What is Gnosis?
The basic principles of the great Universal Wisdom, or
, are always identical.Buddha, Hermes Trismegistus, Quetzalcoatl, the Great Kabir Jesus of Nazareth, etc.,each transmitted a message. Each one of those messages, coming from On High,conceals within it identical principles having a completely impersonal and universalcharacter.The body of the doctrine that we presently transmit holds the same principles that were taught in secret by Siddhartha Shakyamuni Buddha and by the Great Kabir Jesus to their disciples. It is, we repeat, the same body of doctrine. However, it is now given in a revolutionary form, in harmony with the vibratory rhythm of the New Eraof Aquarius. Allow us to say that the International Gnostic Movement is not just another school.It is the means by which the Gnosis of yesterday, today and forever is expressed. TheGnostic Movement is the initiator of a New Age of profound psychological changes.It is an army founded by men and women who have assumed the unusual labor of revolutionizing themselves while attaining their intimate self-realization.Since Gnostic studies have progressed extraordinarily in recent times, no culturedperson would today like in days gone by make the simplistic error of delivering theGnostic teaching according to one exclusive spiritual tradition. Although it is certain that in any Gnostic system we must take into account itsHellenistic and Oriental elements, including Persia, Mesopotamia, India, Palestine,Egypt, etc., we must never be ignorant of the unmistakable gnostic principles in thesublime religious cults of Indo-America: the Nahuas, Toltecs, Aztecs, Zapotecs,Mayans, Chibchas, Incas, Quechuas, etc., etc., etc. Also, it is an error to believe that Gnosis is a simple metaphysical current introducedfrom the bosom of Christianity. On the contrary, Gnosis constitutes an existentialattitude, with its own characteristics, rooted in the most ancient, elevated and refinedesoteric civilization in the history of mankind, which is regrettably not well known by modern anthropologists. Gnosis is a synthesized doctrine, the first of humanity, andtherefore has an origin as old as the Earth.The word
whence the Greek word
comes, originated from the Persianand Arabic languages. It is not simply
and this is how we see it used by many authors.The
, is therefore the science of Janus, the science of the
and the variations of its name are many—there is one in eachlanguage.