Since Gnostic studies have progressed extraordinarily in recent times, no cultured person would fall today as in the past, into the simplistic error of making the Gnostic streams arise from any exclusive spiritual latitude.
Although it is true that in any Gnostic system we must take into account its Eastern Hellenistic elements, including Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, India, Palestine, Egypt, etc, we should never ignore the Gnostic principles perceptible in the sublime religious cults of the Indo-American Nahuas, Toltecs, Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mayas, Chibchas, Incas, Quechuas, etc, etc, etc.
Talking quite frankly and straightforwardly, we will say: 'Gnosis is a very natural function of the consciousness; a "Philosophia Perennis et Universalis".'
Unquestionably, Gnosis is the enlightened knowledge of Divine Mysteries, which are reserved for an elite.
The word 'GNOSTICISM' contains within its grammatical structure the idea of systems or streams devoted to the study of Gnosis.
This Gnosticism implies a coherent, clear, precise series of fundamental elements that can be verified through direct mystical experience: 'Damnation, from a scientific and philosophic point of view.' 'The Adam and Eve of the Hebraic Genesis.' 'The Original Sin and the fall from Paradise.' 'The Mystery of Nahuatl-Lucifer.' 'The Death of the Myself.' 'The Creative Powers.' 'The essence of the SALVATOR SALVANDUS.' 'The Sexual Mysteries.' 'The Intimate Christ.' 'The Igneous Serpent of Our Magical Powers.' 'The Descent into Hell.' 'The return to Eden.' 'The Gift of Mephistopheles.' Only the Gnostic doctrines that entail the abovementioned Ontological, Theological and Anthropological bases are part of the genuine Gnosticism.
PRE-GNOSTIC is what shows in a concrete, evident and specific way
any trait that may also be detected in Gnostic systems, but in which
this aspect is integrated into a conception entirely alien to revolutionary
Gnosticism. It is a thinking that certainly is not and yet is Gnostic.
PROTOGNOSTIC is any Gnostic system in an incipient, germinal state; these are movements directed by an attitude very similar to the one that characterizes definite Gnostic streams.
The adjective 'Gnostic' can and even must be applied intelligently to conceptions that are related in one way or another to Gnosis or to Gnosticism.
Undoubtedly, the term 'Gnosticizing' is very close to Pregnostic
in its meaning, for it is truly related, 'stricto sensu', to intrinsic
aspects that bear certain similarity with Universal Gnosticism,
but which are
integrated in a stream not defined as Gnosis.
Having these semantic explanations firmly established, now let us define Gnosticism absolutely crystal-clear.
It is not superfluous to clarify emphatically in this treatise that Gnosticism is a very intimate, natural and profound religious process.
Gnosticism is genuine, in-depth esotericism, unfolding from instant to instant, with very individual mystical experiences and with its own Doctrine and rites.
It is an extraordinary doctrine that fundamentally takes a mythical and, sometimes, Mythological form.
It is ineffable Magical Liturgy with vivid illustration for the Being's Superlative Consciousness.
Unquestionably, Gnostic knowledge always escapes the analyses that are normal in subjective rationalism.
The correlate of this knowledge is the person's infinite intimateness, the Being.
The Being's reason to be is the same Being. Only the Being can know itself. The Being, therefore, becomes Self-Known in Gnosis.
The Being, revaluating and knowing itself, is SELF-GNOSIS; undoubtedly, the latter is in itself the Gnosis.
The Being's SELF-KNOWLEDGE is a supra-rational movement that depends on the Being, and which has nothing to do with intellectualism.
The abyss is impassable that exists between the Being and the I ['Self']. That is why the Pneuma, the Spirit, re-cognizes itself and this recognition is an autonomous act for which the intellectual mammal's subjective reason turns out to be ineffective, insufficient, terribly poor.
SELF-KNOWLEDGE, SELF-GNOSIS, implies annihilation of the 'I', as previous, urgent and unpostponable work. The I, the Ego, is made up of additions and subtractions of subjective elements, inhuman and beastly, which unquestionably have a beginning and an end.
