The Tree Of Gnosis

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And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that
is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The Tree of Life was
also in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil.
– Genesis 2:9

The Tree of Gnosis is the same Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil mentioned in the Bible. The true meaning behind this
symbolic tree is a mystery to the Roman Church. The Tree of Gnosis
is where one studies true Gnosticism. Remember, dear reader, it is stated that “Adam knew Eve” when they had children. The cornerstone of Gnosticism is the mysteries related with that “knowing” of a sexual nature. In Jewish esotericism, the most secret doctrine is the doctrine of Daath. Daath is Hebrew for knowledge, or gnosis, and daath is the word used in Genesis to describe sexual relations. True Gnosticism is the knowledge of good and evil, which is tied at its root to sexuality. All of those who say otherwise are lacking the essential gnosis. The cornerstone of all secret doctrines is sex. Sex is a topic of offense, it is a weakness, a stone of stumbling, a stone that causes one to fall into fanaticism and ignorance. This is the stone of sex Adam and Eve stumbled upon when they fell. Adam and Eve fell not simply by disobedience, but by sexual disobedience. Adam and Eve represent an entire wave of evolving souls that had reached the pinnacle of mechanical evolution. They were beginning to become aware of their own natures and as souls were primed to take the next step and become human beings. So, in a way, their “eyes” were closed because they still possessed the innocence of ignorance: they knew not what was good or evil. They, like any animal, were imparted with the instinctual inheritance to reproduce in the animalistic way. Animals do not have reasoning when it comes to reproduction. They simply act. This instinctual inheritance was and is guided by “Jehovah Elohim,” or as we can say, those superior vehicles of intelligence (souls) that had already reached the Angelic state, and were responsible for the management of the evolving and devolving life forces on Earth. Once these evolving souls were ready for human bodies, they were born within them, yet because they were still innocent, they were still guided by Jehovah Elohim. As such, they were taught how to reproduce in a superior way, the way of a human. They were taught to unite, and how to transmute within the sexual act, and how to reproduce within the sexual act. In those times, the male body had the ability to release a single sperm in order for it to unite with a single ovum. There was no need to ejaculate 100 million spermatozoa in order to reproduce. Because of this, neither the males nor the females ever reached orgasm or ejaculation. Instead of spilling or wasting their sexual energy, their creative-sexual potential was transmuted into a paradise of the body and soul. The Earth was a living paradise. There was something sinister at work however. Something was slithering, like a serpent, in the blood of this newborn humanity. Temptation, the great gift of Mephistopheles, was too great and sexual disobedience was the outcome. This innocent humanity began to copulate like animals, which was a backwards step. They began to reach orgasm again. Now, because these souls were imparted with reasoning of a human, their eyes opened to lust when they experienced the sexual spasm, and from that all the sin of the world was generated. The gates of Eden were closed, and humanity fell into perversion. The serpent is that force in the blood that gives a man his erection and the woman her voluptuousness. The serpent is at the epicenter of gnosis, which is why it coils around the Tree of Knowledge. The serpent is both the strength and wrath of God. This temptation is obviously related with Jehovah, as it was Him, the Demiurge Architect-Creator of the World, who placed a tempting serpent in the midst of paradise. Many people have read about the Gnostic Demiurge, the lion-faced ruler of the chaos whose name is also Yaldabaoth, and His antithesis (and mother), Sophia (wisdom). Nevertheless, even after much study, few people correctly understand these things. Yaldabaoth is the karma of the universe. Without Yaldabaoth, the universe would not exist, and Sophia could not cry Her Thirteen Repentances to rid herself of the attacks of the Self-willed. Yet, without the Thirteen Repentances, Sophia would not be wise. Existence is due to an unbalance of energy, or karma. Sophia will always create Yaldabaoth as long as there is cosmic debt (karma) or cosmic capital (dharma). Existence comes into being in order to equilibrate the energy of every cosmic unit. EverThe sum of all “Sophias” is also called Sophia. Likewise, Yaldabaoth must be understood in similar way. Only when Sophia has completed her journey from the top, all the way to the very bottom, and back to the top again, she will no longer mistakenly create Yaldabaoth. Only when the Sophia of a monad achieves the Thirteen Repentances will she no longer create her son, Yaldabaoth.
Each of us has our own individual Yaldabaoth and Sophia. Each
person has the Self-willed, the ego, that crucifies Sophia, our inner
spirit. The Thirteen Repentances are the psychological works that rid us of the shackles of the lion-faced rulers (karmic debts).
From a cosmic standpoint, Yaldabaoth is a divine emanation.
Yaldabaoth is both the good and evil of the universe. Why then do
Gnostic texts refer to Yaldabaoth negatively? This is because the
Gnostic must fight against Yaldabaoth, due to the fact that the
Gnostic must go beyond good and evil which is the realm of
Yaldabaoth. So, on the cosmic level, the Gnostic must go beyond the realm of Yaldabaoth, beyond existence, which is the Thirteenth Aeon. On an individual level, the Gnostic must die to the “Self-willed” (the ego), and in doing so overcomes the lion-faced rulers (karma) that attack Sophia. On an individual level, Yaldabaoth is the self-willed, or in other words, the separateness or false-individuality that manifests itself as the ego in our psyches. Karma is The Law (as it is described in the Bible) that holds the universe in place, without it the universe could not exist. Yet it is also The Law which prevents us from escaping the limitations of existence. Realize, that for the Gnostic, existence itself is a form of bondage, because true Being is Non-Being. The Gnostic works on the “Straight Path” to the Absolute. The Gnostic is not complacent with even the rank of an Angel, God or Archon (“ruler”). The Gnostic wants to go all the way to the Absolute, and because of this, the other Archons (who are
complacent with their existential omnipotence) behave and work, in
a way, against the Gnostic struggling towards the Absolute. This is
the essential principle behind the struggle of Yaldabaoth and
Sophia. These are very strange concepts to us, yet, this is the way it is. A great deal of meditation is required to understand Gnosticism. It cannot be haphazardly interpreted based upon our subjective whims of the day. We have to understand that even Christ is a stranger among the Gods, because the Gods’ center of gravity is withiny cosmic unit, or monad (spirit), has a Sophia. The sum of all “Sophias” is also called Sophia. Likewise, Yaldabaoth
