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Secret Knowledge of the Chaldeans, Persians, and Others

Secret Knowledge of the Ancients

“The Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians had all of them the same knowledge of the secrets of Nature, and also the same religion. It was only the names that differed. The Chaldeans and Persians called their doctrine Sophia and Magic; and the Egyptians, because of the sacrifice, called their wisdom priestcraft. The magic of the Persians, and the theology of the Egyptians, were both of them taught in the schools of old. Though there were many schools and learned men in Arabia, Africa, and Greece, … still there were different opinions among them as to the wisdom of the Egyptian on points wherein they themselves differed, and whereupon they disagreed with it. For this reason Pythagoras could not be called a wise man, because the Egyptian priestcraft and wisdom were not perfectly taught, although he received therefrom many mysteries and arcane knowledge; and that Anaxagoras had received a great many as well, is clear from his discussions on the subject of Sol and its Stone, which he left behind him after his death. Yet he differed in many respects from the Egyptians. Even they would not be called wise men or Magi; but, following Pythagoras, they assumed the name of philosophy: yet they gathered no more than a few gleams like shadows from the magic of the Persians and the Egyptians.” ~Paracelsus

Knowledge

Knowledge is something most of us seek. But not all knowledge is good. For example, knowledge of ways to kill yourself quickly and easily should not be shared with someone prone to bouts of depression. Adam and Eve got into trouble when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the evil part that is the problem. What that allegorical tale really means is that Adam and Eve turned to the light of the physical sun and were pulled down into the physical dimension because of it. That is knowledge they would have been far better off without. In most cases, though, gaining knowledge is a worthy pursuit.

Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians

The Chaldeans and Persians were among the ancient civilizations that had a lot of spiritual knowledge. Much of that knowledge was passed on to the Egyptians. But this secret knowledge was around even before the Persians and Chaldeans. It was also found in Atlantis, which was a real place, a real civilization, though some of the details in Plato’s tale of that land may not be accurate. Continue reading “Secret Knowledge of the Chaldeans, Persians, and Others”

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Praise Wisdom, Embrace Wisdom

“Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people. In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power. I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud. I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar. I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep. In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession. … Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power. And I took root in an honorable people, even in the portion of the Lord’s inheritance. I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon. I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho. … I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odor like the best myrrh, … and as the fumes of frankincense in the tabernacle. As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honor and grace. … I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him. Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits. For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb. They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Praise Wisdom

I’m not sure Ecclesiasticus is correct in saying that Wisdom “shall praise herself,” but we certainly have good reason to praise Wisdom. Unfortunately, few of us do, probably because we confuse Wisdom and intelligence. The Gnostics and Mystics know that they are not the same. Wisdom is also not using intelligence to make good decisions and sound judgment, as it is commonly defined. Wisdom, as the Gnostics and Mystics know it, is a Divine Knowledge that is made up only of absolute and universal truth. There is no room in wisdom for opinions. It is also not limited to the material world. Spiritual knowledge combined with material intellect produces real Wisdom as nothing else can. Those who have this Wisdom make good choices always, not just occasionally. So yes, we should praise Wisdom. Continue reading “Praise Wisdom, Embrace Wisdom”

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Gnosis is Knowing, But We Must Know Gnosis

“Gnosis depends upon distinguishing the psyche, or soul, from the deep self, which pragmatically means that any strengthening of the psyche depends upon acquaintance with the original self, already one with God. Originality is as much the mark of historical Gnosticism as it is of canonical Western literature; that C. S. Lewis simultaneously deprecates both the self and originality confirms the Gnostic negative analysis of those who assert that they live by faith rather than by knowledge. Christian faith is pistis, a believing that something was, is, and will be so. Judaic faith is a trusting in the Covenant. Islam means submission to the will of Allah, as expressed through his messenger, Muhammad, ‘the seal of the prophets.’ But Gnosis is not a believing that, a trusting in, or a submission. Rather, it is mutual knowing, and a simultaneous being known, of and by God.

“I cannot pretend that this is a simple process, it is far more elitist than C. S. Lewis’s ‘mere Christianity,’ and I suspect that this elitism is why Gnosticism always has been defeated by by orthodox Christian faith, in history.” ~Harold Bloom

Knowing is Gnosis

Bloom is writing more as a critic of traditional religion rather than a defender of Gnosticism. That needs to be taken into account when reading his comments on Gnosticism and Gnosis.

Before you can achieve Gnosis, you have to know what Gnosis means. Some say that it simply means knowledge, all knowledge, knowledge of anything. That is incorrect. Knowledge of how to make a chocolate cake is not Gnosis. Knowledge of how to build a house is not Gnosis. The knowledge found in a book is not Gnosis, even if the author of the book was a Gnostic.

Only one kind of knowledge truly qualifies as Gnosis and that is Divine Knowledge. This Divine Knowledge is all Knowledge, true knowledge with no veils, no distortions, no opinions. So the only way to get such knowledge is through a direct connection with higher levels of consciousness and the spiritual beings that live there. The ultimate Gnosis comes when we fully realize our connection to the One Consciousness that is God. That is true Gnosis, and it can only be gained by direct experience, never indirectly by reading books or watching videos. Continue reading “Gnosis is Knowing, But We Must Know Gnosis”

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Skill and Knowledge from Divine Wisdom

“Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding standing, and exalteth them to honor that hold her fast. … The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath. A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him. He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom. The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight. Distrust not the fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart. Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what thou speakest. Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonor upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit.” ~ Ecclesiasticus

Skill and Knowledge

Wisdom does bring us both skill and knowledge. Spiritual wisdom specifically brings us spiritual knowledge and spiritual skills. This skill and knowledge comes to us through the soul, but only if we have taken the time to awaken it. If the soul is still sleeping, the spiritual knowledge and skills will elude us.

Spiritual Knowledge

The knowledge part of that spiritual skill and knowledge is the Divine Knowledge that the Gnostics called Gnosis. Other mystical schools may have had a different name for it, but it meant the same thing. It is that knowledge that is never gained from reading books, or even from a spiritual teacher. Books and teachers can only teach you how to gain access to that knowledge, but the knowledge comes only from direct experience.

This knowledge is the truth of reality, the knowing of what is real and permanent, and the knowing of what is an illusion and temporary. It is simple enough to tell someone that matter is illusion and spirit is real and permanent, but that doesn’t mean they truly understand what that means. When that knowledge is gained by connected directly with the spiritual dimensions and the beings that dwell there, then you truly understand. When you are one with the All, you understand. Continue reading “Skill and Knowledge from Divine Wisdom”

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