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The Masculine-feminine Nature of God December 15, 2010


The Gnosis of all times can clarify many subjects in the field of theology, since Gnosis is the supreme source in which one can drink when we are thirsty of integral knowledge. We have often been used to accepting dogmatic opinions on controversial and interesting themes like: What is the true nature of God? Which is the way to be able to experience our union with the divinity? Is there a real possibility of attaining the famous Enlightenment, which was longed by all the ancient Christians, medieval mystics and ascetics, and in general, all those who, in truth, yearn for finding the supreme knowledge? Let’s scrutinize at least one part of all this very interesting theological sea, with the help of some scholars …

Firstly, let’s mention the eminent researcher Mrs. Pagels, author of a lot of treatises and research about the Gnostics. In one of her works, THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS, this researcher highlights the greatness of Gnosis, for it was able to explain the masculine and feminine nature of God. Let’s quote some paragraphs:

Unlike many of his contemporary deities of the ancient Near East, the God of Israel did not share his power with a feminine Deity, nor He was a divine husband or lover of any feminine Deity. As a matter of fact, Judaism, Christianism and Islamism are characterized by the absence of feminine symbolism relating to God. This is in great contrast to the rest of the religious traditions of the world, such as the ones from Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Rome, or from Africa, India and North America, in which the feminine symbolism abounds. Nowadays the Jewish, Christian and Islamic theologians rush to indicate that God should not be defined by means of any kind of sexual terms. In spite of it, the real language that they daily use for the cult and preaching, transmits a different message: Is there a person grown in the Jewish or Christian tradition, who has been able to get rid of the obvious impression that God is masculine?

Although Catholics worship Maria as mother of Jesus, they never consider her to be divine by its own right: Although Mary is Mother of God, however She is not Mother in the same level as God is Father! Of course, Christianity added the Trinitarian terms to the Jewish description of God. However, two -the Father and the Son- out of the three divine persons are described with masculine terms, and the third person -the Holy Spirit- suggests the asexuality of the neuter gender, used by the Greek when making reference to the Spirit, Pneuma.

A group of Gnostic sources claim to have received a Jesus’s secret tradition from James and Mary Magdalen. The members of this group raised their prayers to both the divine Father and the divine Mother: “From you Father, and through you, Mother, the two immortal names, the divine parents, and you, inhabitant of the sky, humanity, of the mighty name … ”

Other texts show that their authors had wondered: whom was talking to the only and masculine God when saying: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).For the chronicle of the Genesis says that humanity was created male and female -Genesis 1:27-, some got the conclusion that the God to whose image we have been made, has to be masculine and feminine, Father and Mother at the same time.

Precisely, the virtue of gnosis consists in being a cognoscitive knowledge -that is, it goes to the core of the things- which can scrutinize the true nature of creation and its author. Because Gnosticism as a doctrinaire system not only investigates by means of the dialectics, but rather, through practical methods which allow the comprehension of that Whole by means of the mystic direct experimentation. This is why the Father of Contemporary Gnosticism, Mr. Samael Aun Weor has said:

Unquestionably, the faculties of human cognition will never go beyond the cosmic realm of the Male-Female Logos, the Creator Demiurge, or the Army of the Voice -the Word.

JAH-HOVAH, the secret Father-Mother of each of us, is the authentic JEHOVAH.

Jod, as a Hebrew letter, is the membrum virile -the Masculine Principle.

Eve, Heve, as well as Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, or Hercules’ Olympic bride is the Yoni, the divine Chalice, or Eternal Feminine.

Jesus Christ did not worship the anthropomorphic “Jehovah” of Jewry. Instead, the divine Rabbi of Galilee worshipped his divine “male-female” (Jah-hovah), the inner “father-mother”.

The holy Jesus, crucified on the place of the skull, cried with a great voice and said: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”. “Ram-Io”, “Isis”, his divine mother Kundalini, accompanied him in his “Via Crucis”.

All nations have their first God, or Gods, as androgynous; it could be no other way, for those nations thought, just as the Chinese do nowadays, that their distant primitive progenitors, their ancestors, were twin sexed.

In effect, the unnatural conception of an anthropomorphic and exclusivist “Jehovah”, independent of his own work, sitting up there on a throne of tyranny and despotism, throwing thunder and lightning at this sorrowful human anthill, is the result of ignorance, mere intellectual idolatry.

