What is Gnosis ?
Religious secret knowledge, search for divine knowledge – these are the main concepts that are associated with Gnosis. But, what does it mean to experience Gnosis within the soul? To find out, we must turn to the source from which Gnosis arises.
Gnosis derives from ancient Greek. It means "Light of knowledge“.
True Gnosis can only be experienced by those who have a direct connection with its power field. When this connections is made through a processual spiritual path the seeker experiences a complete change in their life and he/she will no longer be the same person as before, because the Gnosis has deeply touched them.
Gnosticism in European intellectual history is usually associated with early Christianity. However, those ones who we call Gnostics have existed since the dawn of humans, for Gnosis – the Divine Knowledge – has always been a power field that can touch each person directly, regardless of religious and traditional cultures. It provokes an arousing state of conciousness in those who are internally prepared for a fundamental change in their life.
The early Christian Gnostics and the Nag Hammadi Codices
For centuries, the early Christian Gnostics were only known from hints in the writings of the Inquisition of the Catholic Church. The Nag Hammadi codices, ancient manuscripts containing over fifty religious and philosophical texts hidden in an earthenware jar for 1,600 years, were accidentally discovered in upper Egypt in the year 1945. A group of farmers came across an entire collection of books written in Coptic, the very language spoken by Egyptian Christians.
This immensely important discovery included a large number of primary Gnostic scriptures.
One text in particular received much attention - the Gospel according to Thomas, which was originally called 'the secret words of Jesus written by Thomas'. These texts, scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth, were once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define "orthodoxy." The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library, completed in the 1970's, has provided momentum to a major reassessment of early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism.
A powerful breath that flows through the ancient writings
Gnosis is not a complex structure of ideas – although the ancient scriptures speak a language that is not easily revealed to the reader. One who tries to approach the ancient gnostic texts only intellectually, will hardly be able to comprehend the substance of their spiritual message. There seems to be a force, a mighty breath behind the words that moves the reader in the deepest part of his mind.
One of the most famous Gnostic writings is “The Mystery of the Pistis Sophia”. The title indicates the nature of Gnosis very pricisely as the insolvable connection between faith (Pistis, Πίστη) and wisdom (Sophia, Σοφία).
Gnosis is a radiation, a Spiritual Light that. Those who seek for Inner Knowledge are enabled to experience the Gnostic radiation within themselves.