two-fold nature.

One part, called “The Image of The Father”,

Is single, undivided, spiritual and eternal.

The other part

Is made of the four material elements.

One comes from the Primal Mind.

It has the power of the Creator,

And is able to know The Father.

The other is put in man

By the revolution of the heavens.

Man is the most divine of all beings,

For amongst all living things,

The Father associates with him only–

Speaking to him in dreams at night,

Foretelling the future for him

In the flight of birds,

The bowels of beasts

And the whispering oak.

All other living things

Inhabit only one part of the Cosmos–

Fishes in water,

Animals on the earth,

Birds in the air.

Man penetrates all of these elements.

With his sense of sight,

He even grasps the heavens.

To speak without fear,

Human beings are above the gods of heaven,

Or at least their equal–

For the gods will never pass

Their celestial boundaries

And descend to Earth,

But a man may ascend to heaven,

And what is more,

He may do so without leaving the Earth,

So vast an expanse

Can his power encompass.

By The Father’s will,

Humankind is compacted,

Of both divinity and mortality.

He is more than merely mortal,

And greater than the purely immortal.

Man is a marvel,

Due honour and reverence.

He takes on the attributes of the gods,

As if he were one of their number.

He is familiar with the gods,

Because he knows he springs

From the same source.

He raises reverent eyes to heaven above,

And tends the Earth below.

He is blessed by being the intermediary.

He loves all below him,

And is loved by all above him.

Confident of his divinity,

He throws off his solely human nature.

He has access to all.

His keenness of thought

Descends to the depths of the seas.

Heaven is not too high

For the reach of his wisdom.

His quick wits penetrate the elements.

Air cannot blind his mental vision

With its thickest fog.

Dense earth cannot impede him.

Deep water cannot blur his gaze.

Man is all things.

Man is everywhere.

Man not only receives the Light of divine Life,

But gives it as well.

He not only ascends to God,

But even creates gods.

Just as The Father has willed

That the inner man

He created in his likeness,

So we on Earth create the gods

In our human image.

Is this not worthy of wonder?

There are then these three–

The Father, Cosmos, man.

The Cosmos is contained by The Father.

Man is contained by the Cosmos.

The Cosmos is the son of The Father.

Man is the son of the Cosmos,

And the grandson, so to speak, of The Father.

The Father does not ignore man,

But acknowledges him fully,

As he wishes to be fully acknowledged by man,

For this alone is man’s purpose and salvation–

The ascent to heaven

And the Knowledge of The Father.

The Twelfth Deep

Today I present another section of the untitled text from the Bruce Codex. Like so many parts of this text, this section stuck out. It gives me quite a bit to think about every time I read it. The 12 deeps are part of the make up of the Pleroma. As I mentioned in the previous post, the untitled text is a cosmology text of the ALL and the Aeons that comprise the various aspects of the heavens. It’s a text that requires much study and even then, you still probably won’t understand half of it (I am in the same boat! lol). But each time I read it, phrases stick out and this one is an example. I used both the Baynes and MacDermot translations to put together a text that I think flows well. Here it is:

The twelfth Deep is the Truth.  

From this, all Truth comes forth.

This is the Truth that encloses them all.

This is the image of the Father.

This is the Mirror of the All.

This is the Mother of the Aeons,

Whom encompasses all the Deeps.

This is the Monad, which is inconceivable,

Unknown, of which all are ignorant.

The characterless One, which all are blessed forever.

For thy sake we have been clothed with glory,

And through thee we have seen the Father of the All,

And the Mother of All things who is hidden in every place.

She who is the thought of every Aeon.

She who is the Conception of every god and lord.

She who is the Gnosis of of all invisibles.

And thy image is the Mother of all things uncontainable.

And it is the power of every infinite one.

And they bless the Only-Begotten One saying:

“Through thy image we have seen thee

And we have fled to thee,

And have stood with thee.

