- --- In email@example.com, lady_caritas <no_reply@y...>
> Good morning, all. Each of you came to this list with an interestor
> at least curiosity regarding historical Gnosticism.focal
> We discuss many aspects directly related to or surrounding this
> point. Do you feel that those ancient Gnostics have impacted yourHi Cari,
> life in any way? And, if so, how? General insights as well as
> specific anecdotes are welcome.
> I would be interested in hearing from lots of you, including those
> who might not have contributed before.
My interest in this list is history. I love history and have loved
history since I first learned to read. I read history books for fun.
My daughter bought me three history books for Christmas this year.
Best Christmas present ever. Anyway, I love reading what y'all write
but I don't care to argue the fine points myself.
Has historical Gnosticism changed my life? I don't think so. I
believe if I had never heard of the ancient Gnostics my beliefs would
be basically the same as they are now.
- You are so patient, Cari, but my post was so explicetly about
the "afterlife" in Gnosticism and the lack of continuation of the
self identity with the rejoining into the Source, that I don't think
Fred really missed my point so badly as to think I was talking about
some form of Buddhist monastic ego death. I think instead he is
purposfully taking my words out of context to be trite (something he
has already been reprimanded for). *sigh* He will be able to post
again when he is ready for serious conversation.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, lady_caritas <no_reply@y...>
> --- In email@example.com, fred60471 <no_reply@y...> wrote:wrote:
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...>
> > ... I know that this concept is very scary to a lot of
> > people who can't deal with the notion of loss of the self ...
> > --- In email@example.com, pmcvflag also wrote:
> > ... I do know ...
> > ... I think if ...
> > ... I have known ...
> > ... I know that ...
> > PMCV
> Fred, I don't understand your point. I don't see PMCV as saying
> we "presently" lose our sense of self. The sentence before yourthe
> first quote reads, "You see, the "spirit", according to Gnostic
> thought, is not part of what we call "us". It is not part of one's
> personal identity, but instead it is a little reflective shard of
> source of all spirit. That is to say, it is a little piece thatwill
> rejoin with a larger whole EVENTUALLY." [emphasis added]in
> Personally, I view ego "death" as an oxymoron in this present
> existence. We all have egos. We need a sense of self to function
> this world. That is not the same as saying that we all are
> egotistical though.