Re: been there,done that
- Here we go again...sigh.
The Gnosis is not 'enlightenment'. Buddh - is not
Maarifat is not 'enlightenment'.
Gnosticism is not about 'enlightenment'.
In fact I do not know what is meant by 'enlightenment' ... a
western construct that so many authors have impressed into the
translation of Asian and Hellenistic mysticism that it is now
virtually impossible to have any discourse without getting
confused on what is actually meant in the original dialog.
Buddhism, for example, the Buddha did not become
'enlightened' - he became Awakened, which is Buddh. and
Buddha means 'one who is awake'. People who are not awake
are Abuddh - unawake.
Gnosticism likewise is about Gnosis - the supreme knowledge
of the Logos - has nothing to do with illumination or
'enlightenment', people who lack this knowledge have agnosia.
Sufism, tasawwuf, teaches Irfan - which is the direct knowledge
of Allah without mediation - there is no 'enlightenment' there
Kashmiri Shaivism teaches the Vijnanabharava - the jnana
(gnosis) of the great Shiva - Bhairava - again, no enlightenment
So, where did the term enlightenment come from and why do so
many use it as the standard by which spiritual maturity is judged
- especially since the word itself is not part of the discourse in
--- In gnosticism2@y..., "shivalinga2002" <shivalinga2002@y...>
> My map is showing communcation from God through the
> nature,and human thought.humorous,
> This map is giving enlightenment,showing God as a
> erotic being.dogmatic
> Your search for truth in the varied gnostic traditions
> is meant to bring you to the level to be able to appreciate
> God as he/she really is,not simply some questionable
> conception of a fuzzy unspecific type of diety.
> If you are able,the truth will make it self known to you.