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## Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

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• Hey Gich... ... into vector algebra will help us, because, unlike the philosophical system we ve been discussing, there are NO ASSUMPTIONS in mathematics
Message 1 of 26 , Apr 10, 2005
Hey Gich...

>>>"Exactly my point to PMCV when I wrote "I don't think me going
into vector algebra will help us, because, unlike the philosophical
system we've been discussing, there are NO ASSUMPTIONS in
mathematics""<<

So since there are no assumptions in mathematics then the meaning
of "vector" is actually completely ralative? So, by "diving board"
in your previous example you may have actually meant "dragon"? And
the dragon and the vector are actually the same thing? What you are
saying then is that percpetion creates reality?

>>>""Moment of a vector" is not a concept that crops up
regarding "longitude and lattitude"."<<<

But I thought there were no assumptions in mathematics? So why could
it not be about longitude and lattitude?

>>>"The term "moment of a vector" is meaningless on its own; we can
only talk about "moment of a vector about a particular point". I've
started my introduction by DEFINING the "moment of a vector about
the origin" of the coordinate system as in equation (1)."<<<

Why is it meaningless on its own? Meaning would seem to be
an "assumption". How did you define "moment of a vector"? I mean,
does it include any set of numbers? But then you said a "particular
point" so that could not be "any number", right? Or by point then
you mean the direction? Are you saying it is "foot pounds"? I don't
understand why it has something to do with the twist of my wrist to
the right.

>>>"Yes it can. Any number you can express as a decimal is OK."<<<

Ok, but I wasn't trying to make a decimal... I just don't know how
to put the dot in the middle for a ratio. What if I express it this
way.... 1:.61803..... and the ratio is an irrational number. So if
the number can be a ratio, then we could also have four coordinates
if there is an axis on a graph? But what would be the point of that?

You seem to be making this so complicated, can you just explain it
to me directly?

....................................................

Do you see where I am going with this? I know, it is not kind of me
to be so facetious. I am not trying to poke fun. But as you can see
it is me and not you that is complicating the subject here. I am
throwing in a mix of my own observations which are often simply not
to the point that you are actually speaking to. Somewhere I have
gotton some notion of twisting my wrist and feel it is core. If you
look at this conversation, you will see that it will literally go on
forever because I have some notions that I just cant let go of, and
they really don't belong in the conversation... but try explaining
that to me and it is never going to get anywhere. Imagine I then
started incorrectly quoting some authority on the matter with the
assumption that I understood him and contrasted this with my
twisting of your points.... how long would THAT go on?

You asked me for the easy version of "Gnosticism" and I gave it. You
then started asking questions that deal with more complex aspects of
Gnosticism which brings us back outside the easy version. You need
to decide which one you want, easy or full, and either be happy with
the easy or deal with the full on it's own ground. Ok, Gich? I am
patient, and have no problem dealing with minute detail, but I don't
want this conversation to simply go around in circles.

You are going to have to decide whether you want this explination to
fit your conception, or whether you want to understand what I am
saying. Forget Harris, forget "God", take it one step at a time and
understand the specific points I am making. Compare them to what you
see in the Gnostic texts if you wish, but let go of the monkey
puzzle for a moment. If you think you can do this, then lets forget
the "moment of a vector" and I will try to get back to your
questions concerning "Gnosticism".

PMCV
• ... Well, I think the wrist twist was a smashing addition to your routine. On artistic merit alone, it could have gotten you a gold. Gerry
Message 2 of 26 , Apr 10, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
>
> [...]
> Somewhere I have gotton some notion of twisting my wrist and feel
> it is core. If you look at this conversation, you will see that it
> will literally go on forever because I have some notions that I
> just cant let go of, and they really don't belong in the
> conversation....

Well, I think the wrist twist was a smashing addition to your routine.
On artistic merit alone, it could have gotten you a gold.

