To know oneself, at the deepest level, is simultaneously to know God or that Divine Force of Constant Creation; and this is the secret of gnosis (sacred knowledge/moral knowledge). A wise gnostic teacher, Monoimus, says: “Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for Him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn what it is within you which makes everything its own and says, “My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body.” Learn the sources of sorrow, joy, love, hate. If you carefully investigate these matters you will find Him in yourself.”
So what is to find Him within yourself…?? And how do you actually do this…??
He is whatever expands your mind into pure love and harmony. He is whatever divine process unites your intellect with your emotional body; because in this there is balance, in you, as a human creature destined to find your true self. So to find Him within yourself is to find YOU without outer distractions and influences–without religions, without politics, without others manipulating you, without collective activities, etc.
But how…?? Through a never-ending search for knowledge. Expanding your mind in terms of your physiology, your psychology, your behavior as human, the history of the ancient cultures and peoples, anything which can help you, by actual application of these teachings by you, to be better in moral and ethics towards you and towards others. The world is rich with books and knowledge, so develop your mind with it.
The search for knowledge must be your purpose, because knowledge expands your mind, because knowledge gives you the capacity to learn about the world around you, and because knowledge inspires you to be more in touch with reality towards a global conscience.
A mind that is filled with rich and inspiring knowledge, factual and universal knowledge, is a mind that is confident, strong, poised, harmonious, moral and ethical; but, opposite to it, a mind that is stubborn, fixed in its strict beliefs and opinions, and empty when it comes to universal understanding, is a mind that is fearful, doubtful, attached and obsessed, and doomed to slavery within its own programming–i.e., not free.
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