RISE FIRST, THEN DIE: A BRIEF GLIMPSE AT THE GOSPEL OF PHILLIP

by Bryan Rice on October 31, 2009.

In the Gospel of Phillip, Jesus says, “Those who say the will die first then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.” What does he mean? What is meant by the resurrection?

According to Lawarence Caruana, author of the book The Hidden Passion: The Story of the Gnostic Christ, the idea of resurrection that Phillip speaks of in his gospel, is closely tied to the sacrament of Redemption. Resurrection is seen to be a “visionary ascent through the aeons” of the Pleroma, done to prepare a person for their “after-death ascent”. Someone being initiated into the Gnostic Christian faith would receive Redemption for the purpose of gaining gnosis or knowledge of the names of the beings in the Lower and Upper Aeons who “would receive that person during their post-mortem or visionary ascent” (A Glossary of Gnostic Terms – http://www.gnosticq.com).

L. Caruana focuses specifically on the term resurrection further down in his glossary of terms. He cites the traditional Gnostic idea that there won’t be a bodily resurrection, and that the soul dwells temporarily in the body, which he says belongs to the Archons. The Gospel of Judas and the Testimony of Truth both say that the body or flesh will be left behind.

I intuit that there is more to the idea that Jesus said, written in Phillip’s gospel. Attaining gnosis or knowledge about the Heavenly Realm or Fullness from whence we came, is integral to making one’s self ready to travel “The Way” back to the Father/Mother. It’s almost like Jesus is instructing that knowing about or having had a glimpse of one’s intended destination, according to the Will of the Transcendent God – to redeem every living thing back into his/her fold – is a necessary preparation for a soul to be “homeward bound”. Perhaps Jesus was emphasizing that experiencing gnosis or the Divine Presence was primary to avoiding reincarnation back into matter or to another life afflicted by distractions that keep a person seemingly separate from God. According to Archbishop Christian Thomas Umberger, a person must experience a second birth, the resurrection, fueled by “self-realization” to secure a place in the Pleroma as a begotten son or daughter of God. He stated furthermore, as a result of “resurrection” before death, a person can become an Aeon in the Fullness of God.

The reality that someone who doesn’t experience resurrection prior to dying, as Jesus says, they will receive nothing, I can only infer that he meant, having not attained any knowledge about one’s true identity, their Ultimate Source, and “The Way” home to the Father/Mother, would leave a person trapped, a prisoner to the flesh, remaining in ignorance. Hence they would receive nothing comparable to the ascent through the Aeons, because they remained in darkness.

Messianic Consciousness: The Way to Christhood

In the Gospel of Phillip, Jesus says, “Those who say the will die first then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.” What does he mean? What is meant by the resurrection?

According to Lawarence Caruana, author of the book The Hidden Passion: The Story of the Gnostic Christ, the idea of resurrection that Phillip speaks of in his gospel, is closely tied to the sacrament of Redemption. Resurrection is seen to be a “visionary ascent through the aeons” of the Pleroma, done to prepare a person for their “after-death ascent”. Someone being initiated into the Gnostic Christian faith would receive Redemption for the purpose of gaining gnosis or knowledge of the names of the beings in the Lower and Upper Aeons who “would receive that person during their post-mortem or visionary ascent” (A Glossary…

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CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 13

(Inspired by but not limited to A Course in Miracles Teachings (1st Edition), Mind Science, New Thought, Metaphysics, Yogic Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Eastern Thought, and writings by Paramahansa Yogananda)

DAY 13

The sick-minded ego is deluded, making me think that I am in competition with God, which I can’t be, because God is All in All and incapable of opposition or war mongering of any kind. That being said, it is anxiety-provoking for me to consider that the world could be without meaning, as for those ensnared in separative mayaic duality, and in those who appear to be separated, those entranced in relativity and subjectivity, it is fear provoking to think that the Divine Transcendent could possibly in reality be at war with a devil. It is ultimately God and the demiurgic-devil-ego that seem to be at war within me, wanting me to assign meaning to the world based on the cases they plead. The egoic-ahamkar wants to establish its own story and dramas as important and meaningful with respect to the world, when all that exists is Heaven and a void in the Primordial Matrix-Womb out of which real life is created. Fear is insane and I now start to see the relationship of cause and effect.

CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 12

DAY 12
To correct perceptual distortion, the one in which I believe that my real Self is capable of being upset due to the fact that what I think I see is a world so terrifying, so depraved, so barbaric, and a living cold asylum when in reality the world has no meaning. It is neutral.

