Pistis Sophia

Pistis Sophia, by G.R.S. Mead, [1921], at sacred-texts.com

CHAPTER 66

And the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said: “It came to pass then, before I had led forth Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, because it was not yet commanded me through my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within,–at that time then, after the emanations of Self-willed had perceived that my light-stream had taken from them the light-powers which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and had poured them into Pistis Sophia, and when they again had seen Pistis Sophia, that she shone as she had done from the beginning, that they were enraged against Pistis Sophia and cried out again to their Self-willed, that he should come and help them, so that they might take away the powers in Pistis Sophia anew.

“And Self-willed sent out of the height, out of the thirteenth aeon, and sent another great light-power. It came down into the chaos |136. as a flying arrow, that he might help his emanations, so that they might take away the lights from Pistis Sophia anew. And when that light-power had come down, the emanations of Self-willed which were in the chaos and oppressed Pistis Sophia, took great courage and again pursued Pistis Sophia with great terror and great alarm. And some of the emanations of Self-willed oppressed her. One of them changed itself into

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the form of a great serpent; another again changed itself also into the form of a seven-headed basilisk; another again changed itself into the form of a dragon. And moreover the first power of Self-willed, the lion-faced, and all his other very numerous emanations, they came together and oppressed Pistis Sophia and led her again into the lower regions of the chaos and alarmed her again exceedingly.

exceedingly, that she cried again to the Light and sang praises, saying:

“It came to pass then that there looked down out of the twelve aeons, Adamas, the Tyrant, who also was wroth with Pistis Sophia, because she desired to go to the Light of lights, which was above them all; therefore was he wroth with her. It came to pass then, when Adamas, the Tyrant, had looked down out of the twelve aeons, that he saw the emanations of Self-willed oppressing Pistis Sophia, until they should take from her all her lights. It came to pass then, when the power of Adamas had come down into the chaos unto all the emanations of Self-willed,–it came to pass then, when that demon came down into the chaos, that it dashed down Pistis Sophia. And the lion-faced power and the serpent-form and the basilisk-form and the dragon-form and all the other very numerous emanations of Self-willed surrounded Pistis Sophia all together, desiring to take from her anew her powers in her, and they oppressed Pistis Sophia exceedingly and threatened her. It came to pass then, when they oppressed her and alarmed her

“‘1. O Light, it is thou who hast helped me; let thy light come over me. [p. 116]

“‘2. For thou art my protector, and I come hence unto thee, O Light, having faith in thee, O Light.

“‘3. For thou art my saviour from the emanations of Self-willed and of Adamas, the Tyrant, and thou shalt save me from all his violent threats.’

“And when Pistis Sophia had said this, then at the commandment |138. of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, I sent again Gabriel and Michael and the great light-stream, that they should help Pistis Sophia. And I gave commandment unto Gabriel and Michael to bear Pistis Sophia in their hands, so that her feet should not touch the darkness below; and I gave them commandment moreover to guide her in the regions of the chaos, out of which she was to be led.

“It came to pass then, when the angels had come down into the chaos, they and the light-stream, and moreover [when] all the emanations of Self-willed and the emanations of Adamas had seen the light-stream, how it shone very exceedingly and there was no measure for the light about it, that they became terror-stricken and quitted Pistis

Sophia. And the great light-stream surrounded Pistis Sophia on all sides of her, on her left and on her right and on all her sides, and it became a light-wreath round her head.

“It came to pass then, when the light-stream had surrounded Pistis Sophia, that she took great courage, and it ceased not to surround her on all her sides; and she was no longer in fear of the emanations of Self-willed which are in the

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chaos, nor was she any more in fear of the other new power of Self-willed which he had cast down into the chaos |139. as a flying arrow, nor did she any more tremble at the demon power of Adamas which had come out of the aeons.

