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The Son is the Shepherd of the One Lost Sheep

#1 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:48 pm

Shabbat Shalom!

He is the shepherd who left behind the ninety-nine sheep which had not strayed and went in search of that one which was lost. He rejoiced when he had found it. For ninety-nine is a number of the left hand, which holds it. The moment he finds the one, however, the whole number is transferred to the right hand. Thus it is with him who lacks the one, that is, the entire right hand which attracts that in which it is deficient, seizes it from the left side and transfers it to the right. In this way, then, the number becomes one hundred. This number signifies the Father.

He labored even on the Sabbath for the sheep which he found fallen into the pit. He saved the life of that sheep, bringing it up from the pit in order that you may understand fully what that Sabbath is, you who possess full understanding. It is a day in which it is not fitting that salvation be idle, so that you may speak of that heavenly day which has no night and of the sun which does not set because it is perfect. Say then in your heart that you are this perfect day and that in you dwells the light which does not fail.
(http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/got.html)

Shabbath is the seventh day of the week, the completion of Creation, and corresponds to the sefirah Malkut on the Tree of Life. When it says in Genesis that, "Elohim finished the work that s-he had done, and s-he rested on the seventh day from all the work that s-he had done," we're asked to contemplate that of the Holy One in absolute integration, fullness, and complete. This resposed aspect of the Holy One is within our own soul, meaning we too, in our inmost nature, are integral, full, and complete. What brings us to this is inmost remembrance after having forgotten while transmigrating, reincarnating, is the guidance of the Good Shepherd.

If we've been a Christian for any length of time, we'll surely come to the metaphor Adonai Yeshua makes of himself: The Good Shepherd. This metaphor and teaching touched the hearts of the earliest believers as evidenced in the most primordial Early Christian imagery of a young, beardless youth with sheep either in his arms or on his shoulders. To move through this mystery into more esoteric layers is facilitated by a working knowledge of the sefirot of the Tree of Life in Kabbalah.

Within each of single sefirah, we'll remember that there is another Tree of Life of ten sefirot; the product of ten sefirot within ten sefirot is 100. Left, in Kabbalah, is judgment, restriction, even the Other Side: Evil. Right is mercy, loving-kindness, forgiveness.

This teaching from the Gospel of Truth assumes awareness of a non-sefirah: Da'at, "the pit", which is the Abyss, a zone in the Tree of Life spanning Hesed to Binah. To the Abyss is attributed the gilgulim, reincarnations, where the experience of afterlife, judgment, and reincarnation, is thoroughly explored and mapped by writings of mystical Jews.

In a Great Tree, showing the five olamot overlapping, we'll find Yesod in one olam being the sefirah above-behind Da'at in the next olam of manifestation. For example, Yesod of Atzilut is Da'at of Beriyah; Yesod of Beriyah is Da'at of Yetzirah. The pit into which sheep fall, may be literal, of course, but is more: afterlife transmigrations.

To put these correspondences together invites your interaction and responses:

How does Shabbat suggest the enlightenment experience?
How is Adonai Yeshua the Good Shepherd of this enlightenment?
How is Yeshua Adonai, Lord, of us in our life and our death?
How is this unfailing, indwelling light Shabbat and the Shepherd?

May we hear and follow the voice of the Good Shepherd, within us always.

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Re: The Son is the Shepherd of the One Lost Sheep

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:31 am

Grace and peace to you in Messiah Yeshua!

I’m captured by the numbers ninety-nine and one hundred, and the transfer of power from the left to the right with the addition of one; this hints at deep esoteric mysteries, and invokes a contemplation – who, or what, exactly is this lost sheep?

If we look into the Holy Kabbalah, and consider ninety-nine and one hundred, counting from Keter of Keter to Malkut of Malkut, the one becomes Malkut of Malkut, which corresponds with the material world and physical incarnation. Thus, the “one lost sheep” is the world, but how is the world delivered from bondage to the ignorance and judgment? Through a human being who is able to receive the Anointing with the Supernal Light, and who is able to embody the Pleroma of Light – the Soul of the Messiah; through the return of that holy one to God, so all of the world is uplifted in return to God, or in the Great Ascension.

