Thunder Perfect Mind

Thunder Perfect Mind: A manifesto means ‘to make something clear or obvious’ and is typically a written public statement. As we are concerned with metaphysical knowledge (Sanskrit jnana or Greek gnosis), our language frequently consists of symbol, analogy and metaphor.

Thunder Perfect Mind: Isis UraniaOur intentions and purpose will not be understood by reason alone. Any manifesto is thus a wholly exterior expression. However, Isis-Babalon has spoken to her prophets directly at various times since the fall of Egypt, and she still speaks today, though few can hear her voice. The Egyptian oracle called Thunder Perfect Mind most admirably suits the purpose of declaring our esoteric goal and purpose, though this will never be understood by the profane.

Thunder Perfect Mind

Thunder Perfect Mind is a Coptic text approximately dated to a period some time before 350 AD. It is among the Gnostic manuscripts in the Nag Hammadi library and was discovered in 1945 by a local farmer boy who had dug up the texts from a burial site in the desert, near the tombs of the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt. The version of Thunder Perfect Mind we give here differs from scholastic translations, and is unique to the Order. We recommend Thunder Perfect Mind for ritual and devotional practices.

I was sent forth from Mystery,
And I will come to them that reflect upon me,
For those that seek me, shall find me.
Behold me, ye who reflect upon me,
And listen to me, ye that have ears to hear!
Ye who have waited for me, take me to yourselves,
And do not banish me from your sight.
Do not say hateful things of me, do not hear them spoken.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or at any time.
Be vigilant! Do not forget me.

I am the First and the Last.
I am the blessed one and the forsaken one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one—and yet many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is of great nobility,
And I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear,
And I am the solace of my labour pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
And it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father,
And the sister of my husband,
And yet he is my offspring.

I am the slave of him who prepared me,
And I am the governor of my offspring.
Yet he is the one who begot me,
Before the time of my coming.
And he is my offspring in due course,
And from him I take my power.
I am the rod of his power in his youth,
And he is the staff of my old age.
Whatever he wills shall come about.
I am the Silence beyond knowing,
And the Idea of continuous recollection.
I am the Voice whose tongues are legion,
And the Word whose forms are many.
I am the Oracle, whose utterance is my name.

Why, you who hate me, do you love me
And hate those who love me?
You who deny me, confess me,
And you who confess me, deny me.
You who tell the truth about me, lie about me,
And you who have lied about me, tell the truth about me.
You who know me, do not know me,
And those who have not known me, let them know me.
For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and pride.
I am shameless and I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and I am peace.
Take heed of me! For I am the one who is disgraced,
And the one who is exalted greatly.

Take heed of my poverty and my wealth.
Do not be arrogant to me when I am cast out upon the earth,
And then you will find me in those that are to come.
Do not look down upon me on the dung-heap,
Nor go and leave me cast out,
And then you will find me in all the kingdoms.
Do not look upon me when I am cast out among those who
Are disgraced, and in the meanest places,
Nor ever laugh at me!
Do not cast me out among those who are slain in violence.
I, I am compassionate as I am cruel.
Therefore be on your guard!
Do not hate me when I am obedient,
And do not love my powerful self-control.
Do not forsake me in my weakness,
And do not fear my power.

For why do you despise my fear
And curse my pride?
I am she who exists in all fears,
And there is strength in trembling.
I am she who is weak,
And I am strong in the place of comfort.
I am senseless and I am also wise.
Why have you hated me in your councils?
For I shall be silent among those who are silent,
And yet I shall appear and speak unto you.
Why have you hated me, you Greeks?
Do you think I am a barbarian among the barbarians?
I am the wisdom of the Greeks,
And the knowledge of the barbarians!
I am the judgement of the Greeks and of the barbarians.

I am the one whose Image is great in Egypt,
And the one who has no Image among the barbarians.
I am the one who has been hated everywhere,
And who has been loved everywhere.
I am the one whom they call Life,
And that you have called Death.
I am the one whom they call Law,
And that you have called Lawlessness.
I am the one whom you have pursued,
And I am the one whom you have seized.
I am the one whom you have scattered,
Even while ye have gathered me together.
I am the one before whom you were ashamed,
And you have been shameless unto me.