We have received the unfading crown,

Which we all have learned through thee.

Glory to thee forever O Only-Begotten One!

AMEN.”

“I Bless Thee”

Recently I’ve read through the “untitled text” from the Bruce Codex twice. The first time was a cold read. The second time I read along with commentary. It is a very fascinating text that describes the cosmology of the Pleroma (the text itself is sometimes given the name “The Pleroma” but there is no official name for it). I read the translation by Charlotte Baynes, which can be found at amazon under the name “A Coptic Gnostic Treatise: Contained In The Codex Brucianus.” There is also another translation that can be found online by Violent MacDermot. The text does not get much attention, which is a pity as it is quite the fascinating text regarding The ONE and the Aeons. I want to share one of the passages that really struck a cord with me. I took both translations to piece this together (mainly Baynes) and I think it flows quite well. I refer to this prayer as “I Bless Thee”….

I bless thee, the Father of all fathers of Light

I bless thee, the infinite Light, every infinitude excelling.

I bless thee, the Light uncontainable, every uncontainable surpassing.

I bless thee, the Light unutterable, every unutterable preceding.

I bless thee, the Light incorruptible, every incorruptible excelling.

I bless thee, the Light Source of every Light.

I bless thee, the Light unspeakable.

I bless thee, the Light – even by himself unthought.

I bless thee, the unbegotten Light.

I bless thee, the self-alone-caused Light.

I bless thee, the Forefather of Light, every forefather excelling

I bless thee, the invisible Light, every invisible preceding.

I bless thee, the Light Thought, every thought excelling.

I bless thee, the God of Light, who art before all gods.

I bless thee, the Gnosis, which to all gnosis is the Light.

I bless thee, the Light unknowable every unknowable preceding.

I bless thee, the still Light, every stillness preceding.

I bless thee, the all-powered Light, every all-power excelling.

I bless thee, the triple-powered Light, every triple-power excelling.

I bless thee, the undivided Light-and thou art he who separates all Light.

I bless thee, the uncommingled Light, all uncommingled things excelling.

I bless thee, the One who all things knoweth, whereas himself, no one doth know.

I bless thee, the One who in himself the Whole possesseth, whereas himself, none doth possess.

I bless thee, who begettest all in unbegottenness, inasmuch as him, none hath begotten.

I bless thee, the Source of the Whole, and of all things.

I bless thee, truly the unmoved Light: thou art the Light of those who in thy Light were moved.

I bless thee, the Silence of all silences of Light.

I bless thee, the Saviour of all saviours of Light.

I bless thee, the unconquerable Light alone.

I bless thee, who to all spaces of the Whole alone art Space.

I bless thee, who alone art Wise, and who alone art Wisdom.

I bless thee, the All-mystery alone.

I bless thee, the All-perfect Light alone.

I bless thee, the only Unattainable One.

I bless thee, thyself the Good, and thou dost every good reveal.

I bless thee, thyself the Light, and thou dost every Light reveal.

I bless thee, who all Mind awakest, who gives Life to every soul.

I bless thee, Repose of those who are in Silence.

I bless thee, in all Fatherhoods abiding-from the Beginning until now all seek for thee-in that thou art their quest.

Yea, harken to the supplication of the Main in every place-this same who prays with his whole heart.

AMEN

“The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)” – animated

To go with the video I posted the other day, this animated video is of “The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene).” The Gnostic texts have quite a bit of material related to various feminine aspects (Sophia being the most spoken of). However, Mary Magdalene is a very prominent character in the texts. She is greatly featured in the “Pistis Sophia” and “The Gospel of Mary” but also appears in “The Gospel of Thomas”, “The Sophia of Jesus Christ”, “The Gospel of Philip” and “The Dialogue of the Savior.” There could be more that I am not thinking of at the moment. Mary Magdalene is also viewed in some texts as Sophia personified.

To read a translation of the “Gospel of Mary”, check it out at gnosis.org (LINK).