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The Gnostic tradition seems to predate the historical narrative of Jesus well into antiquity. Some schools point towards Egypt as its origin and some clues point towards India and the Vedas.This post will delve into the connections between gnostic thought and Hinduism.

It’s thought that Shiva within the Indian tradition was angry with Brahma for creating a universe that was evil. But this was Maya, the veil of illusion, similar to the creation of the demiurge in gnostic thought. The Plemora and Brahma are really beyond the knowledge of humans and exist in a transcendental dimension not easily accessed by anyone–let alone humans.

I see a similarity between Shiva and Shakti and Kristos and Sophia in that there is in reality, a divine dance of male/female principles within existence–this is also hinted at within Taoism. I think Shiva and Shakti coalesce within the anatomy of the kundalini mythology; that is to say that Kristos and Sophia operate in these dimensions via a ‘spiritual science’ (yet to be verified or understood by science), yet; possibly, is the doorway to other dimensions of reality blocked by Maya, The Archons, and the Demiurge.

If this view were true then I would see this place as a consciousness entertainment center and it would also allude to a type of non-dual Gnosticism; a paradox to be sure, but somewhat coherent nevertheless. This isn’t to say that the archons aren’t evil; it’s just implying that evil has a greater purpose and it kind of makes sense of sayings by the Kristos to not resist evil ( otherwise the sayings are nonsensical).

We can see in Hinduism the idea that it’s ignorance which keeps one bound to Maya and we see the same idea in Gnostic thought (along with Buddhism but that’s another post) in that most believers are deluded into believing in a false construct created by the demiurge. It’s not clear, though, that Christian gnostics would accept the same nondual inevitability hinted at in Hinduism as Gnosticism is frustratingly vague about the ultimate condition of GNOSIS as far as any metaphysical postulate or end game. I’ve run across those who believe that this dimension of Maya is an owned and permanent residence of the demiurge and its archons and that the Plemora respects this boundary; this would be a somewhat different view than the Advaita school of Hindu nonduality.

I haven’t found any direct writings pertaining to Israel and the Jewish people in Indian writings. One would think that such important players (actors) in this cosmic drama would have at least been mentioned specifically in the Vedas, but it doesn’t appear to be so. This would argue, to my thinking, that Christian Gnosticism is distinct from Hinduism as Gnostic writings clearly talk about the main antagonists within this narrative. Please, note: this isn’t to say that the Jewish people are evil; but rather, if true, according to Kristos from the Gnostic perspective–they were called blind, or the blind leading the blind.


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