Trapped

     One of the premise in many of the Nag Hammadi texts is that humanity is trapped.  We are trapped in this temporal body, in this temporal world that acts as a type of prison in that it lulls us asleep from our divine nature as sons and daughters of God.  Folks may hear a similar teaching in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and even some of the more "orthodox" branches of Christianity.

     Still reflecting on the movie, The Life of Pi, I cannot help but ponder this in a modern Gnostic context.  God is wholly other as the tiger in the movie.  The demiurge and the archons were all around in so many forms.  And yet God was there as a Savior but not one that is "safe".  Rather God stripped away every chain that bound the man.  God demanded that every rag be left behind so that knowledge of the real may be known.  Nothing changed and yet everything changed.  This reminds me of the Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.  After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."  The gnosis this man experienced did not change the world around him.  It merely stripped away his illusions/delusions which we all hold to so dearly. (Lord, knows I do!)  Perhaps every time around we might take off another layer.  May we be so bold to come to know God to truly KNOW God..grace working in us.

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