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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Notes on the GOSPEL of TRUTH, Nag Hammadi Find (1945): Nag Hammadi Library,
ed. James M. Robinson.

This Gospel is about the joy of knowing the Father of truth, through realizing
the Word which comes from the fullness (pleroma) and the Mind of the Father, which is the Saviour.

Those without knowledge of the Father live in darkness, in error, in a fog which is also called oblivion, distraction. To bring light to those living in error and darkness
is to bring ENLIGHTENMENT. These are some of the terms used by the early Christians. The terms are only important in that they give the mind set of the early Christians. and the quite different way of thinking that they had, different from the thinking that the church has passed down to us.

Through Grace, it is possible to be given the totality, the completeness of He who
is from the Same; it is possible to find, to attain to the incomprehensible, inconceivable one who is superior to all thought. He who is called Christ may
be realized, known. And such a realization will bring the one who seeks back
to the totality, the fullness of the Father.

"Through this, the gospel of the one who is searched for, who is revealed to those who are perfect through the mercies of the Father, the hidden mystery, Jesus, the Christ, enlightened those who were in darkness through oblivion. He enlightened them; he showed them a way; and the way is the truth which he taught them."

"For this reason error grew angry at him, persecuted him, was distressed at him and was brought to naught. He was nailed to a tree and he became a fruit of the knowledge of the Father.It did not, however, cause distruction because it was eaten, but to those who ate it, it gave cause to become glad in the disccovery, and He discovered them in himself, and they discovered Him in themselves."

Through the Saviour the seekers discover the totality, the fullness, the perfection which is in the Father and also in his Word, his Son.


These early Christian terms might sound complicated at first, because they are different from the terms we have become used to in our present Christian world,
but in fact the message of the early Christ was not complicated at all. The difficulty we might have with these ancient terms is in their profound simplicity.

As Father Belyea says, "Nobody sees the obvious."

When the seeker finds the one who is sought (the Christ) and eats of the fruit
of the tree of His knowledge, the seeker who has been living in darkness finds
the light, is enlightened. And the Christ discoveres such seekers in Himself and the seekers find Christ within themselves. Gospel of Truth.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Christ says: "Do not call me Master, for he who drinks of the waters that flow from my mouth shall become as I am, and I shall be he and the hidden things shall be revealed to him."


What we are talking about is the mystery of communion, the mystery of the eucharist, which we now can see is a much deeper mystery than we have been led to believe.

The mystery of communion goes to the very heart of the seeker's IDENTITY, which changes its basic nature after eating the flesh of the Lord.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

THE ONLY SIN IS SELF DOUBT



"THE ONLY SIN IS SELF DOUBT"

Of all the comments and sayings Father Belyea said, this one has given me the most trouble. It's implications are very difficult, not because of the saying's
complexity, but because the saying partakes of the utmost simplicity.

Another saying of Father Belyea's is: "NOBODY SEES THE OBVIOUS."
This saying also will not be understood with the intellect. It is a blow to the forehead
with a branch of a tree.

He'd walk up and down in front of the class. And the whole place was quiet, all three hundred students. Suddenly he'd spin on his heel and deliver one of these
Mind Blows, one of his high impact sayings.

He'd affect a barnyard accent, a tone of voice and a phrasing that came right out of the back forty. He was letting us know that these messages were not intellectually difficult; they were something else. He was appearing as an ordinary Joe, which he was. And he was not.

He was a highly educated guy. He was a priest after all, and he and his seminar group were slowly working their way, week after week through Dante's
Inferno. And the reading list for the course included some of the greatest books ever written by man.
And yet after all his years of training, he distilled what he had to say down to these few, brief, impossible to understand with the intellectual mind, sayings.

'THE ONLY SIN IS SELF DOUBT," try to wrap your mind around that one: make your peace with it. Be prepared to meditate for a long time.

