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The Interpretation Of Happiness, Wisdom, And Power; What They Mean

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In this chapter, on the interpretation of happiness, wisdom, and power , these three thematic qualities are said to exist at five levels of divine being, from (1) the Father, through the light-vehicles of (2) Sun and (3) Moon, to (4) the Elements and (5) the Holy Church. At the level of the Elements, "happiness" is said to be constituted by the Column of Glory/Perfect Man, the cosmic apparatus for light-liberation, while the Five Sons of the Living Spirit constitute "wisdom". At the same level, however, "power" is manifested by the Five Sons of First Man, who are "folded into the Universe" (1Ke 24.25). The chapter, after enumerating the five levels of existence, closes with a cluster of references to "Five Happinesses, Five Wisdoms, and Five Powers" (1Ke 25.3-4) which are then set into some kind of relation to "Five Churches" (1Ke 25.4).

Keywords:apostle of light; column of glory; five sons of first man; glorious wisdom; Holy Church; Kephalaia; living Spirit



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