Building the Shop

 Rebuilding my infrastructure

An apology is in order.

I admit I have not been posting for two reasons.

REASON 1: I am in the fifth week of taking an online computer science course. Many hours are spent writing programs: getting to bed between 1:30 AM and 2:00 AM almost nightly. The class is interesting and I am learning a lot about this new technology but I am coming to the conclusion that this work is for the young. It all ends in July.

REASON 2: I am reading the Nag Hammadi Scripture. This is opening me to a new world of comfort. Also, it provides balance to the many hours that I spent programming. The scriptures occupy a book of more than 800 pages. I see no immediate end date.

Those are my major reasons for not posting. I will return begin to post in late July. I plan to post my thoughts on some writings from the Nag Hammadi Scriptures and some mathematics.

See you then. Thanks for your patience and understanding. I have enjoyed the contributions you have been sending. Keep them coming.

All the best,

Lloyd

The Prayer Of The Apostle Paul

The site of the discovery

The Site of the Gnostic Find

The Prayer of Apostle Paul is a historically significance spiritual prose that all serious believers should know. It is a part of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic library that was found in 1945 having been buried more that 1500 years. Familiarity with this prose, opens one to a treasure of new expressions for spiritual contemplation.  As the prose communicates thoughts from another era, it is not in present day writing style. Thus references are provided. Pursue them, they expand your spiritual consciousness.

Matthew Zapruder wrote a helpful explanation on reading poems. I supply his summary as a guide:

… poems can be a process of unfolding, one that might welcome us, or maybe grudgingly allow us, to be inside it. Poems do not have to be all about the revelation, the learning at the end. They aren’t necessarily goal-oriented. If anything they are more like a conversation with a friend. You start talking, you learn something, you double back, you get confused, you misunderstand, you laugh, you have some different feelings, you drift off, you come back, you know you have learned some things (though maybe you can’t even say what) but most of all you know you know this person better. What’s the goal? To be alive, and to experience. Which is more than enough, and a great pleasure.

Zapruder’s explanation applies to first time spiritual readings as well. For that matter, a first time visit to an unfamiliar floor plan can cast a haze of confusion or resistance to the environment. But return visits often open you to acceptance, that is, an understanding to appreciate the space, which  prepares you to better appreciate another home yet to be visited. So it is with a spiritual reading.

THE PRAYER OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
…..[1]

Grant me your [mercy].
[My] Redeemer, redeem me,
for I am your;
I have come from [you].

You are [my] mind:
bring me forth.
You are my treasury:
open to me.
You are my fullness[2]
accept me
You are <my rest>[3]
give me incomprehensible perfection.

I call upon you,
you who exist and preexisted,
in the name exalted above every name,[4]
through Jesus Christ,
[Lord] of lords,
King of the eternal realms[5]
Give me your gifts with no regret,
through the Son of Humanity,[6]
the Spirit,
the Advocate[7] of [truth].
Give me authority, [I] ask of you,
give [healing][8] for my body, since I ask you
through the preacher of the gospel,[9]
and redeem my eternal enlighten soul and my spirit,
and disclose to my mind the first born of the fullness of grace.
made in the image of the animate God
when it was found in the beginning.

Grant what eyes of angels have not [seen],
what ears of rulers have not heard,
and what has not arisen in the human heart,[10]
which became angelic,
made in the image of the animate God[11]
when it was formed in the beginning.
I have faith and hope.
And bestow upon me
your beloved, chosen, blessed majesty,
the firstborn, the first-begotten,
the [wonderful] mystery of your house.
[For} yours is the power and glory
and praise and greatness,
forever and ever.

[Amen]

In peace.

Holy is Christ.

[1] About two lines are missing at the beginning of the text.
[2] Pleroma, here ad below.
[3] The text only reads “rest”.
[4] Philippians 2:9
[5] Or “aeons” “ages”
[6] Or “Son of Man”.
[7] Or “Paraclete”
[8] The Coptic was restored to read “corruption” in which case the prayer may be understood as Paul’s prayer before his death.
[9] Or “evangelist”, probably referring to Jesus, possibly to Paul or another evangelist.
[10] 1 Corinthian 2:9; Gospel of Thomas 17; Gospel of Judas 47
[11] Or “the psychical god” i.e. the demiurge.

Marvin Meyer, The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The International Edition, ©2007 HarperOne