The Spiritual Family

The disciples said to him: “Your brothers and your mother are standing outside.” He replied: “Those here who do the will of my father, these are my brothers and my mother; they are the ones who will enter the empyreal sovereignty of my father.”

Gospel of Thomas, Logion 99 in A Book to Free the Soul ©

(The soul) contemplates itself and tells the story of itself as in search of its kindred, as foreboding a family of beings of light who draw it toward a clime beyond all climes thitherto known. Thus rises on its horizon an “Orient.”

Henry Corbin, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital
Erich Kuithan, Untitled (Badende), 1906

Lone was I there, yea, all lonely;
To my fellow-lodgers a stranger.
However I saw there a noble,
From out of the Dawn-land my kinsman,
A young man fair and well favoured,
Son of Grandees; he came and he joined me.
I made him my chosen companion,
A comrade, for sharing my wares with.

The hymn of the robe of glory, translated by G. R. S. Mead, 1908

It is by awakening to the feeling of being a stranger that the gnostic’s soul discovers where it is and at the same time forebodes whence it comes and whither it returns.

This motif of return … [implies] … the feeling of kinship with the divinity, with celestial beings, forms of light and beauty, which for the gnostic are his true family.

Henry Corbin, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital
two angel-like beings of light
Cesar Legaspi, Brainstorm, 1991, (source)

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