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Four Ways of Seeking Gnosis

In looking at the Hindu tradition, they suggest that there are four paths to liberation. I would argue that this is not unique to Hinduism but has its place in most of the world religions. For Gnostics I would say that these paths/practices can help one achieve Gnosis.

I will first be listing the Hindu Term then the description with commentary from a Gnostic perspective.

Bhakti Yoga-path of devotion. This path of devotion can best be seen in the Islamic Sufi way of Rumi with his seeking God through passion, song, dance, and the imagery of the love affair. This is the passionate seeking of God until one experiences union with Him. One can find this way active in the mystics in the Christian Church as well. (The poetry and writings of John of the Cross and Hildegard for example)

Karma Yoga-path of service. This path is the patch of doing good of serving others not for the purposes of the ego or attachment but rather as an offering of God. One sees God as the server and the servant…

Gnostics Believe What?

I would first off suggest looking at this site as it does a good job of sharing some of the basics of Gnosticism: http://www.gnosis.org/gnintro.htm .

For starters I would suggest one look into the Palm Tree Garden Forum (see links). Search for the 4 point plane idea. These are four beliefs that most modern Gnostic groups can agree to. Here it is in a nutshell:
1) Emanations Cosmology. The heavenly and phenomenal worlds are ultimately the effect of God's process of "emanation," or pouring forth from itself.
2) Immanent Pneumatology. God's spirit fills the heavenly and phenomenal worlds. God is right here, right now.
3) Gnostic Soteriology. Gnosis, which can also be called insight, plays the most important role in the salvation of the Gnostic.
4) Sacramental Praxis. Gnosis can be facilitated by symbolic ritual.

Christian and Gnostic

I am a Christian and Gnostic. I was once a missionary in an evangelical church. I believed the traditional presentation of the gospel with all my heart. What changed was when I encountered those of other faiths. When one truly listens to them, you are left with the realization that you are not the only one with the relationship with God. One easy way to see that is simply to read a book of Rumi's (an Islamic Sufi) poetry. He loves God with all his being. And as Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism, shares many similar themes with other forms of Gnosticism. This blog will detail my own journey as a Gnostic.