The Abyss, the Eidos and the Antipode – The Eidos fashions the Lord of Darkness –Yaldabaoth
attacks the Eidos – Jehovah-Yahweh, the son of darkness, is brought forth – Jehovah-Yahweh
trembles before Yaldabaoth – Yaldabaoth ponders the mysteries: perceives the power
of The One, seeks God’s beginning – “I go yonder, to the birthplace of time”
1 Come, my children, and be you all ready within, for even I would make known fully
the hidden mysteries and unspeakable wonders which no man knows save God alone.
2 For by the power of The One was I made to see the great Abyss from whose blackened
womb there is made to spew in endless streams, the very matter from which all things
visible are made.
3 And there dwelt in the Abyss the very Eidos which stirred and moved about; being
of itself both blind and thoughtless, creator and destroyer, being also cold and
harsh, indifferent and callous, both unthinking and unpredictable, even the mindless
purposer of all things which move throughout the immensity of space.
4 And that which was of the Abyss, even the very Eidos of creation, being ever dark
and brooding, felt moving within its regions that very Antipode which The One had
sent forth into it.
5 Seeing, therefore, the very Antipode, the Eidos did arouse and taking thought
it mused darkly within, saying: “Behold this darkened seed, this weak and feeble
shadow which the very One has cast off as being unworthy of his greatness.
6 This small and paltry being shall I take unto myself whereby I might forge for
myself some mighty ally; surely I shall draw from my own depths, one to rule the
7 Him shall I fashion from the very Depth of me; the Lord of Darkness shall he ever
be, great and mighty shall he become; and he shall serve me well against that One
which even now would bend me to his will; for even as I am made to serve The One,
even so shall the Lord of Darkness do service unto me.
8 For this dreadful Lord shall I make mighty beyond all reckoning, a destroyer and
shatterer of worlds shall he become, and he shall prove the whole undoing of that
One from which all glory is made to flow.”
9 So took thought of the Eidos within itself, and throughout the passing of the
aeons did he add strength to strength and power to power unto the Antipode; even
until there was fashioned of him the greatest of all the Demiurge, even Yaldabaoth,
the Chief Demiurgos.
10 Yet for all his power and strength, despite his cunning and depth, Yaldabaoth
was without shape or form, having taken unto himself the very likeness and essence
of that Eidos which had made him.
11 And Yaldabaoth finding himself complete, desired to establish for himself a dominion
where he alone might rule; and being made contemptuous of the Eidos, (for Eidos was
indeed mindless while Yaldabaoth possessed the very shadow of an endless mind) he
did think to seize control.
12 And with a great and sudden violence he did rush upon the Eidos to destroy, and
there perished in the darkness a thousand lifeless worlds; yet for all his power
Yaldabaoth could not overcome the Eidos which The One had taken unto himself.
13 For this cause did Yaldabaoth cast himself from out of the Abyss, and beholding
fully the dreadful presence of his own likeness, he spoke, saying:
14 “Behold, how great and mighty I am become, for what power can stay my hand seeing
that I am the destroyer and shatterer of worlds?”
15 And Yaldabaoth reached deeply into the darkness of his soul, and there was caused
to leap out of him the first and foremost of all the Demiurge, being filled always
with a twisted conceit and a perverted lust, being made most dreadful and filled
16 When, therefore, Yaldabaoth first beheld the brutal bastard of his own likeness,
he spoke within himself, saying: “I have brought out of my soul a son like unto me,
his name shall I call Jehovah-Yahweh.”
17 But the Demiurge, seeing for the first time the dark presence of his father hovering
before him, did rush speedily upon him to either subjugate or destroy, but Yaldabaoth
roared with great and terrible fury against him.
18 And Jehovah-Yahweh, hearing for the first time the deep and dreadful voice of
Chaos, was made to tremble in his soul, and he spoke unto the fearful presence, saying:
“Who are you that I may know you rightly?”
19 And Yaldabaoth answered, saying: “Father of Chaos, Lord of Darkness am I, even
the Chief Demiurgos of the matter unformed; for I alone am the Self-Created One,
for by my own power did I draw myself from the Abyss which you see gathered about
20 Behold, I am he whose name is unspeakable, whose countenance unknowable, possessing
unto myself the only true power which is greater than any other; for Darkness and
Depth have I created, whereby I might rule supreme throughout the halls of endless
21 For I am Dominion, dark and dreadful to behold, making subject unto my greater
will the strongest of all the mighty; for I alone am made Father unto thee. Serve
me therefore, and live or else I shall destroy you altogether.”