Unfortunately, the Essence, the Consciousness, is immersed, trapped, bottled up inside the diverse elements that make up the 'Myself', the 'Ego', and processes itself painfully according to its own conditioning.
The Essence, the Consciousness, awakens, becomes enlightened, is liberated, through dissolving the 'I'; then, as a consequence or corollary, comes the SELF-KNOWLEDGE, the SELF-GNOSIS. Undoubtedly, legitimate revelation has its irrefutable, unanswerable bases in 'SELF-GNOSIS'.
Gnostic revelation is always immediate, direct, intuitive; it radically excludes subjective intellectual operations, it has nothing to do with experiencing and assembling data that are fundamentally sensory.
Although it is true that intelligence or 'NOUS' in its Gnosiological sense, can be the basis of enlightened intellection; it categorically refuses to fall into vain intellectualism.
The Ontological, Pneumatic or Spiritual characteristics of 'NOUS' (Intelligence) are perfectly clear.
In the name of Truth, I solemnly declare that the Being is the
only real existence, before whose transparency, ineffable and terribly
Divine, this that we call I, Ego, Myself, Self, is just outer darkness,
gnashing of teeth.
SELF-GNOSIS, or the BEING'S SELF-GNOSTIC RECOGNITION, given the Anthropological aspect of the Pneuma or Spirit, proves to be decisively a Saviour.
Knowing oneself is having achieved identification with one's own Divine Being.
To know that you are identical to your 'Own Pneuma or Spirit', to experience directly the identification of cognizance with the cognizer, is what we can and must define as SELF-GNOSIS.
Ostensibly, this extraordinary disclosure invites us to die in ourselves so that the Being manifests itself in us.
On the contrary, to move away from the Being, to continue as Ego within the Heresy of separateness, means to condemn ourselves to submerged Involution in the 'Hell Worlds'.
This evident reflection leads us to the topic of Gnostic 'Free Choice'. Unquestionably, a serious Gnostic is a chosen one a posteriori.
With the Gnostic experience, the sincere devotee can entirely achieve both knowledge of himself (or herself) and Self-Realization.
Self-Realization should be understood as harmonious development of all the infinite human possibilities.
It is neither a matter of intellectual data distributed capriciously nor of mere insubstantial talk in an ambiguous chat.
Everything that we are saying in these paragraphs should be appreciated as genuine experience, real and vivid.
In Gnostic streams, the Dogma of Orthodox predetermination does not exist which would bound us lamentably within a narrow conception of the Anthropomorphic Deity.
God is THEO in Greek, DEUS in Latin and DIV or DEVA in Sanskrit, a word that translates as Angel or Angels.
Even among the most conservative Semitic peoples, the most ancient God of light --'EL or ILU'-- appears (in the first chapters of the Genesis) in its synthetic plural form of ELOHIM.
God is not any Human or Divine individual in particular: God is Gods. It is the 'Army of the Voice', 'The Great Word', 'The Word' in the Gospel of Saint John, The Creator Logos, Perfect Multiple Unity.
To know and realize oneself on the horizon of infinite possibilities, implies to join or rejoin the 'Creative Host of the ELOHIM'.
And this is a Gnostic's security; the Being has disclosed itself completely to him (or her) and its marvellous splendour radically destroys any illusion.
The opening of the 'Pneuma' or Divine Spirit of man, has the total Soteriological content.
If we have the Gnosis of the Great Ancient Mysteries, it is because some very holy men managed --due to their doctrinary loyalty-- to approach the Being's revealing dynamism.
Without previous information on 'Gnostic Anthropology', it would be more than impossible to study rigorously the different Anthropological pieces of the cultures Aztec, Toltec, Maya, Egyptian, etc, etc, etc.
In matters of 'Profane Anthropology' (excuse me for the similarity), if we want to know the results, let us leave a Monkey, or an Ape, completely free in a laboratory and then watch what happens.
