The Gnostic Creed

An essay on the gnostic creed John G Bell

monolatry like hinduism and gnosticism. aspects of a whole. The emanations, Aeons, from the pleroma, the fullness.

Anecdotally, I recall a story about various ways that Hindu society understands the relationship with deity. …

Another example of this hindu thought is the idea of 'ishta-devata' mentioned by Patanjali, which is explained in Thelemapedia: “While Patanjali accepts the idea of what he terms “ishta-devata” (worship of deities as manifestations of the single Brahman), his overall “ishwar” is not a conventional God with personal form and speaks more to a universal, attributeless Brahman, an impersonal, unknowable, infinite force that is all and transcends all.” via

Also, the notion, similar to solve et coagula, articulated by Soror Magdelena in her Heresy of Babalon presentation in which the whole divine feminine went through a process of fracturing so that each facet could be fully explored before being reunited into one metaform. This suggests that the atomistic deconstruction of divinity is part of a process that allows for richer wholism, a wholism that is both greater and more granular that before.

“For the magician, gods and goddesses are basically gigantic forces which contain various universal ports within them. So why do we refer to these forces as gods and goddesses? Quite simply because it's a lot easier to communicate with something that looks and feels like a person, than to communicate with a law of nature.” - Orpheus, R. (). Abrahadabra. p 33

infinite contraction infinite expansion ~ love and hate in Empedocles

secret and ineffable lord, is shin?

monolatry - conception of deity in ancient egypt

hinduism / levels of understanding of the gods, from literal and material distinction, to symbolic distinction to aspects of a whole

gnostic pleroma

neo-platonic summit of diversity where manyness merges into unity (dionysian artificers, xlix)

in the name

first fetishises the name, making it the actual divinity itself, idolatrous

second treats the name as a triumphalized exemplar, the name of all names, monotheistic

third recognizes that the name is merely a pointer, a facet of something larger; that it's one way to reach a concept which is more than human, monolatry.

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