THE FOG – Guru’s Cults and Corporations
Guru’s, Cults and Corporations
Over the years a great parlor trick has been conjured by the Orthodox Church which has convinced people that there is no salvation for anyone outside of the institutional church. This all began with apostolic succession and the notion that if the church is God’s instrument on earth then its clergy must speak directly for God. Over the centuries these manipulations of the mind have added to the smoke and mirrors which have been perfected by a long history of church counsels. These thought reform techniques have confused and baffled even the brightest of intellects. But how can this happen? How can smart people be so gullible? Well when people are afraid it is easy. And let’s face it the church is a master at using fear, shame and guilt to its advantage. For instance when people are afraid they seek sanctuary. We see this in medieval superstition. Today we see it in ignorance and the false sanctuary of a mind subjugated to thought reform. Now to say the church is using mind control sounds rather cultish. Well guess what? That is exactly what I am saying. Fear keeps the sheep close to the steeple. Hence we create sheeple.
For the most part research has shown us that sheeple do not see themselves as gullible and smart sheeple are not always confident of their intelligence. There are of course many exceptions but we must be mindful that the more sheeple which are created the more truth is ignored causing much pain and separation in our world. In fact the more sheeple there are the more powerful the church becomes. This is how the world launders salvation. As long as I do not challenge God’s representative and voice on earth I to can inherit the kingdom of heaven. The church sells heaven as a future place of reward and hell as a future place of punishment. But let us listen to Jesus reply to his apostles when they ask him, when will the new world come? To which Jesus replies in the Gospel of Thomas:
“It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying, here it is or there it is. Rather the kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it”
This tells us that the kingdom is a state of transformed consciousness. It is here now and resides within each and every one of us. But because people are afraid they remain ignorant. The Orthodox Church has worked its magic and manipulates the collective psyche of humanity. What we have to remember is that the church cannot survive without people. However, and this is the important part, people can survive without the church! As a priest I may sound like a heretic and bound for hell. But think of it. This is just what the Orthodox Church wants you to believe. This is why Gnosis and Gnosticism have been demonized for so long.
Some time ago I was talking with a Roman Catholic about the sacraments. They seemed pretty confident in describing other religious traditions as having some pretty bizarre beliefs and practices. But when I challenged them on the plausibility that transubstantiation could also be construed as superstitious and likened to hocus pocus they became very, very upset. They went on to tell me that as a member of the clergy I would be going to hell for making such statements. The reason this statement was so offensive to a Roman Catholic was that the Eucharist is central to the survival of the Roman Catholic Church and is its main tool of thought control. Therefore to challenge something which is deeply entrenched in the collective psyche is heretical. But we must challenge these deep seated and outdated human constructs of the mind. If we do not we will never grow and evolve as human beings.
Gnosticism does not believe in sin. It does however believe in ignorance. Gnostic’s believes that pain and suffering are caused by ignorance not sin. Sin may want to project blame but ignorance wants to deny responsibility for our state in life. With this world view in mind Gnosticism shares many similarities with contemporary methods of exploring the self through psychotherapeutic techniques. Both Gnosticism and psychotherapy value above all knowledge, self-knowledge and insight.
The Gospel of Truth states:
“Ignorance…brought about anguish and terror. And the anguish grew solid like a fog, so that no one was able to see. For this reason error is powerful… and further… as with someone’s ignorance, when he comes to have knowledge, his ignorance vanishes by itself, as the darkness vanishes when light appears, so also the deficiency vanishes in fulfillment”
This tells us that deficiency is the opposite of fulfillment and exists due to ignorance. Therefore self-ignorance is also a form of self-destruction.
Direct Experience of Gnosis
So how are we to seek self-knowledge? This is where Gnosticism shares many commonalities with contemporary psychotherapeutic methods. For both believe the psyche holds within itself the potential for either liberation or destruction. We all have direct experience of the divine. We do not need a guru, a cult, or in the language of societies latest religion a corporation to tells us what to believe or how to relate to God and the Holy Spirit. But this is what we have. Sheeple who follow a guru and belong to the cult of corporate elitism.
From the Gospel of Thomas:
“If you bring forth what is in you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you”
In the gnostic writing known as “Allogenes”, which when translated means “stranger” the spiritually mature person becomes a stranger to the world around them. The stranger attains this state of gnosis by firstly discovering the good within and secondly coming to know themselves. But one cannot attain compete knowledge of the unknown God. One’s experience and knowledge are essential for spiritual development which provide the foundation for receiving understanding about God. Gnosis therefore involves recognizing the limits of human knowledge.
This is where being an allogene or stranger to the world begins to make more sense. For seeking higher truth or gnosis is not for everyone. In addition seeking gnosis becomes a threat to an institutional church. As a result allogene’s are persecuted or oppressed. As a result the institutional church is able to attract the masses who find it easier to believe in the simplest articles of faith. The institutional church then becomes highly organized and efficient with dogmas. On the other hand a gnostic church becomes less concerned with systems of organization and dogmatism and attracts those seeking spiritual maturity rather than righteous religiosity. The world then becomes the domain of an organized orthodoxy which lacks a correct relational view of unworldly precepts. A concrete example is environmental degradation continues to prevail in spite of its obvious prophetic suicidal conclusions. The same can be said about the ludicrous political systems which dominate the planet. All of these systems whether political,religious, or economic are related by virtue of their lack of gnosis.
The gnostic teacher Heracleon says:
“People at first are led to believe in the Saviour through others, but when they become mature, they no longer rely on mere human testimony, but discover instead their own immediate relationship with the truth itself”.
Others like Valentinians, married, raised children, worked at ordinary employment, but like devout Buddhists, regarded all these as secondary to the interior path of gnosis. Valentinus, Heracleon, Rembrandt, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy , Nietzsche, Blake, Jung all found themselves on the fringes of othordoxy. All embraced Christian symbolism but found themselves in conflict with orthodoxy. From a historical perspective we have seen what happens when Christianity buries and oppresses its gnostic roots. What emerges is a darkness which finds expression through inquisitions, residential school atrocities and a priesthood infested with pedophile’s.
The question now seems to be can allogene’s overcome being the strangers of a world view which will soon be responsible for killing all life on the planet? Can humans usher in a sustained world shift in consciousness that will allow gnosis to lead the world away from annihilation and finally take its rightful place as the essential spiritual tradition of our shared salvation history? Let us be hopeful that prayer and active expressions of gnosis can restore the natural balances that Mother Earth is pleading for. May the future find humanity as loving and compassionate! And may the fullness of time be merciful !