“Humans are generally ignorant of the divine spark resident within them. This ignorance is fostered in human nature by the influence of the false creator and his Archons. … Not all humans are spiritual and thus ready for Gnosis and liberation. … Gnostics do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from ignorance of which sin is a consequence. Ignorance – whereby is meant ignorance of spiritual realities – is dispelled only by Gnosis.
“And as a terminal downbeat observation: Death does not automatically bring about liberation from bondage to the realms of the Demiurge. … It is implicitly understood in most Gnostic teachings that those who have not made effective contact with their transcendental origins while they were in embodiment would have to return into the sorrowful condition of earthly life.” ~Bernard Simon
Ignorance of the Divine Spark
Much of humanity is ignorant of the Divine Spark within. They generally fall into two groups. One group believes in God and is often quite religious, but doesn’t see and need for spiritual self-development. The other doesn’t believe in God or anything spiritual. Both are living in some degree of ignorance.
Ignorance is Sin
Mr. Simon says that, according to the Gnostics, that salvation (or forgiveness) of sin was not the path to Heaven and enlightenment, but rather to be free from ignorance, which causes sin. That is true of most Gnostic groups and it is true of Cosolargy, which I follow. Gene Savoy, Sr said:
“Man punishes himself because he breaks the supernatural laws of the cosmos. Man suffers because of his ignorance of God and His laws. Ignorance is the only sin for which man must atone.”
Why is ignorance the only sin that matters? Because one you overcome ignorance, you stop sinning, it is that simple. When you were an infant, you may have touched a hot stove and got burned. Not badly, but enough so you knew it wasn’t a good thing to do. But because you didn’t quite put the stove and the burning pain together as connected yet, you may have made the same mistake a day or two later. But after getting a few mild burns (hopefully, your parents had you protected from the hotter areas where you could get serious burns!), you got the connection and stopped touching it.
Death and Liberation
A common belief of those living in spiritual ignorance is that when you die, you go on to Heaven or some variation of the Christian Heaven. You need not do anything special, you don’t have to earn this high privilege, you just have to die. If that were true, the idea that suicide is wrong would make no sense at all. Why should anyone be deprived of the right to rush off to heaven whenever they choose?
The answer, of course, is that death is not a ticket to Heaven. It isn’t even a ticket to an afterlife, at least not in the sense that most of us expect an afterlife to be. Those who die without doing what is necessary to get into heaven will find that their soul will separate from them, and return to heaven without them. The soul is like a guest living in your spiritual guest room. If you don’t go through the process that allows you to become one with the soul as taught by mystics and mystery schools for ages, the soul moves out and you do not go with it. Instead, your consciousness becomes part of the Gaia mind that controls the planet. You become, in a way, a piece of Mother Nature’s consciousness. That is not what I want when I die and I don’t think it is what anyone else wants.
I have heard of some Eastern Gurus telling people that when they die, their soul is like a drop of water falling into an ocean. Once that happens, it becomes just a part of the whole ocean. That is a good description of what happens to those who, out of ignorance, don’t integrate with their soul.
Escape from Ignorance
So don’t become a drop of water in the ocean, a tiny piece of the Gaia mind. Lose your ignorance by awakening and developing your soul. You do that primarily by taking in the light of the Spiritual Sun through a process called sun-gazing. But sun gazing alone won’t do it. It is more complicated, which is why those who are serious about ending their spiritual ignorance join a reputable spiritual school to learn the complete process one step at a time.