Mexican Codices, Egyptian Papyri, Assyrian Bricks, Dead Sea Scrolls,
strange Parchments, as well as certain very Ancient Temples, Sacred
Monoliths, Old Hieroglyphs, Pyramids, Millenary Sepulchres, etc,
symbolic depth, offer a Gnostic sense that definitively escapes literal interpretation and which has never had an exclusively intellectual explanatory value.
Speculative rationalism impoverishes the Gnostic language lamentably instead of enriching it, since the Gnostic accounts are always directed to the Being whether they be written or allegorized in any artistic form.
And it is in this extremely interesting 'Semi-Philosophic' and 'Semi-Mythological' language of Gnosis that a series of extraordinary invariants appear: symbols with a transcendental esoteric content, which silently say a lot.
Divines and Humans, know well that silence is wisdom's eloquence.
The characteristics that clearly specify the 'Gnostic Myth' and
which mutually complement each other, are the following:
1.- Supreme Divinity.
2.- Emanation and fall of the PLEROMA.
3.- Architect DEMIURGE.
4.- PNEUMA in the World.
The Gnostic Supreme Divinity can be characterized as 'AGNOSTOS THEOS', the 'Absolute Abstract Space', 'The Ignored or Unknown God', 'The One Reality from which the ELOHIM emanate at the dawn of any universal creation'.
It should be remembered that 'PARANISHPANA' is the 'Summum Bonum' --what is 'Absolute'-- and, therefore, the same as 'Paranirvana'.
Later on, all that seemingly exists in this Universe, will come to have real existence in the state of PARANISHPANA'.
Unquestionably, the faculties of human cognition would never be able to go beyond the Cosmic Empire of the 'FEMALE-MALE LOGOS', 'THE CREATOR DEMIURGE', 'THE ARMY OF THE VOICE' (THE WORD).
'JAH-HOVAH', the secret 'FATHER-MOTHER' of each of Us, is the authentic 'JEHOVA'.
'JOD', as a Hebrew letter, is the 'MEMBRUM VIRILE' (The masculine
Principle). 'EVE', 'HEVE' --the same as 'HEBE', the Greek Goddess
of youth and Heracles' Olympic Bride--, is the 'YONI', the Divine
The Divine Rabi of Galilee, instead of worshipping the Anthropomorphic 'JEHOVA' of Jewry, adored his Divine 'MALE-FEMALE' (JAH-HOVAH), the inner 'FATHER-MOTHER'.
The Blessed One Crucified on the Mount of Skulls, roared in a Great Voice saying: 'My Father, I entrust my Spirit into your hands'. 'RAM-IO', ISIS, his Divine Mother KUNDALINI, accompanied him along the Via-Cruxis ('Way of the Cross').
All Nations have their first God, or Gods, as Androgynous; it could not be in any other way, since they used to consider their distant primal ancestors, their double-sex forebears, as Divine Beings and Holy Gods, just as the Chinese do today.
Indeed, the artificial conception of an Anthropomorphic 'JEHOVA' who is exclusivist, independent of his own work, sitting up there on a throne of tyranny and despotism, throwing Lightning and Thunder onto this miserable ant's nest of humans; is the result of ignorance, mere intellectual idolatry.
This erroneous conception of the Truth, has unfortunately taken possession of both the western philosopher and the religious person who is affiliated to any one sect completely lacking in the Gnostic elements.
What the Gnostics of all times have rejected, is not the unknown God, One and always present in Nature, or Nature 'IN ABSCONDITO', but the God of the Orthodox Dogma, the horrific Vengeful Deity of the Law of Talion (an Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth).
The 'Absolute Abstract Space', the Unknowable God, is neither a limitless void nor a conditioned fullness, but both things at once.
The esotericist Gnostic accepts revelation as coming from Divine Beings, the Manifested Lives, but never from the One Life not Manifestable.
