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Miryai Or Miriamne, the Gnostic Mary Magdalene


Mary Magdalene's Hometown

Miryai-Noorah incarnated many times and in many places both before

and after her incarnation with Christ two thousand years ago. In her

first century incarnation Miryai d Magdala (Mary of Magdala, or Mary

Magdalene) was born among the Jews and raised in the High Priest's

home. Miryai's father Elizir was a high priest ("king") and a key

player in the power structure of the Jewish world. Miryai (Mary

Magdalene) tells us in her personal autobiography:

"Miryai am I, of the Kings of Judaism, a daughter, a daughter of

Jerusalem's mighty rulers. They have given me birth: the priests

brought me up. In the fold of their robe they carried me up into the

dark house, into the temple. Adonai laid a charge on my hands and on

my two arms."

To understand Miryai's life, it is crucial to understand the deep

rivalries and animosities that existed between the Jews and Nazoreans

in northern Galilee. The Nazoreans tended to gain the popular support

of the people in the north, and the Jews in the south around

Jerusalem, yet the Nazoreans had well established monastery towns in

both the north and the south. In Miryai's home town there was a

Jewish house of worship, and a Jewish school for children (Talmud

Eccl. R. x. 8). There was also a Nazorean Temple and apparently many

Nazorean Essenes as well. The carnivorous Jews would have been

wealthier and went to Synagogue on the seventh day of the week. The

vegetarian Essene Nazorean Gnostics would have been farmers,

worshipping primarily on the first day of the lunar week. Both were

quite studious and each had their own separate sets of scriptures and

places of study and worship.

We know, from ancient scrolls of our Order that Miryai's father, the

High Priest Elizer, was a very influential member in the Jewish

world, and that his daughter Miryai taught in the school, and

lectured to thousands at a time. When pleading with her to return to

Judaism, her mother reminds her of this:

"Rememberest thou not, Miryai, that the Torah lay on thy lap? Thou

didst open it, read therein and knewest what stands in it. The outer

keys lay in thy hands, and the inner thou didst put in chains.

All the priests and priests sons came and kissed thy hand. Far whom

thou wouldst, thou didst open the door, whom thou wouldst not, must

turn and go hack to his seat. A thousand stand there and two thousand

sit there. They submit themselves to thee, as a eunuch-made slave,

and they give ear to thy word in Jerusalem."

Miryai's great intelligence, fame, and grasp of Torah would have

caused her father to hope to use her to bolster his own political

aspirations through marriage, but Miryai had other plans which would

come to anger him greatly. She would later show equal if not greater

skill in grasping the Nazorean texts and teachings of her mentor

Yeshu, and would eventually rise to be leader of the Nazoreans after

the death of James the Just. Even after her conversion to

Nazoreanism, there are still records of Jews coming to her to receive

light and knowledge, even as the other Nazorean Apostles did.

Mary Magdalene's father Elizer was the most important, and probably

one of the richest persons in the entire region. He would not have

been happy with a Nazorean Temple and its devotees within the Essene

quarter of his beloved Jerusalem and in neighboring villages, nor

would they have been thrilled with his local Jewish animal slaughter

cult and northern fishing industry. We are told by Miryai that her

parents repeatedly warned her to stay far away from the vegan

Nazoreans whom the Jews hated so much:

"My father went to the house of the people, my mother went to the

temple. My father went out and said to me, and my mother went out and

charged me: "Miryai, close thy inner doors and bolt the bar. See that

thou goest not forth into the main streets and that the Lord's

sunshine fall not upon thee."


Mary Magdalene Leaves Judaism

Miryai (Mary Magdalene), did not heed her parent's warnings. She

writes in her scroll:

"But I, Miryai, listened not to what my mother did tell me, and

hardened not with the ear to what my father did charge me. I opened

the inner doors and the outer let I stand open. Out went I into the

main streets and the Lord's sunshine fell upon me. To the Jewish

Synagogue (bit 'ama, the house of the people) would I not go, but my

way bore me onto the Nazorean Temple ( Bit Mshkana). I went thither

and found my brothers and sisters standing there, and giving forth


Miryai, rejecting the "dark house which benefits no one", sought

refuge in the Nazoreans Temple of Light where both men and woman wore

white clothing and headbands, and studied Nazorean scrolls together.

Thus we have white robed vegan Nazoreans living in a town focused on

animal slaughter, and a Nazorean Temple and School of the Prophets

right next to a Jewish schools and places of worship!

Because the Nazorean's had different ideas about sexual and marital

purity, they were accused by the Jews of having loose morals. This

resulted in a general slander of the Nazoreans as adulterers and

their converts as being morally lax. This was an unfair accusation,

but a useful one for scaring away would be converts from

investigating their sublime teachings. After Mary Magdalene converts

from Judaism to Nazoreanism, her former Jewish family and admirers

accuse her of abandoning their faith, becoming a loose woman, and

becoming a Nazorean only because she has fallen in love with the head

of the Nazoreans (Jesus).

"All the Jews gathered together, the teachers, the great and the

little; they came together and spake of Miryai: "She ran away from

the priests, fell in lore with a man, and they took hold of each

other's bands. "

In her scroll Miryai goes on to explain that she did not convert to

Nazoreanism because she fell in love with its leader, but because she

knew it to be the true religion. She writes that her father taunted

her with these accusations:

" Come, look on Miryai, who has left Jewry and gone to make love with

her lord. Came, look on Miryai, who has left off colored raiment and

gone to make love with her lord. She forsook gold and silver and went

to make love with her lord. She forsook the phylacteries and went to

make love with the man with the head-band."

Miryai answered him and responds:

" Far lies it from me to love him whom I hare hated. Far lies it from

me to hate him whom I hare loved. Nay, far from me lies it to hate my

Lord, the Life's Gnosis (Jesus), who is for me in the world a

support, a support is he in the world for me and a helper in the

Light's region."

