Self-willed aideth his emanations and they again oppress Sophia. Andrew interpreteth the twelfth repentance from Psalm cviii. Martha interpreteth the thirteenth repentance from Psalm l. Jesus sendeth forth a light-power to help Sophia. Salome interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon. The power sent by Jesus formeth a light-wreath on Sophia's head. Mary, his mother, asketh and receiveth permission to speak.
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Mary, his mother, interpreteth the song of Sophia from the xixth Ode of Solomon. The commandment of the First Mystery is fulfilled for taking Sophia entirely out of the chaos.
The First Mystery and Jesus send forth two light-powers to help Sophia. Mary Magdalene interpreteth the mystery from Psalm lxxxiv. Mary, the mother, further interpreteth the scripture. The other Mary further interpreteth the same scripture from the baptism of Jesus. A note by a later hand, copied from another scripture. The light-stream restoreth the light-powers to Sophia. The light-stream, having accomplished its purpose, departeth from Sophia. Peter interpreteth the narrative from the Odes of Solomon.
The emanations of Self-willed cry aloud to him for help.
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He sendeth forth another more violent power like unto a flying arrow. The fashioning of the serpent-, basilisk- and dragon-powers. Jesus, the First Mystery looking without, causeth Sophia to triumph. James interpreteth the narrative from Psalm xc. Thomas interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon.
Matthew interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon. Mary interpreteth the song of Sophia from Psalm xxix. The Light promiseth to seal the regions of Self-willed. How Sophia will know that the time of her final deliverance hath come.
The time for the final deliverance of Sophia is completed. Adamas sendeth forth two emanations of darkness to plague Sophia. Martha interpreteth the words of Sophia from Psalm vii. Sophia singeth the praises of the Light to her fellow-invisibles. Of the glory of the four-and-twenty invisibles. Of the twelve saviours and their regions in the Inheritance.
Of the ascension of those of the Treasury into the Inheritance. Of the powers of the Right and their emanation and ascension. Of the powers of the Midst and their ascension. Mary interpreteth the discourse from the scriptures. That the regions beyond the Helpers are indescribable. Of those who receive the mystery in the last Helper. Of the Thrice-spirituals in the third space, i. Jesus explaineth that that mystery is really simpler than all mysteries. Of the rending asunder and emanation of the powers of the universe. Jesus promiseth to explain further all in detail.
Of the ascension of the soul of him who shall receive the one and only mystery. Of the distinction between the gnosis of the universe and the mysteries of the Light.
Of the ascension of the souls of those who receive the twelve mysteries of the First Mystery. Of those of the first space in the kingdom of the thousand years. Of those of the third space, the first from without. That the disciples and the powers are from the same Mixture.
That finally they will be higher than all powers. Of the dignity of those who have received the mysteries.
Unto whom are the mysteries of the Light to be given. Of the soul of the righteous man who hath not received the mysteries at death. The disciples are to forgive many times seven times. This is particularly noteworthy given the anti-cosmic nature of some other Gnostic groups. Zorokothora Melchisedek- Often referred to simply as Melchisedek, this figure also dwells in the Treasury of Light or Place of the Right.
His primary role is overseeing transport of light from the lower realms to the higher light realms as it becomes purified. His subordinates also deliver certain souls out of the punishment regions when believers on Earth pray for them. This role is most widely discussed through extensive interpretations of Psalm in Chapters Sabaoth, the Adamas - This is the primary representative of evil or wickedness in the majority of the Pistis Sophia.
He is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, begetting archons and other beings, and as a result he is imprisoned in the bounds of the zodiac, or the material universe. This long enumeration of entities is at first quite confusing, since nowhere in the text is there any explanation of this terminology or of the cosmological system into which those entities fit.
Jesus then recounts his entire journey, from region to region, starting from the moment that he saw Mary, his mother "according to the material body" and then going through the Firmament, the Sphere, the Providence, and the Twelve Aeons.
He narrates that all the archons and the powers therein were agitated and afraid because of his exceeding light. And he went on bringing order into their regions until he came to the Thirteenth Aeon.
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At that point he finds Pistis Sophia alone, below her place of origin, without her brothers. And he describes how the Pistis Sophia worked her way out of chaos with his help. The narrative is, of course, timeless and atemporal. Present, past, and future unfold as the eternal now in which Jesus tells his story. While this story looks like a myth, Jesus actually seems to be recounting one aspect of his experience at the Great Initiation, which probably took place during the thirty hours that he remained at the height.
His recollection of the incidents on his way up has a surprising parallel with the life review that takes place in the dying process of every human being. We learn that this rapid but thorough process at the end of each incarnation teaches us the implications of our actions in this world. If we recall that the law of correspondence tells us, "What is above is like that which is below and that which is below is like what is above," we can infer that the Pistis Sophia tale seems like a monumental review of the actions of the soul throughout its long journey in this world.
But it seems also to take place when the evolutionary process is speeded up, as in the case of adepts that reach the Fifth Initiation in advance of the majority of the race.
After several incidents with the entities of the lower planes, Jesus finds Pistis Sophia below the Thirteenth Aeon, her original home. Aeons, from the Greek aion or "age," are, in this text, entities governing zones of existence, or planes of consciousness, between heaven and earth. She was alone, without her consort or her brothers, sorrowful and grieving on account of the torments that an entity known as the Authades, the Self-Centered One, had inflicted on her with the help of his emanations and the Twelve Aeons.
It happened that while in the Thirteenth Aeon, Pistis Sophia saw the Light of the Height on the veil of the Treasury of the Light, and started singing praises to that Light. The Self-Centered One conceived a ruse to trick her. Pistis Sophia was led to look below and there she saw the light of another entity called the Lion-Faced Power. Not knowing that it was an emanation of the Self-Centered One, Sophia decided to go after it, without her consort, to take its light, thinking that it would enable her to go to the Light of the Height.
Once she descended from her place of origin, she was dragged further and further down into chaos, with the emanations of the Self-Centered One and the Twelve Aeons constantly chasing after her, trying to take her light away. When she finally saw Jesus surrounded by light, she cried to the Light of Lights and uttered a series of metanoias, often translated as "repentances. Changes in terminology and cosmological description between Books show that a compilation of texts which may have been written over a period of some long time were used to create the Pistis Sophia.
The bulk of the text, found in Books , is in the form of a dialogue between Jesus and the disciples, both male and female. First Book The first book Chapters establishes that Jesus remained with the disciples for 11 years after the resurrection, teaching them only the lowest of the mysteries. At a certain point, he ascends and traverses the Aeons, defeating the wicked Archons, before returning to speak with the Disciples further.
She dwells in the Thirteenth Aeon, is tricked into leaving her Aeon and descending into Chaos, has her light-power stolen, and is not allowed to return to her place until Jesus ascends through the Aeons. She recites many repentances and prayers, and is repeatedly persecuted by wicked Archon beings before being allowed to wait just outside of the Thirteenth Aeon for restoration. Second Book This book makes up Chapters The end of the book also suggests the close connection of this work with the Books of Jeu found in the Bruce Codex Chapter Third Book The third book Chapters is mostly concerned with presenting an ethical or lifestyle code for adherents of the text.
It outlines what is needed for right thought and right action, as well as actions that are not acceptable and their punishments. It also discusses at length the dissemination of the mysteries, repentance, and when it is or is not permissible to grant the mysteries to others. Finally, it discusses the formation of the human being, its components, and how they are connected.