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R.ECHOES FROM THE GNOSIS BY G. S. MEAD VOL I THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND THE THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY LONDON AND BENARES 1906 .

LTD. MANCHESTER. BRIDGE STREET.PRINTED BY PERCY LUND. AMEN CORNER. BRADFORD. E. . THE COUNTRY PRESS. HUMPHRIES A CO.. 3. : AND 97. LONDON.G.

the mystic. some echoes of the mystic experiences and initiatory lore of their spiritual ancestry. who have. they may become for some. M. so as to make more easily audible for the ever-widening circle of those Under this general title it a series of small volumes. G. not to the study of the even heard of the Gnosis. and who long for the light of gnostic illumination.ECHOES FROM THE GNOSIS. or to follow the labours of scholars unaided. theosophic and gnostic writings of the ancients. S. R. is proposed to publish who love such things. life There are many who love the of the spirit. are therefore These . but who are not sufficiently equipped to study the writings of the ancients at first hand. . or based upon. little volumes intended to c erve as introduction more difficult literature of the and it is hoped that at the same time subject. stepping-stones to higher things. drawn from. as yet.

The in references in this published work Hellenistic Thrice Greatest volume are to the recentlyHermes: Studies Being a Theosophy and Gnosis. 1906). 3 vols. of the Trismegistic Literature. Commentaries and Notes. (London. . the Extant Sermons and Fragments Translation of with Prolegomena.

created the devotion and intelligence of one of the many theosophical fraternities of ancient world. and sometimes spoke of their faith as the Religion of the Mind. They called them selves disciples of Thrice-greatest Hermes. to They were prior and contemporary with the origins Christianity. and earliest centuries of and they lived in Egypt. For long of I have been spending much time in a world of great beauty my of thought by the and purity of feeling. What what can be gleaned remains of their scriptures and of their endeavour 7 .THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND.

in such fashion as I have been able to reproduce their thought and interpret it. an ecstasy of enthusiasm it as calls Him . has recently been made accessible in the English tongue. 8 . across I audible and It is hope in greater clarity. and the echoes of the Gnosis of Thrice-greatest Hermes . The labour of many months is ended the task of repro duction is accomplished. for has as its foundation the Single Love of God. It is in its beginning Religion. no small thing this Gnosis of in ten-thousand-times-great Zosimus Hermes. It is replete with Wisdom (Theosophia) and Worship (Theothe Religion of the sebeia) in harmony Mind.OF TTTTT TH MIND. and is indeed one of the fairest forms of the Gnosis of the Ages. it endeavours to base itself upon the True Philosophy and Pure Science of Nature and of Man. are the centuries for English ears in fuller volume than before.

True. The claim made forms of its for the Gnosis. or sacred discourses. much that is set forth appears to me to . Do of I claim too much for the Gnosis I Thrice-greatest Hermes ? echo what He teaches in His (or rather those of do but turned its own words His disciples) into is English speech. and I have been delighted with many a thought and phrase that these nameless writers and thinkers of years long ago have . based on the right activity and passivity THE GNOSIS and its end is the Gnosis of things-that-are and the Path of the Good of the Mind. not for the expression hearers. are but means to lead men towards the Gnosis they are not the Gnosis itself. OF THE MIND * that leads man unto God. of the disciples of this Way. the many be very beautifully expressed. used by learners and All these forms of expression. sermons.true devotion and piety and worship.

of What is importance is that all these Theosophists of the Trismegistic tradition declare with one voice a sweet voice. 10 . then. Seeing. may weave its magic of contrary appear ances about us. opinion. an impression or two that the con templation of the beautiful sermons of the disciples of the Master-Mind has engraved upon my memory. no matter how the doubt ing mind. to us in the is fair Greek all this however.THE GNOSIS handed down tongue . the counterfeit mind. full and inexhaustible. OF THE MIND. I would set down a few thoughts thereon as they occur to me. as a garment that hides the all-beautiful natural form and glory of the Truth. that I have now much in mind of what has been written of this Religion of the Mind. to the true knower in our inmost soul that that carries with there is Gnosis and Certitude. it conviction within.

as in all praise and Hermes teaches us. as a great privilege to have been permitted by the Gods to be a hander-on in some small of these fair way OF THE MIND for indeed it is of one s fellows. The feeling that arises is one of joy and thankfulness that so pleasant a task has been granted by the Providence of God as a respite on the way And (to use so. But when is there Master will phrase of Plotinus ).And regard first it of all I would say that I THE GNOSIS things a great privilege and high honour to be allowed in any fashion to forward the preparation for the unveiling of the beauties of the Gnosis in the hearts . sacred acts. as (the disciple of the an act that is not a interject) IT . we begin with thankfulness to God. even in so insignificant a way as that of translating and com menting on that which has already been set forth by greater minds in greater beauty centuries ago.

so may As this the Bread of Wisdom nourish the mind . an embryo within the womb. but a man-babe new-born. &quot. breathing the spirit of the greater of the Father-Mind. thinking when or when bathing so : As 12 this water purifies Life the body. act : unto his God eating food nourishes the body. nourished in all things by the Mother-Soul. life. Way should pray his every by devoting . procession of Fate coming unto himself. man and not ? He who is &quot. may the Water of . return to consciousness and rise into self-consecrates his life.. freer the cosmic airs so it And is that every act and function of the body should be consecrated to the Soul and Mind . who from the un conscious and the dead is beginning to &quot. the traveller on this unceasingly. a OF THE MIND.THE GNOSIS sacred for one who is a &quot. every act for ever deeper realisation of the mystery of his for now no longer is he divine nature .

and of mother-matter this he already knows in his heart of hearts. or As from the body. opinion pass from the mind Not. He sees things from only one he has not yet realised that the point Point is everywhere. of view is the the common sense. .vivify the mind of impurities : . is of the divine substance . however. that he should think ! freeing the body these impurities pass so may the refuse of when THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. 13 It is and not the little . in which and the intelligible are apart. and that for every as . not centred in the perfect whole. yet thing there is a point of view whence it is true and right and beautiful and good. but his lower members are not as yet knit to gether in right harmony they are as yet awry. that anything for all is in itself unclean or common. That all-embracing point one sense. the sense of sensible identical the intelligence. the all-sense.

