the path of light

by Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien

Christian O'Brien's translation of the Askew and Bruce Codices, 2nd century AD Egyptian Coptic copies of original documents recording the spoken words of Jesus of Nazareth, presented within the text of The Path of Light, provide authoritative and detailed support of the existence and journeys of the soul. It also provides the scriptural evidence that Jesus taught Surat Shabd Yoga, and should be recognised as a Perfect Living Master in the Druidic and Oriental tradition.

by Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien
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A new secular translation of primary Christian source documents, which record the spoken words of Jesus, calls for major revisions in Christian doctrine, and the recognition of Jesus being trained within the Druidic and Oriental high culture of his time.

The text supports the existence and spiritual nature of our ancestor Gods, who re-started agriculture and civilisation c. 9,300 BC, following global catastrophe. They founded Kharsag - the Sumerian head enclosure, known later as the Hebraic Garden of Eden.

The diffusion of knowledge and agriculture around the world from Southern Lebanon is demonstrated within the scholarship and research presented by Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien in their preceding books The Genius of the Few and The Shining Ones.

Following his attempt to restore good government through kingship and the Grail Code, Jesus is teaching the ancient druidic/oriental wisdom to his inner circle of chosen disciples after his Crucifixion, so that they could carry on his work following his Ascension. His words were recorded and witnessed by the disciple scribes Matthew, Philip and Thomas - the required process of authentification of important documents, under the Hebraic law of that time.

It is now accepted that Philip carried Jesus' teachings to Western Europe, and Thomas took them to India. The earliest known version of the Acts of Thomas, residing in the St Catharine's Monastery library, Sinai, make it clear that Thomas was having regular meetings with Jesus in India, after the crucifixion.

Of the greatest importance to the future of religious harmony today, is that this O'Brien secular translation of these source documents has established that Jesus was teaching Surat (soul) Shabd (word) Yoga (union) to his inner circle of disciples, which contained both men and women. This advanced teaching to both men and women was a feature of all high cultures in the ancient world centred on archaic Druidic philosophy and practice.

Two years after the crucifixion in AD 35 Christianity entered Britain, with the founding of the Nazarene Church in AD 37. This was accepted by King Caractacus, and the British Royal family, who were relations of Jesus. Joseph ha Rama Theo (James the Just) in his role of Decurio, (procurer of minerals) with a grand daughter married to the nephew of Caractacus, Apostle Simon Zelotes, and Astrolobus were all present in Britain around this time, linking Jesus to the Druidic Schools and the high culture of Britain, and indicating Britain as a starting point for his mission.

Earlier translations of the Askew and Bruce Codices, surviving as copies, and believed to have been bought at Medinet Habu, near Thebes in Upper Egypt c. 1750, adopted an ecclesiastical, or academic, Christian interpretation, which largely ignored their Gnostic antecedents; and this orthodox approach led to many unintelligible passages with limited spiritual value. O'Brien's scholarly secular approach reveals The Path of Light as a treatise on spiritual truths taught in the Druidic, Mystery and Brotherhood schools of the ancient world.

The original documents, from which the codices were copied, were associated with Valentinus c. 100 - 160, and subsequently most likely to have been prized records of the Arian Christians in Alexandria and their Bishop George of Lydia; Alexandria being second in importance to Rome at the time of George's beheading in AD 361, under the persecution of the Catholics and Arians under Emperor Julian the Apostate. In AD 391 Emperor Theodosius instructed George's successor Catholic Bishop Theophilus to fire and destroy the Serepaeum library.

Religious faith is dependent more on belief, than on documentary evidence and facts. They used to call the church a virgin, wrote Hegesippus in the 2nd century, for she had not been corrupted by vain teachings. Vain teachings continue to divide and disrupt, missing the logic of all religions having a single benevolent source.

