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Kallah, the Holy Bride

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:26 am

In the Kabbalah when Malkut is joined to Tiferet (the Bridegroom) she is called Kallah (the Bride). When Malkut is not joined to Tiferet she is called Nukva (the Daughter). Thus, the Partzuf (Divine Personification) of Malkut changes depending upon her relationship with the Sefirot above her, specifically, Tiferet.

As the Partzuf of Christ the Sophia joined to Christ the Logos, Mary Magdalene is called Kallah Messiah (the Anointed Bride); hence the wife and consort and co-preacher with Yeshua Messiah. According to the tradition, she completes Lord Yeshua, just as he is her completion and fulfillment; hence the mystery of Hieros Gamos as it appears in the Sophian Gospel.

In Hebrew a word used for "limit" or "boundary" is Takhlit, which also holds the meaning of "completion" or "ultimate." It comes from the Hebrew root Kalah, which means to "complete" or "finish." There is also the meaning in this word of something fulfilling its purpose.

Quite obviously, Kalah and Kallah are grammatically connected, and thus the word for "Bride" implies completion, fulfillment, perfection, or the ultimate outcome. This clearly relates to the Sefirah Malkut-Kingdom on the Tree of Life, which is the purpose and completion of the Tree in each Olam-Universe. Likewise, it clearly relates to the nature of Mary Magdalene as the wife, consort and co-preacher of the Gospel of the Messiah, for she is the completion of the Messiah and the Gospel, and it is her soul through which the Second Coming will transpire, according to the Sophian Tradition.

Indeed! Without the Sacred Feminine, how can we speak of the fulfillment and completion of the Gospel of Truth, or of the completion of the enlightement and liberation of humanity, or of the full revelation of the Second Adam? Without Kallah Messiah, the Anointed Bride, the Divine image and revelation is incomplete, and the teachings of the Scripture and doctrines generated create a sever imbalance, as evidenced in much of orthodox and fundamental Christianity, as well as other exclusively patriarchal religions.

The message of the word 'Kallah' is that the Sacred Feminine completes and fulfills the Sacred Masculine, the Desire to Receive fulfills and completes the Desire to Share or Give. In this fulfillment the two become one; hence the state of the Second Adam - the Androgynous One.

In this light the name Kallah Messiah proves interesting, for it may be translated as the "Completion" or "Fulfillment" of Messiah, or as the "ultimate manifestation" of Messiah. Such is our beloved Lady, Kallah Messiah! Praise be to her, and to God the Mother, and to the Most High!

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby Marion » Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:39 pm

Dear Malachi,

I was Contemplating the facinating meaning of Kallah that you bring up, Completion, boundary, limit, ultmate, or something fufilling its purpose. And I remember It was said before that in one gnostic gospel the cross at the crucifixtion is called "The limit." which is the meaning of Kallah. I am curious then if this that Yeshua was crucified unto Magdalene, the cross or if it is alluding that the crucifixtion and ressurection could not have taken place without Magdalene? It also reminds of a teaching often focused alot apon in orthodox curches, "Yeshua died for the sins of the world." Magdalene has often been associated with the world because of her natural capacity to ground the very transendental energy of Yeshua in to this plane so that beings could recieve the teachings. The cross is also interesting because it has often been said that the verticle peice symbolises the masculine and the horizontal peice symbolises the feminine. So in the cross there is a uniting of the Masculine and feminine aspects. Does this allude to the teaching that the ultimate purpose of the masculine and feminine is to unite? It is also interesting in this regard that with the second coming, humanities androgenous nature it is often spoken about.

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The Cross & Kallah Messiah

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:15 am

Greetings Marion!

