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  • Michael Grondin
    I speak of my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries. That which your right will do, let not your left know about it. (my trans) 1. It s not
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2000
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      "I speak of my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries.
      That which your right will do, let not your left know about it."
      (my trans)

      1. It's not specified here HOW one becomes worthy of the mysteries.
      It may be that one has to reach a certain level of gnosis, or it may
      be that one has only to be as innocent as a child - it's simply not
      stated. What does seem to be implied, however, is that it's those on
      the right who are worthy of the mysteries (whatever they are).

      2. The word 'hand' doesn't appear. The Copts had a word for 'hand',
      so they could have used it, but they didn't. 'Right/left' actually
      had a more general meaning. Whatever was on the right was considered
      the more righteous of any pair. Your "right-hand man" was your "best
      man", so to speak. The left was the inferior side. (I could go on and
      on about this, but I won't.)

      3. One's own left and right may be connected with another saying -
      that one should be innocent as a dove and cunning as a snake. Your
      right = the dove, your left = the snake. Presumably, if the left knew
      what the right was doing, it would pervert it or compromise it in
      some way. In any case, "the right" is intended to rule over "the
      left", not to share power with it. It's a monarchy, not a democracy.
      Therefore, the right is not to share its intentions with the left -
      it merely announces them and commands that the left carry them out.
      This is the GThom method, I think, of making the two one. The left
      (body/snake) is to be a slave of the right (spirit/dove).

      4. 'Mysteries' - this is the same Greek word which eventually became
      known as 'sacraments'. What we now know as Xian sacraments were
      originally thought of as mysteries, to be revealed only to initiates.
      Later on, church leaders decided against this emphasis on "mystery"
      and went in the direction of making Xian doctrines publicly available.
      The original secrecy aspect was probably caused by Xianity being a
      small and persecuted movement. As it drew more adherents, it could
      announce its doctrines more openly. It is, however, not clear whether
      the "mysteries" spoken of here are only the sacraments, or encompass
      other Xian doctrines as well.


      The Coptic Gospel of Thomas, saying-by-saying
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