The word "gnosis" is derived from the Greek language, and means "knowledge of an intuitive nature; the intuitive comprehension of spiritual truths." Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one's own direct experience of reality. Gnosis is often referred to as knowledge of the heart, in contrast to knowledge that is obtained through the use of the intellect.

THE PRACTICALITY OF GNOSIS: The Gnostic teachings contain systems and exercises through which every aspect of the teachings can be personally verified by each individual. Gnosis is not just theoretical, but one hundred percent practical. Through direct experience we surpass the boundaries of belief and disbelief, since both lead to ignorance. Rather than believing or disbelieving, accepting or rejecting, the Gnostic personally verifies in a direct manner the validity of the concepts he or she is studying. This personal verification leads to true knowledge and comprehension, not merely an intellectual or theoretical understanding of the teachings. Through Gnosis one personally learns to experience reality directly, quell the battle between doubt and belief, and comes to KNOW the inner TRUTH.

SUBJECTS COVERED: The Gnostic teachings consist of a wide variety of esoteric disciplines, all of which are presented in a very practical manner. Exercises are given for the student to verify what he or she is learning, so that this knowledge is experienced directly. The ultimate goal of this doctrine is for the student to reach complete self-realization through the awakening of consciousness. The following list includes just a few of the many subjects that are taught and practiced as part of the Gnostic Doctrine:

THE DOCTRINE OF THE SYNTHESIS: Gnosis is called the 'Doctrine of the Synthesis', since it synthesizes the most important aspects of all major religions and esoteric systems of past and present in 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. Rather, it is a timeless and perennial knowledge.

THE CURRENT OF GNOSIS: Gnosis is the modern form of an ancient system of learning which has existed throughout the history of man's presence on Earth. This wisdom was not made available to the public, but revealed only to those who had the privilege to be initiated into the mysteries. Gnosis was taught in the mystery schools of ancient India, China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, among the ancient Gnostics, the Incas, the Mayans, etc. Intense persecution from religious authorities at various stages throughout history caused the initiates of these mystery schools to disappear from the public eye. During these times the Gnostic doctrine was not lost, but rather was taught and practiced in secrecy. Later, when the persecutions subsided, Gnosis reemerged once again.

MASTER SAMAEL AUN WEOR: At critical times in the history of man, such as the times we live in today, great spiritual masters or avatars appear on the earth to bring humanity key teachings to assist those searching for inner enlightenment or liberation. Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna, Moses, and Quetzalcoatl are well known examples of such avatars. The Gnostic doctrine, as taught in Gnostic centers throughout the world today, comes from the teachings, practices, and writings of a modern day avatar , Samael Aun Weor who synthesized the precepts of philosophers, mystics, and adepts from all times into an integrated and comprehensive system of knowledge and instruction. Gnosis, as unveiled by Samael Aun Weor, contains the synthesis of all major esoteric systems throughout the world, both past and present. This doctrine provides a complete and cohesive process whereby any person can awaken consciousness and achieve complete self-realization in one lifetime.

THE FOUR PILLARS: A thorough study of Gnosis includes the research and study of the four fundamental branches, or "pillars", of knowledge that have been present in the building of all civilizations, united in one doctrine:

ART - a form of positively channeling creative energy; an instrument of communication from other planes of consciousness. One can see the superior expression of ART in sacred architecture (pyramids, temples, etc.), in the paintings and sculptures of the great Masters, and in their inspired music that elevates the human spirit.

SCIENCE - used for the investigation of the phenomena of the universe, for the discovery of the profound meaning of these phenomena, and to unite theory with practice, the intellectual experience with direct experience. Gnostic science serves to transform the conditions in which we live.

PHILOSOPHY - the study of a philosophy different from the New World model; it is the profound study of Initiatic Philosophy and the rediscovery of its esoteric roots.

MYSTICISM - the relationship of Man with the Divine, including techniques by which the individual can discover the true purpose of his existence and work consciously towards that final Liberation. It is said that as Man approaches the Divine, the Divine approaches Man.

SELF-REALIZATION: The main objective of the Gnostic esoteric work is the attainment of Self-Realization. Gnosis offers the complete system by which any individual may attain Self-Realization in one lifetime. The term 'self-realization' has often been misunderstood, and has been defined differently by various esoteric systems. In Gnosis Self-Realization is something extraordinary - it is defined as "the complete and harmonious development of all the infinite possibilities within man". The importance of Self-Realization, of "realizing your own Self", is summarized in the ancient saying, "In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Oh, man, know thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods."

: Gnosis teaches that self-realization can be accomplished only through the practice of the three factors for the revolution of consciousness.

First Factor: The discovery and elimination of those psychological elements within each of us, those elements that hinder spiritual progress and keep us from living our life to the fullest. Since it deals with psychological change through the elimination of such inharmonious elements, the First Factor is called Death.

Second Factor : The awakening of consciousness, of virtues, of the latent powers and faculties of our Inner Being. Since it deals with awakening and creation, the Second Factor is called Birth.

Third Factor : Making the knowledge of how to reach self-realization available to all those who are searching and yearning for such knowledge. Since this process entails voluntary sacrifice for humanity, the Third Factor is called Sacrifice.

The founders of all great religions, and all initiates who attained self-realization by practicing the systems of these Masters, successfully worked with the Three Factors for the Revolution of Consciousness. The Three Factors form the cornerstone, the foundation on which the entire Gnostic Doctrine is built.


V.M. Samael Aun Weor-Founder of contemporary Gnosticism

V.M.Samael Aun Weor was born in 1916 in Columbia, South America. He devoted his life to practicing, experiencing, and teaching the Gnostic Doctrine, and wrote over 70 books on all aspects of Gnosis (meditation, psychology, alchemy, kabbalah, astral travel, healing with plants, etc.). He developed the Gnostic Institution in Mexico, and it has since spread throughout the world. Gnosis is not a philosophy compiled by a philosopher after years of research. Rather, it is a way of life.

V. M. Samael Aun Weor is a philosopher, anthropologist, psychologist, and occultist, and stands along with other great initiates, who throughout time were the ones assigned to light the path of Self-Knowledge (such as Pythagoras, Paracelsus, Cagliostro, Count St. Germain, etc.) The name of Samael Aun Weor is inscribed beside those Avatars who have been constituted as sublime depositories of Universal Knowledge, as is the case of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth, Quetzalcoatl, Hermes Trismegistus...

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