Thus, on a certain level, this passage can be interpreted as a teaching of the need for embodiment of the Holy Light and Spirit of God for the salvation of souls, or the enlightenment and liberation of souls; in some way, all in a great mystery, through incarnation in the material dimension, the physical world, souls become actualized and realized, and the spiritual beings-forces within and behind the matrix of creation become realized through this realization or enlightenment of souls.

Until the Messiah appeared in this world, as we know, Malkut of Atzilut was not revealed in this world, and Malkut, in effect, was deficient, incomplete, “reaching” but “not reaching,” as it were; in this state of partial and incomplete revelation and manifestation, Judgment ruled Malkut, and souls remained in bondage under the law, and under the law there was no true salvation, or enlightenment and liberation – all were bound to sin and death, and the gilgulim. When the Messiah appears, however, and the Pleroma of Light is embodied, Malkut is no longer deficient or incomplete, but rather becomes manifest in full glory and power, and “reaches in full.” When this happens, Malkut is ruled by Mercy, and Supernal Grace, Abundant Mercy, comes into effect, the law is suspended and salvation becomes manifest, souls being uplifted in the Great Resurrection and Ascension through Divine Grace, the power of God in the Risen Messiah. Praise the Lord!

Joined with Malkut, all of the Holy Sefirot, or Divine Attributes, are manifest in Supernal Grace, Abundant Mercy, all of them being actualized and realized in the Risen Messiah; hence, Tikkune Gadol, the “Great Tikkune,” accomplished in the Risen Messiah.

We must understand, though, that the ministry of the Messiah is not just about the salvation of human souls, but all living spirits and souls, and the spiritual beings-forces that compose the Great Matrix of Creation, or the Entirety. Basically speaking, there can be no salvation of souls in this world if there is not a corresponding salvation of spiritual beings-forces within the inner, or metaphysical dimensions, and the realms, worlds and universes appearing in them, for the material dimension is completely interconnected and interdependent with these metaphysical dimensions, and the spiritual beings-forces that are within them. Essential to the salvation of all, though, is the full embodiment and revelation of the Pleroma of Light on earth, for it is through this that the greater influx of Supernal Light enters into the heavens and the earth, and all manner of realms and worlds in the spiritual and astral dimensions. Embodiment is the key; the Incarnation of the Divine is the key; for this can only be accomplished through the Great Mercy of God, the Great Power of God, the True Light.

As we know and understand, Tikkune Gadol is accomplished in the Risen Messiah, and yet, in the Messiah, there is an ongoing Continuum of Light Transmission and embodiment of the Holy light and Spirit of the Messiah, and in this, Tikkune Gadol is an ongoing spiritual labor; hence, the ongoing labor for the harvest of souls, the enlightenment and liberation of souls, through each of whom something of this Great Tikkune is accomplished.

When the Spirit of God is embodied in full, and that Anointed One prays, God prays to God, and in this Supernal Grace, Abundant Mercy, pours out and is manifest. Praise God (El), the Merciful, the Compassionate, the All-Good!

Now, there are further mysteries I’m inclined to venture into, ones that are not easy to speak or understand; but that I pray may be spoken, and heard, understood, through the power of the Holy Spirit. By no other power are the esoteric mysteries known and understood, but by the power of the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God alone.

If we look into the Gnostic Gospel entitled “Pistis Sophia,” there is a story of the fall and redemption of Pistis Sophia (Faith-Wisdom), and through this story we can discern deep esoteric mysteries concerning the First and Second Appearance of the Messiah, or Christ; the appearance of the one who is slain, and the appearance of the one who is victorious through God’s Power.

As we know, Pistis Sophia corresponds with Malkut of Atzilut, or the Lower Shekinah – Nukva Shekinah; according to this Gnostic Gospel, Pistis Sophia is deceived by the jealous demiurge and angry archons, and she descends into their realms or aeons, and they accost her and steal her light-power, and she becomes bound up in their dominion. This corresponds with the state of Malkut, the Shekinah, in her exile, and the manifestation of the klippah of Malkut, or the spiritual power of the Holy Sefirot going to feed the spirit of the Other Side, the dominion of the klippot, rather than Malkut, or Nukva Shekinah; this is Malkut ruled by Judgment and the law, and corresponds with those times when human beings turn away from their God, cleaving to false gods, false lights, and worship idols. God forbid!