She goes on to curse the corrupt and controlling Jewish cult, saying:

"Dust in the mouth of the Jews, ashes in the mouth of all of the

priests! May the dung that is under the feet of the horses, come on

the high ones and Jerusalem's mighty rulers."

Mary Magdalene's own autobiography informs is as to the real reason

Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified. The Jews were mad at Yeshu because he

stole the heart of their precious progeny. They swore to crucify him

for this and destroy the Nazorean sect:

"We will slay them and make Miryai scorned in Jerusalem. A stake

(Cross) will we set up for the man who has ruined Miryai and led her

away. There shall be no day in the world when a stranger (Nazorean)

enters Jerusalem."


Mary Magdalene's Life With the Nazoreans

Mary Magdalene's life changed drastically when she left the opulent

world of her powerful father to marry his counterpart in the Nazorean

world - the High Priest Yeshu dMiriam (Jesus). She gave up the rich

colorful clothes of a High Priest's daughter to adorn herself in

simple offwhite clothing of a Nazorean priestess. She left behind all

her jewelry for the simple ring of a Nazorean Initiate. She abandoned

animal sacrifice and Jewish paraphernalia to keep an all plant diet

and lifestyle. Her father says:

"Came, look on Miryai, who has left off colored raiment and gone to

make love with her lord. She forsook gold and silver and went to make

love with her lord. She forsook the phylacteries and went to make

love with the man with the head-band."

Mary Magdalene became a constant companion of Yeshu. They settled at

the mouth of the Frash (Siah) river in Wadi Esiah canyon on the

western slopes of Mt. Carmel, where the main Nazorean Temple and

monastery was located. Miryai tells us this in her scroll:

"She ran away from the priests, fell in lore with a man, and they

took hold of each other's bands. Hold of each other's hands they

took, went forth and settled at the mouth of Frash (Mt. Carmel)."

We are told more of their relationship in later Nag texts which say:

" There were three Mariams who walked with the Lord at all times: his

mother and [his] sister and the Magdalene°, she who is called his

mate. Thus his (true) Mother, Sister and Mate is (also)

called 'Mariam'." Gospel of Philip

"And the Mate of the [Christ] is Mariam Magdalene. The [Lord loved]

Mariam more than [all the other] Disciples, [and he] kissed her often

on her [mouth. He embraced] the other women also, yet they said to

him: Why do thou love [her] more than all of us? The Savior° replied,

he said to them: Why do I not love you as I do her? Gospel of Philip


Miryai began her teaching career in the Jewish world of parchment,

indigo and fish, but ended it in the white Nazorean world of papyrus

and produce. She fully functioned as a Nazorean Priestess and was

eventually recognized as an incarnation of their greatest heavenly

Goddess - the "Treasury of Life".

In the Gospel of Mary and Pistis Sophia she is recognized by Yeshu

and the other apostles as the most understanding of them all. In the

Pistis Sophia codex she is said to tower, along with one other, over

all the other disciples:

"Where I shall be, there will be also my twelve ministers, But Maria

Magdalene and John the Virgin will tower over all my disciples and

over all men who shall receive the Mysteries of the Ineffable. And

they will be on my right and on my left. And I am they, and they are

I."- Pistis Sophia, p193

After the death of Yeshu Mary Magdalene was perhaps too young and new

to the faith to immediately take over the reigns of leadership among

the Nazoreans and so James the Lord's Brother, became Yeshu's


"Jesus said to them: Wherever you have come, you will go to James the

righteous for whose sake heaven and earth came into being." Gospel of


Eventually she did become the official head of the Nazoreans. From

James. the leadership, and all the secret scrolls, went to Miryai, or

Mariamme as she is sometimes called:

"These are the titles of very numerous discourses which (the

Naassenes) asserts James the brother of the Lord handed down to

Mariamne (Miryai)" The Refutations of all Heresies by Hippolytus

(Book V section II)

Both James and Miryai taught the deep secrets of Nazirutha which they

alone had received from Yeshu. They represented the true lineage of

light in contrast to the false Pauline Churchanity that was on the

rise in the west:

"The priests, then, and champions of the system, have been first

those who have been called Naasseni, …alleging that they alone have

sounded the depths of knowledge." - The Refutations of all Heresies

by Hippolytus (Book V section I)

At her death Miryai was buried next to her beloved Yeshu (Jesus) in a

small family tomb in Tapiot, Jerusalem. On her ossuary was written

Mariamne e mara - "Miriam known as the Master."


The Gnostic Mary Magdalene is constantly called the blessed one, the

one who knows the all, and an incarnation of the Maiden of Light (A

Nazorean Heavenly Goddess archetype) by Yeshu. We teach that Miryai

is the "Little Sophia" mentioned in the Gospel of Philip, and the

Aeon called "Truth" in Valentinian mythos. We recognize Her as the

Maiden of Light, the female counterpart to the Third Messenger of

Manichaean lore. We also understand her to be Simat Hiia, the

Treasury of Life, of Mandaean texts, and the Earthly Mother of the

Essene texts translated by Szekely. In Her role as bride and soul

mate to Yeshu, we see in Her our hope for full reconciliation with

the All-Parents above through the saving gnosis that She, and Yeshu,

dispense jointly to all seeking gnostikoi Nazoreans.

"The Treasury am I, Life's Treasury. A King for the Nazoraeans became

I. I became a King for the Nazoraeans, who through my Name find

praise and assurance. Praise and assurance they find through my Name,

and on my Name they mount up and behold the Light's region."

"…which is begotten above, where, he says, is Mariam the sought-for

one…" -The Refutations of all Heresies by Hippolytus (Book V section


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