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by Perseverando
Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:12 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Wisdom of Spiritual Self-Worth: Seeing the Good
Replies: 5
Views: 4520

good and bad and the dualistic mind

Greetings All! Ah yes, Tau Malachi, the dualistic mind can indeed over-reason anything to death! After reading your response and then my post, the dualism of the mental process behind my statements came into clear view. How delightful, and somewhat disconcerting at the same time (there it goes again...
by Perseverando
Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:41 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Wisdom of Spiritual Self-Worth: Seeing the Good
Replies: 5
Views: 4520

seeing the good

Greetings! It becomes apparent after some contemplation that while the practice of seeing the good is simply stated, in it's application we must necessarily encounter subtle and deceptive twists and turns. In shifting the emphasis of awareness on that which is like unto God within - the good we each...
by Perseverando
Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:52 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Wisdom of Spiritual Self-Worth: Seeing the Good
Replies: 5
Views: 4520

God is Good

Greetings All! Tau Malachi offered an interesting suggestion during discourse along this line last Shabbat, a suggestion to try replacing the word God with Good in our studies and practice. This is a subtle and simple way to transform our natural predilection of viewing God as outside of oneself and...
by Perseverando
Sat Mar 26, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Prophecy: The Secret Book of St. James
Replies: 6
Views: 5338

the headless prophet

Greetings All! As Yeshua tells us, prophecy comes from the head, but what exactly does he mean by head? Is he speaking of the ego, of the nefesh behamit and the vital and mental which is self-grasping with attractions and aversions? This would appear to be so from what is given above. If prophecy co...
by Perseverando
Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Prophecy: The Secret Book of St. James
Replies: 6
Views: 5338

Greetings All! The following quote from Tau Malachi's previous post seems to be nothing less than a declaration of the very crux of our work! "The Second Treatise of Seth, like many other spiritual teachings, seems to speak almost completely of transcendence and not transformation; hence the idea of...
by Perseverando
Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Way of the Divine Life
Replies: 12
Views: 8974

energy

Greetings All! That particular and subtle boost of extra energy available in the presence of the incarnate Tzaddik mentioned earlier seems to go to the very root of the Four Ways. Tau Malachi writes: "More than anything it is an account of our need for energy that we may need an incarnate Tzaddik, f...
by Perseverando
Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26498

giving and receiving

Greetings All! Ah... so contemplating all of our relationships can reveal much of how well that we might direct our divine intent or kavvanah (or how we miss the mark). In contemplating any obstructions or impurities in our relationships, particularly in scrutinizing our expectations (self-grasping)...
by Perseverando
Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Way of the Divine Life
Replies: 12
Views: 8974

re: the way

Greetings All! A most enlightening and sobering reply indeed, Tau Malachi. It would seem, then, in the face of most certainly being mislead by cosmic ignorance, that there is little that a soul enmeshed in the web of admixture and illusion, of occulture and psychicism, might do to discern their true...
by Perseverando
Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Way of the Divine Life
Replies: 12
Views: 8974

the way

Greetings All! This is an excellent contemplation Tau Malachi, for it points the aspirant towards discovery of their own way, or Path, unto the Way. What comes to me is that the key would be in one recognising their own predilection, choosing the Path with a Heart, so to speak. As you mentioned in d...
by Perseverando
Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Triplicities and Triads
Replies: 1
Views: 3047

Triplicities and Triads

Greetings All! I have been reading and contemplating the Sophia Fellowship documents links here concerning the Threefold Body of Melchizedek, and the Threefold Sanctuary of Faith. They seem to suggest that both are interdependent and even interchangeable depending upon one’s particular vantage point...
by Perseverando
Mon Feb 21, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: A Mystic Word - "Abracadabra"
Replies: 5
Views: 6285

re: abracadabra

Greetings All! This word captured my imagination some years back. I thought I might share some of the fruits of my own quest for it’s meaning with you here. It seems that the word abracadabra first appears in a verse written by the Roman poet Quintus Serenus Sammonicus in the second century AD. I al...
by Perseverando
Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

the replacement of Judas Iscariot

Greetings Tau Malachi! Ah... Matthias, or Mattathah as I have seen it written. I had forgotten entirely about him! He truly is the unknowing Apostle, as well as the unknown Apostle to most. Admittedly, my familiarity with scripture is rather spotty, especially with the New Testament scripture beyond...
by Perseverando
Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

