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GOSPEL OF SOPHIA: THE SECRET GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALEN

This 'Gospel of Mary' is composed of selected sayings attributed to

St. Mary Magdalene in the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism. On

the one hand, these sayings are inspired by the Anointed Bride and,

on the other hand, they are drawn from the Gnostic legends of an oral

tradition that has existed a long time. It is always this way when

speaking or writing from an oral tradition; the telling of the tales

is constantly changing with the inspiration of the Spirit each moment

brings. This is why oral tradition is highly prized among Sophians,

because it remains vibrant and alive. Yet, placing something of the

oral tradition in writing extends the light of the Bride beyond our

circles and allows others to glimpse the image of the Anointed Bride,

St. Mary Magdalene, as she is beheld by Sophians. Today many are

seeking knowledge of St. Mary Magdalene, so it seems that the Mother

Spirit calls us to let her voice be heard. In honor of the Mother

Spirit and Kallah Messiah (the Anointed Bride) we offer these sayings

in her name, as a gift given freely to all, and pray they are a

blessing and inspiration to all who receive them.

1. These are sayings, spoken by Salome the Maiden in the name of St.

Mary Magdalene, which women of wisdom have held in trust. Mary

said, "If you know the Woman of Light, you will know your Mother and

be reborn of the Mother Spirit as a child of light. Because the light

is bornless, you will have eternal life."

2. Mary was speaking to her companions, and she said, "There is glory

of glory, and glory of light, and there is the True Light. Seek,

therefore, the essence of the light, which is beyond all, and you

shall know the Truth of Light."

3. Mary said, "This world is a cemetery, it is filled with corpses.

For this reason, the Lord set the world on fire so that the dead

might awaken and spirits might be set free. And now the fire burns,

and we tend it so that it might burn brightly, and we dance within

the fire, for we are on fire with the Spirit of Yahweh. If you seek

the Anointed, you seek the fire, and when you are utterly burnt away,

you will rejoice in the True Light."

4. A woman asked Mary, "Are you the one the Lord loved dearly?" Mary

said, "The Lord loved the world, and he gave light and life to the

world, so that no longer would anyone have to live in darkness. He

loved me as the Soul of the World, so that embracing me he might

embrace the world and uplift it to the bridal chamber. I am she whom

the Lord loves, as is the soul of light in you. The one who finds me

will find the Anointed, for I am the house in which the Lord dwells."

5. The companions said to Mary, "Tell us about New Jerusalem." Mary

said, "It is Wisdom, not of this world, but of the World of Supernal

Light. When all of the sparks are gathered in and all of the vessels

of light are mended, you will see the glory of New Jerusalem coming

out of heaven, and in it you will behold the bridal chamber and the

image of the Anointed One in it."

6. Mary said, "What is cast down shall be lifted up, and what is

lifted up shall be thrown down; what is on high must be brought down

upon the earth, and the earth must be lifted on high."

7. Mary said, "Fire is above water, and the sky is above the earth.

All of these are above and below, and all are joined in the Mother's

womb, which is the primordial space from which they all arise.

Everything will return to its root and essence."

8. Mary said to a woman, "The Mother is everything, and she is

nothing. She is everything here below, and she is nothing in the

embrace of the Father above. Yet above and below she is the same, and

here she is always changing. You are she and she is you."


9. Mary once said, "Do not concern yourself with the darkness in the

world, but banish the darkness that is in you, because it will bind

you and destroy you if you do not cast it out of you."


10. Mary said, "Give what you wish to receive and you shall have it.

Take what you desire and it will be stolen from you."


11. Mary said to her disciples, "Eve and Lilith are one woman, and

she is a supernal emanation. If a woman knows herself she will know

the Holy Woman, just as if a man knows himself he will know the

Supernal Adam. To acquire this knowledge you must be single, which is

to say undivided."


12. Disciples of Mary said to her, "We are going on a pilgrimage to

the holy land so we might see where you and the Lord lived." Mary

said to them, "The holy land is wherever a child of Light goes, and

it is where the child of Light abides. The holy land is where the

Anointed and the soul are joined, it is the bridal chamber."


13. Mary said, "When you also pay the ransom, then you will be

ransomed, and no longer will you be held hostage."


14. Mary said, "Christ has one Mother, and she is the Queen of

Heaven. The body is born of the Earthly Mother, but the soul of light

is born of the Heavenly Mother, and it is the Mother Spirit that

awakens the soul of light. Mary gave birth to a child in the world,

but the Mother Spirit gave birth to Christ. So it is with all who are

anointed with Supernal Light."


15. Mary said to Salome, "We are dead because the Lord died, and we

live because the Lord lives. The tomb is the Mother's womb to those

who are among the living."


16. Mary said to some women, "If you know the path of the moon you

will know the path of the sun. With this knowledge and understanding,

follow the path of light which is beyond the sun or the moon. This is

the path of the cross."


17. Mary said to her disciples, "The cross is the limit, for it binds

the power of the demiurgos and Satan, which is death. Death has never

existed. The Lord has shown us this and now we must remember."


18. Mary once said, "A woman who knows how to bake bread understands

the purpose of yeast, and she includes yeast in the dough, though

only a little bit. So has the Mother put the fiery intelligence in

human beings, knowing they will ascend because of it."


19. Mary said, "Until there is light in a form and it becomes light,

it is a false appearance. Though a human form appears, unless a

person brings the supernal soul into the body, that person is not yet

a human being."


20. A woman said to Mary, "You saw the Risen Savior first. What did

he look like?" Mary said to her, "He looked like no man nor angel nor

god, but his appearance was the image of the Human One, the image and

likeness of the Living God. Truly I tell you, whoever beholds the

Risen Savior, it is as though he or she is the first to see him."


21. Mary said, "Everyone knows how to clean a house, but few know how

to make themselves clean inwardly. If you know how to clean a house

but do not know how to clean yourself inwardly, then your house and

all that you touch are unclean. Nothing is unclean to a person who is

clean. This is what the Lord taught his disciples."


22. Mary taught, "If you are violent then your end will be violent,

but if you acquire the peace of the Lord, then you will end in peace."


23. Mary spoke, and said, "There is baptism, chrism and wedding

feast, and there is the ransom and bridal chamber. Baptism is water,

chrism is fire and the ransom is earth. The wedding feast is the air,

for in the Spirit we shall meet the Anointed on the Day of Joy, and

then the element of the bridal chamber shall be fully revealed.

Everything the Lord accomplished he accomplished in a mystery, and

the Anointed Bride is the mystery."


24. Mary said, "Ask the Mother Spirit and she will show you the face

of our Father. When you look and see it, you will meet the gaze of

the Beloved, for he is the image of the Living Father."


25. Mary said, "Know how to love and you will be undivided. This is

the repentance the Lord taught, and it the perfect baptism."


26. A woman said to Mary, "You are the holiness of womanhood we have

been waiting to see." Mary said to her, "What have you been doing

while you were waiting? If you see this in me, then it is in you. All

the while it has been with you! What were you waiting for?"


27. A young lady said to Mary, "When will the world be transformed?"

Mary said, "It will not be transformed, but it is sacred to the

Mother already. When you are transformed the world will be

transformed, for you are the world and the world is you. The world is

changing all of the time, and yet it is unchanged. The Mother is

changing continually, yet she is ever the same, yesterday, today and

tomorrow. Become as the Mother and you will see the Great

Transformation, yet nothing will have changed."


28. Mary said, "When the Lord died the world passed away, and when

the Lord was raised up a new creation came into being. When the Pure

Emanation comes into the world it is the union of the beginning and

the end, and all things are restored anew."


29. Someone asked to see the holy wounds on Mary and she said, "Here,

look and see, but look also to see the Risen One; for unless you see

among the living, all that you see is dead things."


30. A woman said to Mary, "Our Lady, you are a great prophetess.

Praise the Lord who sent you among us." Mary said, "You also must be

a seer, for one who sees lives."


31. Salome reclined with Mary at the table, and Salome said to

Mary, "You, Bride of Light, are most blessed of women, for you have

known the Lord most intimately and have become fire and light." Mary

said to her, "Because you know the truth, you also are light and fire

and Spirit. In the whole of creation there is nothing else, only

light and fire and Spirit."


32. Mary said, "There are seven heavens, seven earths and seven

hells, and there are worlds within worlds, and realms within realms.

All shall pass away, but the Supernal Abode shall abide eternal.

There is no end to God's Word or Wisdom."


