Gnosis has is roots in the Greek word for knowledge, although a special kind of knowledge. Gnosis is True knowledge or knowledge by which knowledge is known.
Gnosis is a quality that resonated with me deeply during yoga teacher training and through time spent with my Guru and one I feel naturally arises within and which I wish to share with others. Enabling realization that we all have this quality of Gnosis within us.
Georg Feuerstein gives a very beautiful description of gnosis in his book The Yoga Tradition, pp.31:
“The word jnana means “knowledge,” “insight,” or “wisdom,” and in spiritual contexts has the specific sense of what the ancient Greeks called gnosis, a special kind of knowledge or intuition. In fact, the terms jnana and gnosis are etymologically related through the Indu-European root gno, meaning “to know.” Jana-Yoga is virtually identical with the spiritual path of Vedanta, the Hindu tradition of nondualism. Jana-Yoga is the path of Self-realization through the exercise of gnostic understanding, or… the wisdom associated with discerning the Real from the unreal or illusory.”
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