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Origination of Matter (and Humans)

from The Gnostic Religion

by Hans Jonas, The Valentinian Speculation

 

After the Mother had thus passed through all the passions

and, barely emerged, had turned around in supplication to the

Vanished light of Christos, the Aeons took pity on her, and since

Christos himself would not again leave the Pleroma they sent "the

common fruit" of the Pleroma, Jesus, to be the consort of the outer

Sophia (he being the only one of the Aeons produced without a

spouse) and to cure her of the passions from which she suffered

in her quest for Christos.

 

Accompanying him were the angels

who had been emanated with him as his escort. Stepping outside

the Pleroma, he found the Sophia in the four primary passions:

fear, grief, bewilderment, and supplication, and he cured her of

them by now imparting to her the "informing" of knowledge (her

previous "forming" by Christos having been one of substance

only).

 

Those passions he separated from her, but he did not leave

them to themselves as had been done with those of the upper

Sophia; on the other hand he could not simply annihilate them,

since they had already become "habitual and effective states," in

their own way eternal, and peculiar to the Sophia. Therefore

he only detached them from the Sophia, that is, externalized and

solidified them into independent substances.

 

Thus, by the Savior's

appearance, on the one hand is the Sophia freed of her passions

and on the other hand are the things external founded;20 and

thereby the Savior "potentially" brings on (makes possible) the

subsequent demiurgical creation.

 

From incorporeal affection and

accidence he turned the passions into matter, which was still noncorporeal;

but then he imparted to them the capacity and natural

tendency to enter into compounds and form bodies, so that two

types of substance originated: the bad from the passions, the

susceptible from the turning back.

 

And the Achamoth (Sophia), freed from

her affections, joyfully "received" the sight of the lights around the

Savior, i.e., of his escorting angels, and from this conception

brought forth pneumatic fruit in their image. This is the origin of

the pneumatic element in the lower world. (Compiled from

Irenaeus, Exc. Theod., and Hippolytus.)

 

 

Editor's Note: This is the origin of the human spark (pneuma) beings on the

material earth. Humans in material bodies are the emanated conception of

Sophia using the escorting angels as the image to be emulated. Humans are

therefore made in the image of the escorting angels of Jesus or Yehoshua.

 

The Apocryphon of John says the following about the origin of humans:

 

"And from the foreknowledge of the perfect mind, through the revelation of the

will of the invisible Spirit and the will of the Autogenes, <the> perfect Man

(appeared), the first revelation, and the truth. It is he whom the virginal Spirit

called Pigera-Adamas, and he placed him over the first aeon with the mighty

one, the Autogenes, the Christ, by the first light Armozel; and with him are his

powers. And the invisible one gave him a spiritual, invincible power. And he

spoke and glorified and praised the invisible Spirit, saying, 'It is for thy sake that

everything has come into being and everything will return to thee. I shall praise

and glorify thee and the Autogenes and the aeons, the three: the Father, the

Mother, and the Son, the perfect power.'.

And grace belongs to the light-aeon Armozel, which is the first angel. And

there are three other aeons with this aeon: grace, truth, and form.

Wisse translation; derived from all four known manuscripts of  The

Apocryphon of John.

 

Humans were placed over the first angel Armozel in the first aeon

of grace, truth and form. So humans were emanated higher than

angels but lower than Christ and they were given an invincible

spiritual power by God the Father. Humans are in essence

grace, truth and form.

 

The next time we fall into the three lower emotions of

fear (anxiety), grief (sadness, loneliness) and bewilderment (confusion,

feeling lost) we can remember our

Divine origin, our Divine emanation making us

eminences of Grace, Truth and Form, gifted with

an invincible spiritual power by God the Father.

This remembering is the repentence, the turning

to the Divine, the fourth emotion that leads to

the fourth realm of pleroma or pneuma, not the lower psychic,

intellectual  or bodily realms, all of which are in ignorance of

our Divine Glory and Grace. The just god is jehova or yaldaboath

and he rules the world with justice but not Mercy which is from

God. An eye for an eye is the law of yaldaboath, but Christ taught

us to turn the other cheek and not strike back in vengeance,

knowing that violence never solves anything, only creating

more violence and bloodshed.

 

Christ is the direct emanational father of humans, with the virginal Spirit

or God the Father presiding over the emanation through his son Christ.

God the virginal Spirit names the first Human, Adam or Adamas.

Humans were immaculately emanated by God the virginal Spirit and Christ.

 

The light angels with Jesus must be the human emanations. So Sophia

 imitates the human angel Forms to create the lower humans on earth,

while the higher humans still remain in the pleroma. Adam

was given Eve as his partner and they both incarnated through Sophia

 into their lower human forms. Each human on earth then would have a

partner on earth as did Adam and Eve.

 

Even if one does not have an opposite gender partner on earth they are

still eternally connected to their emanated consort and will be reunited in

the pleroma. A soul mate would not equal a human spirit mate, since the

soul is given by Yaldaboath.