The Unknowable Deity is the absolute abstract space, the Rootless Root of all that has been, is, or has to be.
This Infinite and Eternal Cause is, of course, devoid of any kind of attributes; it is negative light, negative existence; it is beyond the reach of any thought or speculation.
Valentinus' Gnostic Myth showing us specifically the Thirty 'Pleromatic
Aeons', mysterious and emerging from the 'Absolute Abstract Space'
in successive emanations ordered in perfect couples; can and must
archetypal model of a Monistic Myth that in a more or less obvious form is present in every definite Gnostic system.
This transcendental point of the 'First Progeny' ['Proto-prole' or 'Probole'], is classically oriented towards a ternary division of the Divine: 'THE AGNOSTOS THEOS' (The Absolute), 'THE DEMIURGE', 'THE PRO-FATHER', etc.
The Divine World, the glorious domain of the Pleroma, came out directly from the Negative Light, the 'Negative Existence'.
Finally the 'NOUS', Spirit or Pneuma, contains in itself infinite possibilities that can develop during manifestation.
In between Philosophy's extraordinary limits of the Being and the Not Being, there has occurred multiplicity or the fall.
The Gnostic Myth of the fall of 'SOPHIA' (Divine Wisdom), allegorizes solemnly this terrible disruption in the bossom of the Pleroma.
Desire, Fornication, to want to stand out as Ego, brings about
disaster and disorder; it produces an adulterated work that is left
outside the Divine realm -- even though the Essence, the BUDDHATA,
the human creature's
Psychic Material, remains trapped in such a work.
The Impulse towards the Unity of Life Free in its Motion, can become diverted towards the I, and forge a whole world of bitterness in the separation.
The fall of degenerate man is the basis of all ancient nations' Theology.
According to Philolaus, the Pythagorean (fifth century BC), ancient philosophers used to say that the 'Psychic Material', 'The Essence', was buried in the I, like a tomb, as punishment for some sin.
Plato testifies to this, that such was the Orphics' Doctrine, and he himself professed it.
Inordinate desire, disruption in the regime of emanation, leads to failure.
To want to distinguish ourselves as Ego, always sparks off disorder and the fall of any angelic rebellion.
The author of the world of shapes, is actually a mystical group of 'Male-Female' creators or Double Gods --as 'TLALOC', the God of rain and lightning, and his wife 'CHACHIUHTLICUE', she of the Jade skirt, in the Pantheons of the Mayas, Aztecs, Olmecs, Zapotecs, etc, etc, etc.
In the word 'ELOHIM', we find a transcendental key that invites reflection.
Certainly, 'Elohim' is translated as 'God' in the various authorized and revised versions of the Bible.
Not only from the esoteric point of view, but also linguistically, it is an uncontrovertible fact that the term 'ELOHIM' is a feminine noun with a plural masculine ending.
The correct translation of the noun 'ELOHIM' in its strict sense is GODDESSES and GODS.
'And the Spirit of the Male and Female Principles was hovering over the surface of what was shapeless, and creation took place'.
Unquestionably, a religion without 'GODDESSES' is half-way towards complete Atheism.
If we truly want perfect balance in psychic life, we need to worship 'ELOHIM' (The Gods and Goddesses of ancient times), and not the Anthropomorphic JEHOVA rejected by the Great KABIR Jesus.
The idolatrous cult of the Anthropomorphic 'JEHOVA' instead of 'ELOHIM', is certainly a powerful impediment to achieving supranormal conscious states.
Instead of laughing sceptically --as profane anthropologists do--
before the depictions of GODS and GODDESSES of the diverse Pantheons,
Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Inca, Chibcha, Druidic, Egyptian,
Hindu, Chaldean, Phoenician, Mesopotamian, Persian, Roman, Tibetan, etc, etc, etc; Gnostic anthropologists drop to our knees at the feet of those Divinities, because we recognize in them the 'ELOHIM' Creator of the
Universe. 'He who laughs at what he does not know, is on his way to being an idiot.'
