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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper - Mark H. Gaffney

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes

The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

Paperback Published: 19th April 2004
ISBN: 9780892816972
Number Of Pages: 304

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Reveals the hidden meaning of the Grail and a secret Christian doctrine for achieving higher consciousness- Shows that Gnosticism is not a derivative of Christianity but the revelation of the true message of Jesus- Describes the ancient relationship between water and spirit- Explains the doctrine of immanence taught by Jesus at the Last Supper- Features the translated source text from The Refutation of All Heresies by Bishop Hippolytus, the only existing record of the Naassene SermonIn the third century C.E., the Catholic Bishop Hippolytus composed A Refutation of All Heresies in which his chief target was the Gnostic sect the Naassenes, whose writings included a recounting of Jesus' actual teachings at the Last Supper. Contrary to Church attacks, the Naassenes were not a heretical derivative of Christianity but the authentic foundation and purveyor of Christ's message. In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder.The message recorded in the Naassene Sermon was intended for an inner circle of disciples who were prepared for advanced initiation into Jesus' wisdom teachings. The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine. The teachings involved the awakening of spirit and included practices aimed at restoring the soul's lost connection with God. Immanence, in the true sense intended by Jesus, thus allows for spiritual attainment in this life by ordinary individuals without the intermediary of Church or priest. This was the real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.

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." . . one book that not only makes the spiritual connections between East and West, but exposes some of the reasons why modern Christianity lacks some of the power that it was originally infused with. . . . a book that you'll want to take back off the shelf again and again because it's that important."--Mark Williams, The Midwest Book Review, Apr 2005

Introductionp. 1
At the Jordan
The Parting of the Watersp. 12
The Mind of the Deuteronomistp. 20
The Sacred Jordan and the Reversal of the Flowp. 32
Primal Man, Son of Man, and the Messiahp. 39
The Naassene Sermonp. 50
The Teaching That Didn't Takep. 60
The Parting of the Waters (Revisited)p. 75
The Demiurge and the Wisdom Dialoguep. 93
Spiritual Malfeasancep. 110
The Primary Source Document: The Refutation of All Heresiesp. 124
The Grailp. 133
The Gate of Heavenp. 152
The Primordial Watersp. 174
The Incomprehensible Onep. 202
The Refutation of All Heresies, Book 5p. 211
Glossary to The Refutation of All Heresies, Book 5p. 238
Notesp. 248
Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 290
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ISBN: 9780892816972
ISBN-10: 089281697X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19th April 2004
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.49