must be understood in similar way. Only when Sophia has
completed her journey from the top, all the way to the very bottom,
and back to the top again, she will no longer mistakenly create
Yaldabaoth. Only when the Sophia of a monad achieves the Thirteen
Repentances will she no longer create her son, Yaldabaoth.
Each of us has our own individual Yaldabaoth and Sophia. Each
person has the Self-willed, the ego, that crucifies Sophia, our inner
spirit. The Thirteen Repentances are the psychological works that rid us of the shackles of the lion-faced rulers (karmic debts).
From a cosmic standpoint, Yaldabaoth is a divine emanation.
Yaldabaoth is both the good and evil of the universe. Why then do
Gnostic texts refer to Yaldabaoth negatively? This is because the
Gnostic must fight against Yaldabaoth, due to the fact that the
Gnostic must go beyond good and evil which is the realm of
Yaldabaoth. So, on the cosmic level, the Gnostic must go beyond the realm of Yaldabaoth, beyond existence, which is the Thirteenth Aeon. On an individual level, the Gnostic must die to the “Self-willed” (the ego), and in doing so overcomes the lion-faced rulers (karma) that attack Sophia. On an individual level, Yaldabaoth is the self-willed, or in other words, the separateness or false-individuality that manifests itself as the ego in our psyches. Karma is The Law (as it is described in the Bible) that holds the universe in place, without it the universe could not exist. Yet it is also The Law which prevents us from escaping the limitations of existence. Realize, that for the Gnostic, existence itself is a form of bondage, because true Being is Non-Being. The Gnostic works on the “Straight Path” to the Absolute. The Gnostic is not complacent with even the rank of an Angel, God or Archon (“ruler”). The Gnostic wants to go all the way to the Absolute, and because of this, the other Archons (who are
complacent with their existential omnipotence) behave and work, in
a way, against the Gnostic struggling towards the Absolute. This is
the essential principle behind the struggle of Yaldabaoth and
Sophia. These are very strange concepts to us, yet, this is the way it is. A great deal of meditation is required to understand Gnosticism. It cannot be haphazardly interpreted based upon our subjective whims of the day. We have to understand that even Christ is a stranger among the Gods, because the Gods’ center of gravity is within existence, yet the center of gravity of Christ is Barbleo, the Absolute, the Nothingness, the place where true freedom reigns. The being named Aberamentho, known to us as Jesus, came not just to save this miserable humanity, but also Gods. His doctrine is the highest doctrine taught on this Earth, which makes it very difficult to comprehend. Many aspects of his doctrine only reach their deepest significance after we have already accomplished the complete removal of the ego and have gained entrance into the superior realms of existence. An aspirant of Gnosticism is a Gnostic only to the percentage upon which he has died to his ego. A complete Gnostic has no ego. A complete Gnostic is already an enlightened being. So, obviously, the Gnostic doctrine is very advanced and not easily understood by us, mere aspirants. There are many Gnostic groups today that have no relationship with what we are explaining on these pages. They depict the Demiurge and the Archons in the same way as fundamentalist Christians depict Satan. They are lacking comprehension and as a result they do not understand the supremely elevated nature of these
teachings. People are confused because the ancient Gnostic texts
have a way of describing things that is very foreign to our intellect.
The Demiurge is described as “evil” for example; yet, the actual
meaning of evil in this context is not so crude as a cliché villain
depicted in storybooks. A detailed explanation of kabbalistic good
and evil will take place in a later chapter. It is very interesting to contemplate the outcome of Sophia’s folly. She creates what is described as a lion faced serpent. The serpent, we know from studying the Bible, is a symbol of wisdom, of gnosis. This is why Jesus recommends we become as wise as a serpent. But what is the lion? The lion represents The Law, or karma. This is the lion that Samson and Hercules must defeat. The serpent in Eden is related with all of this. When we make the wrong use of the serpent, then we are trapping Sophia in the realm of Yaldabaoth. Only when we overcome the temptations of the serpent can its power elevate us beyond the realm of Yaldabaoth, because the serpent is the essential creative power of everything. The serpent is the power that Yaldabaoth used to create, yet it has its ultimate source beyond creation. This is why it is stated that Yaldabaoth stole a portion of Sophia’s power in order to create. Sophia’s rightful place is in the Absolute, the Nothingness, the Thirteenth Aeon, yet due to karma, Sophia is dragged to the lowest spheres of creation. All of this is written and explained in the Pistis Sophia Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor. When the serpent is used in combination with chastity, then the creative and destructive power of God is realized in man. However, when the serpent is too tempting, fornication is the result. The definition of fornication is the orgasm. Because of fornication, the male body has now totally lost the ability to release a single seed in order to reproduce. The woman still retains that ability, albeit at a mechanical level (ovulation). The body can be educated to reproduce without the need for orgasm. It is possible to reproduce without the sexual spasm. This is the true primeval sexual system, the system of Eden. This is the system that one must use to return to paradise. By disobeying the commandments of God, we have come to know good and evil very well. We all know the joys and bitterness of life, yet now it is time to leave this cage is return to bosom of the Pleorma, knowing good and evil. In order to return to our departure point, we must obey, by resisting the temptation to “eat” the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil. When we reach orgasm, the most wonderful and beautiful power of man is depleted and wasted all for the name of desire. The orgasm is the expression of animal sexuality. Sexual transmutation is the expression of human sexuality. There are four rivers in Eden. Eden, as with every symbol in the Book of Genesis, is multifaceted. One of these facets is the symbol of the paradisiacal man. Two of the Edenic rivers are related with fluids of the brain and spinal cord, and of the mind. The other two rivers are related with the fluids of the sex, and of creativity. Adam is the brain of man and woman. Eve is the sex of man and woman. Eve is the one who eats the fruit, because the fruit is eaten during sexual intercourse. Eve passes the defiled fruit to Adam, the brain and mind, and as a result corrupts it with the ego. Thus it is stated in the Bible.

