The word Gnosis is derived from the Greek language and means “knowledge of an intuitive nature; the intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths.” Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one’s own direct experience. This knowledge or wisdom, therefore, is not found outside of us, but within ourselves.
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What is the format of the classes?
Classes are being offered throughout the week from 7:00 to approx 8:45 pm. Each class consists of a talk and a guided meditation practice. Practices range from introductory techniques for relaxation, breathing & meditation, to keys that can be applied in daily life. No previous experience is needed.
A weekly course of 33 lessons will follow the public talks continuing on the same night of the week, and will serve as a foundation for the further development of the study of esotericism and the science and ethics of meditation in a more in-depth manner.
In regards to attendance to the public classes, anyone is welcome to attend one, several or all of the classes being offered in the public talk series. For those who are interested, weekly classes will continue and go deeper into the topics that have been introduced. As the classes and practices build on each other, consistent weekly attendance is expected for those who decide to continue on with the classes.
What kind of commitment is required?
If you decide you do not want to continue with the classes at any point, you are free to do so with no further obligations. If we do not hear from you, you will not hear from us. This is done to respect your privacy.
What are the costs to attend the center?
The Gnostic Society Samael Aun Weor (GSSAW) is an organization dedicated to spiritual teaching, not profits. Gnosis is not a business, and no person involved in the running of such a center is making money for his or her services. The public classes are offered freely. For those who continue on with the weekly course, donations (suggested $10/week/per person) are greatly appreciated to cover the costs of running the gnostic center: rent, utilities, printouts, etc.
The Gnostic goal is the happiness of all human beings without distinction. The aim of all centers is to share Gnosis with anyone who is interested, regardless of race, sex, religious background, occupation, etc. Having no monetary price set on them, the Gnostic teachings can thus be considered to be “free.”
This does not imply, however, that the teachings are superficial, or not of value. The fruits of Gnosis are acquired through the efforts of each student. The more one puts into studying, understanding, and practicing the teachings, the greater will be the fruits of one’s efforts.
The students who persist and persevere are the ones who see the real value in the knowledge.
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Our curriculum is a weekly course of 33 lessons which spans the course of about a year, serving as a foundation for the further development of the study of esotericism and the science and ethics of meditation in a more in-depth manner.