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Ignorance is the Root of Evil

” As long as they are hidden, most things in the world are upright and live. If they are revealed they die, as is clear by the example of the visible person: as long as the intestines are hidden, a person is alive. When the intestines are exposed and come out, the person will die. So also with a tree. While its root is hidden, it sprouts and grows. If its root is exposed, the tree dries up.

“So it is with every birth that is in the world, not only with the revealed but also the hidden. As long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is powerful. But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed, it perishes. That is why the word says, “Even now the ax lies set against the root of the trees.”It will not merely cut—what is cut sprouts again— but the ax penetrates deeply until it brings up the root.

“Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place while others did it only partially. As for us, let each one dig down after the root of evil that is within us and pluck it out of our heart from the root. It will be uprooted if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces fruit in our hearts. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will eventuate in death because those who come from ignorance neither were nor are nor will be. But those who are in the truth will be perfect when all the truth is revealed.” ~Gospel of Philip

Hidden are Upright in Ignorance

I believe what Philip is saying is that those who are ignorant, but unaware of it, can remain upright and alive in a world where ignorance is the norm. However, when they become aware of their ignorance, and the ignorance of others, they must change that status. They will no longer seem alive and intelligent to themselves once the ignorance and illusion of the world they live in is revealed. They do not truly die if they awaken to their ignorance and seek to change. It is those who cling to the ignorance and comforting illusions who are truly the walking dead.

He is also saying that people who are in truth not powerful can appear powerful in a land of ignorance and illusion if they are good at negotiating and manipulating the illusion. There are even people who believe that by manipulating the illusion through a process called “manifesting” that they are being spiritual, but manifesting is spiritual only when it is used for spiritual purposes, not material gain. Continue reading “Ignorance is the Root of Evil”

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Incorruptible and Irresistible Light of God

“The son appeared, informing them of the father, the illimitable one. He inspired them with that which is in the mind, while doing his will. Many received the light and turned toward him. But material people were alien to him and did not discern his appearance nor recognize him. For he came in the likeness of flesh and nothing blocked his way because what is incorruptible is irresistible. Moreover, while saying new things, speaking about what is in the heart of the father, he proclaimed the faultless word. Light spoke through his mouth, and his voice brought forth life. He gave them thought and understanding and mercy and salvation, and the spirit of strength derived from the infinity and sweetness of the father. He caused punishments and scourging to cease, for it was they that caused many in need of mercy to stray from him in error and in chains—and he mightily destroyed them and derided them with knowledge. He became a path for those who went astray and knowledge for those who were ignorant, a discovery for those who sought, and a support for those who tremble, a purity for those who were defiled.” ~Gospel of Truth

The Son Appeared

The son appeared to inform man about the Father. But didn’t man already know about the Father? Were not the Jews and others in those days religious people? Yes, they were, but they didn’t know the true God of Spirit which Jesus called Father. They believed in war gods, jealous gods, gods of materialism. In short, their god was the Demiurge, the false god that created, through error, the physical universe.

Many Received the Light

The light that was received from the son could have been simple intellectual knowledge or spiritual light that awakens the soul. I think both are meant here. Jesus informed the people of their errors regarding how to worship, pray, and develop their spiritual faculties. He also served as a channel for the spiritual light letting it flow through him to others who were ready for it and could use it to help awaken their own spiritual faculties. This light is incorruptible and irresistible. The opinions or desires of men cannot alter it. Even the demons and forces of darkness cannot alter it, they can only hide it from us. Continue reading “Incorruptible and Irresistible Light of God”

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Living Book of Spiritual Wisdom

“In their heart, the living book of the living was manifest, the book that was written in the thought and in the mind of the father and, from before the foundation of all, is in that incomprehensible part of him. This is the book that no one found possible to take, since it was reserved for him who will take it and be slain. No one could appear among those who believed in salvation as long as that book had not appeared. … For this reason Jesus appeared. He put on that book. He was nailed to a cross. He affixed the edict of the father to the cross. Oh, such great teaching! He abases himself even unto death, though he is clothed in eternal life. Having divested himself of these perishable rags, he clothed himself in incorruptibility, which no one could possibly take from him. Having entered into the empty territory of fears, he passed before those who were stripped by forgetfulness, being both knowledge and perfection, proclaiming the things that are in the heart of the father, so that he became the wisdom of those who have received instruction. … Since the perfection of all is in the father, it is necessary for all to ascend to him. Therefore, if one has knowledge, he gets what belongs to him and draws it to himself. ” ~Gospel of Truth