So when the woman saw that the tree (of knowledge, gnosis, daath, or creative potential) was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes (and all sensations), and a tree desirable to make one wise (to know good and evil), she (the sex) took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband (the mind) with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened (to sensation), and they knew that they were naked (no longer innocent); and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings (for their sexual organs had now been defiled, and their mind had been defiled, and they could no longer look upon the world with their new sight without the corruption of lust. Thus, they covered their sex in the “shadows” because their creative potential now lives in Hell).
– Genesis 3:6, 7

Eve eats the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
every time the sexual spasm takes place. The mind and the sex are
two poles of the same thing. There cannot be a serious discussion
about mental clarity or enlightenment without tackling the serious
problem of sexual desire. It is only when Eve stops eating the fruit
will Adam stop receiving its negative consequences. In other words, it is only when fornication ceases that true illumination can arrive.
This is why Jehovah states that Adam shall bruise the head, and Eve
shall bruise the heel (Genesis 3:15). The Eve-principle in the
common and everyday person has fallen into the inferno of lust,
represented by our feet.

Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.”
– Zechariah 4:1-3

Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees—at the right of the lampstand and at its left?” And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?” Then he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”
– Zechariah 4:11-14

The two lamp stands that carry the golden oil are the two
principles of man and woman, called Adam and Eve in Genesis.
These lamp stands are worthless if they do not carry the golden oil,
the transmuted sexual waters, to the bowl that rests atop the lamp
stands. The bowl, the chalice, is the mind. The Gnostic must fill his
chalice with the sacred wine of light.