“And moreover by commandment of myself, the First Mystery which looketh without, the light-stream which surrounded Pistis Sophia on all her sides, shone most exceedingly, and Pistis Sophia abode in the midst of the light, a great light being on her left and on her right, and on all her sides, forming a wreath round her head. And all the emanations of Self-willed [could] not change their face again, nor could they bear the shock of the great light of the stream, which was a wreath round her head. And all the emanations of Self-willed,–many of them fell at her right, because she shone most exceedingly, and many others fell at her left, and were not able at all to draw nigh unto Pistis Sophia because of the great light; but they fell all one on another, or they all came near one another, and they could not inflict any ill on Pistis Sophia, because she had trusted in the Light.

“And at the commandment of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, I myself went down into the chaos, shining most exceedingly, and approached the lion-faced power, which shone exceedingly, and took its whole light in it and held fast all the emanations of Self-willed, so that from now on they went not into their region, that is the thirteenth aeon. And I took away the power of all the emanations of Self-willed, and they all fell down in the chaos powerless. And I led forth Pistis Sophia, she

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being on the right of Gabriel and Michael. And the great light-stream entered again into her. And Pistis Sophia beheld with her eyes her foes, that I had taken their

First Mystery, stood by it and took all the powers in it, and made to perish its whole

light-power from them. And I led Pistis Sophia forth from the chaos, she treading under foot the serpent-faced emanation of Self-willed, and moreover treading under foot the seven-faced-basilisk emanation, and treading under foot the lion- and dragon-faced power. I made Pistis Sophia continue to stand upon the seven-headed-basilisk emanation of Self-willed; and it was more mighty than them all in its evil doings. And I, the

matter, so that no seed should arise from it from now on.”|141.

Pistis Sophia, by G.R.S. Mead, [1921], at sacred-texts.com

CHAPTER 67

And when the First Mystery said this unto his disciples, he answered and said: “Understand ye in what manner I discourse with you?”

James came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning then the solution of the words which thou hast said, thus hath thy light-power prophesied thereon aforetime through David in the ninetieth Psalm:

“‘1. Whoso then dwelleth under the help of the Most High, will abide under the shadow of the God of heaven.

“‘2. He will say unto the Lord: Thou art my succour and my place of refuge, my God, in whom I trust.

“‘3. For he will save me out of the snare of the hunters and from mighty word.

“‘4. He will shade thee with his breast, and thou shalt have trust beneath his wings; his truth shall surround thee as a shield.

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“‘5. Thou wilt not be afraid of terror by night nor of an arrow which flieth by day, “‘6. Of a thing which slinketh in the darkness, of a mischance and a demon at mid-day. “‘7. A thousand will fall on |142. thy left, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but

they shall not come nigh thee.

“‘8. Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, thou wilt see the requital of the sinners.

“‘9. For thou, O Lord, art my hope. Thou hast established the Most High for thyself as refuge.

“’10. Harm will not come nigh unto thee; scourge will not come nigh thy dwelling. “’11. For he will give commandment to his angels on thy behalf that they guard thee on

all thy ways,

“’12. And bear thee on their hands, that thou mayest never strike with thy foot against a stone.

“’13. Thou wilt stride over the serpent and basilisk and tread on lion and dragon. “’14. Because he hath trusted in me, I will save him; I will overshadow him, because he

hath known my name.

“’15. He will cry unto me and I shall hearken unto him; I am at his side in his tribulation and will save him and honour him,

“’16. And increase him with many days and show him my salvation.’

“This, my Lord, is the solution of the words which thou hast said. Hearken therefore, that I may say it in openness.

