The holiday known as Thanksgiving, which many people believe first occurred when the Pilgrims sat down with the Indians in Plymouth, did not originate in America. You see, the concept of Thanksgiving is a universal theme of giving thanks to the creator that spanned countless centuries. Case in point, the Nag Hammadi Library, which was discovered in 1945 Egypt, made mentioned of and used the word Thanksgiving in one of its Gnostic prayers. Here it is:

We give thanks to You! Every soul and heart is lifted up to You, undisturbed name, honored with the name ‘God’ and praised with the name ‘Father’, for to everyone and everything (comes) the fatherly kindness and affection and love, and any teaching there may be that is sweet and plain, giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge: mind, so that we may understand You, speech, so that we may expound You, knowledge, so that we may know You. We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge. We rejoice because You have shown us Yourself. We rejoice because while we were in (the) body, You have made us divine through Your knowledge.

The thanksgiving of the man who attains to You is one thing: that we know You. We have known You, intellectual light. Life of life, we have known You. Womb of every creature, we have known You. Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father, we have known You. Eternal permanence of the begetting Father, thus have we worshiped Your goodness. There is one petition that we ask: we would be preserved in knowledge. And there is one protection that we desire: that we not stumble in this kind of life.

The Nag Hammadi Library dates back to the first and second centuries and has three codices belonging to Corpus Hermeticum and Hermes Trismegistus, which in Masonic circles relates to Hiram Abiff / Hermit / Hermes / Jesus.  Therefore, the holiday known as Thanksgiving dates back well over two thousand years, and was not a new concept when the Pilgrims commemorated their first meal with the Indians in 1621.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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