The deviation from the Creator Demiurge, the antithesis, what is fatal, is the inclination to Egoism, the real origin of so much bitterness.
Undoubtedly, the egoical consciousness is identified with 'JAHVE' who, according to Saturninus of Antioch, is a fallen Angel, the Genie of evil.
The Essence, the Consciousness, bottled up in the I, painfully processes itself within time, by virtue of its own conditioning.
The situation --certainly not very pleasant-- incessantly repeated in the Gnostic accounts of the 'Pneuma' cruelly submitted to the powers of the Law, to the World and to the Abyss, is too evident to insist on it here.
It is evident that the 'Intellectual Mammal' mistakenly called 'Man' is too feeble and disconcertingly helpless to rise from the mire of the earth without Divine aid.
There is a common proverb that goes like this: 'God helps those who help themselves.'
Only the 'Igneous Ray', imperishable, held at the bottom of the
cold, dark, shapeless substance, can reduce the
Psychological I to Cosmic Dust in order to free the Consciousness, the Essence.
We declare with ardent words: only 'Divine Breath' can reinstate us in the Truth; nevertheless, this is only possible by conscious work and voluntary suffering.
Specific possession of Gnosis is always accompanied by a certain attitude of strangeness or surprise at this illusory Mayavic World.
Genuine Gnostics want a definitive change, they feel intimately the Being's secret impulses; hence their anguish, rejection and embarrassment at the diverse inhuman elements of which the I is made up.
They who yearn to be lost in the Being, bear affliction and abhorrence of the horrors of the 'Myself'.
To contemplate oneself as a moment in totality is to know oneself to be infinite, and to reject with all the Being's might the sickening Egoism of separateness.
Two psychological states open before a definite Gnostic:
A) That of the Being, which is transparent, crystal-clear, impersonal, real and true.
B) That of the I, which is a collection of Psychic Aggregates that personify defects, whose only reason to exist is ignorance.
'Higher I' and 'Lower I' ['Higher Self' and 'Lower Self'], are just two sections of one same thing, different aspects of the 'Myself', diverse facets of the Infernal.
The sinister, diabolic and tenebrous 'I' --whether 'Higher, Middle
or Lower'-- is, therefore, continual Addition,
Subtraction and Multiplication of Inhuman Psychic Aggregates.
The so-called 'Higher I' ['Higher Self'] is certainly a trick by the 'Myself', an intellectual ruse by the Ego seeking ways out in order to continue existing; a very subtle form of Self-Deceit.
The 'I' is a horrifying work of many volumes; the result of countless yesterdays, a fatal knot that we have to undo.
The Egoical Self-Praise, worship of the 'I', the Overestimation of the 'Myself', is 'Paranoia', Idolatry worst of all kinds.
Gnosis is revelation or disclosure, refined aspirations, conceptual synthetism, maximum achievements.
Ostensibly, both in essence and in accident, GNOSIS and GRACE are identifiable phenomenologically.
Self-Gnosis, the Being's Intimate Self-Realization, would be more than impossible without Divine Grace, without the extraordinary help of the Sacred Breath.
To be Self-Saved is appropiate, and this requires full identification of what saves with what is saved.
What is Divine, which dwells deepest in the Soul, the authentic and legitimate cognizing faculty, annihilates the Ego; and absorbs, in its 'PAROUSIA', the Essence and saves it in total enlightenment. This is the theme of the 'SALVATOR SALVANDUS'.
A Gnostic who has been saved from the waters has closed the cycle
of infinite bitterness, has trespassed the limit separating the
ineffable realm of the Pleroma from the interior regions of the
universe, has bravely
escaped the Demiurge's Empire because he or she has reduced the Ego to cosmic dust.
The passage through the various worlds, the successive annihilation
of the inhuman elements, affirms this reinstatement in the Sacred
Absolute Sun and, then, turned into terribly Divine creatures, we
pass beyond good and evil.