33. Mary said, "Know how to cleave, and the husks shall be shed, and

you will be joined to the Living One. The perfection of cleaving is

the bridal chamber, and the wedding feast is the glory of that

Perfect Aeon."


34. Mary said, "No one finds the Lord save those to whom the Lord

reveals himself, for the Lord seeks his own and has come for the

elect."


35. Mary said to some people, "If you are seeking, it is the Holy

Spirit that is seeking in you, and so be assured you will find.

Recognizing this, you have found already, and what you have found is

life."


36. Mary said, "One who clings to the world, clings to a corpse, and

one who clings to a corpse is unclean. There is a rite of

purification for one who becomes unclean by touching a corpse, but

first one must let go of the corpse and seek life."


37. Mary said, "The Divine Mother is light and she is darkness, she

is the saint and she is the sinner, angels and demons are images in

her, as are the gods and all of the archons; yet she is beyond all of

these. Know her in all things and you will be free of bondage, even

as the Anointed is free."


38. A woman said to Mary, "I have seen the light!" Mary said to the

woman, "Wonderful! Now join the darkness to it, and go into the

light, and you will discover what is beyond appearances."


39. Mary once said, "Deeply my body mourned for the Lord, but deeper

still the soul within me rejoiced. Do not cling to the image on the

cross, but cleave to the image of the Risen Savior."


40. Mary said, "A tree has life in it because of the sap, and we have

life in us because of the chrism. Unless one has the chrism, one is

not Christian but steals the name. Be certain you do not steal."


41. Mary said, "I was with the Risen Savior, and beheld the Mother.

In the first heaven, she was the Radiant Earth of Paradise. In the

second heaven, she was the Starry Night Sky. In the third heaven, she

was a Great Fire. In the fourth heaven, she was the Great Angel and

Celestial Temple, and the Holy Sacrifice. When I beheld her in the

fifth heaven, she was the Glory of the Anointed abiding there, and in

the sixth heaven, she was Fire and Ice and the End-Of-Days. In the

seventh heaven, she was the Great Luminous Assembly, and the Holy

Throne, and image of the One-Who-Sits-Upon-The-Throne; but in the

Supernal Abode I cannot say what she was like. One must look and see

for oneself."


42. Mary said, "When the Anointed descended into Hades and the realms

of Gehenna, the chosen came to him, drawn to the light, but many

spirits fled from him, unwilling to enter into the light. It was the

same when he walked upon the earth; the insiders drew near but the

outsiders were driven away."


43. Mary said to her disciples, "When the Risen Savior appears, look

into his heart, and there you will see a threefold flame of Sophia.

It is faith, hope and love, but inwardly it is knowledge,

understanding and wisdom. Ask the Lord to give you this Holy Flame,

so that you also might enter the kingdom and be perfect as the Father

and Son are perfect."


44. Mary to her companions, "There is power in the blood of Christ

and glory in the body of Christ, the essence and presence of the

Supernal Emanations. When you eat of the wedding feast, bind your

soul to the Light-Emanations. Ascending, you will descend with light,

and descending you will ascend with the Truth."


45. Mary said, "You go down into the water and you die, because the

reflection is shattered on the surface. When you rise up you come

alive, for knowing your origin you no longer cling to a reflection or

an image, but are reborn of your true essence. The nature of this

essence is no-thing, and knowing this you will rule over the

entirety."


46. Mary said, "The Lord said, `Do not make a home for yourselves in

the world, but be at home in the Spirit."


47. Mary said, "Many are the apostles the Lord has sent, and they are

rays of light flowing out of the Spiritual Sun. Many are the apostles

the Bride shall send, and they are flames of fire leaping out of her.

If you receive one whom the Bridegroom and Bride sends, then you

receive one who comes from the Pleroma of Light. Woe to they who

reject the apostles of light, for they have rejected their own soul!

Receive every person who comes to you walking in holiness and beauty,

for they are your fathers and mothers, your brothers and sisters, and

your little ones."


48. Mary taught her disciples, saying, "The Aeons of Light are the

handmaids of the Bride at the wedding feast, and the best man is the

Son of Adam at the wedding; in the bridal chamber the soul acquires

intimate acquaintance with the Anointed and becomes the Anointed.

Until that time, sing and dance and rejoice, for it is to those who

abide in joy that the Shekinah comes, and it is through her that you

will enter the bridal chamber."


49. Mary said, "Come, let us go in. The Lord is waiting. If the mark

is in you, then it is a sin to go outside. The righteous are those

who live inwardly in the presence of the Anointed."


50. Mary said, "A man once came to the Lord seeking an answer, but

the Lord sat in silence. When the man departed, the Lord

said, `Perhaps he was not seeking, but if he was, then surely he has

his answer.' Many times the Lord said nothing, but an answer was

given. Remember this when you pray, for the power of prayer is

silence."


51. Mary said, "What is a woman to do against a strong man? She

cannot overcome him. When faced with a strong man, if she cannot call

out to a righteous man for help, then her only choice is not to

resist him. Now I ask you, is this right? Indeed! For she will live

and the day of justice will come! Yet it is wrong, for this

demonstrates the dominion of falsehood in this world. There is great

power in womanhood but it is hidden, and many men and beasts of the

field seem to have power, but inwardly are weak. In the World of

Supernal Light only the soul that has power in it will have power,

and those lacking the power of truth will not appear in it. This

world is a world of falsehood, but the world-to-come is a World of

Truth. Do not be deceived by appearances and do not doubt there will

be justice!"


52. Mary taught, "Once you come to the light and know the light is in

you, you cannot continue to walk in the ways of darkness, lest you

fall into a greater darkness. No! You must walk in the light and

enter the light, and bring forth the light from within you, for only

then will you be established in the Way of Life."


53. Mary said to her disciples, "Do not receive every spirit that

comes to you, but put every spirit to the test, to see if it comes

from God or the demiurge or Satan. There are many false lights, and

they glitter and glow, and even a demon can appear in the image of

the Risen One. Do not be deceived, but look always for the light of

love and truth, for what is evil lacks love and what is mixture lacks

the perfection of Truth. In the Holy Spirit you will be empowered to

discern, for she is discerning awareness."


54. Mary said, "The Lord laid down a ransom for your soul, yet if you

do not receive the Spirit of the Lord and live as a free person, then

the ransom does not take effect. Only a free person can gather and

give ransom, and so set free a hostage. Everything you see the Lord

do, you must also do. This is the Way of Freedom."


55. The disciples of Mary said, "Tell us about Grandmother Israel?"

Mary said to them, "She has seen the End-Of-Days and the Beginning-Of-

Life, and she is ancient, yet she is ever young. She is the

understanding of wisdom, and knowledge of truth, the perfection of

awareness. All is in her sight, yet she desires nothing. She is the

fruition of womanhood having given birth to Divine Illumination."


56. Mary said, "Until you know the darkness of Sophia, you will not

acquire her light. Unless you die and are reborn of the Mother

Spirit, the knowledge of the resurrection will elude you."


57. Mary said, "Do not think the cross is wood, for it is light. Do

not think the Anointed is a man, for he is an emanation. Do not

become bound by appearances, for the Spirit of Truth is invisible. Do

not be idolaters."


58. Mary said, "Pray that you have an eye that sees, an ear that

hears, a tongue that tastes, a nose that smells and a body that

feels. For many are they who are dead, whose senses perceive nothing,

but you have been called to life and raised from the dead. Therefore,

pray to be fully alive."


59. Mary said, "There are many gods and goddesses with great power,

and all manner of spirits that have secret knowledge, yet the power

that is in you is greater and the knowledge you possess is more rare

and precious. I tell you, great and luminous beings shall come

seeking power and knowledge from you. See that you give to all who

ask and withhold only from those who come to steal, and those who

receive let worship the Anointed of God Most High."


60. Mary said, "I tell you truly, you are divine beings, but do not

let anyone worship you."


61. Once Mary said, "In the Anointed you are free from bondage to the

law and the dominion of the archons. Do not make yourself a slave

again, but live as a free man or woman in the Holy Spirit."


62. Mary said to her disciples, "Unless you go out of your homeland,

and follow the Spirit through the wilderness into the Promised Land

as I have, you cannot be a disciple to me. Unless you bear the marks

of the crucifixion that I bear, you cannot be a disciple to the Lord.

When you receive the call you must go forth and not look back, for

the one who looks back shall be bound, but the one who looks to the

Anointed will be set free."