This wrong conception of the truth has unfortunately seized both the western philosopher and the religious person affiliated to any sect lacking completely in Gnostic elements.

What the Gnostics of all times have rejected is not the unknown God, one and always present in nature, nor nature “In Abscondito”, but the God of the orthodox dogma, the awful avenger deity of the law of the Talion.

The Abstract Absolute Space, the unknown God, is not an unlimited void nor a conditioned plenitude, but both things at the same time.

The author of the world of forms is then a group of mystical creators, male-female or double gods, such as Tlaloc, the god of the rain and thunder, and his wife Chalchiuhtlicue, the one of the jade skirt in the Mayan, Aztec,Olmec and Zapotec pantheons.

The idolatrous cult of the anthropomorphic “Jehovah”, instead of the “Elohim”, is certainly a powerful

Certainly, “Elojim” – with a “J” – is translated as “God” in the diverse authorized and revised versions of this sacred book.

It is an incontrovertible fact – not only from an esoteric standpoint, but also from a linguistic one – that the term “Elohim” is a feminine noun with a plural masculine ending.

The correct translation, stricto sensu, of the noun “Elohim” is Gods and Goddesses.

“And the spirit of the feminine and masculine principles were hovering over the surface of what was formless and the creation took place”.

Unquestionably, a religion without “Goddesses” is halfway to complete atheism.

If we really want a perfect balance of psychic life, we need to worship the “Elohim” (the Gods and Goddesses of ancient times), and not the anthropomorphic Jehovah rejected by the Great Kabir Jesús, obstacle to achieving the supranormal conscious states.

We, the Gnostic anthropologists, instead of laughing sceptically – as the profane anthropologists do – at the representations of the Gods and Goddesses of the diverse pantheons: the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Inca Chibcha, Druid, Egyptian, Hindu, Chaldean, Phoenician, Mesopotamian and Tibetan ones, etc., etc., etc., throw ourselves on our knees at the feet of those divinities, for in them we recognize the Elohim creator of the universe in them “Whoever laughs at what he does not know is on the way to becoming an idiot”…

As a corollary to the concepts that have been set forth by Samael Aun Weor, our reader can end up understanding the aforementioned postulates, following the lines written by the pen of the prestigious researcher of the Sorbona, Dr. Serge Hutin:

In Gnosis, we find again the cult to the Divine Woman, to the Mother, to the eternal feminine: She is the “path” between God and the world; She can punish the world, but she also can save it. Some Gnostics do not hesitate to conceive the Mother -assimilated to the Holy Spirit- to be the third hypostasis of the manifested Absolute: She is God-Mother, Sophia, Our-Lady-the-Holy-Spirit; She is also the Paraclete, That-Which-has-to-come. Thus we return to the old Egyptian Trinity: Father, Mother -Isis- and Son.

In a lot of sects, their doctrine and cult turn around a metaphysical entity, Barbelo -name that perhaps derives from the Hebrew name Barbhe Eloha “God is in four”, alluding to the divine tetrad: Father, Son, feminine Pneuma and Christ. Barbelo is the first exteriorization, the force, the image, the Father’s light; It plays -in the world- the role commonly attributed to the Logos. However, it is an ambivalent figure, similar to the disturbing goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean cults of fertility -such as Astarte, Astargatis, etc.): It symbolizes the immaculate virginity and also the regenerative power.

Analogous speculations can be found in a lot of related sects: the so called Gnostics, ebionites, estratiotics, levitics, the Adepts of the Mother, barbeliotes, ofites, sethians, etc. The myth of the “Divine Thought” always appears. It is the myth of the Mother who falls into the matter -the chaos, abyss, darkness or “water”- from which She has to be saved later on.

Many Gnosis frequently appeal to myths and images of sexual character. Sometimes the whole cosmogonical process is reduced to a divine marriage”.

In his treatise titled The Perfect Matrimony, Samael Aun Weor describes the masculine and feminine nature of God -in a synthetic way- as the source of that which is called love by the humans:

God as FATHER is WISDOM. God as MOTHER is LOVE. God as Father dwells in the Eye of Wisdom. The Eye of Wisdom is situated in a point between the eyebrows, at the root of the nose.

God as Love is found in the Heart-Temple. Wisdom and Love are the two columns of the Great White Lodge.