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up
spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of
stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble
at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were
appointed.
– 1 Peter 2:4

The living stone, the sexual nature, is the where the Spirit of God
(the creative potential of God) can be used to create the Spiritual
House. This is how one is born of the spirit. One is “born again” by
making use of the sexual nature, not in fornication, but through
transmutation. This is what Jesus was symbolizing in his first
miracle. He transformed the waters into the wine at the Wedding.
Jesus is not stating that it is acceptable to have many glasses of
wine at a wedding; it is absurd to believe that Jesus would make use
of a miracle to promote drinking. What Jesus is teaching is that the
individual Inner Christ that lives within each person must take the
“waters” of the Wedding and transform them into Wine. The wine is
the transmuted water, and within the Waters lays the Spirit of God.
The sacrament of the wedding is the sexual act performed without
orgasm. This is how the water is transmuted into wine. The “Wine”
is the Blood of Christ, it gives a type of spiritual intoxication, a
mystical agape, a rapture of a nature that is far beyond the fleeting
illusions of pleasure and pain. As Jesus tells Nicodemus, flesh gives birth to flesh, but it is the spirit that gives birth to the spirit. The sexual act with the orgasm is a fleshly and defiled act of sexuality. The sexual act without the orgasm, with sexual transmutation, is a purely spiritual experience. Transmutation can occur if one is single, yet the most superior form of transmutation is only for couples. Transmutation is the expression of true human sexuality. Transmutation is the path to be “born again,” and it is the only path to be “born again.” Instead of sexual transmutation as the path to God, celibacy has been taught. Celibacy is the rejection of sex. Celibacy is different than transmutation or chastity. Celibacy was born from not knowing the mysteries of transmutation. Transmutation as a single person has been forgotten and replaced with celibacy. The original monks and nuns knew transmutation, yet, this was forgotten and replaced with celibacy. Celibacy can be a form of fornication because it is an abuse (waste) of the sexual energy. Those who are celibate totally reject the sexual energy, they do nothing with it, they do not understand that the Spirit of God dwells within the sexual energy, and thus by totally rejecting it, they are, in fact, performing fornication. This does not mean that everyone who practices continence is a mistaken path. All the true Saints, all the Avatars (“messengers” of God), the Angels (“messengers”), and the Buddhas were all already born again, therefore they no longer needed to perform the sacred act. Sexuality is the most secret portion of religion. The external
doctrines never mention the spiritual power of sex because such
power is too easily abused. Eventually these external doctrines
become like empty shells because they had forgotten the inner
doctrine. As a result, many teachers today affirm that this Master,
this Prophet, or this Buddha was totally celibate since the beginning
of time. Such affirmations are incorrect. Without sexual
transmutation with a partner (in one lifetime or another) the level of
spiritual enlightenment possible is limited. Complete spiritual
mastery is impossible without the power of sex. The problem is that people already believe they are a true human, people believe that they already posses a soul, when in fact only those who are born again possess a soul.
That is why Luke 21:12 states “in your patience you will possess your souls.” Currently we do not have a true human soul, we have an animal soul. An animal soul is developed through animalistic sexuality and a human soul is developed through sexual transmutation. The true, superior, esoteric meaning of a virgin has not to do with sexual abstention. A virgin has nothing to do with the presence or lack of a woman’s hymen. A virgin is one who is absolutely chaste on all the levels of the heart and the mind. A virgin is one who enacts immaculate sexuality. Immaculate means: spotless, perfect, flawless. Those who contain a even one small dint of lust, of desire, on any conscious, subconscious, unconscious, or infraconscious layer of the mind is not a virgin. It does not matter if a man or woman has refrained from sex in their present lifetime, if they have lust, then they are not a virgin. The reason they have lust is due to fornication in previous lives. This humanity lost its virginity in Eden. To meet a true “virgin” today is to meet a Prophet or an Angel. Understand that one who has desire cannot be a virgin. A virgin is chaste, and chastity has much more to do than with the sexual act itself. Chastity is a state of the mind, a state of the heart, and a state of the body. The mind must be chaste, the heart must be chaste, the body must be chaste. The Immaculate Conception is not a physical conception. The Immaculate Conception occurs when one is born again of the Holy Spirit through chaste sexual union.
Mary was an initiate of the Gnostic mysteries and practiced
sexual transmutation, with her husband. Mary had a husband, and
she was born again in the Spirit through the creative power of God,
which exist within the Spirit of God, which exists within the sexual
“waters” of man and woman. She purified herself of all sin, of all
imperfection and reached the state of virgin. Thus, she was capable
in giving birth to the Savior of the World. No one can become a born again virgin without practicing sexual transmutation; no one can be born without sex, and no one can be born of the spirit without the spirit being active during sex. The sexual act of the spirit is the holiest of holies. It is the Arc of the Covenant. When a man and woman unite physically and renounce the animal instinct (orgasm), that energy that usually manifests itself in a pleasure of the senses is refined and sublimated through one’s soul. This act of sacrifice fills one’s heart with true love and compassion. The same energy that produces a child, and pleasure, can produce the Spiritual Man. The nature born man is the Natural Man, the animal-man, the nature of the animal man is to fornicate. Yet, the Spiritual Man, the Heavenly Man is the true Human, the one who is a Twice-Born, because they have been born of the flesh and of the spirit. All of the sacraments of the Gnostic Church (the original Christian Church) is related with Daath, or sexual-tantric knowledge. The circumcision is a pact of chastity, in order to prevent fornication (orgasm) during the later sacrament of marriage (intercourse). What does Paul, the great Gnostic, say about this? Paul states that the physical circumcision is meaningless, what is important is the spiritual circumcision (Phil 3:3). Paul also states that when we become married, we must act as though we are not married (1 Cor 7:29). What can be concluded with such a strange statement? The principle and foundation of marriage is sex. Therefore, how can one practice marriage as someone who is single? Unless you know the key, it does not make any sense. The spiritual circumcision, and the way to be married and yet be as if single, is to perform the sexual act without the sexual spasm. That is the key. Paul advocates chaste sexual relations for those who still have lust. Yet, for someone like Paul, if you are already a Gnostic, if you are already born again in the spirit, then you do not need the sacrament of marriage, for you have already completed its goal. Paul was a virgin, therefore, he no longer needed the sexual act. When
Paul mentions that virgins do better if they do not marry, he is
speaking to the initiates who understand his words, and they know
that a virgin is someone who has re-conquered their original
virginity that was lost in Eden. With this in mind, who can honestly
say they have no lust? Once we understand the meaning of virginity
and spiritual circumcision, then Paul’s inner teachings on love and
marriage are unveiled.