63. Mary was teaching one day, and she said, "The warden and guards

will pursue anyone attempting to escape from prison, and dark spirits

will arise to oppose anyone who shines with light. Do not fear the

persecution you face on account of the Risen Savior and Mother

Spirit, but have faith and endure, for your freedom is already won

and all darkness has come to an end."


64. Mary said, "If you desire something, ask the Mother, for she

gives to her children all that they desire."


65. Mary's disciples asked her, "How should we worship God?" Mary

said, "With tears and with laughter, and in all that you do, and with

song and dance, and in every way the Spirit inspires. Worship in the

Spirit of Truth, with your heart and your soul, your mind and your

body; live in the presence of Yahweh always."


66. Mary said, "Do not mistake the rites performed outwardly for the

true sacred rite, for unless the sacred rites transpire inwardly, the

outward rites are only husks of darkness."


67. Mary said, "Receiving the baptism of water, seek also the baptism

of fire and the Spirit, for only when you are baptized with fire and

the Spirit is your baptism complete."


68. Mary said, "The Anointed has sown seeds of light; you are the

secret garden of the Anointed, and in due season the harvest shall

come. Tend to your growth now so that you may be ripe and mature when

the harvest comes."


69. Mary said, "The mystery of the bridal chamber is private, it can

only be spoken in the presence of one, and only if it is known to

that one already. Do not speak in public about things that are

private, but be wise in your speech."


70. Mary taught, "Many have followed their heart, and it led them

astray. Yet, it was not their heart that they followed, but some

other spirit. The Lord is seated there, in your heart, and you must

know your heart to know the Lord. There is a husk of darkness

surrounding the heart; when that husk is broken and falls away, then

you will know your heart and know the Lord. Let your heart be

circumcised so that you might enter into the fullness of love and be

intimately acquainted."


71. Mary said, "To gain recognition is to become what you see, for no

one sees anything he or she has not become. If a person is not able

to recognize the Anointed, or one whom the Anointed sends, it is

because the Anointed does not indwell that person. When there is

recognition rejoice, therefore, for your salvation is near and you

have entered the kingdom."


72. Mary said, "Unless you know the kingdom in you, you will not see

it outside of you; unless the Anointed indwells you, you will not

find the Anointed in the world."


73. Mary said, "We are Christ-like until we become Christ, and the

Lord has promised every true Christ-like person will become Christ.

This is our spiritual hope."


74. The disciples inquired of Mary about the World of Supernal Light.

She said to them, "It is above and below, within you and beyond you,

and all around you, but few are they who have eyes to see it, and

fewer still who dwell in it."


75. A disciple asked Mary, "When will the Second Coming occur?" Mary

said, "It can happen at any time, anywhere, when you least expect it.

It is the mystery of the Perfect Aeon known only to the Living

Father, which he will reveal in the Mother in due season. Therefore,

be ready and live without regrets, so that when it transpires you

will be among the living."


76. Mary said, "Only one who is passionate for truth will discover

the truth."


77. A man asked Mary, "Who is greater, you or Yeshua?" Mary said to

him, "Truly I tell you, the Anointed is the Anointed, whether male or

female, and the Anointed is exalted above every head, even the

highest among the angels in heaven and Aeons of Light. As for Yeshua,

he is greater than I, for I received everything from him. And so it

is for every disciple, he or she is never greater than the teacher."


78. Mary was teaching in the assembly, and a woman exclaimed, "Now is

the hour of the Holy Bride!" Mary said, "No, before the Bride is

received, she must be rejected, and before the Second Coming there

must come a great darkness. Until the Second Coming of Christ, the

Wisdom of God shall not be received. When the Bride is received, know

the Second Coming is near."


79. Mary said, "If you know what the world is, you will no longer

desire it, for you will see what is beyond the world. When you see

what is beyond the world, in that day it will be in the world."


80. A young disciple asked Mary, "How can I come to know the Lord?"

Mary said, "Become empty, like a cup, and let the Mother Spirit pour

the Lord and her presence into you."


81. Mary said, "Seek to commune with the angels of our Heavenly

Father and the angels of our Earthly Mother, and cleaving to the Lord

in your heart, let the heavens and earth be joined."


82. Mary said, "All things exist in and with one another, and while

they exist they depend on one another, but when the time of

dissolution comes, all things will return to their own root and

essence. What has come from above returns to the abode from which it

has come, and what comes from below returns to its origin. What is in

between has never existed, and will return to the Great Void."


83. Mary said, "Is it not written, `In the beginning was void and

chaos?' Yet, did not God exist before the beginning? If order and

light came into being, surely these are of God. As for the void and

chaos, these are the primordial ground from which God has created;

and the one creating is the demiurge. For in truth, what God creates

is emanation, and the emanations of God create. Therefore, Yahweh

emanated and Elohim created. There is no beginning to this, nor is

there an end. Consider this when you meditate on the End-Of-Days."


84. Mary said, "Did God give birth to creation without a womb? No,

indeed! For creation is in God's womb, and until it is complete it

shall not emerge."


85. Mary said, "When the soul departs this world it must travel

through many realms in between, and it must pass through the realms

of the archons, and the heavens, and the great abyss. Powers will

arise to prevent the soul's ascent, and guardians will seek to bind

it to their realms, yet those who cleave to the Anointed, in whom the

Holy Spirit dwells, they will be invisible to the powers and

guardians. Already, they are free!"


86. Mary said, "From the purity of space, air arose, and from air,

fire arose, and from fire, water, and from these the earth came into

being. When you depart the world, let the elements dissolve into one

another, and let the Mother and Father Essences be joined; then wait

upon the Spirit of the Lord, abiding in the Transparent Light of the

Supernal Abode. In this way you will attain repose."


87. A woman said to Mary, "I am dying and wish to go to God. What

should I do?" Mary said, "Gather yourself as a sun in your heart, and

envision the Risen Savior come for you. When the Savior appears, as

light rise up to meet him in the air and the Anointed will receive

you in God."


88. Mary said, "Labor while you are in the field, and rest when you

are called home. Do not be idle while you live, lest you depart the

world in poverty."


89. Mary said, "Because of the power of the demiurgos, you have

forgotten yourself. You believe you are a child of darkness, yet you

are a child of light. Indeed! Truly, I say to you, you are a person

of light who has come from the light, and if you remember yourself

you will know where your home is. This is the remembrance of the

wedding feast, regarding which the Lord instructed us, "Do this in

remembrance of me."


90. Mary said, "What the Anointed is, I am and you are; for this

reason the Anointed has come, to remind those caught in the spell of

forgetfulness."


91. Mary said, "Beware! If you blaspheme the Mother Spirit there will

be no one to save you, for she is the Spirit of salvation and your

very life."


92. Mary said, "Weave for yourselves garments of light, so that when

you go before the Queen of Heaven to be received you do not appear

naked. With faith and the fullness of knowledge, do good works and

love one another, and in the Spirit of the Lord you will have

garments of light."


93. Mary once said, "Blessed is one who knows sorrow and suffering,

for that person will know life."


94. Mary said, "You cannot destroy the evil inclination, but if you

bring it into the service of the good it will no longer be evil."


95. Mary said, "When the saint receives the Anointed it is good, but

when the sinner receives the Anointed it is better, for entering into

the light the sinner is more powerful than the saint."


96. Mary said to her disciples, "You are midwives of the Mother

Spirit, and you are meant to labor with her in the harvest of souls.

Yet do not grasp on to the fruit of your labors, for it is she who

accomplishes everything and to whom all good fruits belong."


97. Mary said, "No one will know the Living Father apart from the

Mother, for it is she who shows us the face of our Father."


98. Mary spoke, and she said, "Having awakened, remain awake, and

keep vigil, ever waiting upon the Lord."


99. Mary said to her companions, "Preach the Gospel to all good

creatures, and bear forth the light into all realms. If the wind will

listen, teach the wind. If a ghost seeks redemption, then bless the

ghost. Speak the truth to all spirits and creatures, for in the Human

One all are blessed and all are received."


100. Mary said, "Know when to retreat and when to live. When you

retreat be silent and die to yourself, so that you might be alive in

the Spirit. When you live, be alive and vibrant, and rejoice each day

in the presence of God."


101. Mary said to her disciples, "The Human One is the divinity in

the holy Shabbat and the Shekinah is the companion of all who

remember and keep it. The Lord has ordained the Shabbat as a blessing

for all who desire to draw near. It is a great blessing."


102. Mary said, "The Anointed is the Lord of the Shabbat, and it is

the day of the Beloved. In it is the mystery of the bridal chamber,

and those who honor it shall gain knowledge of the mystery."