And Mind if as you should object to the word excluding other names of equal 14 . the All and One Ineffability and Effability eternally in simultaneous Act and Passion. the Logos. Mind. the ineffable union of God the Mother and God the Father in the Divine Man. the true Sacred Marriage of Soul and . it is not a no opposition cult of it is the Path of emotion alone Devotion and Gnosis inseparably united. the one within the other and without the other at one and the same time. mind in man. the Great Mind knows that the without in one. In this Religion of the Mind there is of the heart and head. It is not a cult of intellect alone.THE GNOSIS mind. the fate-pro external that creates OF THE MIND. are self- and the within are twain conditioned complements. duality . of Life and Light. the cession. the Alone-Begotten of the Mystery of Mys teries.

experiencing some it novelty or other as is thinks. not knowing But Mind experiencing itself.been dignity. for He is Name itself and all naught that is not He. Nor is He One alone. but also 15 . for He is All and Nothing. is things else. and there But we. and the other self of ignorance is Gnosis. call Him Mind. because of our ignorance. and ignorance seeks ever for its other self. ignorance is ever changing into of knowing. though He is the One and Only One. if such a thing as nothing there can be. nay. He is the One of all names. for He is the One of many names. not only that which knows. Hermes. false love or hate own whether view of what it some form that is it seeks. for Mind is that which knows. it And seeking its Gnosis. know that this also has of again and again by the disciples spoken of Thrice-greatest THE OF THE MIND. He has no name.

Thus we are taught that Mind. hood. The Religion the Mind pre eminently one of perfectioning. one who has won the mastery of self. initiation. to know not itself. &amp.gt. but is not either It is itself the Mystery that makes all mysteries in order that it may in itself. And addressing one of His Beloved Sons.T E OF THE MIND. Master of is Master of all master- all knowledge.&quot. the Great Initiator. and to know itself. ignorance as well as so we find the Supreme Soul of my Soul and Mind of of My own is Mind. as &quot. the object of all knowledge for it knows * tse ^ a l ne there being nothing else to know but Mind li sel f -creates itself . of perpetual The vista of possibility opened up to the mind s eye of into these sacred neophyte 16 the rites . first know itself it must Mind thus makes ignorance and Gnosis. be self-initiate in all.

we And good&quot. the earnest of the Vision Glorious. It is 17 . we cannot but &quot. feebly ask. not knowing that the little one who catches some glimpse of the vista. But how can it be &quot. sees not of our nature &quot.It is too we fear it cannot be for us. the full Sonship of the Father. but that which is within himself. is Perfection. It is The Good too Itself ? cannot be too good is with the Good there good. . It is all there potentially. something without. What fection ? then. for that out of its own self is it which .transcends credibility. (the Master smiles in reply) when the inevit able end of everything is the Perfection of perfection.too good&quot. is imper in the Master-Presence It is the doubt reply: that is the imperfection &quot. but neither too little nor too much. It OF THE MIND. : One asks oneself ? THE GNOSIS Can this be true again and again seems too good to be true.

The dream It is not therefore some new . one . so. its memory is restored by God. we become what we have ever been. is And ended and we wake to life.THE GNOSIS there and here and everywhere. accord The first is of the ing to the records of the followers But who is the of the Mind. . the marvellous so in one of 18 .&quot. This race. He some teacher tion ? sets forth a formal instruc Not &quot. it is thing or other not the becoming of something it is a return to the same. for it is OF THE MIND. Religion Master is ? Is He someone other without us is . is never taught. he who is born in this natural way. glimpse of this Divine possi brought to the consciousness of bility the prepared disciple by the immediate Presence and Glory of the Master. that is to say. the nature of our very being.&quot. but when the time is ripe. He some who &quot.

the per formed by the Great Mind. be learned which a disciple of a higher grade is initiated without any intermediate link by himself. or is THE GNOSIS born &quot.descriptions of initiation handed on in the Trismegistic sermons. the link. office of the &quot. is concerned. And that this is so in may from another sermon. in Mind. by means. The &quot. father &quot. is to bring union with himself. he is embraced by the Great Presence and instructed in the mystery. in which the disciple is reborn. familiar is form. his Highest to son &quot. The the &quot. all amazed that him his father and initiator here before below should remain there just as he ever was in his his is . the channel is of the Gnosis the true initiation Initiator. . born in Mind. while the efficacious rite perfected &quot. he &quot. OF THE MIND. father &quot. so that he may be born out of ignorance into Gnosis. alone as far as any physical presence of another . of this son &quot.

are in the shrine of all. an Asclepius. It is true that the sermons are set forth mostly in the form of instruction of teacher to pupil. a Tat. with well-marked char acters. be living men. We learn to love Hermes and Asclepius and Tat and Ammon. In this it stands out in sharp contrast with the popular Christianity and other saving cults con temporary with it. and become friends with all of them in turn they seem to . The &quot. What is most striking in the whole of the tradition of the Mind-doctrine is its impersonal nature. OF THE MIND. . but transcending the Shepherd of all embracing men. holy . our hearts all. But they are not historical char acters There is an they are types. learn to love them. Hermes. and that is why we four &quot. in each one of us. the is Love 2Q .THE GNOSIS Self. and a Ammon. and so become Son of the Father indeed.