To love! How beautiful it is to love! Only the great Souls know how to love. Love is infinite tenderness… Love is the life that palpitates in every atom and in every Sun.

Love cannot be defined because it is the Divine Mother of the World; it is That Which come to us when we are really in love.

http://www.ageac.org/en/ageac_en/the-opinion-of-researchers/the-masculine-feminine-nature-of-god/

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10 Things Religious Pundits Need To Know About Gnosticism November 7, 2008


by Jordan Stratford
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

1) Gnosticism is not a heretical sect of Christianity

Gnosticism is a distinct, pre-Christian religion. Its roots are in
Alexandria in Egypt, about 2200 years ago, where a “café-society” of
Greek-speaking and -educated Jews were syncretizing the myths of the
ancient world with Judaism and classical Greek philosophy.

These communities and their ideas greatly influenced Christianity as
it later emerged. As Christianity struggled in its first four
centuries to distinguish itself from the pagan world, it slowly began
to reject some of these Gnostic influences. But most of the people
who still favored these ideas considered themselves devout
Christians, not heretics.

Let us not forget that the most common topic in the New Testament –
more common than the power of love or redemption or the sacrifice of
the cross or even the divinity of Jesus – is that “other Christians
are getting it wrong”. Paul condemns James as a heretic. Jesus refers
to Peter as “Satan”.

2) Gnosticism is a lot like Buddhism

Because of Gnosticism’s insistence on personal responsibility and
ethics, its emphasis on singular prayer, the practice of compassion,
detachment from materialism and the striving for enlightenment, it
has been called “the Buddhism of the West”. The similarities between
Gnosticism and Mahayana Buddhism are so strong it has been speculated
that there may have been ongoing contact between the two religions.

3) The Gnostic Scriptures are, for the most part, contemporary with
Christian canon

None of the four canonical Gospels were written in the first century.
Mark was not written by Mark, nor Luke written by Luke. John was
written in two distinct phases, the first of which showed significant
Gnostic elements, and the latter a retraction and condemnation of
those elements. These were based on first century oral traditions
which varied greatly from region to region, but did not exist in
written form until at least 100 years after the events they describe.
Paul is the only first century Christian writer we have, and much of
his writings were edited centuries later into the form we have today.

The Gospel of Thomas, for example, is contemporary with the later
half of John, and there is some evidence to support that John’s later
editors were familiar with Thomas. The scriptural authors of the
second century were reaching for meaning, using their interpretation
what they had heard, their intuition, their creativity, and their
yearning for God.

4) Gnostics do not hate the physical world

Gnostic scripture frequently invokes favorably the beauty and power
of the natural world; the symbolism of pregnancy, midwifery,
childbirth, newborns, storms and ripe crops are frequently employed
by Gnostic authors. Gnostics do not view the flesh as evil, but
rather as temporary when contrasted with the immortality of the soul –
a view shared by most if not all Christians.

What Gnostics reject is not the earth, but they system: the
artificial world of injustice, prejudice, institutionalization and
materialism.

5) Gnostics do not repudiate salvation through Grace

The role of Grace, and of the Holy Spirit, is of paramount importance
to the Gnostics. Where Gnosticism differs from Christianity is that
Gnosticism says that “blind faith” does not grant salvation. To be
saved from the forces of deception and ignorance (maya in Buddhist
parlance) one must attain enlightenment: the direct experiential
intimacy with G@d that is gnosis. This experience is the birthright
of every aware human person.

6) Gnosticism is not elitist

Do Christians distinguish between the saved and the unsaved? Is this
elitism? Gnostic teachings frequently reinforce the idea that
liberation via gnosis is available to everyone; that such distinction
is a matter of reclaiming birthright, of intent, choice, and effort.
In fact, Gnostic theology tends to support the idea of apokatastasis,
of universal salvation.

7) Gnosticism is not Utopian.

There is nothing in Gnostic scripture to support the idea that
Gnostics wish to make “heaven on earth” from human efforts, and no
connection whatsoever between Gnosticism and the reshaping of
society; neither from fascism nor socialism. There is
no “immanentizing the eschaton” in Gnosticism: Rather, this idea is
the hallmark of millennialist Christianity.

8 ) Most basic tenets of Gnosticism are supported by Christian
scripture

In fact there is a litany of Christian saints who are blatantly
Gnostic; St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the
Cross, St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Joan of Arc all described in
detail the integrity of their experience of gnosis.