The Living Book

The Living Book is not the Bible. It isn’t the Bhagavad Gita or one of the Upanishads. It isn’t the Egyptian Book of the Dead. All of those, and all other written books, scripture or otherwise, are not living books. Once the book is written on paper or scrolls, it becomes set. The living book is not set. It changes with the times. It changes with the people. That is what makes it a living book.
As the quote says, the Living Book is written in the thoughts of God. And just as with us, God’s thoughts are not static. They change, they adjust to new times. This makes the Mind of God the real Living Book, the real source of truth and wisdom. The way for us to gain such wisdom and truth is to link our spiritual minds, or souls, with the Mind of God. First, of course, we have to awaken and develop our spirit and soul. It doesn’t just happen on its own. We have to make an effort to do it. We have to want to read from the Living Book.

He Abases Himself

Jesus was the Messiah. But he didn’t walk around puffing up his chest like a rooster and crowing about it. He had humility. This is an important lesson to all who wish to develop their spiritual selves. Those who puff themselves up in the material world, and seek their treasures and honors their, are highly unlikely to have a spiritual awakening. Yet we see many claiming to be spiritual posting things on social media like, “I don’t need to awaken, I was born awake,” or “I don’t need to study spiritual techniques, I am God.” Such statements reek of hubris and show that these people are not in the least bit spiritual.
Just to be clear, I am not saying that you need to destroy your ego. That is not a wise or spiritual thing to do. The ego allows you to function in the physical realm, so unless you want to become a “sheeple” easily controlled by the government and big business (why do you think they promote such ideas?), keep your ego, but control it. Continue reading “Living Book of Spiritual Wisdom”

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The Proud Man Lacks Truth and Wisdom

“I ask, ‘How can you rectify a proud man?’ Act with love with him, nothing more. There is no other power that can soften a man’s pride. That’s how you will soften it and put it in its normal condition. In man’s life where love does not reign there, greed will be born.

“Christ says, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ … When you enter this way, you will act well, you will work well, and when you enter the Truth, you cannot stay indifferent, you will love all people! This is the Truth! And when you enter this life, you will think together with all people and you will take the nice from them from everywhere. …

“I am teaching you the the nicest thing: ‘Learn to Love God!’ This is Love!

“So I am telling you now if you are listening to me, according to the law of love, you will understand these things. With love, all things have meaning. And in Truth, all things have meaning. …

“Love is manifested through the law of Wisdom. Wisdom is manifested through the law of Truth. Truth is realized in life. It is a circle. You have to be reasonable in order to enter love and to benefit from all it carries.” ~Biensa Douno

A Proud Man

Today many will wonder what is wrong with being a proud man. There is nothing wrong with some reasonable pride based on accomplishment. But that is not the kind of pride Douno is referring to. He is talking about having way to much pride for minor accomplishments, or simply being full of pride with no accomplishments at all. In short, he is talking about hubris, the opposite of humility. It is the kind of pride that makes a person believe they could make a good president with no political experience whatsoever. This is the kind of pride that convinces you that when anything goes wrong, it is always someone else’s fault. This pride may give you some success in the overly materialistic physical world of today, but it gets you nowhere in the realm of spirit.

Act With Love

It is not just the proud man who needs the power of love. All of us do. And the ones who need it the most are very often the ones who get it the least. Orphans, immigrants, homeless people, poor people, and such are often ignored or forgotten by the majority of humanity. So we should all practice giving love and acting with love, not just to relatives and friends, not just to those we like or agree with, but to all of humanity. Then we should go beyond loving humanity to love animals, plants, and all of creation. Even the mountains and rivers are living things and need love.

Acting with love means more than simply saying you love everyone and everything, although that is a good start. It means that when you do things you ask who will benefit by it and who will be harmed by it. If you benefit from it, but others are harmed, doing it is probably is not an act of love. And if your act of love does benefit others, but you do it only to boost your ego and pride, you are not doing an act of love. The proud man may do good deeds, but he (or she) only does it for recognition. Continue reading “The Proud Man Lacks Truth and Wisdom”

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