- I've just finished reading a book on hauntings and apparitions. Im not
sure how they Gnostics viewed this subject, but I think that a ghost
is a person trapped a purgatory of some sort, either that or an
imprint that the persons energy has left on the environment. Can
anyone refer me to Gnostic texts dealing with this issue?
- Hello lady_caritas
On 08/12/05, you wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "janahooks" <janahooks@y...>
>> Hello, Mike.
>>> Well the theosophists would say (recasting their termanalogy into
>>> gnostic) that at death only the portion of soul useful to the
>>> is saved, the rest is left to decay.
>> Now, that's something to think about: what part of my soul is
>> to my spirit? I might not sleep if I think about that. ;)
> Say, Mike, to tie in Plotinus and the Enneads that Steve brought up,
> I didn't know that Plotinus was a "Great Theosophist." ;-) lol Per:
> Anyway, if you scroll about halfway down the page linked above,
> Plotinus and Porphyry, have a dialogue about the soul.
> Plotinus: "Every soul has a lower part turned toward the body, and a
> higher part turned toward the divine intelligence."
> Anyone want to comment about how the Gnostics viewed "soul" and its
> relation to death? (Are we just talking about physical death here?)
> The Gnostics seemed to be more preoccupied with cosmogony,...
> beginnings, origins, reunification, as I believe Gerry pointed out
> earlier. Do the Gnostics have anything to specifically say about
> reincarnation, or not?
I can't give you citations, but some of the writings specifically say
if you don't make it you are turned back to earth. I read such a
passage here just a few weeks ago. May have been Phillip, but I
can't remember. No idea of karma there though.
Mike Leavitt ac998_@_lafn._org remove -'s