Gospel of Mary. Oxyrrhincus Papyrus
Attuned to the previous article on meditation, here we have a passage of the famous Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which was discovered in 1896, and is contained in a 5th century papyrus. Later it also appeared in the Nag Hammadi library.
It appears connected to contemplative traditions and the mystic message of Yeshua, who seems to have handed down the deepest part of the teaching to Mary Magdalene, as this gospel suggests.
[...] (pp. 1-6 missing) will matter then be [destroyed] or not?" The Savior said, "All natures, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. For the nature of matter is resolved into the (roots) of its nature alone. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Peter said to him, "Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?" , The Savior said, "There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery [attachment to charicatures of reality], which is called 'sin.' That is why the Good came into your midst, to the (essence) of every nature, in order to restore it to its root." Then he continued and said, "That is why you' [become sick] and die, for [. ..] of the one who [. ..He who] , understands, let him understand. [Matter gave birth to] a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from (something) contrary to nature. Then there arise a disturbance in the whole body. That is why I said to you, 'Be of good courage,' and if you are discouraged (be) encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'
When the blessed one had said this, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead you astray, saying, 'Lo here!' or 'Lo' there!' For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after him! Those who seek him will find him. Go then and preach the gospel of the kingdom. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed for you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it." When he had said this, he departed.
The nature of these teaching becomes more and more obvious as one gets familiar with the art of dwelling in the silence of the invisible Heart of reality, without trying to run away from life, but rather reconciling inner and outer. Hence we are told: 'Be of good courage,' and if you are discouraged (be) encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature. By allowing everything to take place, letting the awareness expand, one soon realizes all perceptions dissolve into a deep Presence, which is not taken by the whirpool of the external and internal chaos, or as Jesus and Mary put it, being a heart free from "adultery". By adopting this open attitude, every impression, including our obstacles, become an opportunity to be free. That is why the Good came into your midst, to the (essence) of every nature, in order to restore it to its root."
More reflections on the Gospel of Mary can be found in a later post: March 3 2015.
This translation of the gospel can be found in http://gnosis.org/library/marygosp.htm
There is however a much more attuned version mentioned in http://www.parabola.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=389:the-gospel-of-mary-magdalene