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Books describing the Gnostic Mysteries


Gnosis is usually associated with the traditions of early Christianity in Europe, but gnostic wisdom has existed at all times all over the world. Gnosis, the knowledge of God, is a force that can communicate directly to each person, regardless of religious faiths or traditions.

The LRC literature comprises several books about gnostic wisdom from different times and cultures, always emphasizing the relevance of the gnostic message for seekers of today. The esoteric analysis of ancient gnostic wrtitings by Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri provides the key for present day understanding.

The Gnostic Mysteries of Pistis Sophia

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The Gospel of the Pistis Sophia
Knowledge is preceded by lack of knowledge. In order to attain knowledge, Wisdom in the figure of Sophia lies sunken in the abyss of not-knowing. From there, she begs the Light (absolute knowledge) to liberate her from the rulers, who maintain the world of not-knowing. Her supplications and songs of repentance form the content of Book 1 of The Gospel of the Pistis Sophia, attributed to the second-century gnostic Valentinus. The text is followed by extensive explanations by Jan van Rijckenborgh.

400 pages; hardcover
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The Chinese Gnosis

by Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

Summary: Esoteric analysis of the first 33 chapters of the Tao Te Ching
In this book, the Tao Te Ching is seen as a gnostic text and interpreted on the basis of gnostic insight. Gnosis – the original divine knowledge, which gives access to the path of liberation – is universal and intended for all of humanity. Wherever in the world the Messengers of the Light may work, it will always be revealed.

“Every section/chapter is loaded with meaning. It presents the reader with a spiritual path, a path of renewal. Anyone searching for truth should read it.”

“I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading a Rosicrucian work, but of course also to everyone who is open for a different interpretation of the Tao Teh King, because the commentaries are of course very different from the usual translations of ‘experts of the east’.”


459 pages, hardcover
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The Gnosis in Present-Day Manifestation

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The energy field of the Spiritual School
Gnosis is the radiation of the Godhead – absolute love, wisdom and power. How is Gnosis manifested in the human world? How can man prepare himself to receive it? This book explains how the energy field of the Spiritual School of the Golden Rosycross has been constructed so as to form a bridge of vibrations between our world and the Gnosis itself.

269 pages, trade paperback
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The Universal Gnosis

by Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri

Summary: The inner, revealed knowledge of God
The heritage of the ancient Gnostics has been all but lost. However, Gnosis – the inner, revealed knowledge of God and creation – is and has always been available. It can always be recovered by those who have restored the connection in themselves between soul and spirit. Here is practical information as to how it can become part of one’s own being.

225 pages, paperback
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The Nuctemeron of Apollonius of Tyana

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: Applying the gnostic key on cryptic aphorisms
Apollonius spoke directly to those who were consciously seeking liberation. His Nuctemeron concerns the Day of God shining in the Darkness described in brief aphorisms which, at first glance, appear extremely cryptic and veiled. Applying the gnostic key, they are illuminated as a series of steps which, if taken, will enable the Day of God to dawn in our lives.

125 pages, trade paperback
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Gnosis as Inner Religion

by Spiritual School of the Rosycross

Summary: Gnosis is deep insight of Love-Wisdom
Gnosis, as knowledge of God, as Love-Wisdom, as deep insight into the true destiny of man as a microcosm, in short, Gnosis as inner religion is the topic of this second volume in the Crystal series.The book contains a wealth of points of view: from the relationship between Gnosis and Christianity to the way in which a modern gnostic spiritual school works; from the historical Gnosis and the Gnosis as universal truth to the revolution in the soul of a pupil on the gnostic path. In 13 chapters, just as many aspects of the concept Gnosis are elucidated. It provides the reader with insight into the Gnosis as radiation activity, and explains the effect on the soul principle present in every human being.

120 pages; paperback
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