Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adulterous - Christ Relationship



Then the bridegroom came down to the bride [soul]. She gave up her former prostitution and cleansed herself of the pollutions of the adulterers, and she was renewed so as to be a bride. She cleansed herself in the bridal chamber; she filled it with perfume; she sat in it waiting for the true bridegroom. No longer does she run about the market place, copulating with whomever she desires, but she continued to wait for him - saying 'When will he come?' - and to fear him, for she did not know what he looked like; she no longer remembers since the time she fell from her Father's house. But by the will of the Father she dreamed of him like a woman in love with a man." ..........Exegesis on the Soul


The Exegesis on the Soul is one of the ancient texts found at Nag Hammadi, in Codex II. Its purpose is to teach that the soul is a woman which fell from perfection into prostitution, and that the Father will elevate her again to her original perfect state. According to Irenaeus, this teaching was a foundational pillar of the doctrine of Simon Magus.
 I chose to write this article to highlight the role of Mary Magdalene and the Samaritan woman at the well, who have been associated with adulterous life, in the Biblical stories and their relationship with Jesus. There have been both historical as well as religious overtones as to the real role of Mary Magdalene ranging from the ridiculous to the literal. This study has been further distorted through fictions such as “Da Vinci Code”. The seeking soul of the woman at the well has also been assigned to that of a sinful woman who has been made virtuous by Christ. 

The passage I have quoted from the “Exegesis on the Soul” captures the more esoteric meaning behind the role of Mary Magdalene in the life of Christ and the deeper metaphorical connotation implied to invoke the spiritual message conveyed in the Biblical text. The “Exegesis on the Soul” depicts the soul as a feminine figure who has fallen into the corrupted world and must find her way back to the Divine. It is the story of the soul’s struggle and redemption that will embolden your own spiritual pilgrimage. The Hymn of the Pearl is an allegorical story about a prince sent to retrieve a precious pearl but who soon forgets his purpose and falls asleep. It is a moving tale of the importance of remembering your soul’s identity and calling—and knowing that only you can fulfil your destiny.  

Another Gnostic text which explains the nature of redemption is the “Pistis Sophia”. In this Christ himself, in his resurrected state, explains how the union of the male and the female through the androgynous light fulfils the role of salvation.  
“Again, his disciples said: Tell us clearly how they came down from the invisibilities, from the immortal to the world that dies?

The perfect Saviour said: Son of Man consented with Sophia, his consort, and revealed a great androgynous light. Its male name is designated 'Saviour, begetter of all things'. Its female name is designated 'All-begettress Sophia'. Some call her 'Pistis'.” ………. Pistis Sophia
Christ role is that of the saviour only in as much as the individual soul foregoes its adulteress ways and is re-integrated in the pure bridal union with the primal light from which it descended to this world. 

With this background knowledge if we read the Gospels, we are able to derive a deeper meaning for the role of Mary Magdalene. The very first reference in the resurrection story is:
“Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. …” ……..Mark 16:9
The Jewish Talmud affirms that “Magdala” had an unsavoury reputation, and because of the harlotry practiced there, the city was destroyed. Doubtless it was from this tradition, and from the fact that Luke’s first reference to her follows the story of the sinful woman, that the idea developed that Mary was a prostitute, but there is not an iota of genuine evidence to suggest such a bad reputation.
Being the consort of the saviour and the historical connotation to the place from which she came and its past ill-reputation, the spiritual nature or meaning of prostitution has been lost to the general audience.  

This same applies to the woman at the well.
“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” ………….John 4:17-18
These words apply to the soul which has been corrupted and is seeking fulfilment through many sources full of ignorance and is redeemed by the Saviour through his healing androgynous light which is the absolute wisdom. 

Let us seek through true love the androgynous light which is hidden in the sacred scriptures.


Love to you all

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