Gospel of Thomas and The Secret Book of John (Apocryphon of John), Codex II The Nag Hammadi manuscripts

Everything You Need to Know but Have Never Been Told – Insights from the Ancient Nag Hammadi Library

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A depiction of the burning of Cathars by the Papal Inquisition in the Languedoc in late 12th to early 13th century

A depiction of the burning of Cathars by the Papal Inquisition in the Languedoc in late 12th to early 13th century ( public domain )

Gnostic information has always terrified the Church and for good reason, as we are about to see. It was believed that the details of Gnostic belief had been lost thanks to the efforts of Rome, but then Nag Hammadi changed the game. A major point about these documents is that because they were hidden for so long they have not been twisted and tampered with like their religious counterparts to suit the authorities of the ‘time’. What the writers believed, the texts still say.

The Gnostic All That Is

Nag Hammadi manuscripts reveal why the Church quivered like a jelly at the Gnostic explanation of the world. I was often amazed reading them to see how themes, foundations and much detail synced with my own conclusions reached before I had ever heard of them. They speak of the ‘Father’ (Infinite Awareness, All-Possibility, All-Potential) and make the distinction between nous (mind) and pneuma (Infinite Self). An untitled text in the Nag Hammadi Bruce Codex says that ‘The All’ (all awareness, all that exists) is contained within the ‘Father’:

He is an incomprehensible one, but it is he who comprehends All. He receives them to himself. And nothing exists outside of him. But All exist within him. And he is boundary to them all, as he encloses them all, and they are all within him. It is he who is Father of the aeons, existing before them all. There is no place outside of him.

A page from the apocalypse of St. Peter, Nag Hammadi library

A page from the apocalypse of St. Peter, Nag Hammadi library ( public domain )

This is what I call the All That Is or Infinite Awareness in awareness of itself – ‘the force that moves all things’. The Infinite is not even a form of energy, but pure awareness, a state of Isness. Energy comes from its imagination. You can appreciate why Gnostics would use the term Father to symbolise the concept for people, but now in the era of quantum physics and computerisation we can use modern analogies. Father symbolism was encompassed by the Bible and Church and ‘he’ was transformed into a bloke on a throne. The word ‘aeons’ would be considered today to mean a long period of time, but to Gnostics aeons referred to what we might call bands of perception, reality and potential. Dictionaries define this meaning of aeon as ‘a power existing from eternity; an emanation or phase of the supreme deity’. Gnostic texts refer to the ‘Upper Aeons’ and ‘Lower Aeons’ in very different terms and they say that between the two is a curtain, veil or boundary. Upper Aeons are said to emanate directly from the unity of ‘The One’ – All That Is in awareness of itself – and can be symbolised as concentric circles expressing the Oneness of their Creator or Emanater. There is no separation or sense of it. Upper Aeons are described by Gnostics as ‘The Silence’, ‘the silent Silence’, ‘the living Silence’, with its ‘Watery Light’. This is not the same as the light that we perceive in our reality which is a trap that can be likened to energetic flypaper; but that’s for later. Water is often used in the texts to symbolise the Upper Aeon realm of Oneness as in ‘... the waters which re above’, ‘... the waters which are above matter’ and ‘... the Aeons in the Living Water’. Upper Aeons are a reality (state of being) with no time or space. ‘Since the emanations are limitless and immeasurable’, as one text says, there can be no time or space. Upper Aeons are pure consciousness or awareness. They are also called Pleroma or ‘the totality’, ‘the fullness’ and the ‘perfection’ of ‘emanations of the Father’. The Nag Hammadi Gospel of Truth says: ‘Therefore, all the emanations of the Father are pleromas, and the root of all his emanations is in the one who made them all grow up in himself.’ Upper Aeons are further described as the ‘Treasure-House’, ‘Store-House’, ‘Dwelling-Place’ and ‘Kingless Realm’. A text entitled the Tripartite Tractate says:

The emanation of the Totalities, which exist from the one who exists, did not occur according to a separation from one another, as something cast off from the one who begets them. Rather, their begetting is like a process of extension, as the Father extends himself to those whom he loves, so that those who have come forth from him might become him as well.

Comments

One thing to take away from this aricle is this alleged quote:

"‘Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.’ "

So, the reading was not entirely in vain. The quote is essentially about the concept of Philosophy (so-called "free thought"), which is characterised by the words "to think".

This is opposed to the concept of Religion (so-called "dogma"), which is characterised by "belief", roughly analogous to "not to think at all".

I think this way of contemplating the alleged quote is more fruitful for an understanding of why such innocent-sounding words may once have been perceived as a threat to The Main Religious Institution (known as "the church" in western societies).

Today it seems that at least some Religios Institutions (eg. "churches") have understood that one thought does not block another, hence philosophy is mostly an accepted activity, even to the degree that there exists so-called "christian philosophy", and analogous for many other religions (even though by nature religions are dogma, not thought).

I, for one, welcome the free exchange of thoughts, even when these are clearly nonsensical. It does, however, put an added burden on the people of this age; namely the burden of distinguishing the important and true from the senseless and irrelevant. This is not always easy.

Re: "Upper Aeons are the realm of the ultimate ‘Creator’, or creative force/imagination, and it begs a question: If that is the case why is life so unpleasant – even shockingly bad – for so many in our reality? "

Uhm... why do you suggest that there is a contradiction between who/what rules your so-called "Upper Aeons" (a theoretical construct/metaphor in some kind of alleged ages-old philosophical paper/script) and the contemporary (quality of) life in general? Or, even a relationship? This is not clear from the text above.

Also, a question: Is this yet another christian/jewish/muslim sect?
It is not clear to me from the text but the thoughts presented here do invite such an assumption, imho. That could be due to the article author mixing "middle east religion" concepts and gnostic concepts, or it could be due to the gnostics being yet another such middle eastern religion/philosophy - it is nor clear from the article.

Oh, and... "need to know" ? (questionmark)
And even ... "everything" ?? (double questionmark)

Auspicious Article.

Always inspiring to come in touch with such infos.
Thanks very much David Icke and Ancient Origins for publishing this one.

Uni, Brazil.

Correction: "it could even mean "the US/European western world". "

That should be " the US/European/middle-eastern western wold"

The middle eastern countries with their competing versions of Christianity/Islam/Jewdom are part of the fabric of the current western world, hence part of the methaphorical concept of "current Rome". There would be no western world without middle eastern oil, and there would be no christianity/jewdom or islam in Europe or US if it all had stayed at home, at its origin.

Just writing to inform you that Persia is contemporary Iran. That state is muslim, and hence against Rome (as per the apocalypse scenario of the Quoran, as I understand), and probably not much fond of Jews or Christians either. The artificial state of Israel is Jewish, and certainly not fond of Persia (rather hostile towards-, actually), of Christians, or indeed of anything non-Jewish. Rome is a concept that should either be defined in terms of a specific version of the Roman empire based on historical facts, or else it should be interpreted symbolically/methaphorically, in which case - for the present - it could even mean "the US/European western world".

The "Holy Roman Church" is based in the Vatican State, in southern Europe (Italy). I do not know it's policies toward Muslims or Jews, but the "H.R. Church" is neither Jewish (they use Synagogues) nor Muslim (they use Mosques), it is Christian.

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