transforms him into the nature of the Gnosis of the Good. He no longer seeks a teacher. beautiful Nay. or eyes to see the gnostic splendour of the teaching. . soul begins to for and mind for man he is changing from the little mind and soul and body that he was to the Great Body and Great Soul and Mind of the Great Man. may be. and every thought and The Mind eternally through the of the . these. is not the highest teaching of the Mind. Hermes teaches us as Asclepius or Tat or Ammon as we have ears to hear the words of power. for all things know through teach him. such instruction. are taught by Mind .Divine that through the lips of our THE GN OSIS OF THE MIND &quot. They who are born in Mind. or rather the teaches is One Teacher All that there him through itself for all. more than this and true as it by every every instructs act sensation. man now all body.

of self-initiation his life becomes illumined by the glory of perpetual perfectioning. and he no longer thinks that he has ever been other than now he For memory is ever present with him. but the Hearer. of the Mind is of the and the memory 22 .THE GNOSIS No longer is he a hearer. . for he has ears on all sides to hear the of the Divine. all No longer is he a for he has eyes on beauty in things that are but the Seer . seer. OF THE MIND. who man. No longer is he a doer. voice of Nature. is. but the Doer for all he does is consecrated to the Lord of the whole. dedicates Himself to acting in the so all of his senses And and his energies are set on the Great in the Mysteries of Work God . Spouse life in everything that breathes and all that seems to have no winter and the simultaneous summer of the Lord. sides to see the and fairest things most foul.

and that is speech to tell the impossibility of human the mystery. or with the science of the human state. no matter how well stocked his mind may be with systems of the world or of theology. no matter how exactly he may reproduce his thought and trick it forth in fairest human language is all that he can express of his but a single of letter Word.nature of eternity. the universe and man great ? It teaches us many things of . For every man write. which transcends time and sees all past and future and present in the all all THE GNO instant that endures for evermore. is the Gods but a letter in the language of so that all that a man may . The Words 23 God are written with the general purposed acts . And what does the Religion of the Mind teach us of God. solemnity and joyous presage but one thing especially it seems to teach.

It speaks perpetually the Language of the Gods. for it is God for ever giving utterance unto Himself. The Words of God are spoken by the energies of Nature. describe the uni How then can men verse. the Universal Tongue. . and are not uttered by their individual spoken speech or penned with written words. of men. The Tongue of the Eternal is the Mind 24 . become the describe themselves it is they must and then they will and to describe themselves they will be able to discover no better way than that in which the universe gives utterance to itself.THE OF THE MIND. except by their inscribing of themselves upon the fields of space ? To describe the universe as universe. the surfaces of things are scribbled over with the false appearances that men project from their unknowing minds. and are not written on the surfaces of things .

OF THE MIND. and throughout the whole of our Trismegistic tractates no name comes more frequently before us than the word Logos. the actuality even now in his universal nature. a 25 . We men God . Thus we learn that the Religion of the Mind is pre-eminently the Religion of the Logos. are letters of our Word or our for man has the glorious destiny before him. of being a God. not in the sense of a single Word.of God. and the the Gods who Words he writes are Gods. For the Logos is the Word of God. Hermes is the Scribe Not that Hermes is one of . as could not write themselves though they but Hermes is the Logos of God. is a scribe for the rest. but the Word in the sense of the Universal Scripture of all worlds and of that all men. He perpetually speaks forth all things. And so it is of the Gods. nay. It is by Mind. the Reason that of His THE GNOSIS Self-subsistence.

or the Pure of lives of . 26 . in sequences men. And time will be when each and every God-Word. Such are some of the ideas aroused by some of the leading conceptions of the Religion of the Mind. many now one letter and now another spells itself in many ways. as the called disciples of Thrice-greatest Hermes their Theosophy some nineteen centuries ago. and of other lives as well. of has written world. it the nature of Gnosis OF THE MIND. and Joy and Subsistence. and the world of men will know or be ignorant according to the nature of the times and the manner of the utterance of the Word.THE GNOSIS Divine Being. will sound forth in all its glory. not letter by letter. but the whole Word simultaneously and a Christ will be born and on earth all Nature will rejoice. or Single Love. in its own proper turn. Philosophy. itself That Word times in the .

27 . the followers of the True Science and Pure looked with resignation while Philosophy those of them who were still probationers treated them with even less tolerance. however. the Feeder of of and Shepherd up in that fairest word ing of the man s soul. but not discursive knowledge of ledge the nature of the multifarious arts and sciences known in those days or in our Way . are men summed mean Gnosis.The most general term. The doctrine and the . these multifarious knowledges of the appear ances of things and vain opinions. own. Let us then briefly consider the name as the followers of this Gnosis is Know understood it. THE G NOSIS MIND discipline of Mind.&quot. this noise of words. On &quot. by which they named their science and it philosophy and religion was Gnosis almost every sermon and occurs in excerpt and fragment of their literature which we possess. .

course. For him was the Sacred Land and the Egypt while the Egyptians the Chosen Race Greeks were and shallow upstarts The like-natured Jew of the reasoners. and Palestine the Promised Land. Holy Land.. our period.Greeks&quot. superior to all distinction of race the Gnostic was precisely he who reborn.&quot. called the body &quot. the Kinship 28 . for of &quot.&quot. At any rate this is how one of the less instructed editors of one of the collections sermons phrases it. on the other while hand. of . into the Race. declaring that they left such things to the &quot. Judaea was the even unto this day. for was Race regenerate^. and Israel the Chosen of God and so the game went merrily on.THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. as it does . nothing but Wisdom could suffice.Egyptians.Egypt. But knew the real writers of otherwise. the of true Wisdom-lovers. the sermons Gnosis for them was .