From the Sophian perspective Yeshua Messiah and Kallah Messiah are one Light-presence (Christos) in male and female form, the Logos and Sophia - thus, Kallah is integral to all of the sacred events and mysteries of the Gospel and the Gospel is not complete without her. In general she is the "grounding element" of all that transpires in the Gospel, and therefore the grounding element of the crucifxion and resurrection as well. According to Gnostic legend, her exile in Babylon and the events that occur are a "crucifixion" and through her union with Yeshua Messiah the world is joined to him - in the ceremony of anointing she performs she acts as a priestess-queen anointing the priest-king for sacrifice, and in this act she makes his body a talisman of the sin or negative karma of the world. Likewise, she is present at the crucifixion and first to see the Risen Savior in vision, and legend has it that she experiences the stigmata - the wounds of the cricufxion, suggesting that she experiences the passion with him on account of her love for him.

The sign of the cross is very interesting in the Sophian oral tradition, for there is an association of the mysteries of hieros gamos in it, akin to the Lingam-Yoni of Eastern traditions - a symbol of the union of the male and female. You see, in the union of male and female the image of the Human One is whole and complete, the image and likeness of God; in this is the end of darkness and death - hence the "Limit." Darkness and evil cannot enter into the Sanctuary of the Spiritual Sun, the Bridal Chamber.

As arose in discourse yesterday, of course, as much as the union of a man and woman this relates to the union of the male and female priniciples within each and everyone of us - so there is a far more esoteric understanding of the cross, and the mystery of the crucifixion and resurrection, when considered in the light of the sacred marriage or hieros gamos.

In effect Lord Yeshua and the Magdalene both go through the experiences of one another and are completely interdependent and interconnected, as though one soul-stream in male and female form - they fulfill and complete in one another.

Praise the Anointed of God, bridegroom and holy bride!

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the reincarnations of Kallah Messiah

#4 Postby Perseverando » Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:58 pm

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, generation after generation up to this very day.

Do we know anything of these incarnations? Does anyone really know, and if so, why must they remain silent on this matter?

The thought that the Kallah Messiah has continued to return into incarnation, to walk this earth, and may even be present now, in the flesh, as we live and breathe, is most amazing.

Any additional commentary you can offer would be much appreciated.

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Incarnations

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:58 am

Greetings Shane!

First, it seems that we must say that the Holy Bride continues her incarnations in a woman's form on account of compassion; hence on account of her vow of an enlightened intention. Thus, the soul of the Bride returns to live and move among us out of love and compassion, not karmic compulsion.

According to the teachings, the incarnation of the Soul of the Bride is not as simple as her appearance as one woman, but rather a matrix of woman. It has been said that there is one in whom the divine fullness of the Bride is embodied, and that there are seven in whom the seven aspects of the Bride are embodied, which extends into a matrix of forty-nine women (alluding to the Fifty Gates of Imma-Binah).

To the devotee of the Mother, every woman is the Mother, and to the devotee of the Bride, every woman is the Bride; if the devotee of the Mother is a woman, then she must be the Mother to all, and if the devotee of the Bride is a woman, then she must be the Bride to all. In this we understand the spiritual practice of the Mother and the Bride, and the knowledge of the Divine incarnations is inspiration to this, for one could very well encounter one who has sparks of the Mother or Bride in her and not know. If, indeed, one were to encounter one in whom such a holy spark resided, and one were to recognize her, would that have any meaning to any other person but oneself? It would seem such recognition is something of the Holy Spirit - and it is she who reveals the secret.

It would seems these teachings are invoking an honoring of the Sacred Feminine, first and foremost; and that they are invoking the Mystery. It is like the Holy Grail, perhaps the Mystery of the Grail and the Grail Quest itself is the power of the Grail. If a person knew where the Grail was and told you, wouldn't that sort of take all of the good sport out of it and spoil the whole show? Likewise, would one be worthy of drinking of the Grail in that way, or is the process of seeking the Grail what makes one worthy to drink, assuming one is blessed by the Holy Spirit to find it?

I can say this: The Bride appears to her devotees, in vision and in the flesh. There is no doubt of this.

