There’s just something about Yoko.
The numbernine blog is no stranger to Yoko Ono and her quirks. She has been discussed on this site more than any other Beatle wife, and for good reason really. Yoko Ono has a mystique looming around her that is mysterious and mystifying, making her fantastic subject matter for the numbernine blog’s crazy walrus hole musings. Yoko Ono seems to associate herself with Egyptian deities, the occult and esoterica quite often within her artwork and musical contributions. Her heritage is fascinating, and her life experiences are a tale suited for a much more eloquent writer than I. Love her or hate her (most take one side or the other) Yoko Ono has been a dedicated pioneer in the fight for women’s rights and a passionate activist for peace for over five decades. I pass no judgement here, only seek to try and understand the marvel and curiosity that is; Yoko Ono.
As mentioned in “The Ocean Child- Part one” the name ‘Yoko’ means Ocean Child in kanji (a form of the Japanese language) . However, to the Gnostics, the name Yoko means something completely different. The lost gospel of John, referred to by the Gnostics as The Apocryphon of John or the Secret Doctrine of John is an ancient manuscript and purported lost book of the Bible.
A little background information on the manuscript according to wiki:
The Secret Book of John, also called the Apocryphon of John, is a second-century Sethian Gnostic Christian text of secret teachings. Since it was known to the church father Irenaeus, it must have been written before around 180. It describes Jesus appearing and giving secret knowledge (gnosis) to John the Apostle. The author describes this having occurred after Jesus “has gone back to the place from which he came”. This book is reputed to bear this revelation…
…There are four separate surviving manuscripts of “The Secret Book of John”. Three of these were found in the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, while the fourth was found independently 50 years earlier from another site in Egypt. All four versions date to the 4th century. Three of these appear to be independently produced Coptic translations of an original Greek text. Two of the four are similar enough that they probably represent copies of a single source.
The text describes the beginning of creation, very different than the Genesis version of events from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. If interested, you can read the entirety of the antique text (it’s fairly short) here. In a nutshell, the text accounts for the developmental story of creation, as told to John in a vision. Beginning with ‘The One’, its perfect divine female counterpart, the creation of the angels, Christ, a divinely created but imperfect being named Yaldabaoth (The chief Archon), his demonic creations and finally, man.
In a strange twist of events, Yaldabaoth and his imperfectly created cohorts made the first man, which Yaldabaoth called ‘Adam’. There were 365 demon entities tasked with the duty of assembling Adam the first human being, each in charge of a particular body part, emotion or working part of the human.
There were four chief demons assigned with the task of ruling over human iniquities. These were the demons of pleasure, distress, desire and fear.
The Archon associated with the human vice of desire was called… Yoko.
As quoted from the secret doctrine of John:
The four chief demons are:
Ephememphi, associated with pleasure,
Yoko, associated with desire,
Nenentophni, associated with distress,
Blaomen, associated with fear.
Their mother is Esthesis-Zouch-Epi-Ptoe.
Out from these four demons come passions:
From distress arises
Envy, jealousy, grief, vexation,
Discord, cruelty, worry, mourning.
From pleasure comes much evil
And unmerited pride,
And so forth.
From desire comes
Anger, fury, bitterness, outrage, dissatisfaction
And so forth.
From fear emerges
Horror, flattery, suffering, and shame.
When I happened upon this little tidbit of information from the secret book of John I chuckled to myself. This article is to be taken as a bit of tongue in cheek, but isn’t it interesting that the secret book of JOHN describes a head Archon by the name of YOKO ruling over the human emotion of desire? Oh the irony…..!
Thank you for reading! Comments, questions, critiques etc. are all welcomed. A follow-up portion to the Ocean Child series is underway, look for it soon. Until next time!
…To Be Continued…
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