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Lesson 1 in Gnosticism

As transcribed to me by a teacher of the mystic arts.

Today we will talk about what Gnosis is, and what you can expect in the future lessons. Gnosis, which is an old Greek word roughly, means “inner knowledge” or “wisdom”. This knowledge cannot be written down or be told to others, since it is a knowledge attained by experience. When we experience something we call it the knowledge of the heart, with the opposite being the knowledge you read or hear from others, the knowledge of the mind. An example: If a person has read a hundred books about mountain climbing, he could claim that he indeed knows very much about mountain-climbing. But a second person that has actually climbed a single mountain knows a lot more. This is because the first person only has theoretical knowledge (of the mind (mental)), when the second has practical knowledge (of the heart). Gnosis means practical knowledge.

In the future I will talk of practical exercises that can be used to
Attain practical knowledge, and theoretical subjects for assistance in the practical work. Both the practical and theoretical subjects should be treated totally hypothetical until you have experienced it for yourself. The problem with religion and many “spiritual” directions today is that it is mainly built around mental knowledge. Mental knowledge is not, and can never be, the truth since it is something theoretical, something that is only the reflection of reality, not the reality itself. So once again I must underline that what is told here is NOT to be believed. Let’s just try to have an open attitude.

Within Gnosticism there are no dogmas, no beliefs and no leaders that one should follow. Instead we should learn to be our own leaders with the help of our inner light. The Universal Christian Gnostic Movement (of the new order) was founded by V.M. Samael Aun Weor, which, as far as I know, has left the physical world. His work was continued by V.M. Rabolú whose body recently died too, January 8, 2000. Let me explain the long name of the movement: Universal means that it is for everyone without exception. Christian has nothing to do with the Christian religion, but it is the name of a force that exists everywhere and gives life to everything. Gnostic means that we are trying to attain practical experience so that we do not have to believe without knowing. Movement explains itself. (Of the new order) was added when some people from the original movement twisted what was thought. I’m afraid I do not know the details of these events.

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