things can be read in their true meaning whereas if we wander in error. we do not mean 29 that it it excluded all anything. misleading for us. but only that regarded . that the latter was to be for all things are true or despised untrue. The Gnosis began. however. even the truest. Not. So that if we say that Gnosis was other than the science of the world. the reflec tion of the Knowledge of the One Self. all all . True. Knowledge of God This Knowledge was far other than the knowledge or science of the world. continued and ended in the knowledge of one s self. the All Self. to be consummated at the end of the perfectioning by the or Divine Wisdom. according to our point of view.Fatherhood. become things. Gnosis for them began with the Knowledge of Man. If our standpoint is firmly centred in the . of the Divine THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND&amp.gt.

for in so doing they brought the into contact great truths of the inner life with the thought of their age. the stories of their endeavour that they did so . and in expressing the living ideas that came to birth in their hearts and heads. we from the position of the mysteries depart nature of scripture and fall into the changing notions of the ephemeral. 30 . one of day. however. we involve the great intuitions of the soul and the apocalypses of the mind in the make the ex opinions of the day. indeed it is quite evident on that all hands the writers of the Trismegistic tractates. imperfect. There is. in setting forth their intuitions of the things-that-are. very deed. always a danger in for in proportion as any such attempt . made use of the art of their philosophy and science and in It is.THE GNOSIS human arts and sciences as insufficient. OF THE MINDt incomplete.

us of clothing the Beauty of the Truth in rags as compared with the fairer garments of their own improved opinions. and offer us an . THE GNOSIS set forth OF THE MIND. w e may. Human science . in the ever-changing forms of evolving science. indeed. The documents that have been pre served from the scriptoria of the Trismegistic tradition are by many hands and the product of many minds. Some times they involve themselves so closely with the science of their day that the current opinion of the twentieth century will turn from them with a feeling of on the other contemptuous superiority hand they not infrequently remain in the paths of clear reason. do much to popularise our glimpse of the mysteries for our own time but the days that are to come will accuse . .we is ever and if changing such glimpses of the sure ideas and living verities of the Gnosis as we can obtain.

and one or utterances. most closely to the world-representa tions and man-knowledges of their own day they are not without it interest . unimpeded view of vistas of the Plain But even when they hold of Truth. or discourses. right reason. opinion. for may be that in their notions of living nature the very antipodes of our modern day opinions based on the dead surfaces of things they may have been with regard to some things even nearer the truth than we as it are ourselves in this so boasted age of grace and enlightenment. use of reason. of the School of the most attractive elements is in the the fact that the pupil whole discipline was encouraged to think and question.THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. 32 . let us say. Reason was hqld in high honour a right . there are many and clear thinking in . the logoi or sacred sermons. Be this examples of clean may. and not its counterfeit. or rather.

. but his Fate. cession of greater Fate than that &quot. is he a little world. among many other names of sublime dignity. conditioned self The whole theory of attainment was by the fact that man in soul and mind was a world in him body. all the sense of personal. or Destiny rather. but a world for separate little in that is man And the destiny of that he should become the Monad a monad. his Awareness little will Unknowingness is Fate. is let us say. not only as perceived by 33 . individual. and the means of self-realisation into that Highest Good which. it is true. be his Destiny. of monads. or the Mind of God the Cosmos itself. Good Mind or Reason (Logos) of God. his is a world.was the most precious instrument of knowledge of man and the cosmos. Man . was known as the THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. so long as content to play the part of a pro &quot.

which is the Great Body and Great Soul of things but also as conceived by mind. Mind is the Person of persons.procession 34 . Intelligible Greatness of all all greatnesses. His own Selfideas. the &quot. in bondage. the Beloved. both that which OF THE moves and moves not. as that . Alone-begotten. Time. and causality the Mind. is and The Mystery of mysteries of Man or Mind.THE GNOSIS the senses as all that is. are conditioned by space. this it is just this mind of Fate. space and time. On this transcendent fact of facts is founded method the whole discipline of the Gnosis of the Mind. the Idea of of Reason Mind and God Himself. On the other hand. not the mind in bondage to causality. the Mystery should But this naming not be understood as excluding Soul and Body. the created Son. the True Man.servant s is &quot.&quot. But this Mind. the Presence of all presences.

of becoming the ^Eon. the Subsistence of all things present. that is. at every moment of time. the Presence. they are held by the man in separation as the fundamental categories of his existence . body. of standing out of Being.&quot. and point of space. hides the potentiality of becoming the All. for they are the conditions of existence. whereby the man goes forth from his limitations to unite himself with Himself. which is the appearance that THE OF THE MIND. soul and mind seem separate and apart . and every instant causeand-effect in the Bosom of Fate. on when set over against the and the 35 .form. which the Pleroma when set over against the conception of space. that environment of incom pleteness of which is the complement or fulfilment ^c-stasis. and truly so. It is true that in the region of opinion. and so reaches that Satisfaction and our Gnostics call Fulfilment.

must not foolishly divorce within himself the mystery of the triple Powers. Life be Gnostic. . Rut Being is the Three in One. a shrine of the the most marvellous House of be regarded as Divine God that . &quot. soul. Mind. the Three For him the object of Triad. Soul and and Sub and co-equal. stance. or the Partners. and mind spirit is (or spirit.THE GNOSIS idea of time. co-eternal together It therefore follows that he who would Body Light. Divine his endeavour is to consummate the Sacred Marriage within himself. for in this Gnosis frequently a synonym of mind) must all work together in intimate union for righteousness. and the Good when con- OF THE trasted with the notion of Fate. The body of man must a holy temple. &quot. Body. where Three must marry to create that so he may be united to his Greatest Self and become at-one with God.

