The word Gnosis is diverted from the Greek language and means “knowledge of an intuitive comprehension of spiritual truths”. Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one’s own direct experience of reality. Gnosis is often referred to as knowledge of the heart, in contrast to knowledge that is obtained through the use of the intellect. Gnosis is not just theoretical, but one hundred percent practical. Through direct experience we surpass the boundaries of belief and disbelief, since both lead to ignorance. Through Gnosis one personally learns to experience reality directly, rather than believing or disbelieving, accepting or rejecting, and comes to know the inner truth.
Depending on the context, Gnosis can be seen to have several different meanings. In a general context Gnosis has the meaning of that which has already been mentioned, which is knowledge through direct experience. In a more specific context Gnosis is the knowledge that provides the keys for an individual to awaken consciousness and liberate him/herself from the terrible cycles of suffering. Finally, in a very physical and human context , Gnosis is a school that provides the knowledge, practices and support for students to advance in their Path towards the Awakening of Consciousness and liberation.
In the very practical human side of things Gnosis is an esoteric knowledge that is taught, and when sincerely applied creates self-knowledge, which at the same time is revelation, insight and the newly acquired ability to modify our internal and external life.
Gnosis, in summary, is the fruit of direct experience, it is also a school, and it is the knowledge to free the soul from so much ignorance and suffering.