22 And Jehovah-Yahweh, hearing again the dreadful voice, quaked and trembled before
Yaldabaoth, and in the darkness of the Deep he spoke, saying: “Father! I serve!”
23 Now it came about that Yaldabaoth saw in the distance the bright and burning
lights of Olaha Shinehah, and he commanded that Jehovah-Yahweh set watch over the
Deep until he should come again unto him.
24 And of his doings in the kingdoms of the greater and lesser Light you know full
well already; and after a season, Yaldabaoth returned unto the very gates of the
Abyss, having set in disarray the kingdom of God.
25 And Yaldabaoth did pause upon the way and in the darkness of his soul did he
muse thus to himself, saying: “Surely have I rightly proved that evil is greater
than goodness altogether.
26 For the kingdom of the greater Light have I disturbed on every side; the kingdom
of God have I caused to tremble, the heavenly place have I shaken hard through sly
and cunning deceit, evensomuch that the very Son of the Morning Light should give
ready heed and by his fury undo the whole of all his glory.
27 What power then shall stay my hand or bring to naught my dark designs? For the
Lord of Kolob have I caused to stumble about in the light, the greatness of God have
I made less through dark design.”
28 Such were the musings of Yaldabaoth in the darkness of his soul, and there leaped
from out of the midst of him a deep and piercing roar which caused that even the
very Abyss should tremble and shake all about; and in the far distance did the Demiurge
hear the sudden sound thereof, and Jehovah-Yahweh shook with fear before the dark
and haunting power.
29 And again Yaldabaoth spoke within himself saying: “Yet, notwithstanding all these
things, I perceive still some greater power beyond the distant light, for I feel
the moving of that One from whose sacred bosom all things glorious are made to move.
30 Yet is there still that greater mystery which I perceive; for I discern that
behind The One is there yet some greater truth of subtle design; for in the kingdoms
of the greater and the lesser Light did I see the progression of many souls moving
from the lesser to the greater degrees of glory and light.
31 And if this thing be true, then is it not true also of The One? For when I weigh
in the balance both Eidos and The One, it is The One which progresses onward, adding
eternity to eternity and glory to still some greater glory while still the Eidos
remains the same forever.
32 And though The One should constrain the Eidos through the working of his will,
that it should act no more with wanton abandon, still is it constant and unchanging
in its nature; while The One himself is ever moving, passing on and on from lesser
to greater, adding glory to glory in unending succession.
33 Seeing, therefore, that in all things which do progress there exists a place
of certain beginning, then shall I go forever seeking, that perchance I might find
that world which first gave rise to God.
34 For in all the creations which God has made is there seen some subtle pattern,
some first design from which he has established the whole of all his many wonders;
for this one thing did I discern as I swept through the worlds of the lesser light.
35 That there in the beginning of Olaha Shinehah did there exist a world of perfect
balance and harmony, being made most beautiful and rare.
36 This world did I clearly see, and I knew full well that it was made the copy
of some other far beyond the realms of light, even the world of God’s beginning did
I perceive rightly in the kingdoms of the lesser light.
37 Thus shall I go seeking that I might find for myself this very pattern, even
the very prototype; and in the finding of that world shall I take swift dominion,
that in the day of The One’s beginning I might declare myself unto him as the only
true God, and by my own power cause that he should serve me always.
38 Then shall the kingdoms of the greater and lesser Light begin to dwindle and
fade away through the moving of time and space, and I alone shall rule from eternity
to eternity, bending and shaping all things in accordance to my will, which shall
stand supreme forever.
39 And this Eidos which even now does not yield before me shall I make subject unto
me also; for if I should find the world from which The One first took seed, then
shall I go beyond that time when the Eidos first knew of me.
40 That seeing upon it the sudden appearance of my dreadful power, I might declare
through a sly and subtle deceit that I, alone, did fashion the Eidos whereby it might
serve me according to my pleasure.
41 By such means shall I take unto myself the Eidos which creates, and the birthseed
of that One from whom all things glorious are made to flow, and I shall be victorious
and rule supreme throughout the halls of endless night.
42 Thus by my cunning shall I cause that light should be swallowed up in darkness,
and life shall I cause to tremble before the gates of death; and there shall vanish
away forever, the hope of glory and increase in the kingdom of God.”
43 So reasoned Yaldabaoth within, and going forth he came again unto the Demiurge,
and Jehovah-Yahweh spoke, saying: “Where, Dread Lord, would you have us to go? Unto
what place shall we go whereby we might establish the whole of your dominion?”
44 And Yaldabaoth, gathering his son unto himself, looked deeply into the darkened
night, and he spoke, saying: “I go yonder, back forever beyond all beginnings, to
the very birthplace of space and time.”