Ever hear about that fellow who unveiled Isis by his own volition and power while at the wedding feast? It seems that she must unveil herself if she is to be unveiled.

Ah, this subject always brings a twinkle to my eyes and smile to my face - delight!

Blessings & shalom!
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The Maiden is the Daughter of Light

#6 Postby Elder Gideon » Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:52 am

In the Name of Every Woman,
Our Lady Messiah!

In the Acts of Thomas, an astonishing moment, among many, is the "Song to the Daughter of Light". It transpires while Thomas is stopping over in Andrapolis on his long journey to India with the man to whom he was sold as a slave craftsman by the Risen Savior. Sounds of instruments waft throughout the city where a wedding feast is near for the only daughter of the King to which all are invited. Thomas and the emissary of his new master decide to attend, seeing that they’re both strangers who wish to avoid accountability to the King.

While others dined and drank, Thomas took nothing. Following the feast, crowns were given to all guests, as well as oil for anointing the face and body. All are reclining, including Thomas, who is crowned with myrtle and flowers, holding a reed, listening to the flute-girl.

“Now the flute-girl, holding her flute in her hand, went about to them all and played, but when she came to the place where the apostle was, she stood over him and played at his head for a long space: now this flute-girl was by race an Hebrew. […H]e began to sing and to say this song:

The damsel is the daughter of light,
in whom consisteth and dwelleth the proud brightness of kings,
and the sight of her is delightful,
she shineth with beauty and cheer.
Her garments are like the flowers of spring,
and from them a waft of fragrance is borne;
and in the crown of her head the king is established
which with his immortal food (ambrosia) nourisheth them that are founded upon him;
and in her head is set truth,
and with her feet she showeth forth joy.
And her mouth is opened, and it becometh her well:
thirty and two are they that sing praises to her.
Her tongue is like the curtain of the door,
which waveth to and fro for them that enter in:
her neck is set in the fashion of steps
which the first maker hath wrought,
and her two hands signify and show,
proclaiming the dance of the happy ages,
and her fingers point out the gates of the city.
Her chamber is bright with light and
breatheth forth the odour of balsam and all spices,
and giveth out a sweet smell of myrrh and Indian leaf,
and within are myrtles strown on the floor,
and [GARLANDS] of all manner of odorous flowers,
and the door-posts(?) are adorned with freedst.

And surrounding her her groomsmen keep her,
the number of whom is seven,
whom she herself hath chosen.
And her bridesmaids are seven,
and they dance before her.
And twelve in number are they that serve before her
and are subject unto her, which have their aim
and their look toward the bridegroom,
that by the sight of him they may be enlightened;
and for ever shall they be with her in that eternal joy,
and shall be at that marriage whereto the princes are gathered together
and shall attend at that banquet whereof the eternal ones are accounted worthy,
and shall put on royal raiment and be clad in bright robes;
and in joy and exultation shall they both be and shall glorify the Father of all,
whose proud light they have received, and are enlightened by the sight of their lord;
whose immortal food they have received, that hath no failing,
and have drunk of the wine that giveth then neither thirst nor desire.
And they have glorified and praised with the living spirit,
the Father of Truth and the Mother of Wisdom.”

Amen and Amen!

This was cut and paste from a translation of M. R. James of Apocryphal New Testament source works, available online at www.webcom.com/gnosis/library/actthom.htm where the fate of Thomas after this song and beyond may be further read.

Is this song Kabbalistic a little or what?

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maid and crone.

#7 Postby Marion » Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:39 pm

Greetings Malachi, Shane and Michael! :D

There was an insight into teachings of the virgin and whore while reading these delightful posts, :D that I think might pertain to the subject.

