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68: The Seed of Light

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed May 26, 2004 12:29 pm

Mary said, "The Anointed (Messiah) has sown seeds of Light, and you are the secret garden of the Anointed, and in due season the harvest shall come. Tend to your growth now so that you might be ripe and mature when the harvest comes." (Secret Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene, saying 68)

When is the season of the harvest? On the one hand, it is the time of the Second Coming; yet, on the other hand, it is the day when our soul departs the body at the time we call "death." Who knows if we shall be incarnate in this world at the time of the Second Coming? However, it is certain that our life will climax in death, and our soul will eventually depart this world, much like the departure from worlds in our dreams when we awaken in the morning.

According to the masters of the tradition, all progress in the development and evolution of the soul occurs in the material dimension while the soul is incarnate. The afterlife states reflect the development and evolution of the soul-being, and represent an integration of the experience and growth acquired. Souls may well experience a respite in one of the seven heavens, just as souls may experience a purification by passing through abodes of Gehinnom. Yet, until supernal or Messianic consciousness is attained, only when incarnate in the material dimension are souls able to actually make progress in their evolution. Thus, the incarnate state is, in fact, a precious time; especially if one comes into contact with a Light-transmission lineage of one of the world wisdom traditions. For it is here, in this life, that enlightenment and liberation is possible. Truly, those who tend to the cultivation of the Seed of Light and who seek to bring it to fruition are wise. From the Gnostic perspective, there is no time to waste!

Essentially, whatever is accomplished when death comes, it is accomplished. Whatever is not accomplished, it is not accomplish. Everything is all said and done in that instant and nothing can be changed. The afterlife experience and the next life unfolds accordingly. What we are doing now determines our next experience - if you wish to look and see what sort of experience lays in store, merely look into the here and now. If you wish to make a change in what will transpire, make and change in what is happening now. Now is the time, while you remain iin this life.

This is reflected in a saying of Yeshua from the Gospel of St. Thomas: Consider the one who is alive while you are alive, lest you die and then seek to behold that one - and you will not be able to behold." (saying 59)

This saying also reflect true reception of the Gnostic and Light-transmission, for receiving the spiritual transmission, we must then take up the spiritual life and practice through which we are able to integrate what we have received. Any moment we directly experience the Light-transmission, following the experience, we must envision it with the mind's eye, as it were, and reflect upon it, contemplate and meditate upon it, and draw all gnosis possible out of it. Likewise, we must then practice living according to that True and Light revealed in our experience. In this way we truly receive and become empower to share and give. It is the same with receiving teachings - they are NOT received unless, afterward, we reflect deeply upon them, seeking insight, and contemplate and meditate upon them to let our insights bear good fruit. In terms of teachings we can say many who receive a teaching then say they do not understand it, in fact, have done nothing to understand it. They are unwilling to do their own spiritual work. Thus, if anything is explained, it can only lead to understanding by our own inward labor to understand. In terms of the Light-transmission many confuse recognition for realization and believe that they have fully received through the initial experience. However, to truly receive one must labor to fully integrate oneself to that Truth and Light, and only then does it become realization. Lady Mary is making this distinction quite clear in this saying. Though, indeed, we may speak of salvation through Grace, yet we must co-labor and cooperate Grace in order to work out our salvation; hence to actualize it. It is important that we understand this.

Many might conceive of this labor as a labor for a personal salvation. Yet, that is not the case. You see, it is a labor in the harvest of souls, for the sake of the Divine Illumination and fulfillment of all beings. This is reflected in the Gnostic Feast of the Outer Continuum associated with the time of the Harvest Festival in the solar year: August 2, the Feast of the Apostolic Succession & Light-transmission. Thus, as much as tending to our growth, this is a seeking to help in the liberation of all living spirits and souls. We, too, plants seeds of light and tend to a secret garden, first within ourselves, and then reaching out to help others.

There are interesting keywords that may be explored here: Seed of Light, Secret Garden, and the Harvest. All of these have deep significance in the Kabbalah. Exploring these will lead to far deeper interpretations of this saying than what is given above - the above represents the most obvious surface level.

