Buddhism Is The Key To Gnosticism and Agnosticism
There is no difference.
Gnostic: relating to esoteric, mystical knowledge.
Agnostic:believing that nothing can be known of the existence or nature of God.
I am about to suggest that Gnosticism is the journey, and Agnosticism, the arrival. Also that, as there were ancient, enlightened beings, there were also ancient trolls – those who pervert knowledge. The usage of many words has been downgraded, while their actual meaning is enlightening. This article isn’t for the faint-hearted, especially when we get to Sethian Gnosticism.
The main point of knowing is the essence of knowingness itself – pure knowingness – which is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is also called ‘shunyata’ in Sanskrit, which means emptiness. In pure emptiness, there are no modifications, and nothing can be known as we have arrived at non-duality where there is only knowingness. It just is. This is synonymous with God consciousness. Love is the knowingness of our true nature; love is not something we ‘do’. Whatever we do can either be a manifestation of love, or something else.
We are constantly divided from love by separating ourselves from one another, as well as being separated by deliberate acts of deception. Religions do this ‘nicely’. To acknowledge the enlightened quality of clarity, we must go into the darkness. When the enlightened quality of clarity shines in the darkness, then darkness does not exist.
The darkness is our ignorance that collects mistaken ideas which affect our behaviour. This collection, or load, is called ‘karma’ and lowers our spirit,to the extent of becoming an Archon/demon. Through realisation of our true nature of pure consciousness, we drop reactions and so karma is dissolved. That is the redemption! Our enlightened actions compensate or redeem our faults or bad aspects.
Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from ignorance, error, or evil.
Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God, the divine, is unknown or unknowable: human reasoning is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that God exists or the belief that God does not exist.
Gnostics (‘having knowledge’) believed that the material world is created by an emanation of a demiurge, trapping the divine spark within the human body. In Buddhism, this would be described as the ego. The divine spark could be liberated by gnosis; spiritual knowledge acquired through direct experience.
1. All matter is evil, and the non-material, spirit-realm is good.
2. There is an unknowable God, who gave rise to many lesser spirit beings called Aeons.
3. The creator of the (material) universe is not the supreme god, but an inferior spirit (the Demiurge – one who creates).
4. Gnosticism does not deal with “sin”, but only ignorance.
5. To achieve salvation, one needs gnosis (knowledge).
The following really isn’t for the faint-hearted!
Sethian gnosticism radically alters the significance of events in Eden. Rather than emphasising a fall of human weakness in breaking God’s command, Sethians and their inheritors see this encounter as the ignorance of mind and matter. The removal of Adam (mind) and Eve (heart) from the Archon’s (evil) paradise is seen as a step towards freedom from the Archons. The snake in the Garden of Eden therefore becomes their salvation, rather than an adversary of humanity. Eating the fruit of Knowledge is the first act of human salvation from cruel, oppressive powers.
To reiterate: in pure knowingness, nothing can be known, not even Buddha or God or anything whatsoever, as that would be relating and thus, a duality. It is simpler than we think! Our selfish clinging is the demiurge that creates complex havoc for others.
We are whom we seek, and we are also whomever we want to get away from. This is the eternal battle of good and evil: pure consciousness and the I.
The most subtle teaching is the moment we recognise
That recognition is enlightened clarity.
When Clarity knows Evil,
then they are inseparable.
Better the Devil we know, than the Devil we don’t!