103. Mary said, "In heaven men and women who have love and knowledge

of God are fully received in the light, but below only men of God are

fully received, for there is an abode of falsehood and darkness, and

the archons favor the male. Yet, the image of the Human One in the

bridal chamber is male and female joined together in one body of

light, like unto the holy angels. When the image below is as the

image above, then the Gospel will be fulfilled."


104. Mary said to her disciples, "All aeons are not divine, but many

are brought in by the demiurgos and archons and bear the taint of

falsehood. The aeons are thoughts in the Perfect Intelligence of God,

fashioned by Wisdom and Understanding, yet under the influence of the

demiurge they are corrupted. Only the pure emanation of the Aeon of

Light is free of taint or corruption, for it is the body of the Risen

Savior whom the archons could not hold in bondage. And it shall come

to pass that a false aeon shall replace the Aeon of Truth, for

already the image in the bridal chamber is partial in the minds of

men."


105. Mary said, "The Perfect Aeon is called Eternal Shabbat, and the

soul of the Perfect Aeon is called the Christ, and it is Light and

Truth. The seed of the Perfect Aeon has been sown in the world, in

the human mind and heart, and it shall bear good fruit in due season.

Until that time there are many aeons in conflict below the great

abyss, and the world is a play of shadows and shades and dim glows.

Therefore, do not be deceived, but cleave to the True Light, and pray

for the Aeon of the Holy Spirit in which all aeons will be rectified

and the revelation of the Perfect Aeon complete."


106. Mary said, "The Anointed was joined by the Living Father to the

Light-Emanations so that when he appeared to us their radiant holy

breath and power was in him. This is the power of the Holy Spirit

that he breathed upon us, akin to the Spirit of God moving upon the

surface of the deep in the beginning. Yet, this Spirit which the

Anointed breathed on us moved on the surface and the deep. On account

of this breath of the Savior a new creation has come into being which

is the purity of emanation."


107. Mary said to her companions, "There is light and fire in your

breath, and if you cleave to the Risen Savior and breathe as the

Savior breathes, you will discover it. When you discover it your

whole body will become filled with fire and light and you will be

transformed into the image of the Living One."


108. Mary said, "The aeons are perfect and eternal above, but their

images below are inherently flawed. Seek to look and see them above

so that you might join soul and image and rectify them."


109. Mary spoke these words in private. She said, "The body and blood

of the Lord is fire and light, and the power of the Mother Spirit is

in it. There is fire in the bread and light in the wine, and the Holy

Spirit passes in between them and joins them. So are the Bride and

Bridegroom joined, and it is for this reason it is called a wedding

feast. Understand, the body and blood are not the image on the cross,

but they are the image of the Risen Savior, so that consecrated, the

power of the Risen Savior is in the bread and wine. What is the image

of the Risen Savior? It is the image of the Groom and Bride united

called the Second Adam. This is the image of the Great Seth."


110. Mary said to her disciples, "Kali Kallah appears black to those

who do not know her, yet to those who love her and who draw near she

is white brilliance. Her image is as the starry night sky, and the

light of the heavens and Supernal Abode are in her. To pass beyond

you must enter her embrace, even as the Lord embraced her. Then,

through Daughter Sophia you will acquire knowledge of Mother Sophia,

the Queen of Heaven."


111. Mary said, "There is wisdom and there is wisdom, and the wisdom

of the world is not the Wisdom of God. Seek, therefore, the truth of

wisdom, that knowing the Wisdom of God all wisdom might be redeemed

in you."


112. Mary said, "The Logos emanated into the world for the redemption

of Sophia. If the redemption of Sophia is not received in the world,

then the world is not redeemed. Sophia received the Logos, and those

who cleave to Sophia have received the Logos, and they are redeemed.

It is Sophia in you that receives the Logos and is saved."


113. Mary was speaking to her companions. She said, "Everything that

is above is in you here below. The light of the heavens and Supernal

Abode is in you, and the essence of the Perfect Aeon. Let Logos and

Sophia embrace in you and you will behold great wonders, and nothing

will be impossible to you, for what is above will be brought down

below and what is below will be lifted above. Praise the Lord!"


114. Mary said, "Logos is the name of the Lord and Sophia is the name

of the Bride. In the bridal chamber their name is Christos."


115. Mary said to her disciples, "You have heard of the ascension of

Enoch. When he ascended he became male and female, and the male

entered into repose and the female moved to run and return; thus

Metatron appeared in the height and Sandalphon in the depths. This is

the Great Angel of the Lord, male and female, the image of Bride and

Bridegroom. And it is the Supernal Image of our perfection."


116. Mary said, "God the Father entered in through the image of the

Son, but the world was overwhelmed by the great supernal glory.

Therefore, the Son imparted the Mother Spirit and God the Mother has

entered in through the image of the Daughter to nurture the little

ones until they grow wise. The light entered but was too bright, and

so now the fire comes to purify so that all might be sanctified to

receive the True Light. Everything shall be accomplished in due

season, and it is the Mother Spirit that will accomplish everything."


117. Mary said, "We have Father and we have Mother, for God is our

Father and our Mother, though, indeed, the Most High is beyond Father

or Mother. There is no knowledge of the Father apart from the Mother,

for it is Mother Spirit who gives birth to the image of the Son in

whom the Living Father is revealed. So also shall Mother Spirit give

birth to the image of the Daughter, so that the image of the Son will

be perfect and the revelation of God Most High made complete. Truly I

say to you, there is a holier Gospel yet to be spoken."


118. Mary said, "Under the law and old covenant the circumcision

applied only to men, but in the new covenant women are also

circumcised; likewise, under the old covenant only men were called as

priests, but under the new covenant there are also women called as

priestesses. The old covenant fell to the dominion of the demiurgos.

It remains to be seen whether the new covenant shall stand or fall.

If it falls, then another shall arise. Therefore, labor always for

the perfection of the covenant, so that you are awake when the Aeon

of the Holy Spirit enters in."


119. A woman said to Mary, "I have heard that the Lord walked on

water." Mary said, "Indeed! The Lord did walk on water, and he walked

on the firmaments of the heavens when he ascended to the Supernal

Abode. Tell me, which is the greater wonder?"


120. Mary said to her disciples, "I was water, but the Lord made me

wine. Now I may bring passion and joy to the hearts of human ones and

a force of fire against the Great Beast."


121. Mary said, "In the Lord men have an image of their perfection,

and in the Bride women have an image of their perfection, and it is a

single perfection. Unless there is perfection in man and woman, the

perfection of the Human One is incomplete. And so the Lord said to

us, `Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.' For truly, the

Father is not the Father, and the Mother is not the Mother, for the

image of the Human One, which is the likeness and image of the Most

High, is male and female joined together – the Androgynous and Self-

Begetting One. This is the truth of the Anointed."


122. Mary said, "Three days passed from the crucifixion to the

resurrection, and so shall three days pass from the resurrection to

the Second Coming. Let those who have ears listen and hear what the

Spirit is speaking!"


123. Mary said, "If Christos can appear as a male, then surely

Christos can appear as a female. Those who deny holiness in womanhood

do not understand holiness in manhood or womanhood but are sorely

bound to ignorance. Do not believe the father-of-lies, but believe in

the Mother Spirit whose name is the Spirit of Truth and Comforter!"


124. Mary said, "The beast of the field receives by grace, and the

faithful receive by faith and grace; but it is the elect who receive

by faith and knowledge and grace, and for this reason are called `the

perfect.'"


125. Mary said, "Where darkness abides, the light cannot enter. When

the light enters all darkness vanishes. To enter into the light you

must banish the darkness that is in you, and when you enter the light

you must join the light and darkness to gain the acquaintance of the

True Light. Unless you first let go of the darkness and cleave to the

light, the light cannot enter, but once the light enters all darkness

shall be transformed and you will know the Truth beyond light or

darkness. This is the Truth that will set you free!"


126. Mary said to her companions, "I tell you, there is a superior

intelligence that shall come to those who wait upon the Spirit of the

Lord, and it is like thunder and lightning, and it will illuminate

you."


127. Mary said, "If you seek knowledge of the Risen Savior, open

yourself to the light that comes from above. It will awaken a fire in

you and bring you into the fullness of knowledge, understanding and

wisdom, and you will lack nothing."


128. Mary said, "Where there is peace God's Spirit abides. Therefore,

make peace and you will know great joy."


129. Mary said, "If you cannot love, you cannot be united. One who is

divided is destined for destruction. Therefore the Savior taught us

to love so that we might have life."