Judas Iscariot

Greetings All! Tau Malachi, the Apostle who replaces Judas Iscariot would be Saul who became Paul, yes? Talk about one who has sacrificed the illusions and self-deceptive self-undoing habits of the past in order to create a New Life in Christ! That would be Paul for sure. Interesting contemplation, ...
by Perseverando
Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

the 12 apostles and the 12 archetypes

Greetings again! Along these lines, I have seen the 12 apostles associated with the the 12 zodiacal signs in various writings, including this one taken from Ted Andrews' The Occult Christ. In the past I found them to be worthy contemplations, and wondered if there was a similar Sophian teaching of c...
by Perseverando
Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

the fullness of astrology

Greetings All! Sunny's contemplation of the 13 upper and 13 lower aeons/saviors in relation to the yearly cycles of the new and full moons is indeed thought provoking! And this brings into our contemplations the true fullness of the practice of astrology, far beyond that of drawing up personal horos...
by Perseverando
Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

Re: The Soul of Light

Greetings All! Along the lines of these discussions of the natal chart and the 12 archetypes as expressed in the individual through the bondage of the lower aeons and archons, I found the following quotes from Tau Malachi and his quotes from St. John in a previous post seem to get to the point rathe...
by Perseverando
Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

Greetings All! It's absolutely amazing how one contemplation leads to another in this forum. What has become most apparent to me when reviewing my past posts and the sage and patient replies from Tau Malachi is just how clouded my reception and perceptions of the Sophian teachings are by my previous...
by Perseverando
Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

the upper and lower aeons

Greetings All! Tau Malachi, your compelling discourse last evening entwined two Gnostic Tradition stories - the fall and redemption of Pistis Sophia with that of Mary Magdalene. Do these two tales represent in some way a descent and redemption through the respective upper 13 (as Sophia) and lower 13...
by Perseverando
Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:26 am
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Savior & the Twelve Saviors
Replies: 23
Views: 26723

the three ages or aeons

Greetings All! There is perhaps some murkiness surrounding the so-called ages and how they relate to the 12 astrological signposts. Some surmise that the ages move through all 12 signs, but this isn't how it works really, though we could extrapolate from the three natures of cardinal, mutable and fi...
by Perseverando
Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26498

the magical child

Greetings All! Thank you Tau Malachi for your kind words. It was definitely an AHA! moment for me, but as I reread your posts, already iterated there in fewer words, of course. The concept of a magical child has always piqued my curiosity, and brought forth various questions, etc. It occurs to me th...
by Perseverando
Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:14 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Male/Female Relationship in the Dualistic Realm
Replies: 28
Views: 26498

polarity

Greetings All! Intrigueing ideas, these. The clothing that the Self may find itself wearing in incarnation, whether it be male or female in the physical form, is entirely the result of karmic conditioning, the bornless Self ultimately being androgyne, yes? And so, how can one speak of the complex pa...
by Perseverando
Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:01 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Kallah, the Holy Bride
Replies: 10
Views: 14805

Mary prophesied in Micah?

