a Bahá'í Resource of Irfán (Gnosis)

منابع بهایی عرفانی

Sections

1. God the Great Imaginary Delusion

2. The Universe and Scientific Questions (Physics, Biology)

3. Competing Old Traditions and Ideas (Religions)

4. Other Philosophical Questions

5. The Manifestation of God [Insan-i-Kamil]

6. Path of Gnosis (Knowledge/Understanding)

7. Understanding stories and words of Past Manifestations

8. What is the Identity of God of religion if God is ultimately Imaginary due to our limits?

9. Baha’i Texts, Analysis and Translations

10. Other Baha’i sources on Gnosis

11. Learn More about Other Traditions

12. Baha’i Relics

 

A Baha'i Approach to Knowledge (gnosis).

Can man attain gnosis (knowledge)?

No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding (gnosis) except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth.   

What must men do to gain gnosis?

They must cleanse themselves of all that is earthly—their ears from idle talk, their minds from vain imaginings, their hearts from worldly affections, their eyes from that which perisheth. They should put their trust in God, and, holding fast unto Him, follow in His way.  They must cease to regard the words and deeds of mortal men as a standard for attaining knowledge. (gnosis)

How do these things help?

These will help them to
be made worthy, and enable them to become the recipients of a grace that is infinite and unseen

Why do people fail to attain gnosis?

Truth is beyond the ordinary comprehension of man.  People may seek knowledge,(gnosis) but without the appropriate prerequisites, they will all deny it and turned away from it even if it appears manifest right in front of them.

Does history prove that without the correct framework, people will reject knowledge?

Historically speaking, yes, this has happened over and over. For example, people have rejected Noah, Abraham Moses, Jesus, Ali, The Bab, etc.

What is the consequence of contrast in reality?

The contrast of reality enables light to be distinguished from darkness, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, guidance from error, happiness from misery, and roses from thorns.

To be continued…

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