“Living peaceably is a declaration of war; it’s just a peaceful one.”
True Gnostics are warriors. We don’t use guns or bombs or angry words. The weapons
we use involve the ethos of a warrior, and the etiquette of grace.
“Evil is to be resisted, not provoked. It is to be out-thought, not outfought.”
Azrael speaks about Gandhi and his non-violent, unexpected approach to liberating
The real enemy is not the person yelling at you. It’s not the person hitting you
or humiliating you. The real enemy is your lower passions. It is your lesser self
seeking recognition and justification. Don’t surrender your peace and justify your
How do you fight evil without provoking it? How do you maintain your peace in a violent
world? The methods for doing so can be found in the Gnostic teachings of Yeshua.
Azrael explains how Yeshua’s teachings on peace often offended even his own disciples
(ie: Love your enemy...). Yeshua taught to do the unexpected when dealing with the
enemy. His counsel to “turn the other cheek” was not intended to be an act of submission
or weakness, but rather, it is the peace warrior’s first act of DIVINE DEFIANCE:
“It is to look your enemy in the face and say: “You can hit me all you want. I will
not be moved. I will not respond the way you do. I will not respond the way you expect.
Every time you beat on me and I don’t respond - but I look at you kindly and I’m
gracious - you will look bad.”
In this battle, you will get hit. Be on your guard. Living peaceably is an art which
can be mastered. It takes strength, endurance, courage and discipline. It is about
transcending the narrow confines of your lesser self and devoting your life to the
cause: being peace.
True Gnostics do not march for peace.
We do not preach peace.
We live peace.
Modify your evolutionary hardwiring: read the Song of God.
Therefore, if you would be a follower of the Anointed One, live in peace with all
men, being filled continually with love and mercy, seeking ever the righteous way.
And give to no man evil for evil, insult for insult, injury for injury; but in blessing
only lift high the hand of peace. By such means shall you secure to your soul the
glory of God, and you shall become as the children of the Most High, and the Holy
Spirit shall make rich her abode with you, to dress you round about with peace and
Therefore, be you respectful and filled with grace towards every man and every woman,
possessing in yourselves a courteous and gracious etiquette filled with manners of
charm and style; by such means shall you walk smoothly and untroubled throughout
the affairs of low and common men.
Esteeming every man and every woman as worthy to receive of you the goodly portion,
covering with your own grace the rudeness which others speak and do; establishing
through tireless efforts the foundations of peace and justice.
For of your life would I reveal a mystery and a wonder, for you are the power of
God upon the earth, if it so be that you should elect yourselves to do much good;
becoming yourselves the imitators of heavenly things, being yourselves established
in the depths of the Father and the Mother from which you come.
Thus, on the battlefield of the soul does your true spirit struggle daily against
that dark speaker which is born of this life only, each contending within your heart
for the mastery of the self....
For this I tell you for your learning, that the battle between the greater and lesser
portion is not found in such adversities as do swirl about you, but rather is it
found within the very soul of you.
For the peace of God is never found in the absence of your faith, neither is it felt
within when fear and doubt intrude, or when the mind in anger fumes and seeks for
some revenge; but is instead that quiet assurance that God is always near.