Form, Types, Limit, Lies and Faith


Tom Saunders

Do you know how to lie?  I mean do you really know?  Read on.

I’ve recently been able to show most of the Gnostics I know, and several Biblical experts and scholars, that the Sethian Monadology, mentioned in the ”Nag Hammadi Library,” works like what is known to Chinese philosophy as Ba Gua science.  Ba Gua, are trigrams, like those found around the Yin and Yang symbol of the Tai Chi, or the four trigrams on the Korean flag.  Ba Gua, or Monadic sequences used in certain forms are also heuristic devices.

A “heuristic device” as the Tai Chi or Monadology works it is as an abstract concept or model applied to contemplation about physical, mental, verbal, and social phenomena. Not only are they good devices for contemplation, they can be applied to a number of human skills. Playing chess is an example of one type  of system considered a heuristic device mentioned in “The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.”

Ba Gua sequences and Monadic sequences work the same.  I am going to use the term Monad or Monadology in most of the rest of this work, because the concepts of form, limit, and types are Sethian ideas, described in various Gnostic texts.

Monadic sequences work as synergies composed of ‘types.’ ‘Types’ are the units or members of a  Monadic set, they are equal to Ba Gua, or trigrams.  The term type is explained as a Sethian term in the ”Gospel of Mary.”  In the Mary text types are pointed out as the separate units of the “Seven Forms of Wrath.”  I will explore these forms below, later in this text.

Types are forms.  This is because the Sethians accepted the Platonic concept that ‘form,’ could be a physical object or thing, and it can also be an idea.  This is how the heuristic qualities of the Monadology as a device becomes a reality, when they are applied to physical form, thought forms, and collective thought forms, i.e. the social fabric, or collective.

A set of types is a form in a Monadology.  In other words the types that make up the “Seven Forms of Wrath,” can act together as a single form. We understand or recognize form through a process the Gnostics called ‘limit.’  Limit pertains to the perimeters of things, or natural boundaries.  In regard to the Monadology, limit applies to the natural limit in sets of types or Monadic sequences, to make types act like one thing.

“The Seven Forms of Wrath,” become a total of seven units because the laws of form and limit as far as Wrath, need only have seven parts to be a complete thing. This seems to be a standard in evil, including lies. The following passage describes the ”Seven Forms of Wrath.”

“When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.

The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.”  (Chapter 8., “Gospel of Mary”) (In other works, darkness, desire, and ignorance of Sethian Gnosis, is called the ‘Evil Trinity.’ Darkness takes over the power of the Monad.}

The above passage from the Mary gospel is typical of how Monadic sequences are written into, or imbedded Sethian texts. Sethians use the Evil Trilogy of Darkness, Desire and Ignorance in one order or another to describe all kinds of evil. The types like excitement of death, are not clear to exactly what is meant, and some reading in the Sethian texts will reveal much.

A far more clear set is one on Lies. I found the main five elements of this set in an article on American propaganda….

The Seven Forms of Deceit

1. Evil Monad, (Darkness) deny truth (Lie)  2. Delay truth (Primary Duality and Evil Desire)  3. Distract (Create Ignorance) 4. Discredit (Create hatred)  5.Spotlight (Create Confusion) 6. Scapegoat (Blame Others)  7. (Apply/Control/ Defend) Evil Knowledge.

What you see is not just a list, these types have power.  Each type represents what has developed from oneness, into duality, and then into a seven unit device. The seventh unit is allegorically the controller, of the device, meaning you or an opponent controls the elements or types and how they are used.

Understand, when you are the controller of the set as the liar, you can use the types, like ingredients to a recipe added when they are needed. To detect a lie you, as the controller you can spot one of these types (ingredients) and when you start to find more, you can know how to reveal the truth. There are other signs like non verbal communication that can be applied to detecting lies, but below is how you could make a lie, come alive and crawl through other’s minds like a serpent…

1. The Evil Monad in this case is the lie, from the liar.  There can be many kinds of deceit. In this case the deceit or lie, creates the primary power through the following set. If you are the liar you are both first and last in this set.

2. Delay is the dyad or duality of the set.  It represents the type of duality between delay and no delay. Because it is an evil sequence, delay will become a factor effecting all the rest of the members in the set.  The dyad, as duality has the same kind of power over the set as the Monad to effect the rest of the types in the set. If there is no lie, then delaying would probably not be necessary.

3.  A liar will try and Distract as a ploy to try and divert one’s attention away from the possible lie. It is a way to delay finding out the truth. Good liars are sophics who can create revolving door arguments and they can use verbal pivots to distract from the focus of the evil.

