Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mystical Bridal Chamber

“The mysteries of truth are revealed, though in type and image. The bridal chamber, however, remains hidden. It is the Holy in the Holy. The veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation, but when the veil is rent and the things inside are revealed, this house will be left desolate, or rather will be destroyed. And the whole (inferior) godhead will flee from here, but not into the holies of the holies, for it will not be able to mix with the unmixed light and the flawless fullness, but will be under the wings of the cross and under its arms...”……….Gospel of Philip (Nag Hamadi Library)

These are very deep mystical words and can only be understood by an open heart that seeks hidden truth through a mystical journey. The first few words provide the needed preamble in stressing the importance of symbolism and imagery through which esoteric truth is usually revealed in the scriptures.
In Gnostic writings, the bridal chamber always refers to the space in which the union of the Divine and the human takes place. To enter into this chamber one has to tear the veil of concealment. This is referred to as Koshas in the Vedic scriptures. The five Koshas namely; the Annamaya, Manomaya, Pranamaya, vignanamays and Anandamaya are the sheaths that cover the created entity which resides in a lower level of consciousness. Within these coverings is the primal or Divine consciousness.

This is what Valentinus, a disciple of St. Paul and a Gnostic teacher, writes in the Gospel of Philip. The bridal chamber is the Anandamaya Kosha. It is the Holy in the Holy. In Kabbalah, this level of consciousness is called ‘Ain Soph Aur’ (Endless Light; אין סוף אוֹר). This is the reason why the author calls this level of consciousness as “inferior Godhead”. The bridal chamber is concealed as long as we are in the material manifestation.

The meaning of “this house will be left desolate, or rather will be destroyed” is that when the Divine plenum of consciousness is reached all material attachments and clinging, symbolized by the veil, are destroyed and a total emptying takes place. This is the state of Samadhi in which there is pure consciousness and the plenum of existence is ‘Sunyata’.

The freed up consciousness is then liberated but does not move into the ‘Holy of Holies’ which the Ain Soph (Limitlessness; אין סוף) (The Zohar explains Ain Soph as follows: “Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point. . . . But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name 'YHWH'”).

There is a distinct difference between “Holy in the Holy” and the highest level of consciousness known as the “Holy of Holies”. The liberated consciousness is still in the combined realm of creator and the creature symbolised by the two arms of the cross signifying the vertical cosmic or universal dimension and the horizontal created dimension of consciousness.

Now if we read the Gospel of Luke, there is a whole new meaning to the writing.

“It was now about the sixth hour(signifying vertical dimension of Solar ascendancy), and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour
(signifying horizontal dimension of Solar decline), for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.”……….Luke 23:44-46

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