Adding to Jesus' undoubted importance, this verification of his teaching requires the revising of key issues:

  1. Jesus as one of the many sons of the one god.
  2. Theresurrection, not mentioned in this source document.
  3. Equalityfor women, his mother and wife playing key roles.
  4. Thepurpose of the Elohist Psalms, which appear before Mosesin Egypt and Mesopotamia.
  5. Therole of priests in removing divisions.
  6. Jesus'knowledge of the Gods, and his relationship with the SupremeBeing.

The Dynastic Wedlock of Jesus and Mary Magdalene

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by Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien
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Christian O'Brien read Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge and spent many years as an exploration geologist in Iran, in Canada, and in other parts of the world. In 1936 he was involved in the discovery of the Tchoga Zambil Ziggurat in Southern Iran. In 1970 he retired as the head of the international oil operating companies in Iran, and was awarded a CBE in 1971 for his work.

He then devoted his retirement to researching the many enigmas of prehistory, surveying and discovering the Integrated Astronomical Observatory Line A - Hatfield Forest to Wandlebury, near Cambridge, and the Bodmin Moor Astronomical Complex in Cornwall, England, both dated to c. 2,500 BC. He established the overwhelming mathematical probability and proof that these structures were designed for complex observational astronomy and went on to discover from Early Sumerian and other ancient texts, the origin of their builders, and the founders of agriculture and civilisation in the Near East c. 9,500 BC.

The Path of Light provides the remarkable supporting evidence from the long lost recorded words of Jesus, rediscovered within the Egyptian Coptic records of the early Christian Church. Christian O'Brien died in February 2001 aged 87.

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In the search with his wife Barbara Joy for the master builders who constructed Line A and the Bodmin Moor Complex, he followed the evidence back to the land of Canaan and Sumeria, and established the need to master archaic Sumerian cuneiform, Aramaic and Hebrew texts and languages.

O'Brien became the scholar who continued the work of Samuel Noah Kramer, who was born in the Ukraine in 1897, and died in the United States in 1990. Kramer was one of the world's leading Assyriologists, and a world renowned expert in Sumerian history and language.

The cylinders and tablets, recording the Kharsag Epics, form part of the Nippur collection held at the University Museum, Philadelphia in the USA. They describe in detail the agricultural, and advanced technical activities of the primary Sumerian Gods, An, Enlil and Ninhursag. The detail within the Kharsag Epics are supported independently by the Books of Enoch, and the early chapters of Genesis.

Christian O'Brien in his book The Genius of the Few, first published in 1985 and co-authored by his widow Barbara Joy, sets out the evidence that Kharsag and the Garden of Eden were one and the same, and that this record was a pre-historic reality rather than a biblical myth.

He concluded that the south Rachaiya Basin met the requirements as being the most probable location of the Kharsag/Eden site. And further that; a group of culturally and technically advanced people who settled in this inter-montane valley in the Near East had established an agricultural and teaching centre at about 8,200 BC. (Now re-calibrated to about 9,300 BC).

He derived his choice for the location of Kharsag from a wide range of disciplines, including descriptions of the area given by Enoch when he was taken to meet the Great Lord and record all that was going on. O'Brien finally used the French surveyed 1:20,000 map of the area, to eliminate three other possible inter-montaine basins before deciding that the Rachaiya south basin site, best matched the evidence.

The Path of Light provides the remarkable supporting evidence from the long lost recorded words of Jesus, but retained within the Egyptian Coptic records of the early Christian Church.


O'Brien's arrangement of the texts begins and ends with the Askew Codex, with the first two sections of the Bruce Codex placed in between to create continuity in the sequence. The Askew Codex was in relatively good order when discovered however it lacked a record of the advanced question and answer opportunities promised by Jesus in the text. O'Brien located these missing inquiries in the Bruce Codex, which text was initially found in a disheveled state and rebound by Carl Schmidt in 1893. Schmidt was the first to edit and translate both codices, followed by Violet MacDermot in 1978, and finally O'Brien, who credits Schmidt's and MacDermot's expertise vis-a-vis "the more subtle intricacies of the Coptic language". O'Brien succeeds in weaving the discourses into a seamless depiction of the disciples' initiation.