Friday, August 14, 2009

SPIRIT AND PSYCHE

When Basilides
of Alexandria made his SEVEN SERMONS TO THE DEAD, he spoke of the dead
who had come to Alexandria, and "leaned against the wall" and "cried out in desperation for a vision of God and 'to learn what we lack' he was not referring to a group of corpses who walked like zombies through the night: no, he was speaking of the living who had not yet awakened.
So it is in the Gospel of Philip when the apostle says: "Blessed is he who restores sight to the THE BLIND," he is not talking about those who literally cannot see, but those who are living in blindness because they have not yet come
to realization.

Basilides was a teacher, a master, who had himself learned the way beyond, which is to become single in mind and spirit, and to unify completely with the Light
within. I think of the Zen people who value "One pointed Mind,"unified focus.

The dead had gone to Jerusalem and there "they did not find what they sought"
so they returned to ask questions of Basilides.

Basilides gave them seven sermons in order that "the dead" might awaken and come to life. In this way he was also restoring sight to the blind.

I should point out that these sermons were transcribed by none other than Carl Gustav Jung, who started his own school of therapy, naturally called the Jungian
school and method.

Now Jung stressed 'individuation', the growth of a person into what he is meant to be; and this growth takes place in the psyche, which also includes the Collective
Unconscious, which is different from the subconscious Freud taught about.
Why I bring this up is this: I think Jung was influenced by Basilides and his process of individuation is not unlike the process the ancient master speaks of,
the process of becoming unified and "single", which is to say not unduly influenced by the daemon of sexuality or by the "too crafty thoughts of the earthly one, who will creep through every hole and cleave to all thing with desirousness."

Basilides also says: "Communion is everything."

And:"Prayer increases the light of the Star within; it casts a bridge over death."

No religion is truly a religion that does not deal with eternal life. This is the promise Christ made, "Come to me and you will find life eternal."

"Before Abraham was, I am."


"Whoever finds the explanation of these words will not taste death."
Gospel of Thomas.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

3:00A.M. with WALT WHITMAN




I was going to do a course called: RELIGION AND IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE
up at the campus at Nipissing University, but I didn't advertise enough and I got
only eight people who signed up, and four of them were nuns. The course was to be held in honour of Father Belyea, who gave a course by the same name at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto...oh, I'd say about thirty years ago.
I was going to take the class up into the bush and show them the need for the primitive gods.

Since then I've been all over the place and everywhere I went I visited a shrine. I saw a place on Easter Island that no one has ever talked about. I spent hours outside the Bat Cave in Bali, where hundreds of thousands of bats come and go. I saw them burn bodies on the steps above the holy Ganges River at Varanasi, oldest living city on earth. I also was shown the Temple of Love,
but that is another story for another time, if we have another time.
I can hear the editors' voices in my head shouting, "Get on topic!"
O.K., I'm back. I have to say: "THE HOLIEST SHRINE OF ALL IS THE HUMAN HEART/MIND." And Walt would agree. Waldo Emerson said: "There is ONE MIND in common
to all individual men." Carl Jung's work supports this fact. But let's not forget Walt Whitman. He's one of the few natural seers we've had in the West.
Walt says:"There was never more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now;
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven of hell than there is now."( Song of Myself)


Then he adds "I AND THIS MYSTERY HERE WE STAND." (Capitals mine)
What Walt is getting at throughout the waves and rhythms of his work
is exactly the same truth the early Christians meditated in order to see.


The problem is, as the Zen Buddhists very well know, it is impossible to describe the truth. How do you put a vision of God and his Son, unified in one into words, or a vision of the eternal Christ?
How do you describe the MOMENT of REALIZATION, the implosion of all things into darkness...
into which eventually shines the Light? The answer is: you don't.


All this writing is but the "finger pointing at the moon." It is not the moon itself. Only after searching and taking rationality to its dead end; then you stop and let a higher faculty take over,
and there is silence everywhere, and then you focus on a saying: "In the beginning was the Word."
This is a good saying, because there's no way you can understand it intellectually. Let the silence reign, and FOCUS.


Walt says: "Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born?
I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.

I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-washed babe
....and am not contained between my hat and boots "


Later he says: "Who need be afraid of the merge", and adds
later still: "....I come again and again."