What further contemplations do these keywords invoke in your mind and heart?

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby lleyr » Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:30 pm

Greetings Malachi!

I would like to explore the process of our involution a littler further and the fact that it happens in the material world.

I "think" I understand why we must come into being in physical existence, but would like to delve deeper.

Also, I know that we do not trully cary ourselves over from incarnation to incarnation unless we have come into being and chose to return. But... what is brought with us? Just our Karma? What about people who claim to remember past lives?

Blessings, Mark

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#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:38 am

Greetings!

The process of involution, in terms of how the soul enters into incarnation or how consciousness crystalizes into matter, is reflected in the Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ, in the chapter on Yesod, under the subject of death and dying; coupled with the study and contemplation of the Gnosis of Melchizedek it represents a fairly detailed explanation of the involution of the soul or consciousness. The book, Gnosis of Melchizedek: The Secret Essence of the Light Transmission is now available to associate companions - if you check with Rebekah on cost you can order a copy.

Our entrance into physical existence and the egoistic phase of our development is much like the caterpillar entering into the Chrysalis phase in order to emerge as a butterfly - evidence of the truth of the crucifxion and resurrection in the Book of Nature. You see, it is an issue of full individuation necessary for conscious unification - until we fully individuate and coming into being, when we enter into unification we tend to fall into unconscious oblivion. Thus, from an unconscious state we arise by compulsion, according to karmic conditioning. In this way the soul remains in bondage to the dominion of the demiurge and the gilgulim.

We may consider the virtue of the flesh and blood, the physical body, akin to an anchor of a ship. Having a physical body the soul is draw back again and again to the body, thus facilitating the generation of the presence of awareness and individuation - an evolution of the soul-being. In death and the afterlife we do not have this anchor, so the matrix of reality in our experience is unstable - you see, in death and afterlife states, as in dream, whatever thoughts and emotions arise become the reality of our experience, wherever the mind goes, there "we" go - whatever is thought becomes 'real' to us, whether heaven, hell or something in between. When we are incarnate we return to the body after dream and sleep, so whatever dream or nightmare has a swift end - but this is not the case in death and the afterlife. We need physical incarnation until we learn to master the mind, speech and body - until the soul awakens as a cocreator with God.

Only in the material dimension can the soul progress towards Christ consciousness - not in death and the afterlife. If enlightenment and liberation is attained in death and the afterlife it is on account of the positive karma generated during incarnation; hence on account of the spiritual life and practice that created the conditions necessary for Divine Grace.

At the time of death the Nefesh and Ruach dissolve into their nature - they dissolve into Neshamah (the Divine Nature). With every incarnation a new Nefesh and Ruach are generated. In the case of the ordinary or unenlightened individual, a person who has not realized and embodied their Neshamah, there is no connection between incarnations save for the karmic continuum, and the incarnations are the karmic continuum; in effect, as yet, such souls have not individuated and come into being. The remembrance of past lives can occur in one of two ways: either it is a reflection of the karmic stream or continuum, or it is a remembrance of the Neshamah. Typically speaking, in the case of most ordinary individuals it is the former. The true context of such knowledge requires the recognition and realization of the nature of mind or consciousness, the divine nature of the soul, which we call Neshamah.

According to the masters of the Tradition, the purpose of our incarnations is the realization of the Neshamah, within which is Hayyah and Yechidah; hence the realization of the indwelling and cosmic Christ - the Christ Self. In a manner of speaking, the material dimension serves as a mirror into which we might look and see our true nature, Divine and Supernal Being - the mirror is consciousness, and we behold the play of the force of being in it, eventually realizing that we are inseparable from all that appears.