for our bodies are to half- atrophied. and dead to the things of Life. Every atom and every group of atoms. Heaven-and-Earth. The Gnosis of the Mind thus teaches us to let the Life flow into the dead channels of our corporeal nature. . is laid down according to the Divine Plan the body is an image of the Great Seal. to invoke the Holy Breath of God to enliven 37 alive the things of . tombs ! of the dead . male-female in one. the Temple of the Universe in which the Son of God. For this temple which the Divine has wrought for the indwelling of His beloved sons. is a copy of the Great Image. every limb and joint and organ. only Death.exists. dwells. But how few know or even dream of the possibilities of this living temple of the Divine We are sepulchres. the Man. fairer far than the fairest temple natural raised with hands.

but the all Perfect Triangle jewelled with three sparks of perfected It is manhood. not rate or reborn. to birth in us our may bring divine complement.THE GNOSIS the the substance of our frames. view is intensification of his whole nature. and self-realise himself in every portion The object that he has in of his being. that so Divine other OF THE MIND. a unit of vegetative existence. and then we may ourselves with ungrudg ing love and fair wooing of her bring our true selves to birth. that if the idea Gnosis be carried out logically. the hearer of this Mathesis must strive so ever to become a doer of the Word. but he strives ever to refund himself into ever 33 . Quickener self. first our our long-lost spouse. so becoming regene a trinity of Being. of this very evident. or a duality of man-animal nature. He does not parcel out his universe or himself into special compartments. then.

so clarify is purified that they may become a crystal prism through which the One Ray of the Logos. It is and question and reason that it ever encouraging the pupil to think I do not mean . and the mind and soul and body.more intimate union with himself ing by this jhis ness . but that it ever insisting on a right use of the the striving to reason. encourages criticism for the sake of pedantic carping. as Philo calls it. shine the All-Brilliancy. for there mean ever-present conscious is nothing really that he is not. one istic. may chief character a characteristic which should speci endear it to our present age. or rather. or questioning for the sake of idle curiosity. it Indeed features is one of say its the of the Trismegistic pleasantest Gnosis. may with unimpeded lustre in clean 39 . that ally throughout it is eminently reasonable.

the Logic of its contact &quot. &quot. here we may attempt to compare. They .THE GNOSIS and Of clear&quot. transcendent heights of vision and apocain ecstasies lypsis. are but the same Mystery two whereas the former is conditioned by the clear thinking of philosophic reason as set forth pre-eminently in Plato. greater simplicity of the Gnosis of the Mind with the dazzling multiplicity and endless immensities of the. more familiar revelations the Christianised aspects of Gnosis. and refuses to sever &quot. that it loses itself which cannot possibly be registered in the waking consciousness. though not with any idea of contrasting the to the disparagement of either. perhaps for my of readers.&quot. as well here with the things-that-are the latter soars into such as there. love to try 40 . to follow I. for my part.colours t^ And according to the nature truth in manifestation.

taught the disciple to dare all things in perhaps more daring terms than we find recorded in any other scripture. were never intended to be circulated except among those who had already proved themselves self-restrained in the fullest meaning of the term. The such &quot. love to THE GNOSIS plunge into the depths and greatness . they . Indeed. OF THE MI1 of their spiritual intuitions yet it cannot but be admitted that this intoxication of a great danger for any but minds.. but they did not circulate the revelations of such mysteries and though they . it is highly probable that such unrestrained outpourings of divine frenzy as we meet the spirit the most is balanced with in some of the Christian Gnostic Apocalypses. show us that and visions were also the rapts them who are in Gnosis privilege of Trismegistic sermons &quot. in their soaring and heaven-storming.the seers of the Christian Gnosis.

it would be unwise to reject any experience of those who have gone before upon the Way. that so the vital substance received from above may be pure mind and nature below. the great fact is that there is Gnosis. again and again force him to bring all to the test of the practical reason. as is Hermes 4* ignorance not says. or by given it by the it matters little .THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. wherever it is to be found. is ignorance. many another name Gnostics of that day. and that men have touched her sacred robe and been healed of the vices of their and the mother-vice of the soul souls . ignorance of But this the arts . of Theosophy. or the Gnosis Marcus does. rightly digested by the fitly used to nourish the But as for us who are hearers of the Gnosis. Whether we call it the Gnosis of the Mind with the followers of Thrice-greatest of the Truth as Hermes.

and also the as in the Gnosis of the when the water of the Gospel. This first is miracle. Sorrow as flees away. the awakened spiritual nature of the new-born son. or cup. at whose shining . the Father in the likeness of a dove the Father o* Light brooding over the sacred vessel. the birth of this true faith. the Sun of or divine chalice. The dawning of this sacred conviction. . it is superstition heart. but ignorance THE GNOSIS God . Basilides conceived Righteousness with healing in His wings that is to say. is the begin it is the Glad ning of Gnosis Tidings. the This Gnostic is the Gospel. it. is watery spheres turned 43 into the wine . the Gnosis of Joy.and sciences and the of rest. of the true a-theism. the rootthe human mind and OF THE MIND. the illusion that prevents a man realising the oneness of his true self with the Divine. Fourth the true baptism.