Gerry
• I am new here but have met several of you on other boards. I hope that you don t mind my jumping in here with my two cents worth.:-) I hope too, that it will
Message 3 of 26 , Apr 11, 2005
I am new here but have met several of you on other boards. I hope
that you don't mind my jumping in here with my two cents worth.:-) I
hope too, that it will serve as an introduction to my sense of Gnosis.

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
> (1) Is there any divine input into receipt of this "Gnosis"?

What I have noticed from the Concept of Gnosis, which is new to me
terminologically but spiritually started in my teens, is that it is
something that you need to strive for. It doesn't come to one who
does not seek it out.

In Luria, there is the concept of the four levels: the personality
plane is divided into three bodies in chakra energy patterns. These,
we can correlate with the Assiah. The personality bodies are the
physical, emotional and mental bodies. The Intuitional, will and soul
are in the Yetzirah. The divine bodies are on the Beriah. Though
practiced throughout the Hindu world to this day, kundalini and the
chakras still have a place in mystical kaballah. The only difference
that I have seen is the Middle Pillars of Kaballah are top down (from
the Divine to the Kingdom) and the Chakras are top up (from the root
to the crown and out to the selves).

To be able to see all of your bodies, it takes training. Usually,
because you see matter, it is only the physical body that you can see
with your eyes. Your physical body reacts to the energy bodies which
surrounds it. It is made up of cells which are controlled by the same
nervous system that holds the energy centers that we call the
chakras. We can also affect the energy bodies through proper
maintenance of the physical body though diet and exercise. We can
touch each level by touching a different chakra on the physical body.
The chakra that controls the physical body are the heals of the feet
and hands.

When you are sensitive, you can feel your emotional body. You can
change your emotions by changing the vibrations of your emotional
body. Your physical chakra that controls the rate of the vibration of
emotional body is the navel chakra. By massaging this chakra and
controling the breathing patterns that massage this chakra from the
inside, you can learn to control and be more aware of your emotional
body. eventually, you can learn to not only feel but see your
emotional body.

Your mental body vibrates at a rate that can intune you with the
creative forces of the universe. It is with this body that we think
and create. Reason and logic are the tools that this body uses to
make knowledge work of us. The chakra that affects this body is what
is called the third eye. It is in the center of the forhead. If you
massage this area when you are exhausted mentally, you will cleanse
the energy and refresh your thought processes. These three levels are
the personality level of our body. They are perhaps the most visible
bodies within our personal universes.

The intuitive body is connected to your compassion for others. This
first spiritual body is the source of our abstract thinking. It is
our basis for intuition and understanding both of others and
ourselves. This is the body of the compassionate Buddha. This is the
body that helps us to determine what to do with the information that
the mental body aquires. Here, too, we begin the absolute knowlege of
temporariness. This is just a moment in time. It is what we do with
it that matters. The heart chakra is our physical connection to this
body. This is the body where forgiveness begins.

Next is the will or spirit body. This is the body that we use when
dealing with the outside world. This is a difficult body to control.
Karma is usually initiated here. This is a very powerful energy body.
As this energy body is accessed and utilized, personality changes may
occur. A mild mannered person can become very steadfast and willfull
in their positions and actions. If not properly cleansed, this body
can entice the physical body into actions that would have been
unthinkable before. This is where Karma fits in. This energy,
however, helps the individual respond to the external society with
confidence. This is a polarized body because its physical connection
is the sex chakra. Our sexual energy is strongest in this body and
can be utilized as power through our will or spirit.

Our Soul body is our sense of I AM. As you step up the levels of the
soul body, the physical performs the actions of I AM; the emotional
level holds our feelings about I AM; the mental level explores new
ways of being; The intuitive or compationate level helps us to
understand and relate to our polarity as male or female; our will or
spirit level concerns our breath and the choice or will to exist; the
soul level relates to pride in self - not vanity but acceptance of I
AM; the divine level places us as one with Godde's energy. Here we
bring together our individual karmatic energy. When fully developed,
the I Am combines with the Divine I Am and becomes one with the
universe. The Soul really makes us one with the creation and with
ourselves. The chakra for the soul body is the side of the neck as it
joins the body.