In the teachings, the bride is said to have seven faces, three bright, Maid Mother and Crone, three dark, Lilatu or Lilith, Na'amah and Iggaret, and one which is all of the faces who is the bride proper. Normaly I had always thought of the face of the Maid as the virgin. But i am now wondering if the maid has more to do with what is meant by whore than virgin? because, because the maid has not has much life experience, she tries many new things, and many things are new to her, which seems to be part of the reason why she is so playful? Contrariwise, the Crone has seem everything, done everything, knowes everything, and because of this she is untainted by anything that passes, which is more akin to the virgin. How facinating! it is almost like the saying, "you've got to get in to get out." in other words, no one is born enlightenend, one must incarnate into one of these bodies, and sorjorn the path and study and practice. Like the crone. It is because of everything that she has seen that she is untainted by anything. Whereas, in the maid, there seems to be a bit of ignorance and care freeness. Which then sheds new light on why the Bride is called th evirgin and the whore, which initialy seems like a contradiction. It is like the Bride is a mirror. A mirror is in tainted by anything that passes before it, but because of its purity, everything is at the same time completely new.

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Virgin & Whore

#8 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:39 am

Greetings everyone!

The qualities of the Virgin and the Whore, first and foremost, speak to Sophia as the nature of consciousness - the Clear Light Nature, which is in all beings, whether divine, admixed or demonic. She is Virgin in that this nature is ever pure, never tainted, stained, traced or marked in any way; She is Whore in that this nature arises as all beings, and all beings can have intimate knowledge of Her.

In this sense the quality of Virgin and Whore may be associated with all aspects of Sophia - Maid, Mother and Crone; though typically we hear of it with Mother Sophia and the Bride Sophia.

Some times we also hear of the Virgin associated with the Bright aspects of Sophia and the Whore associated with the Dark aspects.

Blessings & shalom! :)
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Mary prophesied in Micah?

#9 Postby Perseverando » Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:01 am

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 migdalah in Strong's dictionary, and is defined as a tower (from it's size or height) or by analogy a rostrum, or raised platform such as used for public speaking or discourse (such as that given by a tzaddik?). There are other associations with this word such as a pyramidal flower bed, a flower, a castle, and a pulpit, all of which are esoterically compelling.

As such, the appellation to Mary of the term Magdalene may be viewed not only as indicating that she hailed from a town with a tower, but that she is verily a Tower in a more esoteric sense.

Looking for the use of this word migdalah in the Old Testament, I came across this passage from Micah 4:8 which would appear to be a prophecy of Mary Magdalene as coequal with Yeshua as Christ, and as the leader of the flock.

"And thou, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee it shall come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Zion."

Actually, the whole of Micah 4:6 through 4:13, though apparently more of an epistle to Israel, can be seen to prophesy the role of Mary. Note also that it is Micah, in 5:2 who prophesied the birthplace of Yeshua.

The varied meanings of the word MGDLH should bear much fruit in contemplation. By gematria, it is valued at 82, 80 being Peh- the mouth - the Tower, and 2 being Bet - the house - the Magus. 82 reduces to 10, thus Malkut or Kallah the Bride!

Perhaps I am reading into this, but it sure appears that Mary Magdalene was indeed prophesied in the Old Testament in Micah!

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Prophecy of the Bride

#10 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:07 pm

Greetings Shane!

Indeed, it is felt by Sophians that this prophecy from Micah speaks of the Holy Bride, St. Mary (Miriam) the Magdalene.

The idea of a pulpit or raised platform from which a Holy Tzaddik might speak reflects the teaching that Lady Mary acted like the divine muse of Lord Yeshua, inspiring him to give inner and secret teachings. Likewise, the Tower of the Flock alludes to her as his inmost disciple and as co-preacher with him - the Apostle to the apostles. The image of a flow brings to mind the Rose Cross, a long time symbol of Gnostic Christianity, and alludes to her as his wife and consort, and the mystery of hieros gamos in the Gospel. Thus the term "Magdalene" does not seem to be so much a place as a state of being or action of being; more a title of great honor than anything else. It seems akin to saying, Mary the holy and wise woman, or Mary the woman of God.

