Re: an overview
- Gus Wahaby, you state...
>>>>Dear forumI have read the posted writings on this forum, being useful either
for beginners or for further explorations. There are various
perspectives over gnosticism can everyone perceive. But the point is
one, how to approach God (the divine), and then how to begin with.
When someone tries to phylosophise their religious (spiritual)
experience, they will stumble any blocks, let alone when are facing
the established (institutionalised) religious dogmas or scientific
approach (paradigm) on a given matter. But for those of having usual
(regular) contacts with gnostics or mystical practitioners, the
topics discussed will result in uncontroversial (pedestrian)
response and comprehension. I suggest this forum that everyone here
must be aware of the underlying background of the writers's ideas,
whether originating from phylosophical comprehension or individually
spiritual experiences. The point can be reached from different
starting points, be it intuitive findings, the using of intellective
faculty or both of them.<<<<
That is all fine and dandy, but I think you underestimate the people
here. It is relatively easy to think you can judge one's
intellectual ability via extended conversation (first impressions
can be false even there), but anyone who thinks they can tell the
spiritual abilities based on contrast to those intellectual persuits
demonstrates some misconceptions (both spiritual and intellectual).
It is an ESSENTIAL concept of Gnostic thought, that the spiritual
experience and the philosophical comprehension are enmeshed, if
taken rightly they are mixed into one... they are the rightful
bridegroom and bride. Which ever starting point you come from, one
is not a "Gnostic" until they have both. That much you sem to agree
with, but the valuation jump you then make is unwarented. The
spiritual experience of the Bride, Sophia, is a fallen lie without
her bridegroom. And the waiting bridegroom, Logos, is lonely and
hollow without his love.
What I mean is, you may be able to start from either of two
points... experience or intellect.... but Gnosis is, by definition,
a conjunction of both of these.
Don't be so sure you know the background of any author here, even if
on the surface we may deal a bit more with the historical. I will
await the challenge to see if you know mine.