The Gnosis of Kali Yuga: Being a Summary of the Universal Science for the Awakening of Consciousness as Expressed through the Esoteric Doctrine of Major World Religions
The Gnosis of Kali Yuga penetrates into the most essential and practical aspects of the esoteric teachings that exist hidden within all great religions and spiritual doctrines. A vast range of schools and systems are explored and found to possess at their core the same essential qualities and ultimate goal: for a radical psychological change to manifest within the aspirant. This transformation occurs through the acquirement of gnosis, or self-knowledge, and only through this pursuit can one acquire true happiness and final liberation. Unlike many spiritual books, here we will find that neither vain beliefs nor a positive ideology is enough to sustain real contentment and triumph over life’s difficult ordeals. Rather, one must must work for an authentic awakening, an enlightenment, something that is brought about only through intimate self-analysis and fundamental change.
Although we are often enamored with thoughts of how cultured, educated, and modern the developed world has become in the last century, it is abundantly clear that within the areas of religion and spirituality, the most terrible ignorance and fanaticism reigns.
People today are generally materialistic. Generally, though, we do not want to admit it. Nevertheless, the basis, or center of gravity, that the majority of us hang our actions upon is how it will affect the corporal world, and secondly, how others will perceive it. Our psychology, our whole life, revolves around the material, sensual world, and thus, if we have nothing else, then indeed materialism is all that we have to base our actions upon.
Gnosis & Happiness
Reevaluating Social Norms
Religion & Sexuality
The Mind & The Ego
Return And Recurrence Of The Ego
The Tree Of Gnosis
The Fourth Way & The Human Machine
Seeing The Emptiness
Pure & Empirical Knowledge
The Liberation Of Good & Evil
Legion, Human, Christ
The Brain, Mind, And Sleep
Soteriology: Salvation Has Requirements
Alchemy: Liquid Fire, Igneous Water
The Two Types Of Intoxication
Comprehension & Elimination
Therefore, we are materialists – not from a philosophical or ideological viewpoint – but from a practical one. Yet, few will admit it, because few have ever taken a moment to think about who they are. We lackadaisically boast so much of our self-cognizance, but in reality we are only cognizant in a materialistic sense: we know what we physically look like. From a psychological standpoint however, we are just a like dog, which upon gazing into a mirror, has absolutely no conception of the nature of the image being reflected. In other words, we do not know who we are. This humanity cannot accurately describe its very own psychological self-image!
Incredibly, in most people this important fact is passed over with outright denial, or even worse, boredom. People believe very much in their self-sapience, even though they are completely and totally wrong. This is what some call complex ignorance, which in this case means we do not even know that we do not know anything about ourselves. If we, as a culture, at least knew how ignorant we are, in other words if we were only simply ignorant, then things would be generally good, but this is not the case at all.
There appears to be something lacking in today’s individual. There is a certain type of complacency, and severe indifference, when it comes to these matters of life and death. Throughout history many philosophers have stuffed man’s head full with too many theories, and the charlatans have played too many tricks, leaving the masses suffering mystical indigestion.
“There is nothing new to postulate, all the metaphysical theories have been defeated, and all the so-called super-transcendent sacrosanct religious leaders are nothing more than mythomaniacs…,” the learned one says. And for the unlearned? Well, they have been taught by the elders and scribes of society to think like them, to act like them, and to believe like them. So, being that the blind is following the blind, together all of us have fallen into the abyss.
Between the two covers of this book, a very pure form of Gnosis is taught. Many learned ones will disagree, because the nomenclature used herein will proceed beyond the usual Aramaic and Greek, and without any fear, also introduce the reader to Sanskrit, Nahuatl, and Tibetan vocabulary. This may upset some people who believe to be erudite in these matters. These learned ones, the “scribes,” the “elders,” do not actually know Gnosis, and therefore believe it to be something it is not. This is because their associations of Gnosis are invariably locked within certain appearances, and academic study of Gnosticism is founded in historical, empirical and forensic analysis of ancient documents.
As far as academia goes, this is fine, as they are simply performing their vocation, but it is unfortunate for someone considering themselves “Gnostic” to be informed by academics. Yet, this is the way it has become, because, as it will be stated in this work, today’s intelligentsia has become the new priestly cast that the layman puts his faith in. Hence, although Gnosis cannot be accurately understood using the aforementioned avenues of study, for most people today it has become a false foundation of their understanding of it.
“…in the end, it does not matter what one thinks, or does not think. It does not matter what one believes, or does not believe. What matters is that we become conscious, intelligent, creative, and responsible human beings. Everything else in life is of little value…”
Subsequently, what constitutes proper “Gnosticism” today has been formulated by classes of people who have – by definition – no requirement in attaining actual gnosis: academia, historians, or heresiologists. In fact, the word itself, Gnosticism, was chosen by modern scholars to describe certain historical religious sects even though the ancient sects in question never actually used this word to describe themselves. They instead always referred to their teachings simply as Gnosis. Of course this has caused some confusion, and therefore, in the pursuit of clarity, a simple and practical definition is found in the introductory chapter.
An important distinction must be made between materialistic science, and what we can call Gnostic science. Materialistic science bases its premise on materialistic empirical observation of phenomena. If such observation of phenomena is repeatable to all those who possess the sensual faculties to also observe it, the results are understood to be objective. This means that the causes and effects are deemed identical regardless of the subject (person) observing them.
