In the days when Eve was in Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death came into existence. If he reenters and takes it to himself death will not exist. (Gospel of St. Philip, saying 63)
If the Female had not separated from the male, she and the male would not die. That being's separation became the source of death. The Anointed (Christ) came to rectify the separation that had been present since the beginning and join the two components; and to give life unto those who had died by separation and join them together. Now, a woman joins with her husband in the bridal bedroom, and those who have joined in the bridal bedroom will not separate. Thus Eve became separate from Adam becuase it was not in the bridal bedroom that she joined with him. (Gospel of St. Philip, saying 70)
Male and female is the fullness of the Human One - the perfect and complete Human Being; hence the Androgynous One, self-begetting and self-generating. This is the state of Adam Kadmon, the primordial human being, and it is the state of Adam Ha-Rishon, the first or supernal human being. Likewise, it is the truth of the soul of Light, for at the level of Yechidah, Hayyah and Neshamah we are both male and female, Adam and Eve. Therefore, on the most fundamental level, mystically speaking, the separation of Adam and Eve is the incarnate condition when, like Pistis Sophia, the soul discends to cling to a false light and becomes bound to cosmic ignorance and the cycles of the gilgulim - the transmigration of souls.
According to the Gospel the Savior has entered in order to reintegrate the Nefesh and Ruach to the Neshamah, or the earthly soul to the heavenly soul, and thus to deliver souls from the gilgulim. This the Savior accomplishes by revealing the true nature of the Human One - hence the Christos or Light-presence, which is Logos and Sophia.
In the legends of the Sophian Tradition when the Soul of the Messiah entered into incarnation, the Soul of the Anointed became male and female in descent; hence Christ the Logos and Christ the Sophia. These twin aspects became embodied in Lord Yeshua and Mary Magdalene. At first they are separate and apart from one another, but in the process of the Christ revelation they are joined, and in them the male and female aspects of all of the souls of the perfect ones are also joined. This union of Logos and Sophia, male and female, in one Body of Light is called the Second Adam, and it is the true state of the Great Seth (the Cross of Light). Such is the state of the Perfect Human Being who resembles a Great Angel and the Sun of God.
One one level Adam represents consciousness experienced internally and Eve represent consciousness experienced externally; hence the soul or mind and the radiant magical-display of the soul or mind. So long as the illusion of a separation between internally appearing phenomenon and externally appearing phenomenon remains, the soul continues in boundage to the potentially endless cycles of transmigration under karmic compulsion.
On another level Adam Represents the Desire to Share and Eve represents the Desire to Receive. When these are divided the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone comes into being, which is the root of all evil and death. United, these become the Desire to Receive for the sake of the Desire to Share, which is the state of a natural flow of Supernal or Divine Grace and the awareness of Sacred Unity indicitive of supernal or Messianic consciousness.
All of these basic Gnostic ideas relate to these two sayings and form the foundation of a contemplation of their inner and secret meaning - thus here we have a good beginning of a co-exploration of these two sayings.
What thoughts and feelings do these ideas inspire in you?
Blessings & shalom!
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