The Divine body is where we feel one with Godde and the universe.
This is where we channel out energy that can be harmful. Here is
where we are grateful for our life which is essential for physical
health. This is where in life we know where we should be more in
control and take appropriate action. This is where our will bends to
the Divine Will. This is where we find our oneness with others and
the Divine Oneness of Energy. This is where we connect ourselves to
the higher bodies. Here we are aware of our energy changes, insights
and spiritual experiences. Here we bring together our collective
karmatic energy. Here we develop our personal idea of Godde. The
Chakra of the Divine Body is the crown of the head.

I know that I am blending philosophies, but I am a rather wholistic
individual and believe in all forms of worship being equally
respected by the Creator. That said, Divine Input comes from the
mingling of the Divine Self with Cosmic Divinity. Gnosis comes from
the combined experience of your other selves contemplating and
experiencing the eternal of Cosmic Self which comes through
meditation. That is my definition of the process of Gnosis. It may
not be anybody else's but I believe that all Gnosis is personal and
individual.
>
> (2) Is this "Gnosis" a divine gift?

Life is a Divine Gift. The selves are a Divine Gift. Creation is a
Divine Gift. So, yes, Gnosis would be a Divine Gift as well. But all
gifts must be sought to be found. I have read that there are levels
of ability to reach Gnosis. I do not believe that they are more than
convenient tools to distinguish possible personal journeys if one
makes the effort.

> (3) Does "God" have a prerogative with regard to who receives
this
> "Gnosis"?

That depends on where you seek Godde. (I use this spelling to respect
the male and femaleness more completely in my own psyche. I was
raised the the God spelling is exclusively male so please forgive my
selfindulgence here.) In the Gospel of Thomas, it is
written, "Recognize what is in front of you, and what is hidden from
you will be revealed. There is nothing hidden that will not be
revealed." If you seek answered from Godde too high up and too far
away, you will never see the Deity right in front of your very nose.
If you see Godde within your very nature, then it is in deed Godde's
perogative with regard to who receives Gnosis. If you are separated
from Godde through blindness or ego, then no, you will not find what
is lost aka Gnosis.

The other questions speak more to the language of Gnostics and to
that I am an undernovice. I have found my path and am comfortable
with it but it fits in no category that I can find. Gnosis is the
best term that I have found to describe my inner light.

I have a question for you. What is it that you want to be saved from?

In most cases, the salvation that has been granted is from our
own "habits" for lack of a better term. Our own need to justify our
own existances and failures at "perfection" again for lack of a
better term. When I sought salvation it was from my responses that
reflected the way that I was raised and the voices of my family which
blocked out my own and Godde's inside my head. I find the longer I am
free of those bonds the more I can feel my oneness with Creation and
with the Divine. So, perhaps I would have to say that Gnosis is the
Salvation from the demeaning Freudian Superego.

Blessed be,
Serenity
• Hello Serenity, welcome to the group. You state.... ... individual and believe in all forms of worship being equally respected by the Creator.
Message 4 of 26 , Apr 11, 2005
Hello Serenity, welcome to the group. You state....

>>>"I know that I am blending philosophies, but I am a rather wholistic
individual and believe in all forms of worship being equally
respected by the Creator."<<<

Of course, if ecclecticism works for you then run with it. However, I
do need to point something out to you. This group is not like other
groups that have a more open focus. It is not that those open focuses
are not good for what they do, but sometimes there needs to be a place
to deal with much more specific and detailed topics. For that reason,
we only deal with traditional Gnosticism here. I am personally very
interested in Kundalini myself, but I don't really talk about it here
since it isn't the topic.

By the same token, in this group we define "Gnosis" in a different way
from what has become popular for the general reader. In this group we
try to stick to traditional Gnostic meanings for words like this.

