What is Gnosis?

"The sun of truth rises in the human being and illuminates his world when he lifts his mind from the darkness of ignorance and selfishness into the light of wisdom and altruism" 

Samael Aun Weor








 



The word Gnosis is derived from the Greek language and means "knowledge of an intuitive nature; the intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths." Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one's own direct experience. This knowledge or wisdom, therefore, is not found outside of us, but within ourselves.

The gnostic teachings consist of a wide variety of esoteric disciplines, all of which are presented in a very practical manner. Gnosis is not just theoretical. Practices are given so that what is being learned can be verified, surpassing the boundaries of believing or disbelieving, since both lead to ignorance.

Doctrine of Synthesis

Gnosis is called the 'Doctrine of the Synthesis,' since it synthesizes the most essential aspects of all of the ancient mystery schools, religions, and esoteric systems of the past and present into one doctrine. Yet Gnosis is not a derivative of any one of these systems. Gnosis predates all religions and systems, and is not the property of any individual or group.

Gnosis today is the modern form of an ancient system of learning which has existed through the history of man's presence on Earth. This wisdom was not available to the public, but was revealed only to those who had been initiated into the mysteries.

What does Gnosis consist of?

The Gnostic teachings consist of a wide variety of esoteric disciplines, all of which are presented in a very practical manner. Gnosis is not just theoretical. Practices are given so that what is being learned can be verified, surpassing the boundaries of believing or disbelieving, since both lead to ignorance.

"The hour has arrived to abandon theories and go directly to what is practical." Samael Aun Weor