I would reply). They both part and parcel Read the same Economy. certain purposes either associated with name and mystic person of the Great Teacher known as Jesus of Nazareth. are contemporaneous they are .&quot. first marriage. But perhaps my readers will say But this is the Christian Gnosis and not the Gnosis of the Mind My dear friends (if you will permit me. The two traditions mutually in terpret and complete one another. If that Gnosis was for ! . it is not for us to keep the two streams apart in sonality of heart and head in water-tight compart ments. : OF THE MIND. there is no Christian Gnosis and and Trismegistic Gnosis there is but one Gnosis. the or handed on under the typical per Great Hermes. the fragments of these two for of gotten faiths.THE GNOSIS of the spirit at the &quot. or rather the fragments of the two manifestations of this forgotten 44 .

fragmentary or otherwise ? We are living in the twentieth century . we do not want of to return to the modes . again. as I have heard. too await . He who is reborn into the Gnosis becomes. conditioned who are The Gnosis itself is not it is we by space and time conditioned by these modes of . matter of fact not a few said) : But some one may say (as a What have already do we want with a for gotten faith. the dawn of that New Age doubt that the Gnosis of the New Age will be new. Certainly it will be set forth in new forms.faith. the and space. for the forms but I can be infinite. manifestation. and you will see for yourselves. we can thought of two thousand years ago create a new Gnosis that will interpret the facts of present-day science and philosophy and I religion. and passes from man into the state of Super-man and Lord of time 45 .

as a Hermes would have phrased it two thousand years ago or of Bodhisattva and Buddha. Daimon and God. The way submit. the transcending of his present limitations. The feeding of our present-day vanity on 46 the husks from . to do so is not. Indeed. handed on to us by the forgetfulness of a series of ignorant and of careless generations.GNOSIS MIND*&quot. as it was phrased five hundred years Christ. or before that. is the very the Gnosis the faith that man transcend the limits of the that makes him man. and become duality a consciously divine being. his I venture to exalting present-day science or philosophy or religion at the expense of the little he can learn of the imperfect tradition of by knowledge in the religion and philosophy and science the past. essence of if I believe rightly. The can problem he has to solve is the problem of his day.

conditions of receiving that illumination 47 . believe. and other things in the domain of the world of appearances of .the feasts of other days for one who would is a poor diet be Gnostic. It is THE GN OSIS very true that. the cycles of the ^on are. we do know more of physical observation. We our attention are beginning once more to turn in the direction of the Greater Mysteries I . analysis and classification. speaking generally. once more set in a configuration similar to the mode of the Time-Mind when such illumination is possible for numbers of souls. but do a living religion experience than the great souls of the do we know more of the Gnosis past than the Gnostics of other days ? I as . we know more doubt it. we do know more of the many lower theory of knowledge. and not for But the stray individuals only.

that the illusion of illusions which we must that of the Lord strive of the transcend . same now as they have ever been and one of the conditions is the power . Hour it is just the general opinions and pre-suppositions and prejudices of our own day against which we must be on our watch with There are certain greatest vigilance. forms of knowledge. and forms of philosophy. It therefore follows. for they are alive with and therefore it the faith of millions follows that it may be we shall find less to pierce difficulty. if I am to right in all my is premises.THE GNOSIS are the OF THE MIND. in our endeavour . . if we study forms that are no longer charged with the 48 . Hour to rise superior to the opinions of the into the Gnosis of the Eternal ^Eon. that dominate these forms every age and every hour are most potent. through the clouds of opinion to the living ideas beyond. forms of religion.

only to find themselves stranded among dead with out. forms life far the tide of the spiritual On who feel the other hand. It may thus be that the forms of the Gnosis of the past may be read more dispassionately and be. with that storage of the hopes and fears of incarnated THE GNOSIS minds. the artist and lover of the Beautiful in us risk to be sacrificed entirely to the 49 . the shock of which few are strong enough to withstand. . there may be that in what has been some said above. backwards. It is precisely this literalists absurdity which so many attempt in theology. &quot. &quot.passions of mankind. it seen through more clearly. However this may would be manifestly absurd to go back to the past and simply pour ourselves once more into these ancient forms this would be death and a mental and spiritual re incarnation so to speak.

THE GNOSIS Philistine. they are part of the world-scripture. hardly be said to be out of . And I doubt not that read Gnosis is to-day there are enough biblelovers. 50 . The enshrined in scripture. there are such things as the Non refert quam multos $ed best books. Plato. date even as to their form are while as to their content. They can. and they use the language of therefore. I venture to they belong to the great books of the world. There is such a thing as THE scripture . in bibles and not in books. among us to appreciate the beautiful even and permanent in literature. in the wider sense of the word. it is not the quantity but the quality of the books we that is of importance. The Trismegistic sermons have a com the also mon language with the writers of New Testament books. quam bonos libros legas . as far as their main ideas say that concerned.

even as he . I would add a few quotations touching the Gnosis from the for. or of sophy the Buddhist or Brahmanical lovers of the Gnosis. In conclusion. then. Trismegistic sermons .If. they will not lose anything GNOSIS OF THE by reading what the disciples of this MI1 form of the Wisdom-Tradition have handed on to us. and are persuaded that he who is acquainted with one mode of theosophy only does not know theosophy truly. . suitable to their needs of but if who is acquainted with one language only knows no language really. any would learn of the Gnosis THE of the Mind. as Lactantius. or they may find some other scripture of the past more lovers they are comparative theosophy. they may learn much by comparing the theosophy of the Hermes-Gnostics with the theo of the Christian Gnostics. They may prefer more modern expositions.

in which he asserts the Great &quot. we of call His Him Hermes or by any other many names. Seals in my hands. For as He says in another scripture of that Day of Sunshine. Through mysteries a All all I ll open up . Yes. ness of the Highest God&quot. (iii.THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. I will descend Through ^Eons universal will I make a Path : &quot. whether 233)&quot. most probably before even there were as yet any Christian scriptures Father Wherefore.. writing of the inner history of the ChristMystery. treating of the Gnosis of things divine. . Way! Forms of Gods will I display The Secrets of the Holy Path I will 52 . ! . indeed many of them. send me. He wrote many &quot. the Church Father. tells us of the Holy Scribe who inspired these scriptures : He wrote books. and One and Only books.

