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3. [And] I reply: I long to learn the things that are, and comprehend their nature, and know God. This is, I 
said, what I desire to hear.



He answered back to me: Hold in thy mind all thou wouldst know, and I will teach thee.


4. E'en with these words His aspect changed, and straightway, in the twinkling of an eye, all things were 

opened to me, and I see a Vision limitless, all things turned into Light − sweet, joyous [Light]. And I became 
transported as I gazed.



But in a little while Darkness came settling down on part [of it], awesome and gloomy, coiling in sinuous 
folds, so that methought it like unto a snake.



And then the Darkness changed into some sort of a Moist Nature, tossed about beyond all power of words, 
belching out smoke as from a fire, and groaning forth a wailing sound that beggars all description.



[And] after that an outcry inarticulate came forth from it, as though it were a Voice of Fire.


5. [Thereon] out of the Light [...] a Holy Word (Logos) descended on that Nature. And upwards to the height 

from the Moist Nature leaped forth pure Fire; light was it, swift and active too.


The Air, too, being light, followed after the Fire; from out of the Earth−and−Water rising up to Fire so that it 

seemed to hang therefrom.


But Earth−and−Water stayed so mingled with each other, that Earth from Water no one could discern. Yet 

were they moved to hear by reason of the Spirit−Word (Logos) pervading them.


6. Then saith to me Man−Shepherd: Didst understand this Vision what it means? 


Nay; that shall I know, said I.



That Light, He said, am I, thy God, Mind, prior to Moist Nature which appeared from Darkness; the 
Light−Word (Logos) [that appeared] from Mind is Son of God.



What then? − say I.


Know that what sees in thee and hears is the Lord's Word (Logos); but Mind is Father−God. Not separate are 

they the one from other; just in their union [rather] is it Life consists.


Thanks be to Thee, I said.


So, understand the Light [He answered], and make friends with it.



7. And speaking thus He gazed for long into my eyes, so that I trembled at the look of him.


But when He raised His head, I see in Mind the Light, [but] now in Powers no man could number, and 

Cosmos grown beyond all bounds, and that the Fire was compassed round about by a most mighty Power, 
and [now] subdued had come unto a stand.



And when I saw these things I understood by reason of Man−Shepherd's Word (Logos).





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