When Pistis Sophia recognizes her plight, she repents and calls out to her true consort, the Human One of Light, invoking the emanation of the Messiah and the angels of the Messiah from the Pleroma of Light, and the Messiah and his angels come to her, and they deliver her, restoring her to her rightful place, and exalt her beyond her former place. The repentance and invocation of Pistis Sophia corresponds with the strengthening of the Holy Shekinah through prayers of the tzaddikim, or righteous, invoking Simple Mercy; although there is no salvation under the law and all are ruled by Judgment, a measure of righteousness can be generated, in which case Judgment is mitigated and becomes Justice, and so the Shekinah is manifest in greater glory and power. Although when manifest in Simple Mercy the Shekinah remains incomplete, this manifests the conditions necessary for the Messiah to appear, and becomes the invocation of the Messiah. When the Messiah appears, as explained above, Abundant Mercy is invoked, and Pistis Sophia, or Shekinah, is restored to her proper place; hence, the unification of Nukva (Daughter) with Zer Anpin (Little Face). As we know, when Zer Anpin and Nukva are united, Zer Anpin becomes Ben (Son) and she becomes Kallah (Bride) and Ben is unified with Abba (Father) and Kallah is unified with Imma (Mother); this corresponds with the exaltation of Pistis Sophia, or Nukva Shekinah. This unification transpires when Malkut, Shekinah, is complete, or able to reach in full; hence, when the Messiah appears and is able to embody the fullness of the Shekinah of Messiah – Supernal Shekinah.

Listen and hear, and understand! Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, invokes the Soul of the Messiah; through God’s Power this is done, not our own power. The “one lost sheep” that the Messiah comes to deliver or redeem, is Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, bringing her in from her long exile. All in a great and supreme mystery, something of God’s Power, the Holy Shekinah, is within living spirits and souls, and it is through this Divine Power that spirits and souls are able to invoke and receive the Messiah, and return to God. When human beings recognize their need for salvation, and they pray and meditate and worship the True God, and they seek to return to God, and call out for their Savior, this is Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, in them repenting and invoking the Messiah.

As we know, there is a Divine Power hidden in us, the “Serpent Power,” which at first, in effect, is asleep or dormant. When awakened, instead of being directed downward and outward, this Divine Power needs to be sublimated and uplifted, or turned inward and upward, Godward, through prayer and meditation, and the worship of God, or yearning for nearness to God and unification with God, the True Light. This Divine Power in us corresponds with Nukva Shekinah, and when uplifted in full and brought into cessation, this corresponds with Nukva Shekinah becoming Kallah Shekinah, and her unification with Imma Shekinah; when this happens in a soul, that holy one is Anointed in full, becoming realized or enlightened with the dawn of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness. This transpired in Adonai Yeshua, the First Appearance of the Messiah, and now it transpires in other souls, and in each soul this transpires there is the manifestation of the Second Appearance of the Messiah in Glory.

Likewise, as we know, we cannot awaken, uplift and redeem this Divine Power, but it is the Holy Light from above, Divine Grace, that awakens, uplifts and redeems this Serpent Power, transforming the Serpent into the image and likeness of Itself, the Messiah; hence, the unification of the Messiah and Shekinah in us.

As perhaps you might glean, every time a soul awakens and becomes realized in this way, something of Tikkune Gadol is accomplished, and that soul is a co-savior, or co-redeemer, with Yeshua Messiah, our Adonai, just as taught in the Gnostic Gospel, Pistis Sophia; something of the Light-presence and Light-power of one of the Twelve Saviors comes into that soul and is embodied – this is the perfection of souls in Christ and God, or the Light Continuum.

Essentially, all souls have emanated from the Light Continuum, and though emanating from the Light Continuum, they remain in the Light Continuum, never having departed from it; as souls awaken and are uplifted through the Spirit of the Messiah, Divine Grace, they remember and realize their being as they are in the Light Continuum, Supernal Being, bornless or immortal being. In some way, all in a great and supreme mystery, when souls enter into this holy remembrance and become realized in the Messiah, and as the Messiah, they are not only restored to their former place or abode, but they are exalted beyond it by God, the True Light; hence, these holy and enlightened ones are “exalted beyond the angels,” their siblings in the Light Continuum. Hallelu Yah! Praise the Lord!

