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What is truth ? This is a question that is central to understanding life as we know it.
It is never an easy question to answer. Two thousand years ago Pilate asked Jesus
the same question and it seems we haven't come much further, though society has
progressed in many other ways. Gnostic Theurgy is the first of a series of volumes
which have been meticulously researched to outline what we believe to be a major
re-evaluation of man’s concept of Truth. While nobody can claim to have "the whole
truth" we can claim that we have re-discovered the essential Gnosis behind the
various spiritual systems as they apply to modern man. We have found enough
pieces of the puzzle to offer a comprehensive understanding of what is happening
behind the world of appearances.
What is Truth ?
The best way to understand the question of Truth is to travel back to Ancient Greece
and examine the allegory of the cave as used by Plato. This allegory, beyond all
others, offers us a real insight into the problem of what truth is. Plato sees all of
humanity as prisoners, each of us has been kept chained in a subterranean cavern
from birth, facing a dark wall. Only a very small amount of light enters the cavern
and this comes from a small opening high overhead. Because of our chains, we look
in opposite direction and hence can only observe the dark shadows which pass along
the wall we are facing. These shadows are cast by the men and occurrences of the
upper world beyond the overhead opening. Our perceptions and hence of the
shadows and reflections, Platos major contemplation was on what would occur if one
of us escaped from the cave ?
Plato’s answer is found in his work The Republic, where Socrates tells us that at first
the escaped prisoner would be blinded by the strength of the light of the upper world
and would retreat back to the shadows. But only for a while.....