Greetings All! In the course of my studies, I came across something interesting I thought I might share. After referring to my Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionaries/concordance for the word Magdalene, this is what I found: The Greek word magdala is transliterated from the Hebrew MGDLH, written as m...
by Perseverando
Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Differentiation
Replies: 13
Views: 7746

an additional thought

Greetings All! An additional thought: It seems that all this talk about differentiation or individuation on the Tree, the symbolic nature of words and language and the pitfalls of their use and apprehension as well as their divine role in transmission, the five Kabbalistic worlds or olamot, et al, t...
by Perseverando
Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:40 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Differentiation
Replies: 13
Views: 7746

creation as a figure of speech

Greetings All! Ah, so it is via the spoken Word, extending a primordial thought generated on a supernal or supramental level, that subject and object, duality and the demiurge emanate in the Creative world of Beriyah! And so, in a supramental state of true Yechidah/Unity in Christ-mind, all of that ...
by Perseverando
Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 13
Views: 10852

hate as a figure of speech

Greetings All! I am beginning to see how important it is to get past the English translations of the scriptures, get past the klippah, the husk and shell of ignorance and misunderstanding, to truly get to the kernel of the intended meaning. I realize that in not being native speakers of Greek or Ara...
by Perseverando
Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine
Topic: Kallah, the Holy Bride
Replies: 10
Views: 14805

the reincarnations of Kallah Messiah

Greetings All! Tau Malachi, in your commentary of the final verse of the Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas, you briefly mention something that has crystallized in my mind: That the Kallah Messiah, on account of not being recognised in the form of Mary of Magdalah, has returned to this earth, reincarnated...
by Perseverando
Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:29 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Differentiation
Replies: 13
Views: 7746

cosmic vehicles

Greetings All! And so the matrix of creation is... a vehicle for the journey of the mind - evolving consciousness. And the world is... also a vehicle for consciousness evolving? Vessels actually? Is this what was implied, Tau Malachi? It's easy to view the physical body as a vehicle, with a soul or ...
by Perseverando
Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: What kind of God?
Replies: 18
Views: 14723

a predatory universe?

Greetings All! This is the first post to catch my eye after logging on after a few weeks absence. This is heady stuff, and seems to go right to the heart of what spurs/lures/inspires/goads/tricks/forces/pushes/leads etc. all of us to the Path of Return. What kind of God indeed! My first inner respon...
by Perseverando
Tue Dec 21, 2004 1:03 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Nativity and Gnosticism
Replies: 4
Views: 4018

Solstice Greetings!

Solstice Greetings All! Wonderful meditations for the Solstice, Tau Malachi. Thank you. It is interesting to note that of the four NT synoptic Gospels, only Luke gives us the elaborate story of Mary's conception and the various famous scenes surrounding the birth of Yeshua. As Tau Malachi has taught...
by Perseverando
Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:26 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Nativity and Gnosticism
Replies: 4
Views: 4018

The Nativity and Gnosticism

Greetings all! Tau Malachi, since the Christmas season is fully upon us, could you speak to us of the Nativity of Yeshua in the Sophian Tradition? After contemplating the various Gnostic texts as well as the posts in The Second Treatise of the Great Seth here, I am inclined to regard the Baptism and...
by Perseverando
Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:57 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
Replies: 11
Views: 7736

re: the dove and resurrection

Greetings Tau Malachi and all! These past posts have been most enlightening indeed. I had always "known" that each individual stands upon a "lower" or "higher" rung upon the ladder of evolving consciousness and spirit - said position governed by the the karmic conditioning of that particular monad. ...
by Perseverando
Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:54 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
Replies: 11
Views: 7736

re: the threefold body and the anointed one

Greetings Tau Malachi! "...the extension of the contemplation..." What a wonderful way to express it! And what an extension. The threefold nature of baptism you describe aligns perfectly with the threefold (or tripartite as I often prefer) nature of man in Nephesch, Ruach and Neschamah. I have yet t...
by Perseverando
Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:51 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
Replies: 11
Views: 7736

re: diversity of experience

Greetings All! This is perhaps as good a topic as any for my first post. The aforementioned quote from The Second Treatise of the Great Seth is indeed radical, and serves as a prime example of Gnostic sayings which the early Church Fathers viewed as heretical. In fact, this particular saying would p...

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