Gnosis today is the contemporary form of an ancient system of learning, which has existed through the history of man’s presence on Earth. For many centuries this wisdom was not taught publicly, but revealed only to those who had been initiated into the mysteries.
The origin of the Gnostic teachings, as they are taught throughout the world today, is from the writings and practices of Samael Aun Weor (born in Columbia 1917). He synthesised the precepts of the philosophers, mystics, adepts - the mystical traditions of all times - into one system of knowledge. Through this synthesis he unveiled, and so re-established, the eternal teachings of Gnosis.
The Origin of the Gnostic Teachings
The Oracle of Delphi
gnosis/ˈnoʊsәs/ n.[Gk: knowledge]
knowledge of an intuitive nature;
the intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths...
Samael Aun Weor
Gnosis is at the essence of all the great mystical traditions, ancient mystery schools, religions, and esoteric systems. Gnosis is not a derivative of any one of these traditions: it predates all religions and systems, and is not the property of any individual or group. It is the esoteric foundation of all the great Masters, and belongs exclusively to no one...
All religions are precious pearls strung upon the golden thread of divinity. Samael Aun Weor
...On searching the thousands of ancient texts of the great mystical traditions, lying beneath the many different religious forms, we find gnosis. Gnosis is found in the Buddhist doctrine; in the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet, in the Zen Buddhism of Japan, and the Chan Buddhism of China. Gnosis is veiled in the mysteries of Christianity and the Christ, it is found in the Sufi tradition, in the dancing of the Whirling Dervishes. It is found in the Hebraic Kabbalah, in the Hermetic Alchemy of the middle ages, and in the Egyptian, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Greek, Aztec, Mayan, Incan, and Toltec mysteries.
The word religion has its origins in the latin religare, "to bind [to the gods]", to ‘re-link’ with divinity: to reunite or reconnect with the divinity that each one of us has within. Regardless of the form it takes, the esoteric path always has this reunification as its purpose. It is the Middle Path of the Buddha, the Tao of Chinese Taoism, the Straight and Narrow path of Christianity, the climb back up the Tree of Life of the Hebraic Kabbalah.
The Gnostic Society
The Australian Gnostic Association is a part of the international Gnostic Society Samael Aun Weor: a not for profit organisation dedicated to the study and practical application of the Gnostic teachings. Currently there are centres in Australia (located in several of the major cities), Europe, and the Americas (North, Central and South). The aim of the Gnostic centres throughout the world is to share Gnosis with anyone who is interested, regardless of race, gender, religious background, or occupation.