 

The above traits are merely ones I label the egoic-ahamkar dream Play, the mayaic dance macabre of avidya-illusions, the play of shadow and light in a matrix out of which we create and download programmed belief systems that have no basis in the reality-river of soul-spirit nectar. I misperceive by superimposing a film script, an ego-mind movie from the compromised, split womb-mind out of which forms manifest into matter.

My visions arise out of an abyss of tricks. When I see divisive happenings I am in dark subconsciousness that is my attractor field I am in alignment with, I see through the eye of the tamasic (darkening quality) dark bowels of subconscious hell. In reality, there is no hell, but in my adoration to error and insane held beliefs, that the world is a burning lake of fire tormenting me and making outrageous demands of me, I misperceive.

Am I entrenched in diabolical duality or am I in alignment with higher Messianic Peace-Presence? It all depends on me. whether I listen to the Cosmic Vibratory Holy Spirit that is Christed Eternally or ignore Paradise Awareness, the inner Promised Land so graciously given to me in every moment of now and see only putrid hate, craziness, a horror film on parade depends on my gradation of conscious awareness. At what level of consciousness-energy do I calibrate? In Truth or in falsehood? In Bliss or in fear? In Hope or despair? In Wisdom or in ignorance? In unconditional Love or hate? In fiery Holy Desire or depleted carnal addiction? I will contemplate these questions often throughout the day in short sittings and for an extended amount of time when I first wake up and before I retire to sleep at night.

The world I see, a consequence of the fall into matter, an abuse of the matrix Mother force by the force of duality has no meaning other than that which I give it. All things begotten by thought engendered in light and energy are inherently good. It is the moment to moment print outs from the quantum flowing soup of all possibilities and pure potential when actualized that must be examined through the filter of neutrality and allowance to eliminate judgment, reactivity, and indifference.

What I see is what I experience. For better or for worse, I choose to see differently. I choose neutrality as my lens for correct perception and retract all emotional currents experienced in the limbic system of my brain from superimposed projections constructed in the tiny egoic chamber that thrives off of separation-duality-tension and its sick love of opposites.

 

(Inspired by but not limited to A Course in Miracles Teachings (1st Edition), Yogic Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Eastern Thought, and writings by Paramahansa Yogananda)

CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 11

(Inspired by but not limited to A Course in Miracles Teachings (1st Edition), Yogic Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Eastern Thought, and writings by Paramahansa Yogananda)

DAY 11
The time to initiate the mind de-fragmentation or correction process begins. The fluctuations of energy and information constructing a thought must be put under the microscope of discrimination. The magnified view from perfect Christ Presence illumination reveals your Christed Mind, the reality that may at first appear to devastate, but then unlocks the door hiding the truth that liberates.

The mayaic delusory dance of images are not the cause nor inspiration for thought current. The separation induced psychosis that distorts, determines the projected brain drama that you see superimposed on top of the screen of the world-wilderness, originating from the matrix womb of creation. The Christ Mind is forever in resonance with bliss and oneness while the separative impulse fails to realize that what the eyes see and brain interprets are/is meaningless and completely neutral. My personal ego gives or assigns what I appear to see meaning, taking a positionality, making judgments while grossly misinterpreting what I think is real.

I am here to learn about how to live in Reality without fleeing to the hiding place of the world seen by my body’s eyes, through the force of dwaita or duality that is at the core of separation, discord, and denied peace of mind.

 

CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 10

(Inspired by but not limited to A Course in Miracles Teachings (1st Edition), Yogic Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Eastern Thought, and writings by Paramahansa Yogananda)

DAY 10

The pulsations of quantum energy and information, the building blocks of thought, heard in the brain-mind field, that take on many degrees of intensity and whirl at all kinds of speeds, colors, affects, moods, and qualities of dark, light, and admixed energies are devoid of meaning due to the fact that they are neutral. My mind is a blank slate that experiences fluctuations of chitta-mind stuff or vritti-feeling, but it still is a fact that I have a mind aligned with stillness, with the zero point of total neutrality in the Holy Instant of now. I am awareness not identified with thought nor with what arises in the mind, pretending to be significant, dramatic, spectacular, and intensely distracting and disturbing. Thoughts do not control me, nor the substance behind them. Within the perfect stillness I am immune to misery making and liberated from suffering. Affirming this reality and mind science I form the basis for Radical Right Awareness, attention to the Primordial State of Oneness, and open to the flow of Bliss-Peace nectar of Heaven within perfect silence.