Gnostics & Poverty
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
The beatitudes are filled with wisdom, having layers of interpretation and meaning, and they teach deep secrets of the Gnostic Path, or ‘Straight Path,’ through which souls may enter into the experience of intimate nearness and oneness with the Messiah and El Elyon, God Most High. We have spoken and written often on this verse, and our book, “Living Gnosis,” has a significant commentary on it as well as on the other beatitudes, but there is something more I’m inclined to share, venturing into a deep secret mystery.
‘Poor in spirit,’ or ‘spiritual poverty,’ among the knowers of God, the gnostics, is a very lofty grade of soul, a very high station. You see, the nearer a soul draws to the Holy One the more they recognize and realize that nothing exists apart from the Holy One; hence, apart from Yahweh, the Eternal One, nothing has life, light - existence. Thus, in truth, the soul, the individual being, is ‘poor,’ having no life and light, or existence of its own; they are entirely dependent upon the True Existence, God Most High.
In this we may recall the first four verses from the prologue in the Gospel of St. John:
“In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (1:1-4).
You are who and what God created you to be, all that you are and all that you have is from God and is the manifestation of the Word of God, the Spirit of God; in truth, you have no life or light of your own, and no qualities of your own, but the life and light in you, your true existence, your unique essence, is a manifestation of the Essence of God, and the Spirit of God, and all your apparent qualities are, in fact, an expression of something of the qualities of God - the Names of God. Thus, truly, in yourself you are ‘poor,’ you are nothing, you are non-existent, but in God you exist, and your very existence is a manifestation of God, the True Light. Do you understand?
If this is recognized and realized it is an experience of the most intimate nearness, and it is very close to the station of passing away, for in this realization the gnostic initiate knows that they have no life and light, and no qualities, and as such they know, that the life and light in them, and whatever qualities appear in them, are from God through the Living Word, and are the manifestation of the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit. Thus, aware of this emptiness, voidness, poverty, ‘theirs is the kingdom of heaven,’ for having no qualities, attributes, of their own, the full array of the qualities, attributes, of the Messiah and Holy One shine from within them.
Note that the verse does not say ‘theirs shall be,’ but rather ‘theirs is,’ present tense, here and now, in this world, as well as the world-to-come; hence, this is a station, state, to be realized in this life, in this world, and in this spiritual realization is the experience of the kingdom of heaven on earth, in this life, certainly so!
Understand, if this is realized with regards to oneself, then it will be realized with regards to all things, and beholding the life and light in things, and the display of various qualities, one will know and behold Yahweh, Yeshua, in them, and so experience the Divine Presence (Malkut-Kingdom) within oneself and surrounding oneself; indeed, one will see all things as manifest in God, and from God to God, and one will witness that there is no other, there is only the One God. One will see and know that from moment to moment God sustains all things and gives existence to them, all emanating and flowing from the Holy One, and all returning to the Holy One.
This, of course, has nothing to do with whether or not a person has material wealth, but rather whether having abundant material resources or not the spiritual person will be inwardly ‘poor’ in this respect; regardless, accounting all as belonging to God, from God to God, and they will know that they posses nothing save what God makes manifest and what God reveals to them of Godself - Divine Gnosis. Thus, they will posses nothing of themselves, but the Spirit of God will take them up and ‘posses’ them, as it were; or rather they will abide in the realization of this truth, this reality, of the Spirit of God manifest in all things and as all things.
Blessed, indeed, is anyone who enters into this realization through the good grace and mercy of God! Praise God!
May we be blessed to realize our poverty and to be a true and faithful servant of our Lord in spirit and truth! Amen.
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