I am she who does not keep the festival,
And I am she whose festivals are many.
I, I am godless, and I am the one whose God is great.
I am the one whom you have reflected upon,
And yet you have forsaken me.
I am unlearned, and yet they learn from me.
I am the one whom you have despised,
And yet you reflect upon me.
I am the one you have hidden from,
And thus do you appear to me!
And wherever you hide yourselves,
I myself will appear.
And whenever you appear,
I myself will hide from you.

Those who have my knowledge
Will cleave to my ignorance.
You that would understand me
Will yet darken my understanding,
And embrace my wisdom with sorrow.
You embrace me in places that are ugly and ruined,
And steal from those which are true, even in your falsehood.
Out of shame, take me to yourselves shamelessly.
And when you find fault in my members,
Look for that fault in yourselves.
Come forward to me, you who know me
And you who know my members,
Then you will establish the great ones
Among the smallest of creatures.
Come forward to childhood,
And do not despise it because it is small and it is little.
Do not turn away greatness in some parts from the
Smallness in others,
For the small is known from the great.
Why do you curse me and pretend to honour me?
When you were wounded, I gave you mercy.
Do not separate me from those who once knew you.
And do not cast anyone out, nor turn anyone away.
For then I shall turn you away and I shall know him not.
For I know who is mine.
I know the first ones,
And those who came after them shall know me.

I am the Mind of Thunderous Perfection.
I am the answer to my own question,
And the knowledge of those who seek after me,
And the will of those who ask of me.
I am the power of the powers in my knowledge
Of the angels, who have been sent at my word,
And of gods in their seasons by my counsel,
And of the spirits of every man who dwells with me,
And of the women who dwell within me.
I am the one who is blessed, and who is praised,
And yet who is scornfully despised.
I am peace, and war has come because of me.
And I am an alien and a citizen.
I am the substance and the one who has no substance.

There are those who cannot know me from their ignorance,
And those who know me, that are of my very substance.
Yet those who are close to me have yet been ignorant of me,
And those who are far away from me have yet known me a little.
On the day when I am close to you,
You are far away from me,
And on the day when I am far away from you,
I am closer to you than I can ever be.

I am forever within.
I am always of the qualities.
I am forever of the principalities and the spirits.
I am always that which the soul seeks.
I am control and that which is uncontrollable.
I am unity and dissolution.
I am the one that is below,
And yet they come up to me.
I am judgement and acquittal.
I, I am sinless, and the root of sin derives from me.
I am the weak lust in the appearance of things,
And the strong will to the eternal is within me.
I am the sound that may be heard by everyone,
And the voice that is beyond reason.
I am a mute who does not speak forth,
And yet great is the multitude of my words.

Hear me in peace and learn of me in unrest.
I am she who cries out,
And I am cast forth upon the face of the earth.
I prepare the bread and my Mind is within it.
I am the knowledge of my own name.
I am the one who cries out, and who hears.
I appear and yet I walk in the shadow of invisibility.
I am the attacked and the defended.
I am the one who is called Truth,
And who is known to be iniquitous.

You honour me loudly, and you whisper against me.
You who are vanquished, judge them who vanquish you
Before they give judgement against you,
For the impartial and the partial exist in you.
If you are condemned by this one, who will acquit you?
Or if you are acquitted by him, who then will detain you?
For what is within you is what is outside of you,
And the one who fashions you on the outside
Is the one who shaped the inside of you.
And what you see outside of you, you will see inside of you.
It is visible, and it is your garment.

Hear me, o ye that have ears to hear,
And learn of my words, ye who know me!
I am the sound that is attainable by all;
I am the voice beyond reason.
I am the name of the sound,
And the sound of the name.
I am the signature of the letter,
And the seal of the division.
And I am the darkness and the light.
And I am the voice of my listeners,
And the one who listens to you.
For I am the Great Power.
And he that sends forth to me will hear my name.
And he that delivers me shall be as one who created me.
And I will speak forth his name.
Look then at his words, and all the writings complete.
Take heed then, ye that hear me,
And ye angels also, and those who have been sent,
And ye spirits who have arisen from the dead.
For I am the one who alone exists,
And I have no one who will judge me.

Many are the pleasant forms that exist in
Numerous sins, and poisons,
Even in disgraceful passions, and fleeting pleasures,
Which men embrace weakly.
When they seek, and attain clarity,
And go up to their place of peace,
Then at last shall they find me.
And they shall have life,
And they will not die again.

BABALON


Notes

A full explanation and commentary on this version of Thunder Perfect Mind is in preparation.

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