33: Rebirth in the Spirit

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33: Rebirth in the Spirit

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu May 13, 2004 11:56 am

It is the ones who have gone astray that the Spirit gave birth to. Moreover, they go astray because of the Spirit. Thus, from one and the same Spirit the fire is kindled and quenched. (Gospel of St. Philip, saying 33)

This may be interpreted in a numbers of ways, as with all passages from Holy Scriptures. Generally speaking, in most Scriptures, being lead astray implies being lead from the path and removed from the Community of the Elect, and here it may have the same meaning, but in the context of one who is lead astray only to be later restored more firmly. Indeed, there certainly are occassions when one must depart the path and the Community of the Elect in order to truly realize what the path is and the truth of the Gospel. Very often we learn by contrast and by trial and error, and in missing the mark we discover our true aim.

Yet this is not the context in which the sages of the tradition typically read this saying, but rather to be lead "astray" implies the quickening of the Fiery Intelligence, which leads to the sparking of the mystical inclination, which in turn leads one from the outer and unspiritual church to the Interior and Gnostic Church - the Community of the Elect. Likewise, when one is reborn of the Holy Spirit, one is drawn out of the herd consciousness of the unenlightened society and becomes an authentic individual (solitary, in Gnostic jargon), and is lead astray from the way of the world, the alien realm. Quite frankly, if one truly becomes immersed in spirituality and becomes on fire with the Holy Spirit, typically one's friends and family may well think ones has gone mad or been lead into something "strange." In a manner of speaking they are correct - God is strange to humankind and this world as yet, and to be on fire with the Holy Spirit is Divine Madness. One cannot walk in the way of the world and unenlightened society and follow in the Way of the Messiah and Holy Ones - they are two different paths or directions. As Yeshua says, "You cannot serve two masters."

The outer and unspiritual church is a product of the unenlightened society - it is the way men water down the teachings of the Master so that they are acceptible to the masses - the herd of humankind. One believes "this" and does "that" and one is "good" and one is "saved," but there is no real change in one's consciousness or the motivation of life. One lives as everyone else in the herd of humankind, only one is a "believer," so it is all okay! Quite obviously, enlightenment and liberation will never come about in this way, but such institutionalized religion leaves souls bound to the dominion of the demuirgos. Truly, many are in need of being "lead astray" from the klippah of what is outer and unspiritual, and from the herd consciousness that prevails in this world. Present world events and evil actions in the name of "God" and "religion" make this perfectly clear.

We may inquire, "Did Master Yeshua teach religion, or did he teach a spirituality that leads to enlightenment and liberation?" If one examines the gospels it is quite clear that he lead a spiritual revolution against religion and the clergy of his day, and it is the same with true Gnostics to this day - Gnosticism is not an institutionalized religion, but is a spiritual path the aim of which is supernal or Messianic consciousness.

Indeed, there are living Gnostic Traditions, but these represent lineages of adepts and masters embodying something of the supernal or Messianic consciousness; hence successions of realized individuals. While we may have spiritual teachers and guides in the Way, we have no need of clergy, but rather a true and holy apostle serves as a midwife, and does not stand in between the disciple and the Risen Savior. Living tradition reflects the enlightenment experience and methods of self-realization of those who have gone before us, but it is alive because it is not a fixed institution or doctrine or creed, but is constantly growing and evolving with every new generation of initiates. There is a Living Presence and Power moving in it that does not allow it to stand still, the same Divine presence and power that leads us out of herd consciousness into the Living Light.

As long as we cling to religious institutions or the establishments of the unenlightened society, our full gestation and rebirth in the Spirit remains incomplete. By nature, Gnosticism is a journey beyond these things...

May we be fully lead astray in this way! Amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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Gospel of Philip (73.1-4)

#2 Postby Claudia » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:49 am

Dear Teacher Malachi:

Instead of posting a new topic, it seems appropriate to introduce this question here.

"People who say they will first die and then arise are mistaken. If they do not first receive resurrection while they are alive, once they have died they will receive nothing." - Gospel of Philip (73.1 – 4)"

What does it mean?

Blessings and Shalom,

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#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:44 pm

Salutations in the Light of the Messiah!

The aim of the Christian Gnostic is the liberation of the soul from compulsory rounds of transmigration, the transcendence of the need for physical or material incarnation. In this passage from the Gospel of St. Philip that you quote, to “die” indicates this attainment, the full liberation of the soul, the cessation of ignorance, the self-grasping, desire and fear that binds the soul, which leads to the attainment of perfect peace, perfect repose.

In a manner of speaking, they are indicating something akin to the Buddhist teaching of nirvana.

The resurrection in this context is the enlightenment experience that leads to this liberation of the soul – the crucifixion is the cessation of ignorance, self-grasping, desire and fear, which leads to the illumination or enlightenment of the soul, and with the fruition of that enlightenment comes liberation.

If we wish to speak of this enlightenment experience, the Gnostic experience, we may say that it is the generation of the body of light and development of consciousness beyond the body, which at the same time is an infusion of consciousness into the body; coupled with this, it is also the generation of a presence of awareness throughout all states of consciousness, waking consciousness, sleep and dream, and death and the afterlife, so that in transitions between various states of consciousness we no longer fall unconscious. When this evolution of consciousness is brought to fruition, this divine illumination becoming actualized and realized, embodied, the need for physical or material incarnation is transcended – the soul is no longer bound to compulsory rounds of reincarnation.

Of course, we may speak of the Gnostic experience in another way as well, citing it as a threefold enlightenment experience: 1) It is the experience of higher or more expanded states of consciousness, the fruition of which is Supernal or Messianic Consciousness; 2) It is the opening of consciousness to new dimensions, the fruition of which is sight into the World of the Holy Spirit, the Supernal Dimension or Universe; 3) It is the knowledge of God through direct spiritual and mystical experience of God, the fruition of which is the experience of conscious unification with God and Godhead, the Divine.

All of this has its foundation in our experience of the Risen Messiah – the Light Transmission, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.

Essentially, until we receive the Holy Spirit it is as though on a spiritual level we are dead – we cannot see, hear, smell, taste, feel, know or speak in the Spirit, but resemble something like a walking corpse in a world of the living dead. And we may say, in this condition we are not alive so as to die, and never having lived we cannot die, but our soul continues in this aimless wandering like a hungry ghost, lifeless. When we receive the Holy Spirit, however, we are raise from death to life – resurrected, and we can see, hear, smell, taste, feel, know and speak in the Spirit; having life in the Spirit, now we can die, passing up in the Great Ascension into perfect repose in God and Godhead, unified with Christ in the Living Father.

This, of course, is something much more than most good Christians would speak of as the “reception of the Holy Spirit,” or even very different than what many modern “gnostics” would speak of as “Divine Gnosis”; it is an actual experience of self-realization or enlightenment in Christ that leads to the liberation of the soul – true salvation.

In this respect, a true Gnostic, “one who knows,” would speak of seeing and hearing the kingdom of heaven – they would speak of sight into the World of the Holy Spirit, and speak from the gnosis of that Pleroma of Light.

Indeed, even in the outermost gradations of the experience of Light Transmission we behold in our vision the kingdom of heaven spread out upon the earth, the light realm within and all around us – many initiates in our lineage can bear witness to this, sharing their own spiritual and mystical experiences in moments of Light Transmission.

Thus, from a Gnostic perspective, we must experience enlightenment in this life to experience liberation at the time of our death or in the afterlife states.

May all who seek salvation attain it, experiencing the resurrection in this life so that they might attain repose in the afterlife. Amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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