Revelation of the Singularity

  1. The teaching of the savior, and the revelation of the mysteries and the things hidden in silence, even these things which it taught its disciple.

  2. When I heard these things I turned away from the temple to a desert place. And I grieved greatly in my heart, saying, “How then was the savior appointed, and why was it sent into the world by its Father, and who is its Father who sent him, and of what sort is that aeon to which we shall go? For what did it mean when it said to us, ‘This aeon to which you will go is of the type of the imperishable aeon, but it did not teach us concerning the latter, of what sort it is.”

  3. Straightway, while I was contemplating these things, behold, the heavens opened and the whole creation which is below heaven shone, and the world was shaken. I was afraid, and behold I saw in the light a youth who stood by me. While I looked at him, it became like an old man. And it changed its likeness again, becoming like a servant. There was not a plurality before me, but there was a likeness with multiple forms in the light, and the likenesses appeared through each other, and the likeness had three forms.

  4. He said to me, “why do you doubt, or why are you afraid? You are not unfamiliar with this image, are you? – that is, do not be timid! – I am the one who is with you always. I am the Father, I am the Mother, I am the Son. I am the undefiled and incorruptible one. Now I have come to teach you what is and what was and what will come to pass, that you may know the things which are not revealed and those which are revealed, and to teach you concerning the unwavering race of the perfect Man. Now, therefore, lift up your face, that you may receive the things that I shall teach you today, and may tell them to your fellow spirits who are from the unwavering race of the perfect Man.”

  5. And I asked to know it, and it said to me, “The Monad is a monarchy with nothing above it. It is it who exists as God and Father of everything, the invisible One who is above everything, who exists as incorruption, which is in the pure light into which no eye can look.

  6. “He is the invisible Spirit, of whom it is not right to think of it as a god, or something similar. For it is more than a god, since there is nothing above him, for no one lords it over him. For it does not exist in something inferior to him, since everything exists in him. For it is it who establishes himself. it is eternal, since it does not need anything. For it is total perfection.

  7. He did not lack anything, that it might be completed by it; rather it is always completely perfect in light. it is illimitable, since there is no one prior to it to set limits to him. it is unsearchable, since there exists no one prior to it to examine him. it is immeasurable, since there was no one prior to it to measure him. it is invisible, since no one saw him. it is eternal, since it exists eternally. it is ineffable, since no one was able to comprehend it to speak about him. it is unnameable, since there is no one prior to it to give it a name.

  8. “He is immeasurable light, which is pure, holy and immaculate. it is ineffable, being perfect in incorruptibility. He is not in perfection, nor in blessedness, nor in divinity, but it is far superior. it is not corporeal nor is it incorporeal. it is neither large nor is it small. There is no way to say, ‘What is its quantity?’ or, ‘What is its quality?’, for no one can know him. it is not someone among other beings, rather it is far superior. Not that it is simply superior, but its essence does not partake in the aeons nor in time. For it who partakes in an aeon was prepared beforehand. Time was not apportioned to him, since it does not receive anything from another, for it would be received on loan. For it who precedes someone does not lack, that it may receive from him. For rather, it is the latter that looks expectantly at it in its light.

  9. “For the perfection is majestic. it is pure, immeasurable mind. it is an aeon-giving aeon. it is life-giving life. it is a blessedness-giving blessed one. it is knowledge-giving knowledge. it is goodness-giving goodness. it is mercy and redemption-giving mercy. it is grace-giving grace, not because it possesses it, but because it gives the immeasurable, incomprehensible light.

  10. “How am I to speak with you about him? Its aeon is indestructible, at rest and existing in silence, reposing and being prior to everything. For it is the head of all the aeons, and it is it who gives them strength in its goodness. For we know not the ineffable things, and we do not understand what is immeasurable, except for it who came forth from him, namely from the Father. For it is it who told it to us alone. For it is it who looks at himself in its light which surrounds him, namely the spring of the water of life. And it is it who gives to all the aeons and in every way, and who gazes upon its image which it sees in the spring of the Spirit. It is it who puts its desire in its water-light which is in the spring of the pure light-water which surrounds him.

  11. “And its thought performed a deed and she came forth, namely she who had appeared before it in the shine of its light. This is the first power which was before all of them and which came forth from its mind, She is the forethought of the All – her light shines like its light – the perfect power which is the image of the invisible, virginal Spirit who is perfect. The first power, the perfect glory in the aeons, the glory of the revelation, she glorified the virginal Spirit and it was she who praised him, because thanks to it she had come forth. This is the first thought, its image; she became the womb of everything, for it is she who is prior to them all, the Mother-Father, the first man, the Spirit, the thrice-male, the thrice-powerful, the thrice-named androgynous one, and the eternal aeon among the invisible ones, and the first to come forth.

  12. “She requested from the invisible, virginal Spirit to give her foreknowledge. And the Spirit consented. And when it had consented, the foreknowledge came forth, and it stood by the forethought; it originates from the thought of the invisible, virginal Spirit. It glorified it and its perfect power for it was for her sake that it had come into being.

  13. “And she requested again to grant her indestructibility, and it consented. When it had consented, indestructibility came forth, and it stood by the thought and the foreknowledge. It glorified the invisible One, the one for whose sake they had come into being.

  14. “And it requested to grant her eternal life. And the invisible Spirit consented. And when it had consented, eternal life came forth, and they attended and glorified the invisible Spirit and Barbelo, the one for whose sake they had come into being.

  15. “And she requested again to grant her truth. And the invisible Spirit consented. And when it had consented, truth came forth, and they attended and glorified the invisible, excellent Spirit, the one for whose sake they had come into being.

  16. “This is the pentad of the aeons of the Father, which is the first man, the image of the invisible Spirit; it is the forethought, and the thought, and the foreknowledge, and the indestructibility, and the eternal life, and the truth. This is the androgynous pentad of the aeons, which is the decay of the aeons, which is the Father.

  17. “And it looked with the pure light which surrounds the invisible Spirit, and with its spark, and she conceived from him. it begot a spark of light with a light resembling blessedness. But it does not equal its greatness. This was an only-begotten child of the Mother-Father which had come forth; it is the only offspring, the only-begotten one of the Father, the pure Light.

  18. “And the invisible, virginal Spirit rejoiced over the light which came forth, that which was brought forth first by the first power of its forethought. And it anointed it with its goodness until it became perfect, not lacking in any goodness, because it had anointed it with the goodness of the invisible Spirit. And it attended it as it poured upon it. And immediately when it had received from the Spirit, it glorified the holy Spirit and the perfect forethought, for whose sake it had come forth.

  19. “And it requested to give it a fellow worker, which is the mind, and it consented gladly. And when the invisible Spirit had consented, the mind came forth, and it attended the Christ, glorifying it. And all these came into being in silence.

  20. “And behold, now I shall go up to the perfect aeon. I have completed everything for you in your hearing. And I have said everything to you that you might write them down and give them secretly to your fellow spirits, for this is the mystery of the immovable race.”

  21. And the savior presented these things to it that it might write them down and keep them secure. And it said to him, “Cursed be everyone who will exchange these things for a gift or for food or for drink or for clothing or for any other such thing.” And these things were presented to it in a mystery, and immediately it disappeared from him. And it went to its fellow disciples and related to them what the savior had told him.

  22. So be it..