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Perhaps the most enigmatic of Gnostic sects were the Serpent Worshipers, the Ophites and Naassenes– who saw the Snake in the Garden of Eden as an incarnation of Sophia or Jesus Christ. Of these heretics there is little remaining in a censoring history won by the victors, except for a Naassene Psalm that reveals a penetrating view of early alternative Christianity and primordial Gnosis. We delve into the mysticism of the dangerous Serpent Worshipers, understanding how their forbidden message is as relevant today as it was in an era of rising Orthodoxy and crumbling empires.
Astral Guest– Mark Gaffney, author of Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper.
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Mark Gaffney: Gnostic Secrets Of The Naassenes – (2014) 4 stars
Run time: 1 hour, 9 minutes. This is a decent interview, brought to us by Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. The gist of it is the cult of the Naassenes, which we only know about because of the writings of critics, but not from any direct writings of their own. What happened to their writings? The Church of Rome, as it was and is prone to do, destroyed anything contradictory to their universal, formulated idea of god. To use a well-known colloquialism, it is not ‘come with me if you want to live,’ but instead ‘come with me or I will kill you.’
The most salient statement made here is that Gnosticism was around before the time of Jesus. Of course it was! Gnosticism is an offshoot of Buddhism, and Buddhism first came from Hinduism. Buddha was a better Jesus than Jesus! Or at least, the idealized version of him was. Jesus changed nothing in the world until Rome installed him as their figurehead and voted him in as the savior of the West. Buddhism has been a crucial part of one of the most populated countries in the world for 2,500 years… without violence! Imagine that, a deity of peace without a long list of massacres trailing behind him like a soiled strip of toilet paper. Ah, we should be so lucky here in the West, or in the Middle East for that matter, where tribal factions are still spitting at each other’s brown gods and shooting missiles at their own ethnic people. The god of oil and poppy fields is a long cry from the Gnostic Jesus, wouldn’t you say?