 

Human procreation was

devised by Yaldaboath to imprison humans on earth, so souls

would be trapped in matter. Souls are driven by the most powerful force

of sex attraction and the social demand to create a family to continue life

on earth instead of in heaven i.e the pleroma. St. John of the Cross and

St. Teresa of Avila were friends and may have been human spirit mates as may

have been St. Francis and St. Claire.

 

This is our human pneumatic origin, whereas our psychic origin is from

Ialdoboath as is our physical body.

 

The whole key to the salvation of the pleroma is for the

points of light scattered in humans and physical creation to be gathered and

returned to the pleroma or plen or full spirit realm. So salvation is not just

about the human sparks or pneuma (not soul which is psychic mental material),

it is about restoring the integrity of the pleroma with Sophia, both higher and

lower forms, being redeemed to the pleroma, now with knowledge or gnow-

ledge of the Father's Love and Mercy due to His saving her from suffering,

separation and death. Jesus is the consort of the lower Sophia. But being

immaterial aeons only the sparks of pneuma could incarnate and not Sophia

or Jesus (Yehoshua). Death by crucification was not needed to redeem the

pneumatic sparks to the pleroma only the teaching of Christ Jesus, higher and

lower, was needed and it was transmitted to John the baptist on the Jordan

river. That is when John is reborn to the pleroma realm and Christ Jesus

talks to John and tells him what to teach the people lost in matter. John's

message according to the Essenes is a natural diet and a natural, holistic

lifestyle. John instructed them to fast and pray and eat a living water

rich diet of fruits and vegetables and cultured milk because this was

eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and not from the

tree of life or biological material existence as promoted by Ialdoboath.

Good and evil is to be known, what is good and what is evil, because

there is a definite dualism between Good the Father and evil or

ignorance of the Father. Evil can mean a God energy veil or e veil. Light

and dark are not the same as good and evil because they are qualities

of matter whereas Good is a spiritual quality and its lack is ignorance

of Good. Yin and yang are material ideas. The yin and yang symbol

was actually created by the roman church and given to the

chinese people. The material world is based on positive and negative

poles, sun and moon. There is absolute Good and that is God the Good.

Only God can be absolutely good the perfect Good, so we have emanations

that degenerate slightly from the Source. This is the origin of the ignorance and

not knowing of the Good God. Sophia was the farthest emanation from God

being the 30th and the last, so she wanted to know the Father for herself and

for the rest of the aeons in the pleroma. C. G. Jung and Alan Watts both

believed that there was no ultimate Good and evil i.e. ignorance of

the Good Father and that everything was relative even in the spirit realm,

all being a mixture of good and evil.

 

Jung based his whole psychological system of the psyche or soul on the gnostic

text The Seven Sermons to the Dead which describes an ultimate being called

Abraxas which was both good and evil.

 

“Speak to us further about the highest god!”

—“Abraxas is the god whom it is difficult to know. His power is the very

 greatest, because man does not perceive it at all. Man sees the summum

 bonum (supreme good) of the sun, and also the infinum malum of the devil,

 but Abraxas he does not see, for he is undefinable life itself, which is the

 mother of good and evil alike.

 

Abraxas generates truth and falsehood, good and evil, light and darkness

 with the same word in the same deed. Therefore Abraxas is truly the terrible

 one.

 

He is the sacred wedding;


He is love and the murder of love;


He is the holy one and his betrayer.”

— from The Seven Sermons to the Dead

 

The depiction of Abraxas is that of a crow's head with its

crown or comb and wattle like beard similar to a lion's mane, besides

looking like the head of the bird god Horus of the Egyptians, and it had the

body of a serpent or snake.

 

It calls to mind yaldoboath with a lion face and serpent body.

Thus this so called gnostic text is supporting the ideas of yaldoboath who is

in a middle realm of ignorance of psyche between matter and spirit or pneuma.

Yaldoboath is a mix of good and evil being a psychic being which is between

the Good pneuma realm and the completely ignorant evil material realm. Jung

never entered the pneumatic realm only journeying into the psychic middle

medium realm because his mind was not renewed and reborn continually by

the daily communion eating a living water diet or living bread and living wine

diet, which is what is meant when Christ told about eating his flesh and drinking

his blood, His spirit was to be found in fruits and vegetable plants. Mani,

the Persian-Iranian prophet expresses this as,

Jesus patibilis, the "passible Jesus" who "hangs from every tree,"

"is served up bound in every dish," "every day is born, suffers and

dies." He is dispersed in all creation, but his most genuine realm

and embodiment seems to be the vegetable world, that is, the most

passive and the only innocent form of life.35 Yet at the same time

with the active aspect of his nature he is transmundane Nous who,

coming from above, liberates this captive substance and continually

until the end of the world collects it, i.e., himself, out of the

physical dispersal.

footnote 35 "What is 'the soul that is slaughtered, by being killed, oppressed, murdered

in the enemy'?—What has been called 'the slaughtered, killed, oppressed, murdered

soul' is the [life] force of the fruits, the cucumbers and seeds, which are beaten,

plucked, torn to pieces, and give nourishment to the worlds of flesh. Also the wood,

when drying up, and the garment, when getting old, will die: they too are a part of

the total 'murdered, slaughtered soul'" (Keph. p. 176. 23; 178. 5 ff.).