130. A woman said to Mary, "It is not my destiny to attain salvation,

for it is not in the stars for me. The stars of my birth are ill-

fated." Mary said, "It is not the stars that determine your fate, my

sister, but it is the Mother Spirit. According to the stars of her

birth, Sarah was not destined to have a son, yet the Mother Spirit

blessed Sarah and she gave birth to Isaac. If you have faith and seek

true knowledge, you will not be bound by the fates sin and the

archons dictate, for in the Risen Savior your soul is exalted beyond

the domains of the archons and the celestial regions. Believe in God,

not in the abodes of the archons, and the Mother Spirit will fulfill

your heart's desire. Your destiny is with Christ in God."


131. Mary said, "When you pray join yourself to the Anointed by the

power of the Name, and cleave to the Light-Emanations. Let your heart

pray and use few words, and learn the delight of the prayer of

silence. For it is in silence you will hear the Spirit of Yahweh

speaking. This is how the Savior taught us to pray."


132. Mary said, "It is with passion that one must cleave, and all

passions must be cleaving. Then you will experience the perfection of

cleaving which is divine rapture."


133. Mary said, "When you have one thought and one desire, in that

instant you will be fulfilled."


134. Mary said, "Abide where you are, there the Anointed is."


135. Mary said to her companions, "If you do not know your heart, you

cannot know the Lord. For, there, in your heart, is the indwelling

Christ, and your inmost heart's desire is Christ. Therefore, knowing

your heart you will know Christ and in Christ all your desires will

be fulfilled."


136. Mary said, "Knowledge, understanding and wisdom are not superior

to love, for these come from union and it is love that unites. One

who has love will have knowledge, understanding and wisdom, but

without love no one is wise. If there is power apart from love, it is

evil and will give birth to evil, but where there is love power is

exercised in wisdom. All good things come by way of love."


137. Mary said to her disciples, "If you desire to be free, set

others free. Be forgiving and you will be forgiven."


138. Mary said to her disciples, "Of all things I wish you to have

the Sacred Heart of Christ, which is compassion. For compassion is

the womb of the Mother in which Christ is conceived, and in this

Christ will be born in you. Pray to the Mother Spirit to have her

womb and to conceive and birth the Anointed in you. I will pray for

you also."


139. Mary said, "Do not think the kingdom of the Anointed is of this

world, for it is not of this world. Yet do not think that you must

depart this world to enter into the kingdom, for it has come near

unto you this day and it is in you."


140. Mary said to her companions, "The Lord ascended to repose in the

Father, but the Holy Bride remains with you. Invite her and welcome

her. She will come to you and reveal herself to you. In her shall all

mysteries of the Anointed be revealed and in her you will know the

perfection of the Mother Spirit. You need only open your mind and

heart and life to her, and she will come and enter, and the Spirit of

the Anointed will come with her. She will bring you into the bridal

chamber."

141. Mary said, "If anything is written it is dead apart from the

Spirit, but if something is written and the Spirit is in you, it will

be black fire on while fire that you will see, and there will be

neither black nor white."

142. Mary said, "The Lord spoke with authority because the Living

Father granted it to him and the Mother Spirit spoke in him. He was

the presence and power of which he was speaking. You also seek this

divine authority, so that you might also speak Truth."

143. Mary said, "There is no place among us for the undecided, for

they have not yet received the call."

144. Mary said to her disciples, "The Lord has said that the Holy

Spirit will reveal what has not been revealed, and that she will lead

us into All-Truth. When her hour comes, this will come to pass, even

as the Lord spoke it. Already it is coming to pass, though when she

will move freely no one knows."

145. Mary said, "If God were not alien there would be no need for the

divine revelation, for God would be known among humankind. Because,

as yet, God is alien, revealers come and the revelation is on-going."

146. Mary said, "You say I am a woman, but see, I am a man, and I am

a woman, and I am neither man nor woman. You go looking for the

anointed, but do not see. So long as you are looking, you will not

see. When your seeking comes to an end, you will find."

147. Mary said, "Pray with your heart, not your head, for your head

will lead you astray."

148. Mary said to her companions, "Here you are, and here I am, and

here the Lord is also."

149. Mary said, "I looked into the eyes of the Anointed and found no

beginning, and so also I found no end. Everything is in the Anointed,

the Father, the Mother and the entirety; therefore the whole of

crucified and raised up with him. Yet, unless one acquires the

knowledge of this, it has not transpired."

150. Mary spoke, and she said, "Do you not know that the True Light

has been her from the very beginning, only it was not activated? Now

that it is activated greater wonders then you have seen shall come to

pass, and you will be among the wonders."

151. Mary said, "Pray the Holy Spirit moves so that you might

recognize her, for then she can lead you into perfect repose, even as

she lead the Son to repose in the Living Father."

152. Salome said, "When the Lord spoke of the first being the last,

and the last being the first, he was speaking of the Bridegroom and

Holy Bride."

153. Mary said, "If the being is separate from the becoming, then

there is no life in the becoming; and if the becoming is separate

from the being, then the being does not exist. Being and becoming are

one, for it is written: "The LORD and His Name are One."

154. Mary said, "If you believe in a multiplicity of gods, it is

inferior; yet if you do not recognize the many powers superior

knowledge is impossible."

155. Some young women among the disciples asked Mary, "When you knew

the Lord, what was it like?" Mary said, "Why do you ask of what has

passed away when this knowledge is in your presence?"

156. Mary said, "When new life comes to you do not cling to the old."

157. Mary said, "An angel lead lot's wife to life, but she turned to

gaze at destruction and became what is dead. When the angel leads you

out of the corruption of the world, do not turn towards the world

again as she did."

158. Mary said to her disciples, "Do not be deceived by the

name `Comforter' that is give to the Holy Spirit, for before she is

the Comforter her name of Deep Trouble, and she will seem as an angel

of wrath before appearing as an angel of mercy."

159. Mary said, "To fear death is to fear life, and those who fear

death are not alive, it is for this reason they fear death – they

fear to know who and what they are."

160. Mary said, "There is heart and soul, mind and life, and there is

Light; let all of these be united in the Light and they will become

the Light – the Living Yeshua is proof of this."

161. Mary said, "Those who say Christ was crucified do not know what

they are saying, and those who say Christ was not crucified also do

not know what they are saying. Those who have many words concerning

the crucifixion are ignorant of the Anointed, for the truth of the

Anointed is the Risen Savior, the Bornless One."

162. Mary said, "There are twelve gates through which souls enter

into the world, but one gate through which all depart. Yet that one

gate is many, for it opens above and below and again into the world.

When you pass through it remember to gather yourself and rise up, and

join yourself to what appears. Do not fear white brilliance, for it

will deliver you."

163. Mary said, "No one will explain the Lord to another person, but

the Spirit will explain everything and the Lord will speak to those

who have ears to hear."

164. Mary said to her disciples, "Do not speak of deep things until

you know the simple, and when you know the simple do not neglect the

things of depth."

165. Mary said, "The archons thought that they killed the Christ,

just as they thought by their own power they created the world and

humanity. But they were self-deluded, for they crushed only an empty

husk, like themselves, and they began their own end in so doing!"

166. Mary said, "The Anointed is the Light-presence above the cross

and in the cross, and if the Light was in the image it did not shine

forth until the resurrection. You also have the Light above you and

in you, though it is concealed. Seek to bring it forth and let is

shine, so that your image above and below might be complete. Then you

will be free forever and ever."

167. Mary said to her companions, "This I am, of which the Lord

spoke, this is You and the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory; it is

everyone and everything. And so it is!"

168. Mary said, "When the wind blows, listen, the Spirit is speaking;

let your prayers be set upon the four winds in Spirit so that they

should be a blessing to the whole earth. If you pray in this way the

Supreme Spirit above will receive your prayer."

169. Mary said, "If you have all knowledge, but lack love, then you

lack knowledge altogether."

170. Mary said, "We speak in the tongues of angels and beasts and the

ancient ones, yet only human beings hear and understand our wisdom."

171. Mary said, "If the Truth is in you, but you do not speak it, how

can you be true? When will your perfection come?"

172. Mary said, "Guard your intention, and be willful in love; for it

is the intention of any activity which is its truth. Many do the

right things with wrong intentions and are taken down into the

infernal abodes, and there are those who appear to do what is wrong

but have entered into the Great Ascension."

173. Mary said, "There are Great and Shinning Ones who come among

you. Be careful in your dealings with others, for truly, you may not

know that one who comes before you is among these Divine powers. Live

as one among the righteous ones and angels, for it may be you do not

know the Divine power in you."