Lastly, I would point out that traditional Gnostics don't respect
the "creator" much, and sometimes call him by names like "Fool"
or "Blind God". So, what the "Creator" respects is not something that
the historical Gnostics much cared to consider.

However, there are not many places on the net where you can get as
much accurate info concerning historical Gnosticism as you can here.
If you find that subject interesting, then this is the place to
discuss it for sure.

PMCV
• Hey Gich ... mathematics in this group?
Message 5 of 26 , Apr 11, 2005
Hey Gich

>>"Theorems follow from definitions; but do we really want to discuss
mathematics in this group?"<<<

No, you are right, generally not. BTW, I don't mean to offend you with
my previous post... I just felt the point needed to be made if we were
to move on. Since you didn't answer my post I was not sure whether to
procede.

BTW, there is some evidence that some Gnostics may have been involved
with the mathmatical schools of the time... such as the Pythagorians
(and obviously the Platonic Academies), so the subject need not be
entirely off topic either.

PMCV
• ... I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and have found that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there are about Christ in
Message 6 of 26 , Apr 12, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
>
> However, there are not many places on the net where you can get as
> much accurate info concerning historical Gnosticism as you can here.
> If you find that subject interesting, then this is the place to
> discuss it for sure.

I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and have found
that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there are
about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman tradition. I hear
that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise. What sort of label to you put on

Blessed be,
Serenity
• From Serenity I hear that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the Sophian tradition is on the rise. ................ What is the
Message 7 of 26 , Apr 12, 2005

From Serenity

I hear that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise.
................

What is the difference between the Valentinian tradition and the Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the school of Valentinius?

Nick

----- Original Message -----
From: Serenity
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 1:44 PM
Subject: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
>
> However, there are not many places on the net where you can get as
> much accurate info concerning historical Gnosticism as you can here.
> If you find that subject interesting, then this is the place to
> discuss it for sure.

I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and have found
that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there are
about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman tradition. I hear
that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise. What sort of label to you put on

Blessed be,
Serenity

• Gich, could you please explain which Sophian gnosticism is not part of a Christological gnosticism ? Thanks, Cari ... Salvation) ... days but the ... the
Message 8 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
Gich, could you please explain which "Sophian gnosticism" is not part
of a "Christological gnosticism"?

Thanks,

Cari

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
> Valintinian gnosticism == Christological gnosticism
> Sophian gnosticism == Non-Christological gnosticism
> Gich
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nick Lawrance
> To: gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 7:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and
Salvation)
>
>
>
> From Serenity
>
> I hear that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these
days but the
> Sophian tradition is on the rise.
> ................
>
> What is the difference between the Valentinian tradition and
the Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the
school of Valentinius?
>
> Nick
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Serenity
> To: gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 1:44 PM
> Subject: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and
Salvation)
>
>
>
>
> --- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...>
wrote:
> >
> > However, there are not many places on the net where you can
get as
> > much accurate info concerning historical Gnosticism as you
can here.
> > If you find that subject interesting, then this is the place
to
> > discuss it for sure.
>
> I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and
have found
> that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as
there are
> about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman tradition.
I hear
> that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but
the
> Sophian tradition is on the rise. What sort of label to you put
on
>
> Blessed be,
> Serenity
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• ... Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the school of Valentinius? Namate Nick, I haven t much time today and would probably mess up the
Message 9 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Lawrance"
<nicholson2000r@c...> wrote:
> What is the difference between the Valentinian tradition and the
Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the school of
Valentinius?

Namate Nick,
I haven't much time today and would probably mess up the explanation
anyway, so I will give you a site that will explain everything. I hope
that you enjoy it.

http://www.sophian.org/

Blessed be,
Serenity
• From Gich Valintinian gnosticism == Christological gnosticism Sophian gnosticism == Non-Christological gnosticism ...........................................
Message 10 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
From Gich
Valintinian gnosticism == Christological gnosticism
Sophian gnosticism == Non-Christological gnosticism
...........................................
Thanks but Sophia and her relationship to Christ still seems to play a large part in the teachings of Valentinius.

