Mission of Gnosticism Today
The mission of Gnosticism in this day and age is to deliver the method and means for the work of the realization of the inner Man in each one of us; the attainment of this transcendental objective depends on our cooperation with the Being.
The divorce between science, art, philosophy and mysticism has provoked the deterioration of this civilization. Thus, we do not appreciate the poetry of nature, the harmony that emanates from the universe, and even human relations have become cold: reason why our heart is unmoved by human suffering.
That is why the Gnostic teachings proposes in its theoretical-practical program of study the communion between science, art, philosophy and mysticism as the only way of rescuing the highest values of the human being, because without ethical values life would be completely empty, without transcendence, and without the realization of the profound inner Being.
This is possible by developing the superior emotion that makes science more human, art more sublime, philosophy more intuitive and mysticism more objective.
We conclude by saying that Gnosis is therefore the light of science, the art of what is beautiful and good, and the love of wisdom, the mystical eternal spring.
Whoever awakens consciousness
has access to Objective Universal Science, Pure Science.
Pure Science like that of the Great Work;
Pure Science like that of the Medieval Alchemists;
Pure Science like the one of Paracelsus, or that of Paul of Tarsus.
— Samael Aun Weor
Gnosis as Science
The Scientific Gnostic Method
The method of Gnostic science is experimentation or objective knowledge of things utilizing scientific meditation and the inner vehicles or solar bodies for the experimentation and direct observation of the object of study.
The object of study is the universe, all that exists, things in themselves, beyond their three-dimensional aspect.
Gnostic science studies cosmogenesis and objectively knows the origin of the worlds, suns, and universes; and, particularly, that of the Ors solar system, where we live and have our Being.
Gnostic science studies the human machine and the conditions of its five centers: intellect, emotion, movement, instinct and sex. It studies endocrinology and medicine (the causes of disease and its cure).
Everything passes through the crucible of Gnosis.
There are two kinds of art: an art that we could call ‘subjective,’ which is the ultra-modern art that leads nowhere, and there is also the “royal art” of Nature, Objective Art, Real, Transcendental Art, obviously, such art has in itself, precious Cosmic Truths.
— Samael Aun Weor, The Pillars of Gnostic Wisdom
Gnosis as Art
The objective of art is the pursuit of beauty in its different manifestations. Art is the faithful witness of that great human work we call Culture. Gnosis is present in all the great works of universal literature, in the works of the geniuses of music, painting, sculpture and architecture.
We find Gnostic art in archaic settlements, in the pyramids and ancient obelisks of the Egypt of the pharaohs; in ancient Mexico, among the Mayans and the archeological remains of the Aztecs, Zapotecs, Toltecs, etc.; amidst the ancient medieval parchments and those of the Chinese, Phoenicians, Assyrians, etc.; in the hieroglyphs and bas-reliefs of ancient cultures; in the painting and sculpture of the Renaissance; in the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Wagner; in the great works of universal literature, in the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, in Dante’s Divine Comedy and in many others, which contain the same principles of universal wisdom, presented in diverse forms and sometimes hidden behind the veil of philosophical symbolism.
Because of this, is that we define two types of art: the first is “subjective art,” which truly leads nowhere. The second is the “regal art of nature,” a transcendental art that always leads to the ultimate truth hidden in the Being.
And it is thanks to art as a living witness of the entire history of humanity, that the philosophy, science and mysticism of our ancestors could come to us, otherwise we would have irremediably lost all that experience of life. And now through the eternal Gnosis, the Gnosis of art, we can finally lift the veil of the symbol and of the mystery, as to penetrate, safely, any truth of the Being.
Architecture is a music of stones and music is an architecture of sounds.
— Ludwig van Beethoven
Gnosis as Mysticism
Religious Forms and Religious Principles
We must make a clear distinction between “religious forms” and “religious principles.” “Religious principles” are living cosmic formulas and “religious forms” are the diverse systems or ways of teaching these principles.
Gnosis studies the science of religions; it attempts to reach the religious depths of ancient cultures. It seeks the connection of the Soul with the inner Real Being, the divinity that exists in each human. This involves great efforts in trying to eliminate the “I” of experimental psychology. Only then is this inner connection, spoken of by the ancient sages, possible.
Gnostic religiousness is totally scientific, highly philosophical and profoundly artistic; it pursues wisdom, the divine within us. If we do not discover God in us, we will not find God anywhere else. This is self-Gnosis, the knowledge of oneself, which ultimately is the knowledge of God.
Gnosis as Philosophy
Love of Wisdom
Philosophy, despite its divisions (logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, etc.), is, in and of itself, evident reflection, mystical knowledge of the Being, a conscious functionalism of the awakened Consciousness.
In synthesis, philosophy is love of wisdom. Its method is introspection, which leads to the direct experience of Truth. Philosophy must always answer the great questions of existence: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going?
Gnosis as philosophy is, in fact, a very natural function of the awakened Consciousness, and as such it emerges in every time and place.
Gnostic philosophy is present in the Vedas of India and in the prophecies of the Hebrew people, in the Tao Te Ching and the Platonic Dialogues, in the theology of the Gospel of St. John and in the Mahayana, in Plotinus and in the Areopagite, among the Persian Sufis and Christian mystics of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The perennial philosophy has spoken almost all the languages of Asia and Europe and has used the most important terminologies and traditions as to always be present in all religions and philosophies of the earth.