Re: The Gnostic Movement/Gnosticweb lead by Mark H. Pritchard (Belzebuub)
Date: February 15, 2010 01:11PM
Yes notanantiGnostic, I have been involved with groups including this one. This was just a quick analysis off the top of my head, these points I don't think anyone even from this group could or would deny. They are quite common to new age "gnostic" groups. They could try to justify or sugarcoat perhaps, but not deny. I could go into each one in some detail with examples but it would be quite lengthy. I also have no real wish to single any one out inadvertently or otherwise, only the cultish structure and practices of these groups. Underneath it all people are people, after all. The “find out for yourself” catchphrase is a healthy sentiment but in many ways also a nonsense due to the way the mind and these organizations work. Or is it coincidence that each different group has no shortage of students claiming experience to know their own group is the genuine article, largely consistent with their own indoctrination, yet completely at odds with other groups. Indeed what passes for experiences could also be questioned. Dreams, fleeting “astral” experiences perhaps colored by suggestion. Often open to interpretation. Or the intuitive”from the heart” feeling that it is right, the same one felt by every religious fanatic.
I see them all, more or less, as comparable to an extremely virulent form of Jehova's Witness or Mormon type of organization. With the difference that this group believe they have a heavenly being in the flesh to follow and worship, similar to other new age "gnostic" groups. A mixture of new age fanaticism and guru worship, perhaps disguising underneath it all a type of religious fundamentalism. Very rigid.
They, like other new age “gnostic” groups, use what appears to be questionable recruitment techniques. From a simple interest in one of the advertised courses or a simple interest in genuine gnosis, people will eventually find something very different. They are an obvious fishing expedition, a recruitment drive. The whole thing appears a very gradual indoctrination including what could be viewed by some as a fear based type of psychological manipulation along the way. With the potential to become fanatical and all consuming. If they were more open about the teachings and requirements to be eventually placed on people from the beginning it would seem much fairer. They seem careful not to do this.....it will be covered in the next course.......it's too complicated to explain at this stage... etc. Very convenient. Whether Victor Rodriguez was sane is debatable, but his warnings of groups with the “non plus ultra”, that something no one else has, gathering henchman, tyrants forbidding people from gaining knowledge, excommunication and threats, property changing hands, families shut out or abandoned etc are all applicable. In fact some of his words seem brilliant. What a legacy.
The whole new age gnostic scene appears an unhealthy one. So many groups claiming to be the only one with the true teachings, or the real “master”. Group A claims to be backed by the “white lodge” with true teachings and a genuine master. Group B claims the same and declares group A evil. Group C says they are both evil and they are the only genuine group. Groups that simply study Rodriguez teachings in a “pure” way declare them all mythomaniacs that are leading people to hell, yet don't see their own doctrine based fanaticism. Nor do they realize these splinter groups are the direct outcome of these “pure” teachings, often from Rodriugez's closest and most trusted disciples. If the “tree is known by it's fruit' as they are fond of quoting, the new age gnostic fruit is poisoned and the tree rotten.
If there is a hierarchy of enlightened beings guiding this planet, they might weep when they consider the overall inanity of these groups, including the one in question. Perhaps tears of laughter.
It seems both ironic and humerus that they teach that the “absolute” gave forth particles of itself, out of love, so that they can have the chance to awaken. In all of creation, the entire billions of years old universe if I am not mistaken. The “cosmic day”. The incredible intricacy and complexity of this planet for this purpose. Then enlightened beings hide the “true doctrine” away from almost everyone, and only allow those with access to a certain person a chance. When you get to the pearly gates you might hear this.........Ah, Mr. Soandso. I see you very genuinely tried your best and in fact made some headway. Very spiritually motivated, though you have made the same mistake as others before you, notably such as Buddha, Mohammed, Gandhi, Mother Theresa etc. You didn't find a self proclaimed gnostic master and submit your mind and will to him or her. You didn't acknowledge Master Wrongspelling and we are very political up here. He is one of us. We are really an “old boys” network, you will need the “old school tie” as a prerequisite. Down elevator for you............next!
Though it is the obvious cultish nature of these organizations that are the point. Apart from this, people should be allowed the freedom to believe what they wish, no matter how silly it seems.