Gnosticism

Gnosticism (from Ancient Greek: γνωστικός gnostikos, "learned) teaches that Gnosis (variously interpreted as knowledge, enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or ‘oneness with God’) may be reached by practicing philanthropy to the point of personal poverty, abstinence and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others and personal sacrifice. However, practices are varied among those who are Gnostic. Moral code is lenient, and not often axiomatic. While many followers are peaceful rather than virulent, few are strict pacifists. Above all, Gnostic followers value the ideal balance of Gnosis rather than power, money, or family.

The Ouroboros is the main symbol recognized by Gnosticism. It’s meaning is varied in interpretation, but mainly it symbolizes the ordeal and self sacrifice one must burden to achieve Gnosis.

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Gnosticism

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