This, perhaps, gives insight into what the Master taught us, “In heaven you will be like the angels,” and likewise, it may give us insight into why Anointed Tzaddikim are often called Maggid, “angel,” or why, often, emanations of their Glory Body are called manifestations of “their angel.” In this, we might also contemplate the inner sanctuary of the Threefold Sanctuary, composed of Tzaddik, Maggid and the Holy Shekinah, Kallah Shekinah. Contemplate this well, and understand!

Remember, the unification of Nukva with Zer Anpin is the most essential tikkune of the World of the Sefirot, for through it all the other tikkunim are accomplished by Divine Grace. Malkut, and Nukva, corresponds with the Holy Shekinah, and Tiferet and Zer Anpin corresponds with the world of angels; likewise, Nukva corresponds with the Body of Emanation and Zer Anpin corresponds with the Body of Glory, and as we know, whenever the Light Transmission occurs on earth, or revelations of the Body of Glory and Body of Emanation happen, something of the tikkune of Nukva and Zer Anpin transpires, all through the Supernal Grace manifest in the Risen Messiah.

In closing we can recall that in the Second Appearance of Christ, Christ appears in glory with his angels; here, perhaps, we have acquired deeper insight into the esoteric dimension of this wonderful mystery. Praise God!

This is what it is given that I may share this day.

May Christ come again swiftly! Vehayah, amen.

Yahweh Shalom!
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Purification of the Light

#3 Postby Elder Gideon » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:05 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi!

Listen and hear, and understand! Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, invokes the Soul of the Messiah; through God’s Power this is done, not our own power. The “one lost sheep” that the Messiah comes to deliver or redeem, is Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, bringing her in from her long exile. All in a great and supreme mystery, something of God’s Power, the Holy Shekinah, is within living spirits and souls, and it is through this Divine Power that spirits and souls are able to invoke and receive the Messiah, and return to God. When human beings recognize their need for salvation, and they pray and meditate and worship the True God, and they seek to return to God, and call out for their Savior, this is Pistis Sophia, Nukva Shekinah, in them repenting and invoking the Messiah.

What a beautiful contemplation of the One Lost Sheep. I would never have connected this without your sharing. Thank you so much, for it illuminates something arising recently in prayer through the Thirteen Repentances of Pistis Sophia.

What most surprised me very recently working with these is something we've established in a post in the Pistis Sophia forum, how through the course of her repentances, there's a gradual modulation from being a victim in the beginning, to admitting to her sin in the middle, and to confessing in the end that it was her choice to fall; the timing of deliverance by help sent from her 'twin' and 'brother' is no coincidence. It's not honesty and then deliverance. Honesty IS deliverance!

In this, I heard and felt the process for each and every one of our journeys, either by swift, gradual, or very slow paths of purification. Victimization ignites any personal melodrama, which won't really loosen ever until one acknowledges their own part, which one dissolves entirely when taking full, vulnerable responsibility for their energy. Now, the Shepherd isn't whatever I sentimentally imagined outside of myself since my Sunday school youth; the Shepherd is the depth of my self-honesty.

As all souls process whatever causes their suffering and can finally come out another side of it through profoundly honest confession and repentance, another mystery of deliverance is curiously phrased in Pistis Sophia: "Offering the purification of light." This can run myriad directions of contemplation. To focus it here in light of the Good Shepherd described in the Gospel of Truth, the simplest way to describe how I'm feeling the offering of the purification of light is the reception of Light Transmission. If I consciously dissolve in an infinite light welling from within and all around me, am I not offering the purification of light? How may we hear this mystery more deeply in light of hearing and being found by the Good Shepherd?

Gratefully,

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Re: The Son is the Shepherd of the One Lost Sheep

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:16 am

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

Yes, indeed, confession and repentance, or openness and honesty, are the essential key of being “found by the Good Shepherd”; in a word, transparency before the Light-presence and Light-power, or Christ and the Holy Spirit. When we are transparent, the Holy Light shines through us, and we are reintegrated with the Holy Light, inseparable from the Holy Light; in effect, we disappear and the Human Being of Light appears, or who and what we are in the Light Continuum flashes forth.

