A Mystical Poem About You — All Souls — Remember Who You Are? — The Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl, The Hymn of the Soul
The Hymn of the Pearl is one of the greatest Gnostic scriptures ever composed. It's one of several hymns embedded in, The Acts of Saint Thomas in India.
The hymn is commonly interpreted as a Gnostic view of the human condition, that we are spirits lost in a world of matter and forgetful of our true origin. This state of affairs may be ameliorated by a revelatory message delivered by a divine messenger. The letter this takes on a symbolic representation of gnosis.
The Song of the Pearl is a narrative poem about a prince’s quest for a pearl. Presented in the Acts of Thomas as a hymn uttered by Thomas, The Song of the Pearl is also a gnostic tale of salvation, of sleeping in error and awakening to Light, of quest not only for the pearl but for the benefit of possessing the pearl: a return to the Light.
"When the pearl is cast down into the mud,
it becomes greatly despised,
nor if it is anointed with oil
will it become more precious.
But it always has value
in the eyes of its owner.
Compare the children of God:
wherever they may be,
they still have value
in the eyes of their Father."
-- Gospel of Philip (Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt
"Love is like a deep sea. Only that lover (of God) who will dive into it fearlessly shall be able to get the pearl of ultimate happiness in it. And one who will not be able to muster up enough courage to dive into it, shall remain sitting at the beach. He will remain without love in this world. How will he get the pearls of ultimate happiness then?" (Kabir 1008 Vani)
"We are the pearls of the shoreless ocean,
Sometimes the waves and sometimes the sea,
We came into the world for this purpose --
That we might reveal God to His creatures."
-- Kamal, son of Kabir
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