It is interesting, for from time to time we get folks who come to us and tell us that avatars never appear in a woman's form; yet, how shall we speak of the salvation or enlightenment and liberation of all humanity without the redemption of womanhood? Likewise, many folks find the idea of Yeshua having sexual relations unacceptable; yet, if Christ becomes fully human to redeem the fullness of our humanity, does this not include our sexuality? It would seem that the whole of our humanity must be included and integrated into the Light-presence (Christos), including womanhood and our sexuality: Magdalene represents this Integral Self-realization in Christ. Without her, from the Sophian perspective, the Gospel is incomplete, as is the grace of salvation.

That the Holy Bride has yet to fully be received seems to reflect our deep need for her - our deep need for the Sacred Feminine in which we are made whole and complete. Somehow the term 'Magdalene' seems to reflect this to me. Praise be the Tower of our Righteousness, the Anointed Bride!

The numbers are truly interesting, for the 'Mouth' speaks the Word and the human one is the 'house' in which the Living Word dwells - the image of the human one is male and female in union; the two become One. How delightful!

Blessings & shalom! :)
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#11 Postby sophia-suzette » Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:34 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi!

In reading this contemplation two aspects I read about in Caitlin Matthews's Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, comes to mind. One was the story about the Lokrian maidens which was said to represent the dark Athene, as the maiden Aglauros, had the keeping of the sacred basket of the mysteries ..., “ If the Lokrian maidens remained unrecognized and reached the temple of Athene, they became priestesses of the Goddess” It is said that this was re-enacted in mystery form at the festival of Plynteria when the temple Athene was cleansed. On the night preceding the apophras emera or ominous day, the Kallynteria was performed, whereby the priestess representing Aglauros was decked with ornaments prior to her ordeal in darkness. The priestess of Athene-Agauros was originally called 'Agraulos' or 'one spending the night in the field,' testifyng to her descent into darkness.

This seems to reflect both the descent of Sophia and the incarnations of the Holy Bride. Perhaps we have to seek for her hidden presence in the faces of our brothers and sisters, through compassion and love before she will reveal herself? The sacred basket also reminds me of the Wampum Belts beaded by the native American women, which were said to contain knowledge of the Great Spirits' laws, and were kept in the Black Lodges, the lodges of women. The journey – one spending the night in the field – seems to be encapsulated in your words about seeking the Grail.

“Likewise, would one be worthy of drinking of the Grail in that way, or is the process of seeking the Grail what makes one worthy to drink, assuming one is blessed by the Holy Spirit to find it?”

The other is story of Yehudi, which for me is contained in your words;
“To the devotee of the Mother, every woman is the Mother, and to the devotee of the Bride, every woman is the Bride; if the devotee of the Mother is a woman, then she must be the Mother to all, and if the devotee of the Bride is a woman, then she must be the Bride to all... “

“He loves his first wife, Foegele, but leaves her in order to emulate the exiled Shekinah. He is obedient to Foegele's legitimate deathbed request that he marry her sister ... Eventually, one night, Yehudi has a vision ... The blackness of the night is transformed by the blast of a heavenly shofar (horn) into the appearance of the Milky Way. From within this pool of white radiance emerges a woman veiled in black, with feet bleeding. She says that it is the holy men who are causing her torment and excluding her; 'each of you exiles his comrades, and so together you exile me... one cannot love me and abandon the created being.' As she lifts her veil, Yehudi beholds Foegele in the shape of the Shekinah. ... For, 'she so pervades this lower world that if you search in deed, speech, thought and speculation, you will find Shekinah, for there is no beginning nor end to her.”

Does the prophesy of the incarnation of the Holy Bride also serve as a lesson to us to “walk our talk,” to recognize that the search of the Grail is not something outside of us but found in humbly living our lives as an expression of the Holy Bride, for she abides in all? That hidden in the incarnation of the Holy Bride is the injunction to include all of the physical life in our spiritual practices, then She will reveal Herself in all Her glory?

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