Re: [Gnosticism2] Digest Number 565
- Hi Bliss!,
I too am interested in Kundalini Yoga and felt a reasonance with your post.
I don't practice Kundalini Yoga but I work with the energy and have been
looking into local Kundalini classes in my area. You might be interested in
another Yahoo group I am on called Luciferian_gnosis@yahoogroups.com . There
are people on the list who are interested in Gnosticism...so there are
discussions on Gnostic thought and experience aswell as looking at Gnostic
texts. And recently there was a discussion, started by myself looking at the
whole conterversal area, of what could be Gnostic. This was coos I'm reading
Francis Yates who makes links with Hermetica and Gnosticism. It is totally
up to the list members what they want to discuss. I am also interested in
Alchemy and that has also been another area of discussion. I am not an
academic so rarely if at all have posted on this list. I recently have been
looking into the Gospel of Phillip as my interest is in Lucifer...the
connections for me with Sophia and Christ....and I love the Thunder:Perfect
I was very interested in reading your personal practice and the Breath and
the connection with 'The Fountain of Youth', as I have just been reading
that in [in an Book on Alchemy called The Emerald Tablet by D Hauck]>
Hebrew, Arabic and Greek, the word for wind means both ''breath'' and
''Spirit''. Thus the Wind carries the cosmic breath of God, the great spirit
who at the beginning of the world ''moved upon the face of the waters''
bringing order to the watery world and life to Adam. In the New Testament
[John 3:8], we find a description of the Wind that captures its archetypal
nature : '' The Wind Bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is
every one that is born of the Spirit''.
I would be very interested if anyone knows of any Gnostic text that relates
to the Breath, Spirit and Wind be it with the creation or the Soul or
whatever! I will have a look myself also.
The Brighter the Light the Darker the Shadow
He set the world aflame,
And laid me on the same;
A hundred tongues of fire
Lapped round my pyre.
And when the blazing tide
Engulfed me, and I sighed,
Upon my mouth in haste
His hand He placed.
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 18:34:59 -0800 (PST)
From: Blissful Branches <blissful_branches@...>
Subject: Re: Thomas, Philip,... acquaintance
Just did a quick read through your email, but am looking forward to
thoroughly re-reading your thoughts including the links relating to the
Gospels of Philip & Thomas. I also need to read up on the Valentinians,
which I believe to be another group of Cathars. However, I will have a
proper email to you shortly. What you wrote definitely "resonates" with me
a great deal.
Just a quick note on what I may have taken in, and again I could be off the
mark completely, but somehow Kundalini Yoga came to mind as I read though
some of the messages of Thomas & Philip, which discuss self-discovery and
what we already possess, which in turn, can take us to a level of Higher
Consciousness. In Kundalini Yoga, I have come to befriend my Spirit/Soul
and in doing so we meditate on the Word, the Nam. This mantra is known as a
Bij Mantra/Seed Sound called "Sat Nam," which means "True Identity." Sat
means Truth and Nam means name or identity. As one begins to say this
mantra with reverence, one's true self begins to evolve, becoming "one in
spirit." As the Truth unfolds, one connects with the Divine, where
Universal answers are revealed to those who chant or pray with reverence.
PS- It was on the Path of Kundalini where I learned to befriend my
Soul/Spirit, and where everything we do or say rides on one's breath, which
I believe is the true elixir of life, or "Fountain of Youth." I think the
breath is just one of the many gifts that all of us possess, that is already
within us, yet so many before us, thought to be outside of us.
Anyway, enough of my blah, blahing Cari. I have my reading cut out for me
Have a great weekend!
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "liz dale-rudwick"
> [snip]Hey Elizabeth.
> It is totally up to the list members what they want to discuss. I
> am also interested in Alchemy and that has also been another area
> of discussion. I am not an academic so rarely if at all have posted
> on this list....
I'm not an academic myself, although I occasionally play one on the
Seriously, we don't have a prerequisite of any scholarly credentials
for someone to get involved here, so I'd hate for anyone to get the
wrong idea. The focus is narrow, however, and that's simply because
of the historical focus of the original definition of Gnosticism.
It's sort of a misnomer that the ancient writings we often reference
here are seen as just dusty old volumes. I see someone else has
commented already on the Life contained in them. I guess the fact
that most of us don't have access to those materials themselves or
since we lack fluency in the languages of the day, we have to rely to
some degree on scholarly interpretations. That can indeed get stuffy
at times, but the personal relevance to our everyday lives can very
much be found within.
Hang in there!