 

Christ is the life force in fruits and vegetables and therefore to

cook them would kill the Christ Life force which they contain,

thus explaining the need for a living fruit and vegetable diet

and also living, raw cultured milk since the life force is contained in milk

and especially if the bacteria transform it into a pre-digested

food. Milk is not a product of the slaughter of the animal and

thus is sacred as the hindus affirm. Thus by eating Life one becomes

one with the Life force of Christ.

 

 

The shadow idea does not exist for the pneuma spark in our

human being it only exists in the psychic part or brain and nervous system

connected to the body or unconscious autonomic nervous system. If we are

projecting evil onto another being and judging them as evil, Jung is right this

is a projection of our psyche and soma or body and thus we cannot judge

others as totally evil since all humans have the spark of pneuma.

 

The anima of  male humans and the animus of female humans is the androgenous

part of their emanated spirit being derived from Christ and Mind his consort. It is

also the yearning to find our human spirit consort, being spirit of our spirit

eternally united as our emanated paired, partner consort. The wedding

will be the reunion with our partner human spirit in the pleroma spirit

realm free of the material world of Yaldaboath.

 

Some humans are descendants of Cain who was the child of yaldaboath and

eve, and thus they are half pneuma from eve and half psyche from yaldaboath.

The children of Cain mixed with the children of Seth (the first child of Adam

and Eve), so there are three types of humans on earth, the Seth descended, the

Cain descended and the mixed Seth and Cain descended. All three have the

spark of pneuma or God, so all three can achieve salvation and return to the

pleroma spirit realm by learning and practicing the teaching of Christ as it was

given to John.

 

Sophia never incarnated like her human spark offspring and likewise

Jesus similarly could also not incarnate being an aeon or spirit emanated being.

Therefore John was sent to transcribe the message of Jesus Christ. Some of

yaldoboath's created angels did hear the calling and liberated

themselves from the bondage of the material and psychic world. So, all

humans and even yaldoboath's offspring can heed the call of healing or

salvation.

 

 

 

HOW THE PLEROMA WILL BE RESTORED TO FULLNESS:

THE MARRIAGE OF SOPHIA AND JESUS AND

THE PNEUMA SOULS WITH THE ANGELS OF JESUS

 

The spirits transformed by knowledge rest in the middle region

of the Ogdoad, where their Mother the Sophia clothed with them

awaits the consummation of the world. Her own final salvation

takes place when all the pneumatic elements in the world have

been "formed" by knowledge and perfected. Then the spirits,

stripped of their souls, with their Mother enter the Pleroma, which

becomes the bridal chamber in which takes place the marriage of

Sophia with Jesus and that of the spirits with their bridegrooms,

the angels around Jesus. With this, the Fullness is restored in its

integrity, the original breach finally repaired, the pre-temporal loss

retrieved; and matter and soul, the expression of the fall, with

their organized system, the world, cease to exist.

Hans Jonas in The Gnostic Religion from

the chapter The Valentinian Speculation

 

 

NO ORIGINAL SIN IN HUMANS

Nor was there ever an "original sin" of man, a guilt of the

human soul: there was, instead, the time-preceding guilt of an

Aeon, a divine upheaval, whose reparation in its course required

the creation of the world and that of man. Thus the world, unbeknown

to its immediate author, is for the sake of salvation, not

salvation for the sake of what happened within creation and to

creation. And the real object of salvation is the godhead itself, its

theme the divine integrity.

Hans Jonas in The Gnostic Religion

 from the chapter The Valentinian Speculation

 

 

 

THE LAW OF MOSES IS FROM IALDOBOATH

The writer is at pains to make it clear from the outset that the

Law of Moses, though certainly not from the perfect Father, is

neither from Satan; nor is the world: both are the work of a god

of justice. Those who attribute creation and legislation to an evil

god are as much in error as those who ascribe the Law to the

supreme God: the former err because they do not know the god

of justice, the latter, because they do not know the Father of All.

From the middle position of the legislator-god follows a middle

attitude toward his Law—which however is not identical with the

whole body of the pentateuch. The latter contains three elements:

ordinances from "God," from Moses, and from the elders. Those

from "God" again are threefold: the pure legislation unmixed with

evil, which the Savior came not to abolish but to make full, because

it was still imperfect (e.g., the decalogue); the legislation

tainted with badness and injustice, which the Savior abolished

because it was alien to his nature and that of the Father (e.g., "an

eye for an eye"); and the legislation symbolic of things pneumatic

and other-worldly, which the Savior translated from the literal and

sensible to the spiritual meaning (the ritual laws).

Hans Jonas in The Gnostic Religion

 from the chapter The Valentinian Speculation

 

 

 


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