4. A liar will try and discredit his prey, or discredit what might reveal his lie. This is related to the dyad, and the power to delay, and distract.

5. A liar will Spotlight issues and factors that may confuse the prey, in order to hide any evidence of his evil. This is also another ploy to delay.

6. A liar will try and Scapegoat himself out of guilt when discovered. He/she will blame others for his/her evil.  This is the last ploy a liar will use, when he knows he has been spotted.

7.  This is the Knowledge position or ‘you,’ and ‘you’ can control the flow of the lie, whether you are offense or defense, liar, or victim. In the Monadic set, you as the controller are the recipient of the lie, and you control the power of duality in the set over the power of the types. The ‘Perception’ you gain with this set starts with Silence, or emptiness, i.e. Wu Chi, the great void. Perception and Consciousness are the two key tools of developing this power.

The controller of the ‘Knowledge Position,’ controls because he recognizes the forms of the lie.  They come into his ‘Perception,’ and then he makes a ‘Conscious’ effort to control the evil and relate the truth of the matter or issue.

“The Seven Forms of Wrath,” work like the seven types of the lie. The Evil Monad, or the Demon in the text, enters Mary’s soul, as Darkness, it made her lust or have Evil Desire, and she was Ignorant of the Truth or Light and did not Desire it. She felt the excitement of death, or wanting to kill that Wrath evokes. She felt the hatred, pain and fear in the Kingdom of the Flesh, and material world.  The Wrath made her think and act dangerously like the Gnostic demon Saklas (foolishness) in her thinking and Wisdom, as to her Flesh.

Mary’s cure is in understanding that the Evil Monad according to Sethians can be defeated with the Word, or Jesus Wisdom as the primary influence of the set. All Sethian Monadic sets start with Word, and end with Gnosis, or equivalent terms. Gnostics are seeking an actual metaphysical transition through the Word and the work that is done with it.

By making Jesus the Monad, Mary overcame her plight with the Seven forms of Wrath. Jesus as the Monad allows the controller of the set to overcome the negative dualities of the set with the good, using actual Jesus Wisdom. This makes the set of seven into eight, and is now called an Ogdoad. Remember, these sets can represent mental and physical tools.

Any emotion or other form can be used to build and study a Monadic set.  Types in a Monadic set can be physical forms, or actions. Lust, greed, hate, envy, or joy, love, and compassion, or the Seven Deadly Sins, can also be made into working Monadic sets, to be used in the real world. It is with this training that the Gnostic finds transcendence.

Karate fighters use a Ba Gua set that works like the Monadic sets. In this case these fighting tools are actual physical applications, there are mental ones that go with these, but I will only use the primary tools in this text.

An example of a  Karate Fighter’s Primary Ba Gua (tools) are… 1. Punching  2.  Grabbing  3. Kicking 4. Throwing  5. Squeezing/chokes 6. Joint locks  7. Groundwork  8. Control /Attack or Counter,  (Any offensive move can be countered, this principle in karate is known as ‘henkawaza.’)

Learning to use these devices mental or physical requires practice, contemplation, meditation, and dedication. There is much room for development of these ancient methods of logic and understanding.

Faith comes in learning to use the power of the Monad, and heuristic devices to overcome the evil forms in Life. Sethian Faith is built upon that and training the Gnostic Mind, and Soul, using and having Faith in the Gnostic power.  The karate fighter overcomes his fear of violence, the Gnostic can learn to overcome the evil of lies, fear, hate, lust, gluttony, and other kinds of mental baggage. The Gnostic can learn how to developed his Soul with these once secret teachings.

One example of the Gnostic perception of the Soul is a Pentad found in ”Acts of Thomas:”  Form, Perception, Consciousness, Action, and Knowledge.  A longer one (a dodecad) can be found imbedded in ”The Secret Book of John.” It should not be a secret anymore how the following set works.

”The Apocryphon (Secret Book) of John,” (Codex III NHL)

1. Word, 2. Form, 3. Thought, 4. Memory, 5. Life, 6. Grace, 7. Understanding, 8. Perception,  9. Conception,  10. Prudence, 11. Truth, 12. Will, (Knowledge.)

This is a sequence where the Gnostic tries to become both first and last.  This is how one learns to  virtually become the Word.  Jesus said…”When you are both first and last, You shall know the Kingdom.” (Paraphrase from the ”Gospel of Thomas.”)  Learning the Secrets of the Monadic Word also comes from an understanding of the ”Gospel of Thomas. This requires some other instruction  beyond this article.