Paul says “The Kingdom of God is within you” which is probably the
best single summation of Gnostic theology. Jesus says “My kingdom is
not of this world” (Jn 18:36).

9) Gnosticism serves as a bridge between world religions

Gnosticism stands at the crossroads of Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam, representing a common ground. Historically Gnosticism
influenced Judaism in the development of Kabala, and Islam in the
development of Sufism; it both encouraged and challenged Christianity
through its early centuries and contributed profoundly to Christian
theology and identity.

10) Gnostic churches are thriving

Gnostics across North America and Europe gather weekly for prayer and
Eucharist in forms very similar to orthodox liturgy. We derive
inspiration from the Old and New Testaments, and also from Nag
Hammadi scripture such as The Gospel of Thomas and The Thunder:
Perfect Mind. A vital and growing Gnostic ekklesia is serving in
charities, missions and hospitals; writing, crafting, debating and
working in coffeehouses and dozens of parishes around the world. Most
Gnostics consider themselves Christian, their churches constituting
the Body of Christ. Other Gnostics gravitate to the symbolism and
traditions of the Divine Feminine in her aspect as Sophia (“wisdom”),
the Shekhina (“presence”) , and the Holy Spirit.

Despite book-burnings, despite the Albigensian Crusade and the
Inquisition, despite schlock-populism, and despite inane castigations
from self-appointed pundits, we are still here; still praying,
celebrating, exploring, and asking. Still Knowing.

 

The Christian Goddess July 1, 2008


“Many theologians and scholars believe the Holy Spirit written as,
Pneuma in Greek every time it appears in the New Testament, is a
feminine being. Note that Pneuma is a neuter word in Greek, but in
Hebrew the word Ruah (Spirit) and in Aramaic the word Shekinah
(Presence) are feminine words and imply a feminine divine presence.
The Holy Spirit is possibly a Christian Goddess, not a mysterious
invisible member of an all-male Trinity “club.” Or more
provocatively, maybe there is a Feminine Trinity of God-the-Mother
(Sophia and Mary?), God-the-Daughter (Mary Magdalene) and Goddess-the-
Spirit-Presence (Shekinah, Ruah). The Holy Spirit appears at Yeshua’s
baptism in the form of a dove. The dove has long been a symbol of the
Goddess in the Ancient Near East, and was never used to symbolize any
male Being or God.

We must also look in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and
consider the Goddess Sophia. Her name means “Wisdom.” She is the
Goddess of Wisdom referred to repeatedly in scripture as the wife of
God-the-Father. See Proverbs, Song of Songs, (also called Song of
Solomon) in the Hebrew Bible, and see the Book of Sirach and the Book
of Wisdom in the Apocrypha found in the center of any Catholic Bible.

Here is an excerpt from “The Decline of the Feminine and the Cult of
Mary In Greco-Roman Christianity” , probably because of the dangers of
Gnosticism, the biblical images of God as female were soon suppressed
within the doctrine of God. God as Wisdom, Hokmah in Hebrew, or
Sophia in Greek, a feminine form, was translated by Christianity into
the Logos concept of Philo, which is masculine and was defined as the
Son of God. The Shekinah, the theology of God’s mediating presence as
female, was de-emphasized; and God’s Spirit Ruah, a feminine noun in
Hebrew, took on a neuter form when translated into Greek as Pneuma.

The Vulgate translated Ruah into Latin as masculine, Spiritus. God’s
Spirit, Ruah, which at the beginning of creation brings forth
abundant life in the waters, makes the womb of Mary fruitful. In
spite of the reality of the caring, consoling, healing aspects of
divine activity, the dominant patriarchal tradition has prevailed,
resulting in seeing the female as the passive recipient of God’s
creation; and the female is expressed in nature, church, soul, and
finally Mary as the prototype of redeemed humanity. Because God as
father has become an over literalized metaphor, the symbol of God as
mother is eclipsed. The problem lies not in the fact that male
metaphors are used for God, but that they are used exclusively and
literally. Because images of God as female have been suppressed in
official formulations and teaching, they came to be embodied in the
figure of Mary who functioned to reveal the unfailing love of God.”

The Christian Goddess
http://www.northernway.org/goddess. html

 

 
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