Nick
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

Valintinian gnosticism == Christological gnosticism
Sophian gnosticism == Non-Christological gnosticism
Gich

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

From Serenity

I hear that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise.
................

What is the difference between the Valentinian tradition and the Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the school of Valentinius?

Nick

----- Original Message -----
From: Serenity
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 1:44 PM
Subject: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
>
> However, there are not many places on the net where you can get as
> much accurate info concerning historical Gnosticism as you can here.
> If you find that subject interesting, then this is the place to
> discuss it for sure.

I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and have found
that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there are
about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman tradition. I hear
that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise. What sort of label to you put on

Blessed be,
Serenity

• ... Namste Gich, I think that you are confused. Non Christological Gnosticism, from my understanding, is Sethian Gnosticism. It is more Hebraic although, some
Message 11 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
> Valintinian gnosticism == Christological gnosticism
> Sophian gnosticism == Non-Christological gnosticism

Namste Gich,
I think that you are confused. Non Christological Gnosticism, from my
understanding, is Sethian Gnosticism. It is more Hebraic although,
some Christological interpretation seems to have peaked in a bit in
the second century of the common era. Of course the strait Platonic
Pagans seem to be claiming Gnosticism for themselves as well. They
seem to be a smaller bunch and keep more to their own "clans."

I will try to answer your other post soon. Today is just horrific for
doing anything at length.

Blessed be,
Serenity
• Hey Serenity..... ... found that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there are about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman
Message 12 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
Hey Serenity.....

>>>"I have spent the past few months researching Gnosticism and have
found that there are as many variations on the idea of Gnosis as there
are about Christ in Christianity decended from the Roman tradition. I
hear that the Valintinian tradition is quite popular these days but the
Sophian tradition is on the rise. What sort of label to you put on

My "Gnosis"? Well, what I had been trying to say previously is that we
are not here to talk about my particular ideas or beliefs. Let me
point you, for a moment, to the undtroduction to our group on the
front page. You may be one of the people who participate via e-mail,
so perhaps you have not seen it. Here it is.....

<<<"Gnosticism" is, specifically, a category derived to express the
emphasis of "Gnosis" in the belief system held by any one of a number
of inter-related, spiritual traditions of the Late Antiquities.>>>

In other words, the focus of this group is historical Gnosticism.
Technically, no modern group is part of the category of "Gnosticism"
since it is an academic term kind of like "neanderthal". There are neo-
Valentinians (groups that attempt to recreate some of the Valentinian
system as much as possible, while also having other influences), but
there are no actual surviving Valentinians today. The Sophian group
you mention is also modern.

So, I am not here to talk about a personal system and this group is
not in support of any modern group.

So, while it is true there are many variations on the ideas
of "Gnosis" in modern times (including usages of the term to imply
everything from ESP to racial purity), for the sake of this group we
are talking about the way the word was used by various groups in
history.

Does that make more sense?

PMCV
• Serenity.. ... I think that you are confused. Non Christological Gnosticism, from my understanding, is Sethian Gnosticism. It is more Hebraic although, some
Message 13 of 26 , Apr 13, 2005
Serenity..

>>>"Namste Gich,
I think that you are confused. Non Christological Gnosticism, from my
understanding, is Sethian Gnosticism. It is more Hebraic although,
some Christological interpretation seems to have peaked in a bit in
the second century of the common era. Of course the strait Platonic
Pagans seem to be claiming Gnosticism for themselves as well. They
seem to be a smaller bunch and keep more to their own "clans.""<<<<

I am also guessing that Gich may have meant "Sethian" since Jesus is
sometimes assumed to have been a later addition to Sethian texts.

However, the figure of "Christ" is not necessarily equated
with "Jesus" in Gnosticism, so I think the term "Christological"
could be a bit misleading here. A text neen not have Jesus in it to
have Christological elements in this case. The figure of the Logos
is important even if Jesus is not.

One thing you say...

