Samael Aun Weor

V.M. Samael Aun Weor

Samael Aun Weor was born in Colombia on March 6th 1917, he passed away on the Christmas of 1977 on December 24th, in Mexico City, where he spent most of his life. He was a prolific writer, philosopher, anthropologist and teacher of Gnosis. Through his work he influenced and inspired thousands of people and became one of the greatest and most comprehensible spiritual teachers of the 20th century.

Samael Aun Weor together with his wife Litelantes founded the first Gnostic Anthropological school in the early 1950's with the sole aim of bringing to humanity the way to self-knowledge through the experience of Gnosis.

Samael Aun Weor's gave thousands of lectures and wrote sixty books on topics such as; meditation, Aztec and Mayan cultures, Esoteric Buddhism and Christianity, mythology, psychology, the mind, sexology, alchemy, Kabbalah, the future and past epochs of humanity and an unveiling of the worlds mystery teachings.

The wisdom contained in his books is not derived via the usual methods of scholarly and historical research, neither are they based on theory or intellectual speculation. Samael Aun Weor acquired his knowledge from metaphysical dimensions of reality and nature which are hidden to most people - but visible to those who choose to work on themselves to prepare and develop spiritual means of perception.

Samael Aun Weor states that he is delivering the "Doctrine of Synthesis" because it provides a clear and precise doctrine that synthesizes an extensive variety of teachings that study the human condition. Although, he drew extensively from different sources, he always expressed the teaching in his own words and made sure to include the revelation of the Great Arcanum which those authors usually missed for it was forbidden to reveal. Neither Eliphas Levi nor Helena P Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Manly Palmer Hall, Max Heindel, J. Krishnamurti or any other personality of The Esoteric Orders and Their Work ever revealed publicly the Secret of the Great Arcanum.

Religions are viewed as idiosyncratic expressions of immutable and eternal values. Religions are said to be born and die in time, yet their spiritual values always remain eternal. When a religious form has fulfilled its mission, it begins to degenerate and dies, then a new messenger appears and delivers a doctrine appropriate for that culture. Different cultures require different doctrines for their development and this results in a vast difference of religious doctrines. Nevertheless, if one understands their core values, all religions naturally support each other.

He stated many times that schools and religions can become cages of the mind which impede the reception of truth, yet he also delivered a massive doctrine and states that every religion and sect is necessary, that “all religions are pearls strung on the golden thread of divinity.” A possible resolution is found when one understands that just as a cage can protect one who is bewildered by the unknown, so can it become an obstacle for the realization of truth. Ultimately the teachings call for the student to acquire his own gnosis, or self-knowledge, and the teachings are only a means to that end.

The basis of Samael Aun Weor's Practical Work is of a psychological nature. He states in many of his books that the purpose of his doctrine is to effect a psychological change. The terms Gnostic, Esoteric or Revolutionary Psychology are used to describe the psychological methods taught, and are said to be synonymous with the psychological teachings of religion.

A fundamental axiom presented is that an ordinary human being is not really human at all, but rather an intellectual animal (a rational animal) with consciousness asleep. According to Samael Aun Weor, a true human being is someone who has no psychological imperfection, an image of God, as in Jesus' saying, "Become perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect." Samael Aun Weor writes of the awakening of consciousness as being very similar to the traditional Buddhist understanding, and throughout his works he describes many analogous processes as they are spoken of in different religions.

He taught that one’s ego is really not one but many, or a multitude of independent, contradictory desires. Likewise, each person's ego is said to actually contain many "I’s," many "egos," many "aggregates" . Each desire is an "I" and each "I" has its own specific causes and conditions that lead to its personification at a particular time. This is the mechanism behind what is commonly called "changing one’s mind," because when one "I" changes to another a literal exchange of personified psychological aggregates has taken place.This "doctrine of the many" is the same as that taught by G.I. Gurdjieff and because of this Samael Aun Weor was often accused of plagiarism. To this he responded that Gurdjieff was not the author of this doctrine and that its origin is found in Egypt and Tibet.

The purpose of the psychological work is to dissolve all the psychological aggregates one has accumulated. The term "psychological or mystical death" is often used to describe the process one must undergo in order to reach liberation. "Psychological aggregates" are commonly known simply as aggregates in Buddhism, yet it is taught that other religions used a more veiled or less sophisticated method to describe them, such as: the Legion of Devil's that Jesus is described as removing from a man in Mark 5 in one of the alleged Miracles of Jesus; Moses escaping the tyranny of the Egyptians; Arjuna fighting against his own bloodline, his family (the ego); the red demons of Seth that attack Osiris; Jesus throwing the merchants out of the temple; the archetypical death and resurrection of the "Solar Hero" exemplified in the stories of Jesus and Osiris; the descent into the Inferno (representing our unconsciousness) in order to accomplish a great task, such as those performed by Hercules or Orpheus; the archetypical Dragon (ego) that must be slayed by the Knight. Samael Aun Weor states that this specific paradigm is called "The Doctrine of the Many" and has been taught in esoteric schools and religions since the beginning of time.

In order to achieve psychological transformation, extensive methods of meditation and self-observation are taught and recommended to be practiced on a daily basis. The goal of psychological work is the awakening of consciousness and ultimately the state of self-realisation.

The Gnostic Institute of Anthropology continues the legacy left by Samael Aun Weor and today has grown into an international educational non-profit organisation, offering free public classes and courses on meditation, Gnostic Philosophy and Revolutionary Psychology.

Samael Aun Weor, wrote about his own mission and that of the Gnostic movement: "Unquestionably many famous intelligent persons of occult knowledge, transmitted to humanity a simple, elementary teaching at the end of the last century and at the beginning of the present century (20thC). It is clear that such persons only proposed to publicly teach the first stages of the secret doctrine. At that time, they did not spend much time in the analysis of the evolving and involutive laws. Rudolf Steiner already affirmed, in 1912, that they, the initiates of that age, had only delivered an elementary knowledge, but that later, a superior esoteric doctrine of transcendental nature would be given to humanity. Now, we are delivering this type of superior esoteric doctrine..." - Samael Aun Weor

Founder of the Theosophical Society, Madame Helena P. Blavatsky stated in one of her books that a great teacher who would come to unveil the mysteries: "In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found." - Helena Blavatsky




V.M. Litelantes

Writing in his Christmas Message of 1954, Samael Aun Weor speaks of his esoteric collaboration with his wife, Litelantes: "This Lady-Adept enjoys continuous consciousness and through innumerable incarnations has achieved the development and invigoration of certain occult faculties, which amongst other things, allow her to recall her past lives, and the history of the planet and its races. She has been the esoteric collaborator of the Venerable Master Samael Aun Weor discovering the 'states of Jinas' mentioned by Don Mario Rosa de Luna and Arnoldo Krumm-Heller. She collaborated in the scientific investigation of the vegetable elementals, which are referred to in the 'Treatise of Occult Medicine'. This powerful seer carries in her mind all the wisdom of the centuries, and with her clairvoyant faculties has collaborated with the Master Samael, studying the different elemental regions of nature."