The word “gnosis” comes from the Greek “γνῶσις,” which means “knowledge.” Gnosis is a very natural function of the Consciousness, a Philosophia Perennis et Universalis. Gnosis is the intelligent principle, that in each age, is hidden in symbolism, and which, in a philosophical form, responds to these three eternal questions: Why? How? Where?
The Alchemist In His Laboratory
A School dedicated to the PRACTICAL STUDY of Gnosis and the path of the Self-Realization of the Soul. The Gnostic teachings are based on the communion between science, art, philosophy and mysticism; they seek to rescue the highest values of the human being in order to be able to comprehend that life is empty without the pursuit of transcendence and the self-realization of the Being.
The method of Gnostic science is experimentation or the objective knowledge of things. Its object of study is the universe and all that exists. It utilizes scientific meditation and other vehicles for the experimentation and direct observation of the object of study.
Gnosis is the eternal cosmic principle, clothed in the religious forms of each race, people or culture and according to the idiosyncrasy of each age. It is a doctrine of synthesis with values that are completely its own and which allow the sincere seeker to discover the essence of the universal knowledge.
"All religions are precious jewels in the golden thread of divinity." Samael Aun Weor
"Speaking very frankly and in plain language we will say, "Gnosis is a very natural functionalism of the consciousness; a Philosophy Perennis et Universalis." Samael Aun Weor
Glancing through history, we can contemplate in an astonishing manner the continuous effort carried out by the divinity through the White Lodge and its Masters of Wisdom, to grant real opportunities to all the Beings that impel their sparks through the path of regeneration. We can affirm, without fear of being mistaken, that always, in every moment, in a more or less public or secret way, and throughout time, in all places, humanity has had the gnostic opportunity at its reach. That is to say, the opportunity to enter into the mysteries of the science of the Being's Self-realization.
If we look back in a reflective manner, we verify that these mysteries of universal gnosticism were known in different times in all the preamerican cultures which vibrated intensely with the Mayan and Toltec rays. Olmecs, Zapotecs, Quechuas, Incas, Koguis, Lakotas, and even the Mayan and Toltec descendants held in their time the keys of the Great Arcanum which will be unveiled in this book through the writings of primitive gnosticism. At the same time, and also in different epochs, initiatic schools existed in Egypt, Tibet, China, India, and even in the Europe of the Druids (children of the serpent) and of the Nordic Mysteries. The serpentine wisdom of the Chaldean people (magicians of the fire), of the Assyrians (heirs of Osiris-Sirius), of Mesopotamia, Etruria, is proven and let us not forget the Greek mysteries. Later on, as we will verify throughout this work, those keys of the ancestral wisdom were revitalized by the Hebrew initiates, the primitive Gnostic Christians and, following their example, by all the schools of regeneration that came later: Islamic Sufism, Bogomils, Cathars, Templars, Builder Lodges, Medieval Alchemists, Freemasons and Rosicrucians. And through them—although not exclusively—and through the incarnation of the Avatar of the Era of Aquarius, the V. M. Samael Aun Weor, by means of the Contemporary Gnostic Movement, the keys arrived once again to the five continents, as the grand finale and the call to order to the reluctant essences that still, in spite of being impelled by their Monads, have not carried out the gnostic opportunity within.
"Today we have a Gnostic movement in the anonymous masses which is the exact psychological counterpart of the Gnostic movement nineteen hundred years ago. Then, as today, solitary wanderers like Apollonius of Tyana, spun the spiritual threads from Europe to Asia, perhaps to remotest India." Carl Gustav Jung