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PART - IV About the Gospel of Eve
I happen to read something about the ‘Gospel of Eve’ (form GnosticGospels Yahoo group). The Gospel of Eve is known only from one or two short quotations from the words of Epiphanius (310/20 - 402), bishop of Salamis*. He tells us that certain Gnostic sects used it. As per Epiphanius, these are the words of ‘Jesus’ as collected by ‘Mary’ (probably Magdalene). As per this sect, Jesus himself was the first teacher of the ritualistic practices and techniques they followed. The quotations are as follows“I stood upon a high mountain and saw a tall man, and another of short stature, and heard something like the sound of thunder and went nearer in order to hear. Then he spoke to me and said: I am thou and thou art I, and wherever thou art, there am I, and I am sown in all things; and whence thou wilt, thou gatherest me, but when thou gatherest me, then gatherest thou thyself. [Epiphanius, Panarion,26.3.1]” This is beautiful! Jesus standing at the hill, and Mary listening to his words. It is a conversation between a guru and his disciples. The guru is reflecting his revelation, and is not speaking to anybody in particular. See the beauty of these words- “I am thou and thou art I, and wherever thou art, there am I, and I am sown in all things; and whence thou wilt, thou gatherest me, but when thou gatherest me, then gatherest thou thyself.” Jesus is just reflecting his revelation - “I am god and I am the creation of god, where ever is the creation of god there I am, I am present in all things, and when god takes them back, he is collecting me, but when he is collecting me, he is collecting him himself (because I am one with god)” Jesus is expressing his consciousness. The experience of the reality where the Creation, Creature, The action of creation becomes one; Where the Law, Law giver, and those that are governed by the law becomes one. All enlightened men speak on similar terms – let it be Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Mahaveera, Osho or Jiddu. The soul (Microcosm) and the Brahma(Macrocosm) are one and the same. Whether in this subtle spiritual sense or in the materialistic sense. It cannot be the other way round! The soul is scattered and is present everywhere – it is the feeling of Union – one with the universe! “They say that the same soul is scattered about in animals, beasts, fish, snakes, humans, trees, and products of nature. [Epiphanius, Panarion, 26.9.1.]” This is Tantra, This is Veda, This is Upanishad, and This is Zen. ‘Prenja’ (Consciousness) and the total experience of consciousness – always being in consciousness - (enlightenment) was the same for the whole humanity from staring of human evolution to till date. The experience is the same. But the description, expressing it in words may differ as per the articulation capabilities of the individuals. ‘Vistaram Vastu saktita’ – elaboration depends on the capabilities and knowledge of the individuals. I loved and was greatly impressed by the above quote, and therefore thought to share it with you all. One more observation of Epiphanius attracted my attention. He says that details of theology (which depends on the knowledge of non-experienced people) of these Gnostic sects varied from one sub-sect to another. As per the sect that used the ‘Gospel of Eve’- “In outline the material world was ruled by an evil “archon” or intermediate deity. The bodily flesh belonged to this archon, and would not be raised up.” The info that Copyright@Sreenadh OG
because the intention of de-grading the worship methods followed by any other sects other than his own. your bone. I tell you truly. in the river. The Government or any other moralistic law giver (e. who drove eighty of them from the city. So the translated meaning of the above words would be – “The material world was and is. The law of the divine is entirely different and is beyond the classifications such as good or evil”. in the water. but seek it chiefly in yourselves. Moses received not his laws from God in writing. This suddenly makes sense. Therefore except the (original looking) quotes he provides. and in every little part of your body. in the fishes of the sea. the Gospel of Peace etc) will reveal that the path followed by Jesus is more related to the ‘Tantric’ system followed by many people in ancient and modern India. – Jesus says in ‘Gospel of Peace’] Isn’t that beautiful? He was a real rebel! [he taught quite otherwise than the priests and scribes . invited Epiphanius to participate in their rituals “Epiphanius prayed to God. in the mountain. They all speak to you that you may understand the tongue and the will of the living God.” So Copyright@Sreenadh OG . They are present in the air. who wanted to spread Christianity. [Seek not the law in your scriptures. The understanding of the mutual correspondence of external Wheel of Time (Kala-chakra = Zodiac) as reflected in sky (21600 min) and internal Wheel of Time as reflected in human body (21600 breaths per day) is arrived at and reveled by the ‘Tantric Yoga’ path. controlled by. ruled by an Evil** King or Government. religious authorities) is the immediate ruler. them. Note: * Note that Epiphanius was the bishop of Salamis (A person after power). Know that in ‘Gospel of Judas’ Jesus speaks about the Calendar system related to Yugas (72 Manuwantaras) and the division of Zodiac (12 Signs). The law is living word of living God to living prophets for living men. your ears. You find it in the grass. Judas. resisted the women. your eyes. He then reported them to the bishops. all living things are nearer to God than the scripture which is without life. and equally participated in the worship of the divine. They are in your breath. in the earth.g.‘Gospel of Peace’] By the way the study of Gnostic Gospels (Gospels of Philip. in which man and women were free. But worshipping or obeying such materialistic rules and laws and the ethics framed by them or the rituals will not help us in spiritual upliftment. God so made life and all living things that they might by the everlasting word teach the laws of the true God to man. It is spelled archon or arachan and finds its root in the Sanskrit word ‘Rajan’ (King). The laws of spiritual upliftment are entirely different and comes from within. in your flesh. in the depths and in the heights. your blood. in the tree. As per his own description. for the law is life. your bowels. and helps us in deciphering the observation of Epiphanius. ruled by. Our body and worldly actions belonged to. which stresses on meditation & Yoga to have the experience of union with the universe (enlightenment). and freed himself from the sect. whereas the scripture is dead. don’t believe in any other info he provides. in the plants. but in your heart and in your spirit. We are forced to obey them.About the Gospel of Eve 2 attracted my attention is the word ‘archon’ which is still used in south Indian Dravidian languages which means ‘King’. but through the living word. Eve. in the sun beams. For I tell you truly. when the people of this sect. would be there fore sure. Thomas (Brother of Jesus). in the birds of heaven. God wrote not the laws in the pages of books. In everything that is life is the law written.
evil. people after power is without exception. 1990. Translated and edited by EDMOND BORDEAUX SZEKELY MCMLXXXI. Government. The accounts and texts related to ‘Gospel of Eve’ are from: Wilhelm Schneemelcher. INTERNATIONAL BIOGENIC SOCIETY. The Panarion of St Epiphanius. -0- Copyright@Sreenadh OG . Cambridge and Louisville. and Philip Amidon. The accounts and texts related to ‘Gospel of Pease’ are from: The Original Hebrew and Aramaic Texts. 1990. James Clarke & Co-Westminster/John Knox Press. New Testament Apocrypha. (into which Jesus himself belonged) rather than a supporter of it. 1981. Oxford University Press. religious authorities. ** Let it be King.About the Gospel of Eve 3 he was the destroyer of this sect.