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Saying 75 - Solitaries Will Enter The Bridal Chamber
Nag Hammadi Coptic Text
(75) Jesus said: There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.
(75) Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitaries who will enter the bridal chamber."
79 . Jesus says: "Many stand outside at the door, but it is only the solitaries who will enter into the bridal chamber."
Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one."
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."
Jesus said, "When you make the two into one, you will become children of humankind, and when you say, Mountain, move from here! it will move."
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Judas said, "Behold! The governors dwell above us, so it is they who will rule over us!" The Lord said, "It is you who will rule over them! But when you rid yourselves of jealousy, then you will clothe yourselves in light and enter the bridal chamber."
R. McL. Wilson writes:
"The use of the word MONACOS in logion 75 and other sayings has led some of the scholars who first discussed the new document to the conclusion that it must be a late work, at least in its present form, since this seemed to imply monasticism. This view, however, seems now generally abandoned, and the word is taken in the sense of 'solitary' or 'single one.'"
(Studies in the Gospel of Thomas, p. 33)
Robert M. Grant and David Noel Freedman write:
"The many who stood before the door are probably the foolish virgins of Matthew 25:1-13; they have no oil for their lamps, and hence no light. Only the wise virgins enter in with the Bridegroom."
(The Secret Sayings of Jesus, p. 176)
F. F. Bruce writes:
"This is another variation on the theme 'Many are called but few are chosen' (Matthew 22.14). The 'bridal chamber' figures in several Gnostic texts as the place where the soul is reunited with its proper element; it is accessible only to the 'single' (in the sense of 4, 49). [The Valentinian Gnostics observed a sacrament of the bridal chamber, through which light was received. According to the Gospel of Philip (a Velentinian collection of sayings identified, like the Gospel of Thomas, among the Nag Hammadi papyri), 'if any one becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the light; if any one does not receive it while he is in this place, he will not receive it in the other place' (Saying 127).] There is a superficial resemblance to the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25.1-13), but it is to the wedding feast, not to the bridal chamber, that the wise virgins are admitted."
(Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament, pp. 141-142)
Funk and Hoover write:
"In later practice among some gnostic groups, the 'wedding suite' appears to refer to an established ritual, although the procedures and significance attached to it are not known. In the Gospel of Philip, a Christian gnostic instruction manual of the third century C.E., the 'bridal suite' plays an important role. Only 'free men' and 'virgins' can enter it; 'animals' (in human form), 'slaves' (those who commit sin), 'and defiled women' (those who have participated in sexual intercourse), may not. Since the Gospel of Philip is oriented to sacremental practice, it is likely that the 'bridal suite' falls into this category. There is another reference to the bridal suite in Thom 104:3."
(The Five Gospels, p. 514)
Stevan Davies writes:
"The comments found in several sayings that advocate people 'make the two one' or celebrate the solitary monachos may refer to the union of the sexes characterizing humanity in Gen 1:27 and Gos. Thom. 22. References to a bridal chamber in sayings 75 and 104 may also be references to this primordial union of the sexes. There are no grounds in Thomas to presume that the references are to an actual bridal chamber ritual."
There are many trying to find me, but only the determined will. - seeker of truth
You will enter the Kingdom of God only without worldly attachments. - Simon Magus
Only when unified in consciousnes does one become truly sane. - Rodney
Those who can find true unity with the souls of others will enter into knowlege of the Truth. - Hermes
Could 'solitaries' refer to those who have shed their lesser/base/physical selves? -- The passage would then say that only those purified to be only spirit will enter the chamber and be unified. Those retaining their dual physical/spiritual nature will remain. - lilah
Know yourself to be one, indivisible --- not a hotchpotch assemblage of many disputing lower selves. A technical admonition - Thief37
Does this mean that to move closer to God you must do it yourself alone and not within the normal means of Christianity where it is the group perspective which is important? - Seeker
The word 'solitary' seems to refer to those who wander off the beaten track and search for God when they cannot find him in our grand cathedrals, in our rituals and in our traditions. God will understand the searcher and reward him. Didn't Thomas himself start with doubt? - basil
Could this be saying that we must follow our own path or "inner leading"? We must seek our own way and learn our individual lessons before we may enter the chamber. This also suggests that what is a correct path for one is not a correct path for another. - R. Bowen
To me, this is very similar to the previous comment. Even as we discuss these ideas in this forum, we are only peering into the well, or loitering at the entrance to the bridal chamber. It is only by practicing can one become free of defilement and get closer to God. Only by one's own hand one has succumbed to the influences that lead to suffering. Only by one's efforts, can one become free. - Zooie
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