Gnostic science, which is the methodology of gnosis, is different. Where materialistic science uses the functionalisms of the sensory organs as its foundation, the Gnostic science makes use of the functionalisms of the consciousness as it foundation. The Gnostic science does not admit the definition of objective that materialistic science does. The Gnostic science only views objectivity to exist outside of subjective perception. The fact that two subjects, two people, view the world identically through their sensory organs is not enough for Gnostic science to state that their observations are objective.
Materialistic science is always evolving, always changing and always contradicting itself. Yet, materialistic science can be practiced by anyone with good sensory organs, and is necessarily communicated through uncompromised literalism. The Gnostic science, which is the source of all religions, is the study of that which never changes (the Truth), and that which is ultimately incommunicable. Therefore, because the Truth can never be communicated per se, the Gnostic science must express its transcendental values through various subjective manners, such as parables, myths, allegories, analogies, poetic verse, rituals, koans, similes, metaphors, music, art, dance, and all other forms of symbolism. This is the chief purpose of the world’s various religious forms, practices, and customs.
Gnostic science is only verifiable through experience, never through the intellect, and due to the nature of its values, is necessarily distorted when expressed to others, and the more literal the expression, the more distorted the values become. Herein lays the problem, because the Gnostic science must be experienced, yet it can only be practiced by someone who knows how to awaken the consciousness. Hence, the primary goal of this work is to help someone teach themselves, if only at an introductory level, how to awaken their own consciousness.
Gnosis is lived upon facts, withers away in abstractions and is difficult to find even in the noblest of thoughts.
– Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic
Due to the fact that practically no one knows or accepts the reality of Gnosis, the majority of heralded experts on these matters may not find this work serious or noteworthy. However, if their consciousness was awakened just a bit, and if they were able to achieve theopneusty, or the ability to understand the scriptures, then things would be different. Then, instead of using comparison, rational deduction, and carbon dating to understand Gnosticism, they would use the awakened consciousness. It is obvious that theopneusty lies outside the materialistic sciences and lies entirely within the Gnostic sciences.
The learned ones, even if they are very sincere and devout, even the ones calling themselves Gnostic, Catholic, or Protestant, believe they are pneumatic (spiritual), but in reality they are just another type of hylicist (materialist). They believe the transition from hylic to a pneumatic is as easy as reading a book, listening to a sermon, attending or performing liturgical works, memorizing scripture, reciting prayers, receiving holy titles from holy men, attending venerable intuitions, etc., etc. All of that is rooted in this world, is ephemeral, and of little consequence in terms of legitimate Gnosticism.
Includes quotes and excerpts from Dante Allegri, The Bhagavad Gita, H. P. Blavatsky, St. Clement of Alexandra, the 14th Dalai Lama, The Emerald Tablet, The Four Gospels, Buddha Gautama Shakyamuni, The Book of Genesis, G. I. Gurdjieff, Manly P. Hall, Irenaeus, Thomas à Kempis, J. Krishnamurti, C. W. Leadbeater, Eliphas Levi, Moria, Friedrich Nietzsche, Padmasambhava, St. Paul, The Gospel of Philip, The Pistis Sophia, The Revelation of St. John, Rumi, Sat Guru Subramuniyaswami, Shantideva, The Sophic Hydrolith, Rodolf Steiner, Swami Sivananda, the Bohemian Tarot, The Gospel of Thomas, Basil Valentine, Swami Vivekananda, The Zohar ...
On future pages it will be shown modern “man” does not possess his soul or psyche. As such, he is strictly hylic, and he can be no more than that, no matter what he achieves in this world or what he believes what will come about in the next. Only when he possesses a soul, when he develops his soul, his psyche or psuchikon, can he be classified as psychic under the Gnostic Valentinian and Pauline schools. Understand that this is not the modern “psychic,” no, but the ancient and original, which means “one who possesses a soul,” or in other words, “one who is a master of his psyche.” What it means to possess a soul is unknown in this world today, but it shall become clearer as the reader progresses through the chapters herein, as they are written in a progressive fashion, each one developing upon the previous.
Today, every believer, believers with names like Orthodox, Pagan, Hassidic, Sunni, Jain, Sikh, or even Gnostic, thinks that because he reads and agrees with the ancient scriptures that he is therefore a pneumatic, a spiritual one, but in reality he is yet to even reach the level of psychic! He does not even have a soul! This, of course, is very interesting, because to cross the threshold of hylic to psychic is relatively easy, yet, to achieve the most elevated classification (which every believer already believes to be) is much more difficult. To be born again as pneumatikos is something terribly divine, something that cannot be achieved simply by attending rituals and studying parchments.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
– John 3:7-12
What is that which is pneumatic? Materialists only know its corporal counterpart, the air we breathe, but its hidden mystery is the Spirit: the wind which blows, but we, who are yet To Be, do not know where it comes from or where it is going…
Are you surprised about this? Are you still unaware that you are asleep and do not possess a soul? Are you unaware how you must give birth to your soul? And if you do not know this, how can you call yourself knowledgeable?
The world has yet to understand what it means to receive the witness, and to speak the testimony, because indeed these are Gnostic teachings and the Gnostic teachings are not yet known to the world. Therefore, dear reader, continue forth and uncover how to receive what the Masters of Israel called DAATH, but which was later deemed appropriate to be converted into the Gentile tongue, and be called GNOSIS.