There is, of course, a need for an active invocation, a conscious opening to the Holy Light, and there is a need for an active repentance, a passionate desire for reintegration or unification with the Holy Light, and with the source of the Holy Light, the Holy One; hence, a full and true desire to return to God, and therefore an active cleaving to God. In ourselves, though, through our own power we cannot cleave to God, but rather, receiving the Holy Light and Spirit of God, it is the Holy Light and Spirit of God that cleaves to God, and that draws the soul nearer to God and unifies the soul with God.

All in a mystery, the dawn of faith and the desire to return to God comes from the Holy Light and Spirit of God within us, so that in effect, the Holy Light and Spirit in us invoke the Holy Light and Spirit from beyond us, and in this way, through the union of these “siblings,” our soul is elevated, our consciousness ascends and expands, and we are drawn nearer and nearer to God, and may experience union with Christ in God, or the Messiah in El Elyon.

On one hand, we may say that the thirteen repentances of Pistis Sophia (Faith-Wisdom) are gradations of transparency, or emptiness, allowing the Holy Light to shine through us, and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us; on the other hand, corresponding with this, they are gradations of cleaving, and nearness, the fruition of which is perfect cleaving, perfect devekut, or unification. This perfect devekut, of course, is accomplished by the Lamb of God, the Risen Christ, who engaged in a full self-offering for the forgiveness of sin and the healing of souls, the enlightenment of souls; the forgiveness of sin corresponds with the purification of light and the healing of souls, or enlightenment of souls, corresponds with the reception of light. The Blood of the Lamb purifies us and we are received through the Body of the Lamb, or “bread of heaven.”

This Holy Blood is the Fire of the Spirit, and this Holy Body of the Light of Heaven – Supernal Light. Here we may consider “eating and drinking.” When we eat and drink, then there must be digestion, drawing strength, or power, from what we ate and drank. It is the same with the reception of Light Transmission, receiving the Light Transmission there must be an integration of the Light-presence and Light-power; if we receive the Holy Light, but we do not integrate the Holy Light, then the Holy Light is not received in full, and it does not enlighten and liberate the soul. If we surrender to the Holy Light, and reintegrate with the Holy Light – integrating the Holy Light into our person and life, then enlightenment dawns. As we know, the full reception of anything spiritual happens through sharing or giving, and therefore, receiving and integrating this Holy Light, we will let this Holy Light shine from within us.

There is an open secret concerning Light Transmission. We do not engage the Light Transmission, but rather, it is the Light-presence and Light-power in us that engages the Light Transmission; Christ and the Holy Spirit communicate themselves with, in and through us. In any movement of the Light Transmission, we dissolve merging with the Light-presence and Light-power, and through Divine Grace, the Holy Light and Spirit, there is Light Transmission.

First, in a moment of Light Transmission there is purification, which is to say an uplifting of our energy and vibration, our consciousness; then, there is reception, the direct experience of the Holy Light and Spirit of God. As we have said, receiving the Holy Light and Spirit, through surrender, through “openness and honesty,” we need to reintegrate with the Holy Light; this surrender, though, is active and dynamic, it is enacting what is good and true, or living according to the Truth and Light revealed to us – following in the Way.

In moments of Light Transmission we are “found by the Good Shepherd,” and through the ongoing experience of Light Transmission we are “rejoined with the flock.” Praise the Lord!

Speaking of transparency we cannot help but think of the Holy Letter in The Name representing the Shekinah, He, which literally means, “window.” Sounds like a grant hint hidden in plain sight! Doesn’t it?

Concerning the purification of light, this is the release of self-grasping, desire and fear that cleaves to the impure or false lights, the material light, astral light and spiritual light; free from self-grasping, desire and fear, so we abide in union with the Perfect Light, the Primordial and Supernal Light – Clear Light.

O Holy One, please purify our soul, our mind, heart and body, so that we may be completely transparent before You and return to You in full. Amen.

Yahweh Shalom!
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