From "the Sophia of Jesus Christ": "The Saviour"..."He is eternal, having no birth; for everyone
who has birth will perish. He is unbegotten, having no
beginning; for everyone who has a beginning has an end."


"The beginningless first Father who beholds himself within
(as with) a mirror. He was revealed, resembling
himself."


The Zen Buddhists speak of cleaning the mirror of the mind. Through meditation you come to a place where your soul is mirrored by the soul of the Father. It is a holy place. If I understand correctly this is the place the early Christians call, "the Bridal Chamber." It is also said to be mirrored.


Of course, the mirror does not exist; it's just a metaphor for something that cannot be expressed
in words.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

THE DEEPER CHALLENGE





Various books (1e: "The Holy Blood, and the Holy Grail" and I think even
"The Da Vinci Code")have suggested that the Christ and Mary
Magdelene had children, and that somehow this holy bloodline is
significant, the fact that He had sex with Mary.
I don't see why whether the Saviour had sex with Mary
makes any difference, even if they had children, what I say is: "Big deal!"
Most of the Christian world has intuited that there was something more going
on with Mary than with the other disciples. And the HOLY BLOOD is passed on through the EUCHARIST and the CHRISM, not through bodily procreation.

There is a passage in the GOSPEL OF PHILIP, when Peter and the disciples complain to Jesus and ask him: "Why do you spend so much time with Mary and kiss her on the mouth?"
This kiss is sometimes spoken of in the early Christian texts
as imparting a spirit and a knowledge. So this kissing may not have been
sexual, but even if it were, it makes not the slightest difference. Even if
the Christ had physical children (and this is by no means certain),
it doesn't mean that the children were given the EUCHARIST from the
Christ.
Much is made of the phrases "CREATING" and "BEGETTING"
in the GOSPEL OF PHILIP. I'll let you decide which one is which, but
through one process the recipient of GRACE from the Master is made a SON.
Male and female are made one.
One who enters the BRIDAL CHAMBER might emerge
a changed person in this mirrored chamber of purification; and if the seeker
passes through the white fire and light of the CHRISM: "They shall not be
called Christians, but Christs."*****
And the MASTER says: "Do not call me Master, for he who drinks of the waters of my mouth, SHALL BECOME AS I AM AND I SHALL BE HE,
and the hidden things will be revealed to him."
What we are talking about in the Gospel Of Philip, and clearly what Jesus Christ was talking about is a REVELATION so deep, a
REALIZATION so complete as to change the IDENTITY of the seeker: to reveal
to the seeker the nature of his ultimate identity.
"BLESSED IS HE WHO WAS, BEFORE HE CAME INTO BEING."
"BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM."









What I am attempting to impart to my readers is this: there are a lot more fundamental and significant challenges that this ancient but new to us material brings than whether Jesus Christ had children. One thing is sure and this is, the Christ had many spiritual children: "through the Holy Spirit
we are 'begotten'." He still has spiritual children

"While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire
the RESURRECTION, so that when we strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the midst." GOSPEL OF PHILIP

"He who realizes the meaning of these words will not taste death." GOSPEL OF THOMAS

Monday, August 3, 2009

ANCIENT GOSPELS FOUND ANEW -PROUD MARY


To continue on with "COMMENTS" after the BLOG, entitled: "ORIGINS and SECRETS",
the first comment became quite lengthy and it pretty much turned into a BLOG itself.
So those comments are the beginning of BLOG#4, ROVING REPORTER RANTS. Eventually I'll
have the computer skills to post it normally.
In the comments entitled "PROUD MARY", we lamented the fact that the Gospel of Mary
is only about one paragraph long, because a housewife alongside the Nile River used
the parchments of the Mary's Gospel to light fires to make breakfast.

It is astonishing to me that these very important, most ancient documents would come
to light just when they were needed. The Christ said: "I will come again." Now 2,000 years
after his death on the cross these scrolls emerge out of earthen jars hidden in the darkness
of caves in cliffs above the Nile River.
It cannot be stressed too strongly, the revelation that these Gospels exist is nothing
short of miraculous.
Some of these gospels are more ancient than the gospels that exist in our present
Bible, and closer to the source.