PODCAST: Marvin Meyer on the Gnostic Gospels, Part 1 (of 3)
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This week on Spiritual Awakening Radio my guest was Professor Marvin Meyer. We had a great discussion about the Gnostic Gospels — the Nag Hammadi Library, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and Gospel of Judas discoveries in Egypt. Meyers has translated most all the Gnostic scriptures in English and published numerous best-selling books on these lesser-known Jewish and Christian mystical movements of antiquity, their spirituality and history. This week’s program is Part One of a Three-Part Series on the lost Gnostic Tradition of the West.
A Note about the Gnostic Mystics
Before the Sufis were the Gnostics of antiquity. Some of those were Masters of Inner Light and Sound, vegetarians, and had a similar view of the cosmos, teaching the soul must be initiated by a living Master into the “Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens”, repeat Names of God, see inner Lights and hear inner Sounds associated with the various heavenly regions. And their ultimate goal, like Sant Mat Mysticism, was to, via meditation practice, ascend through the heavens and reunite with the Nameless (Anami) God at the level of the Eighth Plane or Inner Region, the Ultimate Reality. Historically, there was some interaction and dialogue between the Gnostics and early Sufis, even as there has been some closeness and fellowship between the Sufis and the Sants of India. The term “Gnostic” is used by the Sufis including Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and there are equivalent terms for ‘Gnostic’ and ‘Gnosis’ found in the Adi Granth and bhajans of the Sants of India.
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Originally published at medium.com on December 12, 2014.