At the beginning were Two Principles, Good and Evil, Light and dankness also called Matter. Each of them was uncreated and beginningless, both the Good that is Light, and the Evil that is at the same time Dark ness and Matter, and they have nothing in common with one another. The Good is a Tree of Life; it occupies the regions of the East, West and North; the Evil is a Tree of Death (and) it occupies the Southern regions The difference between the Two Principles is as great as between a King and a pig the one lives in the places suited to him, as a royal palace; the other like a pig wallows in the mire, feeds and delights in decay, Or squats like a serpent in its lair. Like him, this pig and this serpent are born of themselves.

 


As for the things which exist perpetually and without beginning, each of them exists of its own nature. That is how the Tree of Life exists, which is there adorned with all its beauties and splendors , which is filled and clad with all its good things, firm and stable in its nature. His Earth contains three regions: that of the North which is outside and below, the East and the West, outside and below and beneath it there is nothing which could be plumbed or taken up by Him in any of these regions, but infinity is outside and below. There is no body outside, around or below infinity, nor in any one of these three regions, but He is of Himself below and outside at the North, the East and the West, and in these three regions nothing surrounds Him or encloses Him. But He is in Himself, of Himself enfolding His fruits in Himself, and the Royalty is in Him. He is not in the Southern region, and that because He is hidden in what is its bosom. God has, in fact, surrounded this place with a wall 1 and this wall is autophyte, that is, self subsisting.

 


His Light and His beauty are not visible, so as not to give occasions for desire to the Evil Tree that is in the South, and lest it be a cause for its excitement, torment and exposure to danger. But He is enclosed in His Glory, and because of His Goodness He gives w) occasion but He is protected by His Justice. And He is in this Glory, in being altogether continuously in the nature of His Greatness in the three regions.

 

Now by its (very) nature the Tree of Death has no life, nor has it any fruits of Goodness on any of its branches. And it is ever in the Southern region, and it too has its own place, namely that which is above it.

The Tree of Death is divided into a great number (of branches); war and cruelty are among them;
They are strangers to peace, filled with complete wickedness, and never have good fruits. It is divided against its fruits, and the fruits against the Tree; they are not united with what has borne them, but all produce corruption because of the corruption of their state; they are not subject to what has borne them, but the entire Tree is bad. It never does any good, but is divided against itself, and each of its parts corrupts what is near to it.

 


Now these things refer to Matter, to its fruits and its members; but the chance of ascending to the worlds of the Light was given them by their kev6lt. Indeed, these members of the Tree of Death did not know each other and had no idea of each other, for each of them knew nothing more than its own voice and they saw (only) what was before their eyes. When one cried; they heard; they perceived that, and hurled themselves impulsively towards the
sound they knew nothing else They were so excited and impelled, one by the other, as to reach the frontiers of the glorious World of Light.

When they saw that admirable and splendid spectacle, which is far superior to their own, they joined together and plotted against the Light in order to mingle with it Because of their madness they did not know that a mighty and strong God dwelt there , thus they tried to rise and to lift themselves because they had never noticed who God was. But because of this blessed. world they threw a frenzied look, and they thought it would become their own.

Then all the members of the Tree of Darkness, with its corrupting Matter, rose up and ascended with the many Powers whose number cannot be told. Now these members differed: some indeed had hard bodies and were of infinite size; others, incorporeal and intangible, had a subtle tangibility like the demons and ghostly apparitions. After raising itself, all Matter ascended, with its winds, its tempests, waters, demons, phantoms, its Rulers and Powers all earnestly seeking how they could enter into the Light.

Because of the disturbance, roused from the depths against the World of Light and against the holy fruits, it was necessary for a fragment. of the Light to come and mingle with these Wicked Ones, so that by means of the mixing the foes might be captured and there. might he peace for the Good, and that the Nature of the Good might be preserved, this blessed Nature having been saved from the fire of Matter and of the destroying corruption; that on the other hand the Lights be freed from Matter by the Power which had been mingled therein, so that Matter should be destroy-ed and the Tree of Life be God in all and over all.

In the World of Light, indeed, there was no burning Fire which could be thrown against the Evil, no sharp Iron existed, there were no drowning Waters nor any other such evil thing. Indeed, all is Light and a noble region and one could not injure (in) it. But there was this problem: that after being dispersed by the fragment detached from the Light, the enemies should stop their rush and be taken by means of the mingling.

 

–Manichaean (Severus on the “Two Sources”From Alfaric’s French.)

