The inner experience of Jesus is available to all: Beware that no one lead you astray"The inner experience of Jesus is available to all. Beware that no one lead you astray, including the thousands of fools now preaching the petty SYSSR (Sahaja Yoga Subtle System Religion). For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after Him! Those who seek Him will find Him. Go then and preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Do not lay down any rules beyond what has been appointed to you, and do not give a law like the lawgivers of the SYSSR, lest you be constrained and conditioned by it. Enlighten all that they only need to maintain Silence on Self in the Kingdom of God within in order to take part in the Resurrection, assured by the daily flow of Cool Breeze that the Divine Mother's Blossom Time is rooted in the eschatological fulfillment of the Holy Scriptures. There are absolutely no external manmade rules to follow!"- jagbir
> Understanding the Transcendent may be the key to appreciating this > book. I had been practicing meditation for only about seven years
> when I discovered Pagels' first book over twenty years ago. The
> Gospel of Thomas and these gnostic writings from the earliest
> christians resonated immediately for I could validate it by my
> experience. Pagels quotes the gospel of Mary Magdalene," The Son
> of Man is within you."
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Gnostic Scriptures and Fragments
The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
Papyrus Berolinensis 8502 was acquired by a German scholar, Dr. Carl Reinhardt, in Cairo in 1896 (the codex is variably referenced in scholarly writings as the"Berlin Gnostic Codex", the"Akhmim Codex", PB 8502, and BG 8502). It contains Coptic editions of three very important Gnostic texts: the Apocryphon of John, the Sophia of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of Mary. Despite the importance of the find, several misfortunes (including two world wars) delayed its publication until 1955. By then the Nag Hammadi collection had also been recovered, and two of the texts in the PB 8502 codex—the Apocryphon of John, and the Sophia of Jesus Christ—were also found included there. The PB 8502 versions of these two texts were used to augment translations of the Apocryphon of John and the Sophia of Jesus Christ as they now appear in the Nag Hammadi Library.
Importantly, the codex preserves the most complete surviving copy of the Gospel of Mary (as the text is named in the manuscript, though it is clear this named Mary is the person we call Mary of Magdala). Two other small fragments of the Gospel of Mary from separate Greek editions were later also unearthed in archaelogical excavations at Oxyrhynchus in Northern Egypt. (Fragments of the Gospel of Thomas were also found at this ancient library site, see the Gospel of Thomas page for more information about Oxyrhyncus.) Unfortunately, the extant manuscript of the Gospel of Mary is missing pages 1 to 6 and pages 11 to 14—pages that included sections of the text up to chapter 4, and portions of chapter 5 to 8.
The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
... Will matter then be destroyed or not?
22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.
27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.
28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.
29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.
30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
33) When the Blessed One had said this, He greeted them all, saying, Peace be with you. Receive my peace unto yourselves.
34) Beware that no one lead you astray saying Lo here or lo there! For the Son of Man is within you.
35) Follow after Him!
36) Those who seek Him will find Him.
37) Go then and preach the gospel of the Kingdom.
38) Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it.
39) When He said this He departed.
The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
Note: Karen L. King, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard University Divinity School, concludes that this Gospel provides"...an intriguing glimpse into a kind of Christianity lost for almost fifteen hundred years."
Professor King goes on to say that the Gospel"...presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge; it rejects his suffering and death as the path to eternal life; it exposes the erroneous view that Mary of Magdala was a prostitute for what it is—a piece of theological fiction; it presents the most straightforward and convincing argument in any early Christian writing for the legitimacy of women's leadership; it offers a sharp critique of illegitimate power and a utopian vision of spiritual perfection; it challenges our rather romantic views about the harmony and unanimity of the first Christians; and it asks us to rethink the basis for church authority."
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