9284Re: Digest Number 563 (seminar lowlights)
- Mar 7, 2004Hello Mike,
> Mike wrote:M. Blavadky's secretary? wow, that is a fascinating bit of
> It should be made clear, this was no hidden adjenda for Mead, he was
> Madam Blavadsky's secretary, and was merely viewing the gnostics
> unconsciously from a Theosophical world view.
information. Mike, may i ask, why you say "viewing the gnostics
> > "The Gnostics were ever changing their nomenclature; the god ofone
> > system might even be the devil of another! He who makes alucky
> > concordance of names merely, in Gnosticism, may think himself
> > to escape a lunatic asylum; he, on the contrary, who seeks theidea
> > behind the name will often find himself in a realm of great beautyrealms
> > and harmony of thought. Men like the Gnostics have ever had
> > intuitions of a real state of being, of definite and precise
> > of consciousness; yet each has caught a glimpse of the reality, ascontradict
> > all men must so long as they are imprisioned in a body. If the
> > Gnostics exhausted the philosophy and religion of their time in
> > striving to find a decent vestment for the naked truth, as they
> > thought they saw it, who shall blame them? Though they contradict
> > one another, in the view of the word-hunter, they do not
> > themselves for the follower of ideas. the idea is the key whichthis
> > opens the mysteries of the Gnosis, and those who refuse to use
> > living key must be content to have the treasury closed againstMike wrote:
> > them."
> Despite this, he had real insight, and the book is valuable, thisi completely agree, i am thoroughly enjoying, and devouring the book.
> quote rests my case.
it has been very helpful in visually outlining, historically, the
stream of what Mead calls a "Living Tradition".
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