Gnosis: (Greek γνώσις) knowledge. The word Gnosis can refer to:
- The knowledge we acquire through our own experience, as opposed to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew "da'ath," the Sanskrit "jna" or "vidya," and the Tibetan "rigpa."
- The tradition that gave birth to our most respected philosophies, sciences, arts, and religions. Although some modern people believe the term gnosis is related only to certain groups active in the Middle East some 2,000 years ago, the reality is different.
Now, for the first time in history, it is possible for anyone to study the most sacred and ancient knowledge. Do not expect it will be easy, or that it will agree with everything you have been told by modern society. As for which is correct, you can base your analysis on the outcome of "modern philosophy": take a look around to see what we have done with the world. To see the outcome of the ancient philosophy, study those who learned from it.
As for the knowledge we study here, it is profound, nearly incomprehensible, but ultimately only useful when made practical in your daily life. Live it, and the truth will be made starkly evident. Yet if this knowledge remains merely as concepts or beliefs, you will never, ever see what it really means.
In his epic book The Secret Teachings of All Ages,Manly P. Hall wrote:
"...he who would fathom the depths of philosophic thought must familiarize himself with the teachings of those initiated priests designated as the first custodians of divine revelation. The Mysteries claimed to be the guardians of a transcendental knowledge so profound as to be incomprehensible save to the most exalted intellect and so potent as to be revealed with safety only to those in whom personal ambition was dead and who had consecrated their lives to the unselfish service of humanity. Both the dignity of these sacred institutions and the validity of their claim to possession of Universal Wisdom are attested by the most illustrious philosophers of antiquity, who were themselves initiated into the profundities of the secret doctrine and who bore witness to its efficacy.
"The question may legitimately be propounded: If these ancient mystical institutions were of such "great pith and moment," why is so little information now available concerning them and the arcana they claimed to possess? The answer is simple enough: The Mysteries were secret societies, binding their initiates to inviolable secrecy, and avenging with death the betrayal of their sacred trusts. Although these schools were the true inspiration of the various doctrines promulgated by the ancient philosophers, the fountainhead of those doctrines was never revealed to the profane. Furthermore, in the lapse of time the teachings became so inextricably linked with the names of their disseminators that the actual but recondite source--the Mysteries--came to be wholly ignored."
Times have changed. The doors to the Mysteries have been opened. Welcome!