>>>"Of course the strait Platonic Pagans seem to be claiming
Gnosticism for themselves as well."<<<

Could you expand on that? I was not exactly sure which groups you
mean to imply there. And to add something, Platonists were not
generally Christians, but they would have been very angry if you
called them "Pagans".

PMCV
• ... mind ... provide on ... appreciated. ... No, I m not personally aware of different versions, Gich, but then I m not aware of all modern Sophian groups that
Message 14 of 26 , Apr 14, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
>
> Hey Cari!
>
> >>>... explain WHICH "Sophian gnosticism" ...<<<
>
> I didn't know there was ONE recognised "Sophian gnosticism" never
mind
> SEVERAL as is implied by your question. Any information you can
provide on
> the different versions of "Sophian gnosticism" would be much
appreciated.
> :-)

No, I'm not personally aware of different versions, Gich, but then
I'm not aware of all modern Sophian groups that might be around. I
just worded my question in that manner because you had denoted an
actual modern category of "Sophian gnosticism" and I thought you
might have had some modern groups in mind. Now I see you were
hypothesizing such a category, if I understand you correctly.
Generally, historical Gnosticism has been broadly categorized into
Valentinian and Sethian Gnosticism.

> Now to answer your question which was prompted by my earlier
> way I use the term "Sophian gnosticism" is regarding a gnosticism
that would
> be "Sophia" centred rather than "Christ" centred. There will be a
> Christology because the "Christ" event cannot be ignored but the
main route
> to salvation will be via Sophia and her emanations. The
whole "idea" system
> forms a very coherent whole and a very workable traditional non-
Christian
> "Sophia centred" gnosticism can be described without reference to
Christ at
> all.
> Gich

Interesting conjecture, Gich; however, I am confused as to how you
are using the term, "Christ." If Sophia were to be the "anointed" in
this hypothetical system, she could theoretically be a soter. On the
other hand, if you're saying that Jesus, a man, need not be part of
the system, that's another thing.

Even in Valentinian mythology, there is a difference between the
anointed (Christ) within the Pleroma (Fullness) and the (lower) Jesus
born of Mary of the material realm. Also, Ptolemy's version of the
Gnostic myth includes a higher Jesus (second-anointed Christ) within
the Fullness, Achamoth's bridegroom (and NOT to be confused with the
Jesus of the material realm)[_The Gnostic Scriptures_, Bentley
Layton, p. 278  a book with helpful annotations I would highly
recommend, BTW, Gich.].

Cari
• From: Serenity Namate Nick, I haven t much time today and would probably mess up the explanation anyway, so I will give you a site that will explain
Message 15 of 26 , Apr 15, 2005
From: Serenity
Namate Nick,
I haven't much time today and would probably mess up the explanation
anyway, so I will give you a site that will explain everything. I hope
that you enjoy it.

......................................................
Thanks Serenity, I was confused as Indicated I thought you were refering to the aeon Sophia.

Nick
----- Original Message -----
From: Serenity
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 7:15 PM
Subject: [Gnosticism2] Re: Pursuit of gnosis (GNOSIS and Salvation)

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Lawrance"
<nicholson2000r@c...> wrote:
>   What is the difference between the Valentinian tradition and the
Sophian tradition. I believe Sophia plays a big role in the school of
Valentinius?

Namate Nick,
I haven't much time today and would probably mess up the explanation
anyway, so I will give you a site that will explain everything. I hope
that you enjoy it.

http://www.sophian.org/

Blessed be,
Serenity

• ... You re welcome, Gich. ... confusing. I don t ... by the ... event? I ... Christ ... short of ... together. Confusion. (Excuse me a moment while I jump out
Message 16 of 26 , Apr 15, 2005
--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
>
> Cari
>
> Hey Cari
>
> Thanks for a very constructive post.

You're welcome, Gich.