 

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Evil only exists if we allow it to.  The demiurge exists if we awaken it within ourselves.  Evil is thus a choice.   Some argue about the problem of the dichotomy of good and evil.  I think from a certain level of being or perception this is true.  Much like duality itself. It is very true duality does exist.  Much like seeing the world through Newtonian science.

 

With gnosis and a deeper understanding we move to a different view (quantum science in the above example).  Philip tells us that good and evil are brothers, but that good is not good and evil is not evil.

 

“Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.”

 

 This to my mind tells us that good and evil are a part of mundane consciousness, agnosia (without gnosis).  At the top of the mountain we see that evil is indeed false..and truly nothing like good.  Good in this instance is no longer the brother of evil…good is BEYOND good and evil.

 

Much like the I before gnosis is I and we, after Gnosis it is I, as there is no we. There is only I.

 

So good and evil only exist because we allow them to exist, through our actions and our perceptions.  Some would argue good and evil are purely subjective terms. however it is clear is you bathe in poop you are not going to smell like a rose…you can scream all you like, you are still going to smell like poop.

 

GOOD which is beyond good and evil…when we see the big picture..when all is joined, into a monad..To the point of the ineffable, where there is no concepts, no words….. is thus VERY different to evil…

 

and yes thus GOOD is akin to evil as a king is to a pig….this really IS true.

 

All concepts are ultimately false, thus good and evil truly are false.  The GOOD is the Tao, the way of the Father…etc.  This really is far different from “good and evil.”

 

So the world really is evil, a carcass as the gosp of Thomas tells us…because we are seeing the world not as it really is….

 

As the Basildeans tell us, “all is the pleroma.”

 

 

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So the world really is evil, a carcass as the gosp of Thomas tells us…because we are seeing the world not as it really is….

 

As the Basildeans tell us, “all is the pleroma.”

 

We see this further explored in Philip logion 2.  Discussed is being of the light land and not of the light land. The dead inherit the dead, the living inherit the living.  Truly to be of the Father evil is so unlike “good” there really is no point in even considering them as “brothers.”

 

These themes can be of course found elsewhere..in Gnostic and non Gnostic texts.

 

But that is how I see things.

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There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

All you need is love (all together now)

All you need is love (everybody)

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

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2a The Slave only seeks to be Free, he does not expect to receive the property of his lord. The Son not only acts as a Son, but claims his father’s legacy for himself.

2b Those who inherit the dead are themselves dead, and so they inherit those dead. Those who inherit the living ones are alive and they inherit the living one along with those who are dead. The dead do not inherit anything, for how can someone who is dead inherit the dead? If he who is dead inherits the living he shall not die, but the dead shall be alive.

 

–Phillip Smith

 

The slave seeks only to be free, but he does not hope to acquire the estate of his master. But the son is not only a son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living he will not die, but he who is dead will live even more.

–Isenburg

 

The slave desires freedom; the extent of his master’s wealth is of little importance.

The Son, he who is Son, posses the heritage of the Father.  To inherit from the dead is to die, to inherit from the living is to live.

The Living One gives us birth and death as our heritage. The dead do not inherit; how could they inherit? If the dead were to inherit from the living, they would live.

–Leloup

 

2.  The slave seeks only to be set free, yet he does not seek after the estate of his master. Yet the son not only acts as a son, but also the father ascribes the inheritance to him.

3.  Those who inherit the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Those who inherit the Living-One are alive, and they inherit both the living and the dead. The dead do not inherit anything. For how will the dead inherit? When the dead inherits the Living-One, he shall not die but rather the dead shall instead live.

–Patterson Brown

 

A slave longs for freedom

and doesn’t hope to own a master’s estate.

A child claims the father’s legacy,

But those who inherit the dead are dead.

Heirs to the living are alive

and are heirs to life and death.

The dead are heirs to nothing.

How can the dead inherit?

Yet if the dead inherits the living,

the living wont die and the dead will survive.

–Barnstone

 

A slave seeks only to be free and does not seek the master’s estate.

For a child it is not enough to be a child, but a child claims the father’s inheritance.

Heirs to the dead are dead, and what they inherit is dead. Heirs to the living are alive, and they inherit both the living and the dead. The dead inherit nothing, for how could a dead person inherit? If a dead person inherits the living, the living will not die and the dead will come to life.

–Meyer

 

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Genesis 15:

 2Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

 3And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”

 

 

John 8

 

 35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

 36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

 37“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

 38“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

 

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