GNOSIS He sermons and precisely Gnosis of : many books. 68). . one &quot. . 192). confined to any formal it may its be presented in infinite modes to the learner and hearer. rather that Gnosis doth 53 .. And so we read For to the Good there is no other shore It hath no bounds It is with out an end and for Itself It is without : &quot. And Yes. though unto us seemeth to have one the Gnosis. by many names. too. beginning.hand on. many sacred discourses.Therefore It to It is it Gnosis is no be ginning . call them Gnosis wrote (i. (ii. THE &quot.. for it is like unto Great Original. &quot. Not that there of the Gnosis or any precise beginning any definite introduction instruction . entitled of OF THE MIND.An them All called to Introduction of the the Nature is Things&quot. .

the suppliant and hearer. Seek st thou for God. points out : the way in the wise and gentle words &quot. how to set his feet upon the path of selfrealisation. Thus Hermes in teaching his beloved son..THE GNOSIS afford to us the first beginning of 7/s OF THE MIND. the seeker. thou seekest for the Beautiful. who wrote just prior to the days of Paul. leadeth unto It One is the Path that Devotion joined with Gnosis &quot. : beginning of Perfection but Gnosis of God Gnosis of Man Perfect Perfection &quot. The is is (i. And again he sets forth the boundary54 . 114). being known &quot. (ii. (ii. aphorism . And so again we find a Jewish mystic.. 90).. quoting from some scripture of the Gnosis (in all probability from one of the lost sermons of our School) which sets forth the matter in still greater clarity in the striking &quot. 178).

and he who knoweth with all good things. but vast and fair and good virtue Devotion self-control. tis true. They . is a devotee of God. . &quot. nor the many them. And. But he who all bear with are for refer him good deliberately he doth them all unto the Gnosis. being thinks godly thoughts and not thoughts filled like the &quot. saying &quot. thing most marvellous.marks of the Way of the Good Command: THE GNOSIS nt? * merits in admirable instruction. . will once he has sensed the For such an one all things. death.The Seeds of God. thought mad and laughed at they re hated and and sometimes even put to despised. many think. . God. please not the many. God-Gnosis . . are TU E N and is few. devotion. e en though they be for others bad. For this cause they are who Gnostic are. Gnosis. 55 tis he alone .

. &quot. . subsequently adapted to the prophetical mood by a Christian evan to our and third first gelist prior inner communities. the comfort of those in Faith. 131). It is of more than ordinary this &quot. Logoi of the Lord &quot. i &amp. &quot.&quot. were.. which in in their original form circulated the the highest probability. What their the Sayings preserved by the first and third evangelists may have been in original &quot. Sayings of the Lord &quot. interest to compare simple statement of fact addressed to those in Gnosis with the well-known words adapted from some &quot. though any day the Oxhyrhynchus rub bish-heaps may yield us a clue. form. ^ original as they who are in Gnosis. &quot.GNOSIS OF THE MIND. early collection of for &quot.. in synoptists. Some of these &quot. we do not know..lt. Thus we 56 find the writer of . who maketh bad things good (ii. and th who are Gnostic stand in the . The devotee of God is the Gnostic. .

&quot. say revile lying. are ye when they shall OF THE MIND. evangelist : &quot. and when they shall separate you forth (from them). is Here the evidently the lying of some scrupulous scribe who knew gloss there were some things that could be said whereas the third against them justly . &quot. antithesis of the between &quot. and revile you. men &quot. for the sake of the Son of the Man. for My &quot. keeps closer to his original. sake. &quot. and Son Man is familiar to us in our 57 .&quot. The &quot. But even so there still seems to be a blend of two traditions before the Saying reached the hands of our third evangelist. you and persecute you and shall all manner of evil against you. writing Blessed are ye when men shall hate you. and cast out your name as evil.our First Gospel handing on one of these THE GNOSIS Sayings as Blessed : &quot.

&quot. Devotion &quot. to be understood as expulsion of members from a the brethren. phrases in Latin is (ii.. the &quot. however.learning of the things-that-are. piety. the contemplating of their nature and the 58 . 243). (iclearly to be distinguished from the sake of the first evangelist. casting forth of the name as evil are. My &quot. quoting Hermes. under th Q{ M MIND Man it is &quot. something other than pious exercise and the practice of devotional worship it leads unto the complete or allperfect contemplation. I 39~ I 9 8 ). community and list the of removal of their names from the But is to return to the Gnosis. and embraces .GNOSIS f\Tff stood b THTT Trismegistic sermons. and would be all who knew of the e . True Piety is else than the Gnosis of This God nothing as Lacit tantius. Whereas the separating forth and the in the M y steries &quot. I believe. God-Gnosis.&quot. &quot.

For the Master of this Way thing. that is the Gnosis of God. 264). For neither can he who perceiveth nor he who else. : For only then gaze when concerning wilt thou upon It thou canst say no word For Gnosis of the It. &quot. silence Good is holy and a giving &quot. holiday to every sense. the the common &quot. sense of intelligence. perceive aught else. all It is the gaining of the &quot.&quot. . sense. saying &quot. that Supreme Vision. aright. 59 .. sense..&quot. . teaches his disciple concerning the Gnosis of the Good. &quot. the &quot. gaze on aught else nor gazeth It. . OF THE MIND. knowing God THE GNOSIS &quot. the the nature of the all and being taught And the Supreme Vision (ii.or. hear aught . if I understand is no rapt into regions beyond the but a Seeing of the Good in every sky. on It.&quot. in other words.&quot.