174. Mary said, "Beware of those who glorify and bear witness of

themselves, for all who are true have heralds and the Holy Spirit is

the True Witness."

175. Mary said, "If a person says, `I found it,' know that they do

not have it; yet if a person does not believe they have it, they will

never find it."

176. Mary said, "Be careful with the names, for there is great power

in them. Yet, unless the great power is in you they are nothing."

177. Mary said, "Seventy-two angels compose the Name, yet even the

angels did not know how to speak it until the Logos came to be below."

178. Mary said to some of her disciples, "No one was alive until the

Anointed came, now there are the dead and there are the living ones."

179. Mary said, "If you desire Truth, it will be disclosed to you,

but if it is not disclosed then you do not desire it. If you desire

Truth, then your desire is the manifestation of the Spirit of Truth

you seeks, and that desire is self-fulfilling and self-generating,

and one who has it will become the Self-begotten One."

180. Mary said, "There is death everywhere below, but there is life

above. Bring down your life that you might have the power to raise

the dead, even as the Lord raise our brother."

181. A disciple asked Mary, "When the Lord raise Lazarus, where did

Lazarus go?" Like the Baptist, he is a secretive and wild spirit,

only the Holy Spirit knows where he went, for she hides him as the

Witness for the End-Of-Days. And so he lives and shall live to bear

witness to everything, even as the Lord spoke of him."

182. Mary was speaking to her disciples and they were marveling at

the mysteries pouring forth from her. She said to them, "If anyone

speaks and mystery and reveals it, it is not the person who has

spoken, but the Spirit in the person."

183. Mary said, "One who has life can give life, but one who is dead

cannot even help him or herself. Acquire life so that you have life

to give."

184. Mary said, "Everything that is the Lord's belongs to me and

everything that is mine belongs to him. It is this way with all who

love the Lord."

185. Mary said, "Considering all things that have transpired, do not

grasp at answers but live in holy awe and wonder. In this way all

things are made known."

186. Mary said, "There was no life in this body until I met the Lord,

but then I received my life. And now I rejoice in the Lord of Life,

the Holy One who dances with me and I with him."

187. Some disciples asked Mary, "Should we be celibate?" Mary

said, "Be what you are, and inwardly be like unto the holy angels."

188. A woman said to Mary, "I do not wish to have a child, so as not

to give birth to a slave." Mary said to her, "Blessed are you when

you do not do so!" Another woman hearing this became troubled, and

she said to Mary, "But Mary, I long to have a child who might labor

for the kingdom." Mary said to her, "Blessed are you when you have

such a child in your arms!"

189. Mary said, "Many are concerned with unreal things, but as for

you, pay attention to the real. What is real is in your heart, and

therein you will know it. What is on the outside is unreal, but what

is on the inside is real. When you join the inside and outside, above

and below, then the whole is real."

190. Mary said, "Stay always with the zeal and love you had at first,

and you will not error, for such is the way of a child of God."

191. Mary said, "Even when the Lord laid himself down he did not

sleep nor cease from his labor, and even now he labors in you in the

Spirit. So labor continually with him and you shall savor the fruits

of this divine labor."

192. Mary spoke with her disciples, and she said, "Men think that the

Lord came to save the world, but he did not come to save the world.

The Anointed has comes as a force of Fire and Light to shatter and

burn the world utterly away, until only Truth remains in it."

193. Some disciples inquired of Mary about the end of time. Mary

said, "It is the Day of Understanding. In that time there will be

holy apostles who bring the knowledge of the covenant of the Mother

Spirit, and there will be many false prophets in the world. A great

Light and great Darkness shall enter into the world, and great

conflict and confusion will follow. The Bride will be with the holy

ones and she will bring with her two witnesses, and there will be

many signs in the matrix of the world, and also there will be

wonders, though hidden. If peace is attained before that time, then

all shall come to pass by way of pure grace, yet these days if peace

is not attained shall surely appears as woes and wrath. On account of

the archons it is unlikely peace shall be attained before that day.

But the holy shall be set apart, and though they die yet shall they

live to enter the bridal chamber."

194. Mary said, "In the day of the coming of the Anointed many shall

look and see, and among them many will be unwilling to enter the

Light, for they shall not recognize the Light in the Daughter sent

among them."

195. Mary said, "One who knows the Mother is near to the Father, but

one who denies the Mother is far from the Father. There is not two,

but only one God, and God is both Father and Mother."

196. Mary said, "The name of the Anointed is not the name men speak,

but it is a name sealed in the heart of the elect, and because they

are holy when they speak it no one hears it, save for those who are

elect."

197. Mary said, "Listen! The Holy Spirit is Supernal, yet she is

everywhere here below. She is the Light of the heavens and the fire

of Gehenna, and she is the Life-power in all creatures in heaven, and

earth and beneath the earth – she is the All-In-All. If anyone is

ignorant of her, then they are surely not alive."

198. Mary said, "The Way is narrow, for there is but one Path for

each soul, and the unique essence of the soul is the Way, Truth and

Light. Save that one lives by way of this, one will not come into

life."

199. Mary said, "Let divine passion play upon you, and let the Spirit

carry you where she will, then you will know what divine rapture is."

200. Mary said to her disciples, "At the dawn of the End-Of-Days many

wisdom treasuries shall be discovered, and there will be many who

receive the Light of those days; yet, on account of the great

darkness, there will be a multitude of false lights and all manner of

deceptions. Before the greater joy, I tell you, great sorrow and

suffering will engulf the world. Yet, all shall be as it is to be,

and all things shall be accomplished."

201. Mary said, "Live as though the Lord is coming tomorrow and you

will not go wrong."

202. Mary said, "The meaning of repentance is this: If you miss the

mark, a just your aim. A baptism is given for the remission of sin,

so that the soul might be loosed from the bow aimed at the Supernal

Abode."

203. Mary said, "God Most High became Mother and Father to conceive

and give birth to the Son and Holy Spirit. And so God formed the

primordial womb from give birth to the image and likeness of Godself.

Those who know the Virgin Mother will also experience the conception

of Christ, and the Holy Spirit will manifest as them."

204. Mary said, "I said to the Lord, `Let me know you,' and the Lord

said to me, `As you wish, know yourself.'"

205. Mary said, "If you do not know yourself, how will you propose to

know God?"

206. Mary said, "I am the aura of flames dancing about him, and he is

the center of Light – I am everywhere, but he is nowhere; I am he and

he is me. There is no difference from beginning to end. Know the

Lord, the One Anointed with the Supernal Light of God and you will

come into the acquaintance of Holy Fire."

207. Mary said, "Moses saw a burning bush; but I tell you, in the

Spirit of the Anointed we have beheld the entirety on fire!"

208. Mary said, "All were in the bondage of slavery, under the

dominion of Pharaoh, until the Anointed came. But since the Anointed

came we have become free men and women, and we have been set over the

taskmasters. The law if prophecy, the Gospel is the fulfillment of

prophecy. Yet, to the Aeon of the Bride and Mother Spirit the Gospel

that is with us is prophecy. Let those who have ears, listen and hear

the Word and Wisdom of the Almighty!"

209. Mary said, "If you know how to cast the circle, then you will

know how to deliver the spirits; for the secret of deliverance lies

in the circle ascending."

210. Mary said, "The spark must become a flame, and the flame must

become a blazing fire. When you shine like the sun you will be

complete."

211. Mary said, "The Supernal Light has not been seen in the world

before the Anointed brought it down. Now there is a seed of Light and

the fruition is forthcoming."

212. Mary said to her companions, "The ages and all that appears will

pass away, but the Aeon of Perfect Light will remain. It is eternal."

213. Mary said, "Look! You are a shadow in the Light. Cleave to the

Light and let the shadow pass away."

214. A woman asked Mary, "How can a woman be holy?" Mary said, "The

man who is holy knows he is no man, therefore it is the same for a

woman. Those who see male and female see only an appearance, for

inwardly there is neither female nor male. These appearances are like

shadows, and those who grasp at shadows and do not look to the Light

miss the mark of Truth."

And again, Mary said, "The Mother and the Bride and She-Who-Is-Wise

is within every woman, just as the Father and the Son are within

every man; the human being is holy when in possession of her or his

humanity."

215. Mary said, "Many are the wisdom treasuries that are hidden,

awaiting their discovery. If you court Wisdom she will give you her

dowry and all that is in her house will become yours."

