“As long as the seed of evil is hidden, wickedness is ineffectual, but it has not yet been removed from the midst of the seed of the holy spirit. Everyone is a slave of evil. But when the seed is revealed, the perfect light will flow out on everyone. And all those who are in the light will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free and the captives ransomed.
“Every plant that my heavenly father has not planted will be uprooted. Those who are separated will be joined and filled. Everyone who enters the bridal chamber will kindle the light, for it burns just as in marriages performed, though they happen at night. That fire burns only at night and is put out. Yet the mysteries of this marriage are perfected rather in the day and the light. Neither that day nor its light ever sets.
“If you become an attendant of the bridal chamber, you will receive the light. If you do not receive it while in those places, you cannot receive it in the other place. You who receive the light will not be seen nor detained. And no one will be able to torment you even while you live in the world. And when you leave the world you have already received the truth in the images. The world has become the eternal realm,90 because the eternal realm is fullness for you. This is the way it is. It is revealed to you alone, not hidden in the darkness and the night but in a perfect day and a holy light.” ~Gospel of Philip
Seed of Evil
The seed of evil could be the Devil or Demiurge, the creator of the realm of matter and illusion. It could also be said that the seed of evil is ignorance because when we truly know God and the Universe, we know that doing evil deeds always harms us more than others, even when it doesn’t seem so at the time. I don’t understand why the Gospel says that “ wickedness is ineffectual” when the seed is hidden. I think this line was probably mistranslated. The work of the Devil and the demons is most effective when they are hidden or when people do not believe in them. It is like being trapped in an invisible cage. You think you are free when you are completely being manipulated. At least those who believe in the seed of evil can question where dome ideas are coming from and refuse to act when they realize it is a demon.
Slaves of Evil
We are slaves of evil only because most of us do not even realize the evil one, the seed of evil, is manipulating us, individually or as groups. Even those who are aware are restricted in what they can do by the vast majority who are enslaved so, to a lesser degree, even they are slaves of evil. For example, you get hired to do a job. You know, as a somewhat awakened person, that what is important is that you do your job to best serve man and God. Your employer, however, is only concerned with maximizing profit, and directs you accordingly.
Plants not Planted
What could Philip mean by this? Does it mean that God only wants wild plants? Does that mean that planting gardens is wrong, part of the seed of evil? No, that’s no it, though I’m sure many would interpret it that way.
The plants not planted by God is everything that was not created by God. That means the entire physical universe which was created by the Demiurge. That is why the realm of matter is defective; full of death, disease, and destruction.
So the physical universe will be “uprooted”. That process is already underway. But it doesn’t mean the physical world will be destroyed, unless you look at it with the view of a materialist. The physical dimension will be gradually raised to higher and higher frequencies until it becomes spiritual, as it was before the Demiurge changed it. He didn’t truly create the physical realm but converted some of the spiritual dimensions into physical matter. We can be agents of the seed of evil and try to stop or delay that process, or we can be agents of God and help the process. The choice is ours.
Attendant of the Bridal Chamber
Gnostic and other spiritual literature often refers to this conversion of the realm of matter, as well as the awakening of the soul, as entering a bridal chamber. This does not mean it is related to sex. It means it is a rejoining with God. The seed of evil doesn’t want us to do that. We should anyway.
Becoming an attendant of the bridal chamber means that we are among those helping God in His Great Plan to reclaim the physical universe and bring it back into the fold. This is not something that will happen overnight, but the process will be faster and smoother if a large percent of us cooperate. That is why we should be attendants in that bridal chamber.
The light comes only to those who are attendants, who aid God and not the seed of evil. This is not ordinary light the quote refers to, but spiritual light. This spiritual light come to us through the spiritual sun and is the light that awakens and nourishes the soul. So naturally, that light is sent to those who aid God, but not those who side with the seed of evil.