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When Sophia had trusted in the Light, she abode under the light of the light-stream,

the help of the Most High, will abide under the shadow of the God of heaven,’–that is: which through thee came out of the Height.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through David: ‘I will say unto the Lord:

Thou art my succour and my refuge, my God, in whom I trust,’–it is the word with which Pistis Sophia hath sung praises: |143. ‘Thou art my succour, and I come unto thee.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘My God, in whom I trust, thou wilt save me out of the snare of the hunters and from mighty word,’–it is what Pistis Sophia hath said: ‘O Light, I have faith in thee, for thou wilt save me from the emanations of Self-willed and from those of Adamas, the Tyrant, and thou wilt save me also from all their mighty threats.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken through David: ‘He will shade thee with his breast, and thou wilt have trust beneath his wings,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath been in the light of the light-stream, which hath come from thee, and hath continued in firm trust in the light, that on her left and that on her right, which are the wings of the light-stream.

“And the word which thy light-power hath prophesied through David: ‘Truth will surround thee as a shield,’–it is the light of the light-stream which hath surrounded Pistis Sophia on all her sides as a shield.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of terror by night,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the

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terrors and alarms into which she had been planted in the chaos, which is the ‘night.’ “And the word which thy power hath spoken: |144. He will not be afraid of an arrow

which flieth by day,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the power which Self-willed hath sent last of all out of the height, and which hath come into the chaos as it were a flying arrow. Thy light-power therefore hath said: ‘Thou wilt not be afraid of an arrow which flieth by day,’ for that power hath come out of the thirteenth aeon, it being that which is lord over the twelve aeons, and which giveth light unto all the aeons; wherefor hath he [David] said ‘day.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of a thing which slinketh in the darkness,’–that is: Sophia hath not been afraid of the

lion-faced emanation, which caused fear for Pistis Sophia in the chaos, which is the ‘darkness.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of a mischance and of a demon at mid-day,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the demon emanation of Tyrant Adamas, which hath cast Pistis Sophia to the ground in a great mischance, and which hath come forth out of Adamas out of the twelfth aeon; wherefor then hath thy power said: ‘He will not be afraid of |145. the demon mischance at

mid-day,’–‘mid-day,’ because it hath come out of the twelve aeons, which is ‘mid-day’; and again [‘night,’ because] it hath come out of the chaos, which is the ‘night,’ and because it hath come out of the twelfth aeon which is in the midst between both; therefore hath thy light-power said ‘mid-day,’

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because the twelve aeons lie in the midst between the thirteenth aeon and the chaos. “And again the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘A thousand will

fall on his left, and ten thousand at his right hand, but they shall not come nigh

him,’–that is: When the emanations of Self-willed, which are exceedingly numerous, could not bear the great light of the light-stream, many of them fell on the left hand of Pistis Sophia and many at her right, and they could not come nigh her, to do her [harm].

taken the light-power which is in the lion-faced power, and hast moreover taken the

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, and wilt see the requital of the sinners, for thou, O Lord, art my hope,’–that is the word: Pistis Sophia hath with her eyes beheld her foes, that is the emanations of Self-willed, who all |146. have fallen one on another; not only hath she with her eyes beheld this, but thou also thyself, my Lord, the First Mystery, hast

power of all the emanations of Self-willed and moreover thou hast imprisoned them in that chaos, [so that] from henceforth they have not gone forth to their own region. Therefore then hath Pistis Sophia with her eyes beheld her foes, that is the emanations of Self-willed, in all which David hath prophesied concerning Pistis Sophia, saying: ‘Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, and thou wilt see the requital of the sinners.’ Not only hath she with her eyes beheld, how they fall one on another in the chaos, but she hath also seen the requital with which it was requited them. Just as the emanations of Self-willed have thought

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to take away the light of Sophia from her, so hast thou requited them and repaid them in full, and hast taken the light-power in them instead of the lights of Sophia, who hath had faith in the Light of the Height.

“And as thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Thou hast established the Most High for thyself as refuge; harm will not come nigh unto thee, scourge will not come nigh thy dwelling,’–that is: When Pistis Sophia had had faith in the Light and was afflicted, she sang praises unto it, and the emanations of Self-willed could not inflict on her any harm, |147. nor could they [injure] her, nor could they at all come nigh her.

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