216. Mary said, "Wisdom seeks true lovers and goes to those who seek

her. No one will lack Wisdom if in their heart they yearn for her."

217. Mary said, "Many are the false lights. If the True Light had not

come and Grace did not open the way, no one would have escaped

deception."

218. Mary said to her disciples, "Here something precious is revealed

by concealing it, but in the World-To-Come it will be revealed by

revealing it. Look and see!"

219. Mary said, "Many are they who wander aimless and are bound to

missing the mark. It is unbecoming for a human being to live without

purpose. For this reason the Lord has taught us to live in a

purposeful way and given us an aim, and he is our purpose and our

aim – the Risen One."

220. Mary said, "It may be that a fool is wiser than an intelligent

person, for the fool is more likely to know that whatever

intelligence arises comes from God."

221. Mary said, "It is, indeed, difficult for a wealthy person to

enter into the kingdom of heaven, for the wealthy are like the

archons, believing they have created on their own and that the power

is their own though it is not. Yet, the wealthy person who serves the

kingdom with their wealth shall be rich in the kingdom of heaven."

222. Mary said, "Every blessing is received inwardly. If one receives

an apostle and is blessed, one receives the blessings of an apostle.

If one receives a prophet or a righteous person and is blessed, then

one receives the blessing of the prophet or righteous person. And so

it is with every blessing one may receive, one receives inwardly and

one is received."

223. Mary said, "Many say that they have received the Anointed, but

one cannot receive unless one is received. Therefore, seek to be

received to that you might receive and give, and Grace will

accomplish everything within you."

224. Mary taught her disciples, saying, "Be certain to acquire your

light-image so that you might be seen in the Living Father and your

name may appear in the Book of Life."

225. Mary said, "Yahweh is passing by, therefore Yahweh is seen.

Otherwise no one would ever see the Great Spirit."

226. Mary said, "This world is a shadow of the World of Truth, and

yet there is a great blessing in it. Here there is time to recognize

error from truth and to enact the truth, as though a pause to change

your heart and mind. But when death comes and the soul departs the

body nothing can be changed."

227. Mary said to her chosen ones, "In the Supernal Realm it is clear

who has come into being and who is unbecoming, for the images of the

elect shine brightly but the beasts of the field do not appear."

228. Mary said, "Souls exchange sparks with one another and we carry

sparks of one another and are connected in this way. Be certain to

give to everyone what is theirs and to receive what is yours so that

all are complete."

229. Mary said, "Nothing here shall remain. See that you also go your

way."

230. Mary said to her companions, "Do you have money?" They said to

her, "Yes, we have money." She said to them, "Good! Be certain to pay

the ransom and by a staff for the journey."

231. Mary spoke, and she said, "When you pray let your heart abide in

its place, and if it runs, let it return to its abode, which is the

Risen Savior."

232. Mary said, "If you become empty the Lord will give himself to

you in full; if you loose yourself, you will acquire the Holy Spirit."

233. Mary said, "Angels appear in the world along with human beings,

but the Perfect Human Being is superior to all angels. Have you not

hear of Enoch who walked with Yahweh and was taken up in divine

rapture? Every true initiate set above the angels, because she or he

has knowledge of the Name of God."

234. Mary said, "Today you are lower than the angels, though some

among you are equal to them. When you are complete you will be above

them."

235. Mary said, "Time is nothing, eternity is everything. Be clear

about this!"

236. Mary said, "Who has ever heard of a pregnant mother unwilling to

give birth in her time? You also be willing to give birth to your

soul when called out of the body. For you body is the Virgin Mother

giving birth to your soul in the Eternal Abode."

237. Mary was speaking, and she said, "Words have no meaning apart

from the Mother Spirit, therefore to know her is meaningful. Words

have meaning to the extent that they invoke knowledge of her, but she

is known only in silence."

238. Mary said, "Be conscious of your speech, for among human beings

it is the greatest blessing and greatest curse. It binds and it

liberates. Be liberating with your speaking and beware not to bind

yourself and others."

239. Mary said, "There is a mystery to be played out through manhood

and womanhood, yet, truly I tell you, it is concealed by male and

female."

240. Mary said, "The Lord of Initiation has passed by. See that you

receive initiation and bring it to fullness."

241. Mary said, "What appears divided has never been separated, yet

division appears for the sake of love and the perfection of will, so

that in unification a greater joy should come to pass. If there is

sorrow it shall pass away like the shadows of night on the Day of Be-

With-Us."

242. Mary said, "The body is a corpse and yet it lives for a while.

While it is alive it is the temple of a great presence, for your soul

is in it and the Anointed indwells your soul."

243. Mary said, "The essence of the Light is transparent, it is the

Holy Virgin; when you become transparent you will be united with her

and attain the perfection of your freedom."

244. Mary said, "The true elements are hidden by the visible, so also

are the true rites of the Gospel hidden by the visible. Look to see

what is hidden and you will understand."

245. Mary said, "When the circle is engraved and the fire is lit and

blazing, invoking the name of the Lord and the shinning ones, offer

everything into the holy fire as into the Shekinah of God."

246. Mary said. "Many seek the resurrection of the flesh, but the

superior resurrection is of the Spirit and is eternal. Seek always

that which is superior."

247. Mary said, "If the body is to be raised up, then the body must

be transformed; and so it is with everything below. But when things

below are transformed they are no longer of the world, though they

may appear in it, and when they disappear they will not appear again."

248. Mary said, "The Lord has called us to gather in, not to scatter

and disperse."

249. Mary said to her companions, "In the Anointed Eve and Lilith are

redeemed, for the Logos entered for the sake of the salvation of

Sophia, and she is lifted up in him to her proper abode. Lilith is

the power of Eve and Eve is the perfection of Lilith so that joined

they are True Womanhood. Eve united in herself and Adam and Eve

united in one another is the image of the Second Adam that appears in

the bridal chamber. Therefore, manhood and womanhood are perfected

and made complete in one another – so it was ordained from the

beginning and so it shall be in the end."

250. Mary said, "Saint and sinner are appearances, but the Truth and

Light is beyond. In the Anointed there is neither saint nor sinner,

but only the righteous one. Therefore do what is right according to

the soul of light in you, and you will be counted among the righteous

and elect. We will meet again in the Supernal Abode on the Day of Be-

With-Us."



This is the Gospel of the Sophia of Ain Sof (One-Without-End), for

there is no end to the divine revelation transpiring through the Holy

Bride. Whatever might be spoken or written, there is always much more

to be received. To all who listen and hear in the Spirit she

continues to speak, for the Gospel of Sophia will only be complete at

the time of the Second Coming – the Reception of the Bride and Age of

the Mother Spirit. Amen.



The Gospel of Miryai

The Gospel of Mary

In accounts of the life of Miryai we hear of the great controversy

that existed over the conversion of Miryai and how this event was

instrumental in stirring up the Jews to have Yeshu crucified and his

followers persecuted and killed. We also learn that many Nazoreans

were not able to endure the persecution and follow Miryai after

Yeshu's demise. Part of the problem may have been due to Miryai's

unsavory past, or her quick rise to the top of the Nazorean world at

such a young age. Many may have also blamed her for the death of

Yeshu, since it was because of her that the Jews swore to crucify

him. But more probably, Miryai encountered opposition among some

because she began teaching novel ideas that they found problematic,

ideas that she was receiving through continual communion with Yeshu

after his death. She no doubt would have been more acceptable to some

if she had remained but a symbol of Yeshu's love for humanity, but

Miryai was far more than a symbol. We see an example of this in the

Gospel of Miryai. This Gospel is part of the Papyrus Berolinensis

8502 which was acquired by a German scholar, Dr. Carl Reinhardt, in

Cairo in 1896. It contains Coptic editions of three very important

Gnostic texts: the Apocryphon of John, the Sophia of Jesus Christ,

and the Gospel of Mary. The first two are also found in the Nag, but

not the third. Within this Gospel of Mary (Miryai) we learn more

about Miryai and her relations with the risen Yeshu and her fellow

disciples. The text is rather short so we will quote it in its

entirety:



"Will matter then be [destroyed] or not?" The Savior said, "All

natures, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another,

and they will be resolved into their own roots. For the nature of the

matter is resolved into the (roots) of its nature alone. He who has

ears to hear, let him hear." Peter said to Him, "Since you have

explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the

world?" The Savoir said, "There is no sin, but it is you who make sin

when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is

called 'sin'. That is why the Good came into your midst, to the

essence of every nature, in order to restore it to its root." Then He

continued and said, "That is why you [become sick] and die, for …of

the one who {….He who] understands, let him understand. Matter gave

birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from

(something) contrary to nature. Then there arise a disturbance in the

whole body. That is why I said to you, 'Be of good courage', and if

you are discouraged (be) encouraged in the presence of the different

forms of nature. He, who has ears to hear, let him hear." When the

blessed one had said this, He greeted them all, saying, "Peace be

with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead you

astray, saying, 'Lo here!' or 'Lo there!' for the Son of Man is

within you. Follow after Him! Those who seek Him will find Him. Go

then and preach the gospel of the kingdom. Do not lay down any rules

beyond what I appointed for you, and do not give a law like the

lawgiver lest you be constrained by it." When He said this, He

departed. But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, "How

shall we go to the gentiles and preach the gospel of the kingdom of

the Son of Man? If they did not spare him, how will they spare us?"

