“On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren. I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the kingdom; semblances and types of the majesty. It became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son.
“I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand, that I might examine it. I went to look at it on one side, and it proved faces on all sides. I found out that the Son was incomprehensible, since he is wholly Light.
“In its brightness I beheld the Bright One who cannot be clouded, and in its pureness, a great mystery. … In its undividedness I saw the Truth which is undivided.” ~St Ephraim the Syrian
Mysteries Pertaining to the Kingdom
Yes, looking upon the Pearl of Wisdom can reveal many mysteries, many secrets. Truths that are hidden from most people. St. Ephraim says it became a fountain out of which he drank mysteries, knowledge. I think we can safely assume that the mysteries that were revealed to him were spiritual mysteries. He was not seeking to find this weeks winning lotto numbers. He was not seeking to find creature comforts in the worlds of matter. It was spiritual truth that was seen in that pearl which is “wholly Light”.
Taking Up the Pearl
The Great Pearl that is wholly Light is the sun. More than the physical sun, however, it means the Spiritual Sun, although the two are together and related. We know that the physical sun is responsible in many ways for creating and maintaining life of matter on Earth. The spiritual sun does the same for spirits and souls. The difference is that, generally speaking, one must intentionally turn to the spiritual sun to take in that Light. Mush like setting the channel on a radio or TV, one must attune to the frequencies of the spiritual sun to effectively take in that light and gain knowledge through it.
Do not confuse this with sun worship. The sun, even the spiritual sun, is not God. The spiritual sun can best be described as a window between Heaven and Earth, between the realms of pure spirit and the realms of matter.
It is not clear if St. Ephraim is talking about God or Christ when he refers to “the Bright One,” but it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that referring to God, in whatever form, as “the Bright One” indicates that like that Son who is wholly Light, the Father must also be wholly Light. To think that God could be less than Christ, His first creation, would be foolish. If Christ is wholly Light, His creator must be as well. But this is not ordinary light that is found on the level of matter. It is spiritual Light which is a different frequency and carries different information. It is this Light that carries truth, wisdom, Gnosis.
St. Ephraim saw within that Light, undivided Truth. Not that there is any other kind, but those who consider opinion truth often think there is. With real Truth, however, there are no alternative facts. In real truth, the illusions that are the basis of the material world fade away. With real truth, there is no doubt, no need for debate.
So take up the great Pearl and become wholly Light yourself.
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