Re: Another new member
- --- In gnosticism2@y..., "wilbro99" <wilbro99@y...> wrote:
> Hi, I know not much about Gnosticism, but am learning quickly. Ifound
> the following site with a list of what makes a Gnostic, and one ofmodification
> them, quoted below, caught my attention as being what it was all
> about. It says that one must first know the revelatory experience
> before there is an awakening. Could someone describe this
> of sensate being for me?dreams
> "Man does not attain the knowledge that awakens him from these
> by cognition but through revelatory experience, and this knowledgeis
> not information but a modification of the sensate being."Hi Wilbro,
Great question. Here's how I see it,
It's a deeper understanding, beyond intellect, of the knowledge that
you have cognisized, a realisation. A drawing together of knowledge
into wisdom that cannot be perceived on it's own. This wisdom is far
greater, deeper and more profound than the sum of it's parts.
The effect of these realisations is to bring about a change in
perspective, an expansion of conciousness not knowledge.
Realisations are revelatory because they occur unprompted by our
We can read a thousand books but if we don't realise their deeper
meaning then we read in vain.
Knowledge alone is useless.
- Say, Will, not to confuse you any more, but . . .just for fun, since
we both are not adverse to a transferred language of metaphor, I
invite you and any other members who wish to join in, to read through
_The Gospel of Thomas_ to see if you find any metaphorical language
that makes sense to you. (This is not a requirement BTW, just an
invitation to get a feel for a bit of metaphorical language used in
the environs around here. LOL)
For those who do not have a copy of the text, an online version can
be found here ~