Am I the person of my previous incarnation? Am I the person who was engaged in the play of mentoring last night with some spiritual friends? No, I am not! For the self is a constant continuum of change, and the self of the moment is not the self of last night, let alone the self of the previous incarnation of the soul. On account of self-grasping, ignorance, past lives are misunderstood, as surely as yesterday's arising of self in relationship to the self in the present moment. This we must learn to look and see if we wish to realize the Truth of Self (Christ Self). This recognition is the Great Liberation - if one contemplates this one will recognize we are already free! After all, where is the self that is bound in a static state of existence? Only on account of self-grasping, attachment and aversion we are unwilling/unable to look and see, and thus the karmic continuum remains in effect.

This is reflected in a title given to the Magister Templi, the first degree of self-realization in Supernal or Messianic Consciousness - Nemo, which means "No Man." On the one hand it reflects the truth of the present human condition as a transitional state of being, like the chrysalis; on the other hand it reflects the realization of the Truth of Self, which is No Self. Through the play of something and nothing we come to the realization of the Ain-Nature of Being - the No-Thingness of Being; hence that Being-Consciousness-Force is neither something nor nothing, yet flickers between something and nothing continually. Of course here we are speaking of the supreme mystery - the mystery of our innate unity with God and Godhead (the Primordial Ground of Being).

We may speak a secret, not speaking it: Something arises from Nothing, and it is pure; Something arises from Something and it is impure - the former is Emanation, the later is Creation, Formation and Making. The distinction is the Presence of Awareness through which the nature of reality, the nature of consciousness, is recognized and realized.

The same truth is reflected in this saying: I am a person of Light who has come from the Light-continuum, and who, in fact, has never departed from the Light-continuum. Consider these two sayings in conjunction with the Melchizedek Teachings - you might be astonished by the insight! :D

So, here we are, butterfly people...may be set free and learn to fly!

Blessings & shalom! 8)
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Secret Garden and the Seed of Light

#4 Postby katt » Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:33 am

Shalom Malachi and mark,

I am relating the emages of this passage to the story of the garden of Eaden and the Garden of Gesthemani. The seed of Light and the Fruit bearing Tree seem to be interdependant as the is no Tree without the Tree. I am also contemplating the serpent power in this weave, as Eve must first be tempeted (tested by the Satan) before she can eat the friut. If we are the Secret Garden what does that mean?

As I look into this idea Of Evolution and Involution this passage seems to ask what egsactly we are cultivating with our minds and emotions. How have we tended to our Spiritual Life and Practice.

Shalom,
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Soul-Flower

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:52 am

Greetings!

It seems to me that our mind, heart and life - the personality and life-display is the garden, and that our soul-bieng and Christ self is the fruit or flower. In connection with the Serpent Power I can't help but contemplate the interior stars which are often called flowers, whether lotuses in the East or roses in the West - this garden of luminous fruit.

Harvest has long been associated with divine rapture, thus ripeness seems to allude to the develpment of consciousness beyond the body, a process in which the Fire Snake certainly plays a significant role - the very energy necessary for the projection of our center of consciousness into the body of light.

Without the Serpent in the Garden of Eden the advent of the Risen Christ revealed to St. Miriam of Magdal could not have occured - these two events seem intimately connected. In this I can't help but recall the one of the names for Christ among Gnostics, the Good Serpent, as well as the numerical correspondence between Nachash (Serpent) and Messiah (Anointed) in Hebrew.

This Seed of Light is the Christ-spirit, the Supernal Light, which grows in the Human One until it comes to fruit - it is a spiritual nuclear fire that transforms every level of consciousness into a manifestation of itself, eventually even to include the material substance of the body. It would seem that in some way the Serpent speaking with Mother Eve in the Garden of Eden was the beginning of the transmission of this Fiery Intelligence, and that the Risen Christ speaking to St. Miriam of Magdal represents the fruition.

Blessings & shalom! 8)
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#6 Postby Prior de Fatima » Sat Dec 31, 2005 7:17 pm

Greetings of Peace;

It's been quite a joy to discover this forum.
“The Anointed has sown Pure Light Seeds; you are the Secret Garden of the Anointed, and in due season the Harvest shall come.” - Our Lady Fatima

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#7 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:10 pm

Greetings and welcome, and a Happy New Year to you!

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