Now, contemplating all of the topics discussed in this chapter, let us read from The Gospel of Philip: When Eve (sexuality) was still (in harmony) with Adam (the brain), death did not exist. When she was separated from him (because the Eve-Sexual aspect in humanity ate the Fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil,) death came into being. If he (the Gnostic) enters again (into Eden, where Daath-Sexuality is located) and attains his former self, death will be no more (because Adam-Eve, reunited, will be allowed to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Life, which gives immortality). A bridal chamber (where the sacrament of sex is performed) is not for the animals (because animals fornicate), nor is it for the slaves (of sensorial phenomena, of lust), nor for defiled women (those who profane the temple of the body with the violent sexual spasm); but it is for (those) free (of
sexual lust,) men and virgins. Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the two (the Cross of Man and Woman). We are anointed through the Spirit. When we were begotten (by our Father-Mother, Jah-Hava or Jehovah in Heaven), we were united (with our Adam-Intellect-Solar and Eve-Sexual-Lunar aspects together in harmony). None can see himself either in water (sexual potency) or in a mirror (of a reflective mind) without (the) light (of comprehension brought about through meditation). Nor again can you see in light without mirror or water (of the Holy Spirit, the Ens Seminus, where the image of truth, or face of God, is reflected). For this reason, it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light (of an illuminated mind) and the water (of a
purified libido). Now the light is the chrism. If the woman (the Eve aspect of The Holy Spirit in every man and woman that represents the life giving force, the sexuality,) had not separated from the man (the Adam aspect of The Holy Spirit, correct understanding or
intelligence,) she should not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation, which was from the beginning, and again unite the two (in a positive aspect as conscious sexuality, Eve, with conscious intelligence, Adam), and to give life (again) to those who died (to their Spirit) as a result of the separation (negative polarization of the mind and sex), and unite them (in Eden, under the Tree of Good and Evil, the place of departure). But the woman (the Divine Sexuality in man and woman) is united to her husband (Divine Intelligence in man and woman) in the bridal chamber (of chaste sexuality because the Gnostic Wedding is the result of the transformation of impressions and the transmutation of the libido).
Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber (without
fornication) will no longer be separated (because the Gnostic sexual act transforms the Man and Woman into the Divine Androgyny). Thus Eve (sexuality, who became a whore) separated from Adam (intelligence, to become subjective egocentric intellect) because it was not in the bridal chamber (of sexual transmutation, but instead through the orgasm) that she (degenerate sexuality) united (in fornication to become negatively polarized) with him (as subjective egocentric intelligence).
– The Gospel of Philip