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What is Gnosis? Knowledge is the Key to Liberation from Suffering

The Greek word "gnosis" refers to knowledge we acquire from experience, especially knowledge of the divine or that which is beyond the five senses. Some associate the word Gnosis with a collection of texts found in the deserts of the Middle East, such as the Nag Hammadhi texts or Dead Sea Scrolls. Some believe that Gnosis is exclusively the belief system of long-lost groups of spiritual seekers like the Essenes or Nazarenes. Yet the truth is that those writings and groups were but a fraction of a much older, more widespread tradition.

Any study of world philosophies, religions, and spiritual traditions demonstrates they all have the same principles, themes, and symbols. While some have argued that this is mere happenstance or unconscious impulse, the truth is far more powerful: there is ubiquitous symbolism and intent in world traditions because there is one ubiquitous source of all knowledge, but whose true form and meaning is only hazily perceived by the sleeping consciousness of mankind. Due to this, messengers arrive from time to time to clarify the One True Source: messengers such as Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, Moses, Fu Xi, and many more: all of them taught the same essential message, but according to the needs of the time and place.

“Whenever the Law declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to re-establish the Law.” [Hinduism. Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita 4.7-8]

“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. [Christianity. Jesus in the Bible, Matthew 5.17]

“I have seen an ancient path, an ancient road traversed by the rightly enlightened ones of former times. [Buddhism. Samyutta Nikaya ii.106]

"I have transmitted what was taught to me without making up anything of my own. I have been faithful to and loved the Ancients." [Confucianism. Analects 7.1]

“Truth is one; sages call it by various names..." —Rig Veda

Thus, all religions have the same root. That original source is what we need for experience for ourselves if we truly want to overcome suffering. To access that source, one needs to know the precise science to reach it. That science is based on cause and effect: precise action that leads to precise results.

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