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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

The Tripartite of Yaldabaoth



The Tripartite of Yaldabaoth.


Ego, Ignorance, False Image of God: These are three characteristics of the Yaldabaoth.

The Apocryphon of John: “This gloomy ruler has three names: the first name is Yaldabaoth, the second is Sakla, the third is Samael.”

Yaldabaoth (Son of Chaos), Sakla (Fool), Samael (Blind God).

Yaldabaoth is the Ego, Sakla is ignorance and Samael is the false image of God (what some people believe to be the true God but isn`t). These characteristics manifest in the material world since the demiurge created and controls it and these characteristics even manifest in ourselves.

So how do we combat these three? Through the Holy Spirit, the Son and the Father.

The Holy Spirit is Sophia (Divine Wisdom) who helps us to do good works, have a good heart and eliminate our Ego (Yaldabaoth). Galatians: “And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”

The Son is the Logos (Divine Reason) who reveals the mysteries, the secret teachings and shows us the true image of God (destroying Samael). Colossians: “who is the image of the invisible God, first-born of all creation.”

The Father is the Monad (The First Principle) who gives gnosis and thus destroys ignorance (Sakla). The Apocryphon of John: “He is an aeon-giving aeon. He is life-giving life. He is a blessedness-giving blessed one. He is knowledge-giving knowledge.”

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