self-realisation whereby the soul is brought into sympathy with the Cosmic Soul. The theosis of a This the deification .. nd so speaking of such a soul.THE GNOSIS &quot. . if it doth contemplate the Beauty of the Good is &quot. &quot. 60 . s then all round his through his whole soul. out of body. in that he becomes a God. 144). Hermes writes But on the pious soul the Mind : &quot. or apo he becomes like unto God. that a like soul should be made to God.And shining OF THE MIND. &quot. e en while it still is in a body. of one gnostic in true piety. transforming man my son. doth mount and guide it to the Gnosis And such a soul doth never Light. (ii. man Beauty of the Good is the Cosmic Order and the mode of meditation was that of . It shines and draws it him to essence. mind all of &quot. For it is possible.

and doing good in word and deed to all. saying : &quot. its Sire (ii. seek ye for one to take you by the hand and lead you unto Gnosis Gates. the mis sionary of the Gnosis and evangelist of Salvation exhorts them. where not all a single drunk. and. harbouring there. warning the multitude of flood&quot. against the ignorance. of every darkness soul clean.tire in songs of praise to God and THE GNOSIS pouring blessing on all men. in imitation of &quot. 61 ear can hear .fierce so again in the outer preaching. make for Salvation s port. but sober they gaze with their hearts willeth to be seen. Where is shines clear Light.No eyes on Him who see Him. &quot.. And in &quot. &quot. rent. OF THE MIND. nor tongue speak of Him. Be then not flood. carried off by the fierce but using the shore-cur ye who can. 155). nor can eye Him.

&quot.. P reachin S we learn the very interestin S fact that there was some great association that the Gnostic evan fr And m (ii. A guide who knew the Way to the Gates of the Spiritual Sun must be found. &quot. not knowledge as . s port. this gelist regarded as Salvation harbour of refuge for many . OFTHE MIND. a but even when fierce line that could safe within the quiet of the discip calm the waves of the flood of there was still passion and ignorance. and 62 .&quot. sense. one who was not only in Faith.But and : conditioned upon feeling. Hermes says &quot. Gnosis is far different from For sense is brought about by that which hath the mastery o er us. a further adventure for the soul before the Light of the New Day dawned.but only mind and heart &quot. 121). and For faith is upon sense. while Gnosis is the end of science. in Gnosis &quot.

in consonance with the teaching of the Buddha. but good out of necessity (ii.science is God &quot. By Him alone the soul becometh &quot. Righteousness. This is the Way up to the Mount.. not whiles is good. 63 Sharing. For in this view of the mystery. in general. and still while on the earth Divine (ii. &quot. . Joy. This is the sole Salvation for a man God s Gnosis. THE GNOSIS of It is true that a refuge can be found in the Harbour . s gift (ii. Self-control. of Salvation by means OF THE MIND. he good and pious is.&quot. &quot.. For he who knows.. 150). And so the soul s vice is ignorance. &quot. we find Gnosis heading the list of virtues Gnosis. whiles evil. 146). And : again The He says virtue of the soul : is Gnosis.with-all. Con tinence. and with Indian theosophy &quot. 147). Faith but Salvation itself is Gnosis. good.

is it. things things are to But no going forth into new lands (though it may have all the enter into the Way of the Gnosis. my son. they speed their way unto that One and Only One. for the Mind is God &quot.THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. and things above the heaven if they be aught. 66 . and having they sight the Good look upon their sojourn sighted It. &quot. both things in body and the bodiless. vision of things Divine God&quot. And having raised themselves so . s 88). the Gnosis of the . things on the earth. they and in disdain here as a mischance far . of all. for they bonds won their release embrace in their own mind all things. no new Path is this. . Mind.. knowledge (ii. Hard as it may be to leave the the we have grown used habitual. it must be done if we to. This is. &quot.&quot. things in the heaven.

GNOSIS OR THF MIND And there for those who will thus &quot. and give Him thanks. 14). To such (ii.. &quot. intent on Him an with ardent love &quot. repent. of Men &quot.&quot. is And to the truth of this. 98). &quot. the pure and holy merciful. Myself my Presence doth become and straightway they gain Gnosis aid.. . men who live piously. Mind. invoking on Him blessings and chanting hymns.I. We must turn ourselves back into the Old. Shepherd &quot. Old Way&quot.appearance of being so). (ii. : am present with men and good. and win the Father s love by their pure lives. The entrance on the Path of the Gnosis is a Going Home it is a Return a Turning-Back (a true Repentance of the whole nature). testimony 67 . and words of fair comfort spoken by the Mind Himself in the Gospel of the Gnosis called The are promises &quot. of all things.

He had poured into me. was freed. And &quot. full of the Power of of &quot. with thanks and blessings unto the Father of the universal : &quot. whereby the rest of human kind may hearer only. come &quot.. Gnosis which our common being s nature and . saying Give ear to me who pray that : I may is ne er of Gnosis fail. a doer. to Light and Life. when he writes But I. and full what He d taught me of the nature the (ii. all and of the loftiest vision 17). men the Gnosis .THE GNOSIS OF THE MIND. and not a He prays no longer for but that he may be the means himself. the so he begins to preach to Beauty of Devotion and of &quot. borne by one of those in Gnosis who had heard and had believed and had known. 68 . now that he has become a knower. for he cannot refrain from uttering the Word. Powers.

fill me this with Thy Power. OF THE MIND. and &quot. With these brief indications of the Gnosis of the Mind.&quot.&quot. that I may give &quot. learn and originals.. we bring to an end the first volume of these Echoes from the Gnosis. my brethren and Thy sons (ii. 69 . and with Grace of Thine. &quot. mark. THE GNOSIS the Light to those in ignorance of the Race. drawn from a wealth of like noble teachings. in the hope that there may be some who will turn to the fair read. 20). inwardly digest them.

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