When I first met my teacher Rev Mario in 1983 he told me to learn the first 14 verses of St John’s Gospel by heart. I have lived with them since. I have also re-translated these verses from the original Koine Greek using Anthroposophical principles – this is a work in progress, every now and then I discover a finer nuance revealing a deeper meaning.
I have taken the word ‘light’ to be the I AM, it could also be Christ – however we need to connect with our I AM before we can experience Christ, just as Jesus was necessary before Christ could live on this earth.
Here it is thus far.
In the beginning was the Word (Logos),
and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God – [or] God was the Word.
The same was in the beginning with God;
all things entered into existence through it
and without it nothing entered into existence.
In it was life, and the life was the I AM of mankind.
The I AM shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not conquered it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness to the I AM,
that all might believe through him.
He was not the I AM, but was a witness to the I AM.
It was the true I AM that illuminates the complete(d)-human (fully human)
that is coming into the world.
The I AM was in the world,
and the world came into being through the I AM,
yet the world did not know the I AM.
The I AM entered into individual beings,
and the individual beings received it not.
But to all those who received the I AM,
to those who believed in the name I AM,
the I AM gave power (exousiai)
to become children (Sons) of God;
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the soul’s will, but of Spirit.
And the Word became flesh
and dwelt within us, teaching us,
as the radiance of the self-born Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Translated by Kristina Kaine
I am eternally grateful to George Khulewind for bringing to my attention a new meaning for the words “only begotten” – monogenes.
“Then we become the monogenes, the self-born (not the only begotten Son of the Father). Through our own striving we give birth to our self, our true Self, our I Am making it ready to be infused with the presence of Christ.” Who is Jesus : What is Christ Vol 1
Image: Anthroposophical Veil Painting unknown artist (if anyone knows please tell me)