>
> From the start of my studies I've found the "Christ" term
confusing. I don't
> know why it's there. Why not use SOTER instead? Was it introduced
by the
> Christian gnostics when trying to make sense of the "Jesus Christ"
event? I
> understand that it's a concept not necessarily connected with Jesus
Christ
> but in my reading [? I need to check this; I'm not sure; but I'm
short of
> time today and wanted to reply to you] they always seem to occur
together.

Confusion. (Excuse me a moment while I jump out of my chair and
yell, "YES!") Okay, I'm back.

Truthfully, Gich, it seems that a large source of miscommunication
comes from the fact that most people first encounter these terms in a
modern, traditional, orthodox context. These terms certainly occur
together in a traditional context. Jesus and Christ are the same in
orthodox theology in the literal person of Jesus, a.k.a. Jesus
Christ. Christ in Greek (same as the Hebrew "messiah") means "the
anointed". The Old Testament prophets, priests, and kings would have
been anointed for their particular offices. The deliverer of the
Jews would have been "the Anointed," having the characteristics of a
prophet, priest, and king. "Soter" is Greek for savior. A savior
would have these characteristics of the Anointed. So, effectively
these terms were similar.

Now, as I mentioned in my last post, the Gnostics did not view the
flesh and blood Jesus and the Christ as one and the same. In
adoptionist versions, the Christ descends into Jesus; however, the
Christ would not suffer death, as the mortal Jesus would. And,
further, in the docetic version, even Jesus only *appears* to be
human. These interpretations all serve to emphasize the
otherworldliness of the Gnostics.

In any case, why use all these "Christian" terms? Well, because in
the fluid milieu of the first few centuries, many whom we refer to
as "Gnostic" thought of themselves as *Christian* (before "orthodoxy"
demanded a specific dogma), with a varying, esoteric interpretation
of a Christological *mythology*.

>
> You're correct - I was suggesting "that Jesus, a man, need not be
part of
> the system". How do you view this?

Since you were apparently speaking hypothetically of a modern,
Sophian gnosticism, Gich, I'd say that a man, Jesus, as part of the
system might not at all be necessary. But then, I guess I really
don't know how you would envision this system.

> Thanks for the reference, I'll look into it; I've got a long list
of books I
> want to read already ... not enough hours in the day nor days in
the week.
> :-) ..."Jonas, Hans (1988) "The Gnostic Religion", Boston." sounds
very
> useful; described as "seminal" by Harris. Do you have an opinion on
this
> book?

Hmmm, well, Han Jonas's book is considered by many to be very useful,
but outdated. He does have an existential outlook, which some find
compelling. Kurt Rudolph's book, _Gnosis_, which is more recent,
does fully incorporate the Nag Hammadi texts. Gich, I would highly
recommend that you obtain some original Gnostic texts, with or
without commentary. Robinson's _The Nag Hammadi Library and Layton's
selections, _The Gnostic Scriptures_ (which I already mentioned, with
annotations and outlines of mythic characters) would be very good
additions to your library. In any case, it's good to immerse
yourself in the actual texts and not just rely on commentary.

Cari
• Hey Gich, sorry it took so long. I got caught up in silly things. It looks like Lady Caritas has gotton to your question as well, so let me just throw in some
Message 17 of 26 , Apr 16, 2005
Hey Gich, sorry it took so long. I got caught up in silly things.

It looks like Lady Caritas has gotton to your question as well, so
let me just throw in some backing. Part of the problem is in dealing
with the way christ is used in different situations. Consider this
passage...

"Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are
begotten through Christ in the two. We are anointed through the
Spirit. When we were begotten, we were united. None can see himself
either in water or in a mirror without light. Nor again can you see
in light without mirror or water. For this reason, it is fitting to
baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light is the
chrism."

As you know, "Christ" simply means "anointed". So, who is the christ
here? This author has just pointed out that become anointed.

Later passage....

"Jesus appeared [...] Jordan - the fullness of the Kingdom of
Heaven. He who was begotten before everything, was begotten anew. He
who was once anointed, was anointed anew. He who was redeemed, in
turn redeemed (others)."

