The Gnosis of all times can clarify many subjects in the field of theology, since Gnosis is the supreme source in which one can drink when we are thirsty of integral knowledge. We have often been used to accepting dogmatic opinions on controversial and interesting themes like: What is the true nature of God? Which is the way to be able to experience our union with the divinity? Is there a real possibility of attaining the famous Enlightenment, which was longed by all the ancient Christians, medieval mystics and ascetics, and in general, all those who, in truth, yearn for finding the supreme knowledge? Let’s scrutinize at least one part of all this very interesting theological sea, with the help of some scholars …
Firstly, let’s mention the eminent researcher Mrs. Pagels, author of a lot of treatises and research about the Gnostics. In one of her works, THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS, this researcher highlights the greatness of Gnosis, for it was able to explain the masculine and feminine nature of God. Let’s quote some paragraphs:
Unlike many of his contemporary deities of the ancient Near East, the God of Israel did not share his power with a feminine Deity, nor He was a divine husband or lover of any feminine Deity. As a matter of fact, Judaism, Christianism and Islamism are characterized by the absence of feminine symbolism relating to God. This is in great contrast to the rest of the religious traditions of the world, such as the ones from Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Rome, or from Africa, India and North America, in which the feminine symbolism abounds. Nowadays the Jewish, Christian and Islamic theologians rush to indicate that God should not be defined by means of any kind of sexual terms. In spite of it, the real language that they daily use for the cult and preaching, transmits a different message: Is there a person grown in the Jewish or Christian tradition, who has been able to get rid of the obvious impression that God is masculine?
Although Catholics worship Maria as mother of Jesus, they never consider her to be divine by its own right: Although Mary is Mother of God, however She is not Mother in the same level as God is Father! Of course, Christianity added the Trinitarian terms to the Jewish description of God. However, two -the Father and the Son- out of the three divine persons are described with masculine terms, and the third person -the Holy Spirit- suggests the asexuality of the neuter gender, used by the Greek when making reference to the Spirit, Pneuma.
A group of Gnostic sources claim to have received a Jesus’s secret tradition from James and Mary Magdalen. The members of this group raised their prayers to both the divine Father and the divine Mother: “From you Father, and through you, Mother, the two immortal names, the divine parents, and you, inhabitant of the sky, humanity, of the mighty name … ”
Other texts show that their authors had wondered: whom was talking to the only and masculine God when saying: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).For the chronicle of the Genesis says that humanity was created male and female -Genesis 1:27-, some got the conclusion that the God to whose image we have been made, has to be masculine and feminine, Father and Mother at the same time.
Precisely, the virtue of gnosis consists in being a cognoscitive knowledge -that is, it goes to the core of the things- which can scrutinize the true nature of creation and its author. Because Gnosticism as a doctrinaire system not only investigates by means of the dialectics, but rather, through practical methods which allow the comprehension of that Whole by means of the mystic direct experimentation. This is why the Father of Contemporary Gnosticism, Mr. Samael Aun Weor has said:
Unquestionably, the faculties of human cognition will never go beyond the cosmic realm of the Male-Female Logos, the Creator Demiurge, or the Army of the Voice -the Word.
JAH-HOVAH, the secret Father-Mother of each of us, is the authentic JEHOVAH.
Jod, as a Hebrew letter, is the membrum virile -the Masculine Principle.
Eve, Heve, as well as Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, or Hercules’ Olympic bride is the Yoni, the divine Chalice, or Eternal Feminine.
Jesus Christ did not worship the anthropomorphic “Jehovah” of Jewry. Instead, the divine Rabbi of Galilee worshipped his divine “male-female” (Jah-hovah), the inner “father-mother”.
The holy Jesus, crucified on the place of the skull, cried with a great voice and said: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”. “Ram-Io”, “Isis”, his divine mother Kundalini, accompanied him in his “Via Crucis”.
All nations have their first God, or Gods, as androgynous; it could be no other way, for those nations thought, just as the Chinese do nowadays, that their distant primitive progenitors, their ancestors, were twin sexed.
In effect, the unnatural conception of an anthropomorphic and exclusivist “Jehovah”, independent of his own work, sitting up there on a throne of tyranny and despotism, throwing thunder and lightning at this sorrowful human anthill, is the result of ignorance, mere intellectual idolatry.
This wrong conception of the truth has unfortunately seized both the western philosopher and the religious person affiliated to any sect lacking completely in Gnostic elements.
