The mystery which unites two beings
is great; without it, the world would
not exist



Judaic tradition, especially in the Midrash,
maintains that a man that has not known
a woman cannot be called “human,” and
the same is true for a woman who has not
known a man. These Biblical commentators
point out that before meeting his Other, the
male is simply called Adam; after meeting
her he is referred to as ha-Adam, which
literally means “the Adam.”

Kabbalists count the numerical value
of these Hebrew letters with the
following results: the later ha-Adam gives:
hey 5 + aleph 1 + dalet 4 + mem 40 = 50;
this is the numerical equivalent of
mi: mem 40 +  yod  10 = 50,
which in Hebrew
means “who.” The earlier Adam alone gives:

aleph 1 + dalet 4 + mem 40 =45,
the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word
mah: mem 40 + hey 5, which means “what.”

Hence we human beings pass from a What to a “Who,”
from object to subject, when we realize the man-woman
complimentarity in an encounter with the Other.
We become ourselves through this encounter.
We cannot be whole alone, but only through this
relation, which makes us a Who, a subject,
in the image and likeness of the subject that is
the first principle.

–Jean-Yves Leloup
(The sacred embrace of Jesus and Mary
  The sexual Mystery at the heart of the
  Christian tradition.)

Everthing which we do not distinguish falls
into the pleroma and is made void by its
opposite. If, therefore, we do not discern
God, then the effective fullness is cancelled
out for us. Moreover God is the pleroma itself,
as likewise each smallest point in the
created world  and uncreated world
is pleroma itself.

Basilides ( the seven sermons to the dead)


The companion of the Son is Miriam of Magdala,
The teacher loved her more than all the disciples;
he often kissed her on the mouth.

–Gospel of Philip

Beneath the apple tree:
there I took you for my own,
there I offered you my hand,
and restored you,
where your mother was corrupted.

In the inner wine cellar
I drank of my Beloved, and, when I went abroad
through all this valley,
I no longer knew anything,
and lost the herd that I was following.

The small white dove
has returned to the ark with an olive branch;
and now the turtledove
has found its longed-for mate
by the green river banks.

Now I occupy my soul
and all my energy in his service;
I no longer tend the herd,
nor have I any other work
now that my every act is love.

–St. John of the Cross

Midrash (Hebrew: מדרש; plural midrashim)
is a Hebrew word referring to a method of exegesis
of a Biblical text. The term “midrash” can also refer
to a compilation of Midrashic teachings, in the form
of legal, exegetical or homiletical commentaries on
the Tanakh (Jewish Bible)

Pleroma (Greek πλήρωμα) generally refers to the
totality of divine powers. The word means fullness
from πληρόω (“fills”) comparable to πλήρης which
means “full”,and is used in Christian theological
contexts: both in Gnosticism generally, and by
Paul of Tarsus in Colossians 2.9

Pleroma: The word means “fullness,” and
the ‘All.’ It refers to ”all existence beyond matter.
Refers to the world of the Aeons, the heavens or spiritual
universe, which represents being out of the state of matter.
According to the “Gospel of Truth”
“….all the emanations from the Father are Pleromas.”
see Tractates 3, 2, Codices, I, and XII, Nag Hammadi Lib.
Pleroma can have other connotations according to
the Gnostic school of thought, some differences in
Sethian and Valentinian (other) schools can be noted.
Pleroma, is different than Logos.
(See; Logos, See aslo; Gaffney, p. 246.)

(Saunders Gnostic Glossary)