The Christ manifest in Jesus, is anointed in Jesus "anew", and the
same thing happens to us? In other words, the Christ manifests in
one with the anointing...

"The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism"
that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because of the
word "baptism". And it is because of the chrism that "the Christ"
has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed
the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed
possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the
cross, the Holy Spirit."

Philip does go on to equate Jesus with the "Christ", but you can see
that this would be obvious. Other cases are a bit different though.

In Allogenes we see the anointing.... but no Jesus.

>>>"And the all-glorious One, Youel, anointed me again and she gave
power to me."<<<

And here is a point of interest. Jesus is only mentioned off-hand in
the "Gospel of the Egyptians", as a sort of suit put on by Seth, the
true savior, but "Christ" is integrated in the text. It possible
that the Christian element (of Jesus' name) may be a later addition
(as we know happened to "Eugnostos the Blessed") to the tradition,
while "Christ" is not likely so.

PMCV

--- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "gich morgan" <gich2@b...> wrote:
>
> PMCV
>
>
>
> Hey PMCV
>
> >>>the figure of "Christ" is not necessarily equated with "Jesus"
in
> >>>Gnosticism <<<
>
> I thought they were "linked" and you couldn't have one without the
other.
> Could you go into this in more detail please. When I write
> "Christ" event' I'm specifically thing of Jesus; I may have to
change may
> terminology and write about 'the "Jesus" event'.
>
> Gich
• Hello pmcvflag ... This could as well be read that Jesus and Christ were one at birth and just renewed at the jordan, and not adoptionist at all. Of course it
Message 18 of 26 , Apr 17, 2005
Hello pmcvflag

On 04/17/05, you wrote:

> "Jesus appeared [...] Jordan - the fullness of the Kingdom of
> Heaven. He who was begotten before everything, was begotten anew. He
> who was once anointed, was anointed anew. He who was redeemed, in
> turn redeemed (others)."

This could as well be read that Jesus and Christ were one at birth and
just renewed at the jordan, and not adoptionist at all. Of course it
is but one statement out of Phillip's Gospel, and it is Valentinian.

Regards
--
Mike Leavitt ac998@...
• Hey Mike ... and just renewed at the jordan, and not adoptionist at all. Of course it is but one statement out of Phillip s Gospel, and it is Valentinian.
Message 19 of 26 , Apr 18, 2005
Hey Mike

>>>"This could as well be read that Jesus and Christ were one at birth
and just renewed at the jordan, and not adoptionist at all. Of course
it is but one statement out of Phillip's Gospel, and it is
Valentinian."<<<

Oh, sure.... which is why I pointed out that in the end Philip does
equate the two as well. But even in teh equation there are
destinctions. Obviously in other texts the case is different, and
there are many ways in which the "Christ" motif and the "Jesus" motif
is dealt with. Maybe you could point out which ones are most
interesting to you?

PMCV
• Hello pmcvflag ... In the docetist text the Acts Of John, Christ actually talks extensively to John while Jesus is being crucified, what they say of me I
Message 20 of 26 , Apr 19, 2005
Hello pmcvflag

On 04/19/05, you wrote:

>
>
> Hey Mike
>
>>>> "This could as well be read that Jesus and Christ were one at
>>>> birth
> and just renewed at the jordan, and not adoptionist at all. Of
> course it is but one statement out of Phillip's Gospel, and it is
> Valentinian."<<<
>
> Oh, sure.... which is why I pointed out that in the end Philip does
> equate the two as well. But even in teh equation there are
> destinctions. Obviously in other texts the case is different, and
> there are many ways in which the "Christ" motif and the "Jesus"
> motif is dealt with. Maybe you could point out which ones are most
> interesting to you?
>
> PMCV

In the docetist text the Acts Of John, Christ actually talks
extensively to John while Jesus is being crucified, "what they say of
me I suffered, I did not suffer, what they do not say of me, that I
suffered" (paraphrased).

Regards
--
Mike Leavitt ac998@...
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