Re: Special post for Scott
- Ok Scott, now to answer your point....
<<Scott: I need not demonstrate any such thing, as I never
contended that Gnostics as a collective try to stop the mind. I said
that the outcome of ONE practice, in ONE text, looks like it would
have the same result as certain other non-gnostic meditation
techniques and lead to the cessation of mental or psychic activity,
at which point the true spiritual nature would be apprehended. I
made this point as a response to someone who responded to my first
post, which used eastern/yogic terminology to illustrate my points.
So where you get the idea that I have to prove that Plato agrees
with me or that the Gnostics agree with this or that, is anyone's
WELL, why didn't you say so in the first place? I would be more
apologetic, but the fact is you had all the mods, and a number of
members here as well, thinking you were saying that Gnosticism, in
general, held this belief system. SInce it is not only MY
misunderstanding of your point, I am forced to chalk it up to your
writing style. However, your point is well made NOW. Thank you.
In that case, let me offer the one bit of evidence in support of
your point. Scholors generally agree that the "EEEIIOOOOO" things in
the Gnostic texts is a sort of glossolalia. This action would seem
to be a sort of clearing of the mind ecstatic experience... however,
it also does not appear to be representative of Gnosticism in
general. So, could some Gnostics have praccticed a mind clearing
ritual? Sure!!! However, it does not seem to have been a basic
practice to Gnosticism in general, and I would also question the
notion that when it did happen that it was used in the same context
as it is in Buddhism. In other words, the only thing I would
disagree with is your statement that it is via this method that
Gnostics would have necessarily believed that the "true spiritual
nature would be apprehended".