What the Gnostics of all times have rejected is not the unknown God, one and always present in nature, nor nature “In Abscondito”, but the God of the orthodox dogma, the awful avenger deity of the law of the Talion.
The Abstract Absolute Space, the unknown God, is not an unlimited void nor a conditioned plenitude, but both things at the same time.
The author of the world of forms is then a group of mystical creators, male-female or double gods, such as Tlaloc, the god of the rain and thunder, and his wife Chalchiuhtlicue, the one of the jade skirt in the Mayan, Aztec,Olmec and Zapotec pantheons.
The idolatrous cult of the anthropomorphic “Jehovah”, instead of the “Elohim”, is certainly a powerful
Certainly, “Elojim” – with a “J” – is translated as “God” in the diverse authorized and revised versions of this sacred book.
It is an incontrovertible fact – not only from an esoteric standpoint, but also from a linguistic one – that the term “Elohim” is a feminine noun with a plural masculine ending.
The correct translation, stricto sensu, of the noun “Elohim” is Gods and Goddesses.
“And the spirit of the feminine and masculine principles were hovering over the surface of what was formless and the creation took place”.
Unquestionably, a religion without “Goddesses” is halfway to complete atheism.
If we really want a perfect balance of psychic life, we need to worship the “Elohim” (the Gods and Goddesses of ancient times), and not the anthropomorphic Jehovah rejected by the Great Kabir Jesús, obstacle to achieving the supranormal conscious states.
We, the Gnostic anthropologists, instead of laughing sceptically – as the profane anthropologists do – at the representations of the Gods and Goddesses of the diverse pantheons: the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Inca Chibcha, Druid, Egyptian, Hindu, Chaldean, Phoenician, Mesopotamian and Tibetan ones, etc., etc., etc., throw ourselves on our knees at the feet of those divinities, for in them we recognize the Elohim creator of the universe in them “Whoever laughs at what he does not know is on the way to becoming an idiot”…
As a corollary to the concepts that have been set forth by Samael Aun Weor, our reader can end up understanding the aforementioned postulates, following the lines written by the pen of the prestigious researcher of the Sorbona, Dr. Serge Hutin:
In Gnosis, we find again the cult to the Divine Woman, to the Mother, to the eternal feminine: She is the “path” between God and the world; She can punish the world, but she also can save it. Some Gnostics do not hesitate to conceive the Mother -assimilated to the Holy Spirit- to be the third hypostasis of the manifested Absolute: She is God-Mother, Sophia, Our-Lady-the-Holy-Spirit; She is also the Paraclete, That-Which-has-to-come. Thus we return to the old Egyptian Trinity: Father, Mother -Isis- and Son.
In a lot of sects, their doctrine and cult turn around a metaphysical entity, Barbelo -name that perhaps derives from the Hebrew name Barbhe Eloha “God is in four”, alluding to the divine tetrad: Father, Son, feminine Pneuma and Christ. Barbelo is the first exteriorization, the force, the image, the Father’s light; It plays -in the world- the role commonly attributed to the Logos. However, it is an ambivalent figure, similar to the disturbing goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean cults of fertility -such as Astarte, Astargatis, etc.): It symbolizes the immaculate virginity and also the regenerative power.
Analogous speculations can be found in a lot of related sects: the so called Gnostics, ebionites, estratiotics, levitics, the Adepts of the Mother, barbeliotes, ofites, sethians, etc. The myth of the “Divine Thought” always appears. It is the myth of the Mother who falls into the matter -the chaos, abyss, darkness or “water”- from which She has to be saved later on.
Many Gnosis frequently appeal to myths and images of sexual character. Sometimes the whole cosmogonical process is reduced to a divine marriage”.
In his treatise titled The Perfect Matrimony, Samael Aun Weor describes the masculine and feminine nature of God -in a synthetic way- as the source of that which is called love by the humans:
God as FATHER is WISDOM. God as MOTHER is LOVE. God as Father dwells in the Eye of Wisdom. The Eye of Wisdom is situated in a point between the eyebrows, at the root of the nose.
God as Love is found in the Heart-Temple. Wisdom and Love are the two columns of the Great White Lodge.
To love! How beautiful it is to love! Only the great Souls know how to love. Love is infinite tenderness… Love is the life that palpitates in every atom and in every Sun.
Love cannot be defined because it is the Divine Mother of the World; it is That Which come to us when we are really in love.