The Italic Gnosis of Valentin Part 2
The Italic Gnosis of Valentin Part 2
Pistis Sophia � The Gnostic Gospel
The cosmological myth of Sophia attributed to Valentin is one of the most important of the Christian tradition of the first centuries of our age. Another version less known is found in the work of Pistis Sophia. The translation took so long to show up due to the dificulty of interpretation of the manuscript, written in alegorical language. For more than two centuries Pstis Sophia frustrated the atempts of scholars and students of the esoteric tradition to understand the important instructions that was believed to be �veiled� in the text. It seems afterall that the book contains esoteric instructions given by Jesus to his disciples, after his return from the dead.
Finally, after much study and meditation, and thanks to footnotes little known but very inspiring of Helena Petrova Blavatsky (Theosophical Society), it was possible to lift a considerable part of the �veil� which hides the message of Pistis Sophia.
The text is divided in three principal scenes. In the first, Jesus is with is disciples, after his ressurection, in the Olive Mount and after a while, in the midst of lightnings and thunders, Jesus is elevated surrounded by a bright light. After thirty hours, Jesus returns, dressed up in three garments of light, brighter than when he had ascended. In the course of the aparent confirmation of the high initiation that had been bestowed on him, he speaks to his disciples, anouncing that, �From this day forth, I will speak to you openly, from the beginning of Truth to its ending (Plenitude), and I�m going to speak, face to face, without using parables. From now on I shall not hide you nothing of the upper mistery and of the place of truth. For, authority has been given to me, by the Inefable and by the First Mistery of all misteries, to speak to you, from the Beginning to the Plenitude (Pleroma), from inside to outside as well from the exterior to the interior.�
The other two scenaries of the text are the narrative of the story of Pistis Sophia and addictional instructions to the disciples in the usual form of dialogues. A wide and rich piece of information is given, including the esoteric interpretation of several parables and public sayings of Jesus, as well as the nature of the misteries.
After his return from high above, Jesus describes to his disciples the hierarchies of the several planes by which he passed on his way to the heights. After several incidents with the entities of these planes, Jesus finds Pistis Sophia below the 13th Aeon, her place of origin. She was alone, without her pair and her brothers, and sad due to the torments that the Self-Centered had inflicted on her with the help of his emanations and of the twelve Aeons.
Pistis Sophia was inicially on the 13th Aeon with her 23 brothers and sisters. When she saw the Light from Above in the veil of the Treasure of Light, she started singing praises to that light. From that moment, the Third Triple Power, which is the Self-Centered, became to hate her, and also the other twelve that are below him. The Self-Centered conceived a trap for her, emanating from himself a power with the appearance of a lion and a host of other violent material emanations. Pistis Sophia then looked down, seeing the light of the power with the face of a lion. Without knowing that it was an emanation of the Self-Centered, she decided to go after it, without her pair, to get hold of that light, thinking that this light would enable her to go to the Light Above. Having descended from her place of origin, she was taken even further down to the Chaos, with the emanations of the Self-Centered and of the twelve Aeons persecuting her constantly, tormenting her, and sucking her light. When she finally saw Jesus, she caaled out to the Light of lights and proclaimed several repentances.
The repentances of Pistis Sophia are the key to her final salvation. In the 13 repentances followed by 11 songs of praise to the Light, she tells her story and proclaims her faith in the Light and her wish to be free from the afflictions of Chaos and of returning to her place of origin.
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