Then Miryai stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, "Do

not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for His grace will be

entirely with you and will protect you. But rather let us praise His

greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into men." When Miryai

said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to

discuss the words of the [Savior].

Peter said to Miryai, "Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more

than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you

remember - which you know (but) we do not, nor have we heard them."

Miryai answered and said, "What is hidden from you I will proclaim to

you." And she began to speak to them these words: "I," she said, "I

saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, 'Lord, I saw you today in

a vision.' He answered and said to me, 'Blessed are you that you did

not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the

treasure.' I said to him, 'Lord, how does he who sees the vision see

it through the soul or through the spirit?' The Savior answered and

said, 'He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but

the mind which [is] between the two - that is [what] sees the vision

and it is ….it. And desire that, 'I did not see you descending, but

now I see you ascending. Why do you lie, since you belong to me?' The

soul answered and said, 'I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize

me. I served you as a garment, and you did not know me.' When it had

said this, it went away rejoicing greatly. "Again it came to the

third power, which is called ignorance. It (the power) questioned the

soul saying, 'Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound. But

you are bound; do not judge!' And the soul said, 'Why do you judge me

although I have not judged? I was bound though I have not bound. I

was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being

dissolved, both the earthly (things) and the heavenly'. When the soul

had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth

power, (which) took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the

second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of

death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the

foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These

are the seven [powers] of wrath. They ask the soul, "Whence do you

come, slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?" The

soul answered and said, "What binds me has been slain, and what

surrounds me has been overcome, and my desire has been ended and

ignorance has died. In a [world] I was released from a world, [and]

in a type from a heavenly type, and (from) the fetter of oblivion

which is transient. From this time on will I attain to the rest of

the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence."



When Miryai had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this

point that the Savior had spoken with her. But Andrew answered and

said to the brethren, "Say what you (wish to) say about what she has

said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For

certainly these teachings are strange ideas." Peter answered and

spoke concerning these same things. He questioned them about the

Savior: "Did He really speak with a woman without our knowledge (and)

not openly? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer

her to us?"



Then Miryai wept and said to Peter, "My brother Peter, what do you

think? Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or

that I am lying about the Savior? Levi answered and said to

Peter, "Peter, you have always been hot - tempered. Now I see you

contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior

made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior

knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather

let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man and acquire him for

ourselves as He commanded us, and preach the gospel, not laying down

any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said." When… and

they began to go forth [to] proclaim and to preach."



It is noteworthy that it is Miryai that rallies the discouraged

disciples that are daunted by the tasks laid out for them by their

Master. She says: "Do not weep and do not grieve nor be unsure, for

His grace will be entirely with you and will protect you. But rather

let us praise His greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into

men." She groups herself as a man, for in Gnostic parlance she and

her male counterparts left the world of the female and entered the

world of the male when they renounced the world and became

renunciants. In this "male world" Miryai outshines her companions, as

evidenced by her outspoken lead in the Pistis Sophia codex. It is not

simply this one time when Miryai becomes the leader of the apostles.

Continually she will take the lead, earning for herself the

title "Apostle of the Apostles."<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[1]<!--

[endif]--> In western Pauline literature, like the New Testament,

Mary Magdalene's role fades as Peter and Paul take prominence. But in

truer accounts preserved within the true lineage, Miryai continues to

outshine her fellows. We will explore more of these in later

chapters. In this particular account, however, after Miryai

encourages the disciples toward the good, Peter ventures to solicit

from Miryai some of the hidden gnosis that he is sure she knows but

they do not. Miryai responds by saying: "What is hidden from you I

will proclaim to you." These are powerful words for a young girl to

be speaking to such an elect crowd. She is confidently taking the

roll of teacher and master to those who will one day be considered

the founders of the world's largest religion. But it is not Peter and

Paul that deserve this title, but Miryai the Apostle of the other

Apostles.



In this Gospel of Mary we have an account of a heavenly ascent of the

soul after death. This is Miryai teaching the other disciples about

the fundamental postulate of their faith – the survival of the spirit

(Nishimta) and the soul (ruha) after the death of the body, and of

its ascent through the hostile heavens of the seven archons. Much of

the priestly work of Yeshu and Miryai revolved around preparing and

assisting the spirit and soul of the departed to pass through the

purgatorial realms that surround the earth, and much of Miryai's

instruction would revolve around what must be accomplished so that

the powers that stand at the various watchtowers of the seven lower

heavens would not impede the soul in its ascent to Abathur of the

Scales. Miryai teaches that the soul must say to the hostile powers:



"What binds me has been slain, and what surrounds me has been

overcome, and my desire has been ended and ignorance has died. In a

[world] I was released from a world, [and] in a type from a heavenly

type, and (from) the fetter of oblivion which is transient. From this

time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the

aeon, in silence."


The binding but slain force is the physical body, the stinking stump

and bag of pus so abhorred by Gnostics. The flesh surrounded the soul

and spirit but was overcome, subdued, and brought into submission

before the light filled spirit. The desires of the flesh were

subordinated to the desires of the spirit, and all instinctual urges

were brought under the auspice of reason and self control. Worldly

desires were eliminated and ignorance slain. Miryai taught that

ignorance could be slain only by the gaining of Gnosis, insight and

understanding that resulted from a life well spent studying sacred

scrolls, meditating, pondering and praying for additional light and

insight from heavenly sources. She tells us that worldliness must be

overcome while one lives in the world. Other religions oft speak of

perfection as a gift given one with faith after they die. In Gnostic

teachings perfection must be achieved here and now. There is no

putting it off to a distant day or hoping to receive it as a boon for

blind faith. This here and now redemption from ignorance and vice was

helped by the practice of ceremonial rituals, by types, or types and

images. These are also spoken of in the Gospel of Philip where it

says: "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types

and images." These assist the soul and spirit to rise above the

reverberation of darkness that has clung to the souls for aeons. The

encroaching taint of darkness and fetters of oblivion from previous

heavenly descents is reversed by the dye of light hidden in the

Mysteries (Razia) of Yeshu given under the hand of Miryai. With the

utterance of this formula, sealing a well lived life or purity, the

soul and spirit unite and ascend up and out of the hostile lower

universe, gaining freedom and rest from the viscitudes of samsaric

time. The term "in silence" refers to rest within the cosmic womb of

the Great Goddess called Silence (Dmuta).


We encounter a bit of prejudice from Peter and his brother after

Miryai expounds her vision. Andrew confesses that the ideas are

strange to him and Peter says: "Did He really speak with a woman

without our knowledge (and) not openly? Are we to turn about and all

listen to her? Did He prefer her to us?" The answer to all these

questions is "yes"! Yeshu did really teach Miryai privately, since

only she could comprehend the depth of his Gnosis. He did prefer

her, and the others were obliged to turn and follow her for she

indeed sat at the source of the Naziruthian stream of Gnosis. This

momentary lapse of Peter did not last long, although it would reoccur

from time to time. After Miryai wept a bit, Levi answered and said to

Peter: "Peter, you have always been hot - tempered. Now I see you

contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior

made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior

knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us." After

successfully rebuking the Jewish prejudice of Peter and his brother,

Levi adds: "Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man and

acquire him for ourselves as He commanded us, and preach the gospel,

not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior

said." The perfect man is Adakias, the hidden Adam, that the elect

clothe themselves with. This is the Column of Glory, the Hidden Imam,

that archetype of perfection obtained by those who perfect themselves

through type and image. The tone of Miryai's gospel permeates all

Gnostic accounts of her and her relationship to Yeshu and to the

other disciples. She is everywhere shown as one who receives truth

and enlightenment in her own right, often to the dismay of more

conservative disciples.


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