Re: Gnostic Lingo.
- Ah, ok.... so if I understand you then you are stating your support
for the more personal method of interpretation. Part of that
question though is whether or not you can demonstrate that the
historical Gnostics intended the liturature to be understood that
way. Would you care to take a crack at demonstrating that this is
the intention by using historical Gnostic texts? Where do you feel
they tell us this?
What I mean is, I understand that there are many people here who
feel that revalation is personal, but what I am asking is if anyone
wishes to outline whether this belief agrees with traditional
Gnostic understanding of this subject. In order to demonstrate that
Sophia and Logos are related to ideas in Liber Al, we need to
demonstrate what Sophia and Logos are in their original context
(otherwise I could just as easily state they could be something very
different, or even opposed to what is presented in Liber Al.... and
in fact many here do not see Crowley's teachings as even remotely
related to Gnosticism so we can't make such an assumption without
using Gnostic texts to outline this).
Care to give it a try?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, hermetic_star <no_reply@y...>
> The Gnostic 'revelation' is a state of mind, something like Zen.
> will either get it, or not get it. If you get it, your perceptionin
> shifts and you will understand the symbols and images represented
> the texts. I believe giving away such secrets is a violation. Iand
> believe this for two reasons: It opens up our gnosis to ridicule by
> those hard headed enough to not have the capacity to understand,
> also if we give away the method by which we ourselves measure ourhave
> progress, then how will we recognise those who have joined us?
> A partial answer to your question though, Sophia and the Logos are
> kind of like Nuit and Hadit to in Liber Al. They are form and
> function. You can no more have one without the other than you can
> a front without a back. They are interdependant, and two sides ofthe
> same coin.on
> --- In email@example.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > I am throwing out a few ideas here so a few conversations can go
> > at once.While
> > In MANY groups the question as to the allegorical vs literal
> > interperatations of Gnostic texts have been a bit of a debate.
> > latter method leaves no difficult strings to tie, the formerreally
> > seems to be the wider assumption in spite of the fact that it isthe
> > more difficult to demonstrate.ascribe
> > Strangely enough, a fairly wide majority of people seem to
> > to the sort of "sola scriptura" notion of interpretive methodthat
> > came very late to Christian thought, which is to say they feelthat
> > interpretation of these scriptures is a personal affair.that
> > As most of you know, I have stated many times, for the record,
> > I doubt that the intent of these authors was simply to throw outhave
> > scripture for personal interpretive methodologies. However, I
> > had people counter from the assumption that the texts are a sortof
> > revelation, and have even been asked how we can know if thesethese
> > authors even understood the texts themselves.
> > I would like to have a conversation with the assumption that
> > are allegory, and ask how you feel they should be dealt with. Doyou
> > think they used a sort of lingo meant to be understood inspecific
> > ways? Do you believe you understand what the Logos and Sophiais? Or
> > the difference between the "First Father" and the "SecondFather"?
> > Or, you think they were intended to be personal images? And why?
> > PMCV
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
>Damn it, I didn't want to be recognised... LOL
> Ok, I am back from my trip. I need to point out some confusion here,
> Hermetic_Star. I finally got a chance to look at your profile, and
> now I know which clubs and so forth I know you from. "Philo Sophia",
> btw, was accidentally erased by Yahoo... I may remake it again
> someday. Remember, you went by another name in those other clubs so
> I had to piece a few things together, including your writing style
> and your interests and pages.
> Gnosis is not found in an internet club. Any Yahoo group that thinksAgreed. Just because a group attempts to point the way isn't
> it is passing on Gnosis to it's members is selling a fantasy.
necessarily a bad thing though. If the goal is understood to be
un-attainable, and the group doesn't take itself too seriously in this
respect, I think it's still a noble goal/attitude.
> If you were born outside human society, say you were raised byMaybe to that extreme, yes... But I offer you the example of Joan of
> animals, you would learn a different way of being that would be
> based on that animal existance. You may have the mind of a genius,
> but it will never fully develope. You may go a bit further
> linguistically somehow, you may invent tools, but no matter how
> intelligent you are you would never come up with Quantum
> Electrodynamic Thoery, you will not invent a steam engine, you will
> not even come up with something so natural to humans as a fully
> developed language.
Arc. A peasant girl who has a spiritual experience, and saves her
country against a foreign super-power. Unlikely, but it does happen.
It *IS* possable. Now what if we could take a good thing and mass
produce it? Think of what we would be like THEN. *Grinz*