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About Gnosticism

Discussion in 'Gnosticism DIR' started by Mr Cheese, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Mr Cheese

    Mr Cheese Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    As I keep getting asked (well occaisonally)

    here is a set of links etc that can help a person who wants to discover Gnosticism


    What is Gnosticism?

    Oh geez how long is a piece of string.... What is Gnosticism? Wel Gnosticism is a logical conclusion of paganism, a logical development. Starting in several places, arguably with the likes of Ancient Egypt and Zoroastrians. There are of course several strands. Gnosticism in modern times generally realtes to the writers of the Nag Hammadi texts... The Gospel of Thomas etc.

    There are some universals between all the various strands however:

    Gnostics value Gnosis (experiental knowledge of the divine) over book knowledge (inntellectual, episteme)
    Gnostics see God as ineffable, unanamable, beyond conception
    Gnostics know their cosmology (ie Jesus is an emanation, Sophia is a creator etc)is not to be taken seriously, it is the map not the territory
    Generally the cosmology involves a being called the demi urge, who is essentially God's ego

    and more....



    http://www.johannite.org/ prolific modern church...one of many, not really soemthing i personally "dig"

    http://www.gnostique.net/ french gnosticism... again not somethign I approve of personally all that much

    http://www.palmtreegarden.org/ probably largest online group...again not somethign I fully approve of, but your choice

    Mandaean texts http://www.egnu.org/~mandaean/

    What is Gnosticism? 1. Ineffable « Prayers and Reflections

    Reflection for March 6, 2009: The Chosen « Prayers and Reflections

    Gender in Gnosticism « Prayers and Reflections

    What is Gnosticism? Transcendence a Gnostic Perspective « Prayers and Reflections

    Sophia « Prayers and Reflections

    Archons « Prayers and Reflections

    Aeons « Prayers and Reflections

    Pleroma « Prayers and Reflections

    The demiurge « Prayers and Reflections

    and no doubt I'll post more

    Gnosticism can be summed up in two quick verses:

    I became water
    and saw myself
    a mirage
    became an ocean
    saw myself a speck
    of foam
    gained Awareness
    saw that all is but
    woke up
    and found myself

    – Binavi Badakhshani

    It is I who am you, and it is you who are me. And wherever you are, I am there.
    And I am sown in all; and you collect me from wherever you wish.
    And when you collect me, it is your own self that you collect.

    --The Gospel of Eve

    As you can see Gnosticism is a syncretic thing..and is far from unique...

    If you have further questions, please ask

    In the Name of the Great Life! My good messenger of Light who travelleth to the house of its friends, come, direct my speech and open my mouth in praise that I may wholeheartedly praise the Living Gods.

    In the Name of the Great Life! I worship Life and I praise my Lord Yeshu d-Hiya and that great Presence of Glory which emanated from itself.

    The Gnostic Prayerbook
    #1 Mr Cheese, Apr 20, 2010
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010