The 13th century was critical. Everything was converging at that point and we are going to talk about some of them. What was going on with the Bogomil’s? Those mysterious people of the near East, that originated in the Caucasus region.
We saw that some moved into southern France and became part of the Cathar population. But they also settled into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bogomil is a word that means dear to God or close to God. They didn’t use the cross or build churches. In the 10th century some of them settled into the part of Bulgaria that is today Macedonia. They were opposed to the government and opposed to the Church. They were a form of Christianity that called for a return to the early spiritual teachings of Jesus and were dualists believing in duality and Gnostics as I have mentioned before.
I believe that the entire concept of Organic Gnosticism came from these people. That these people carried on the tradition of Organic Gnosticism that I have been trying to trace up through history. One of the things they believed was that there is a world within the body and there is a world outside the body. That sounds very much like the astral nonphysical world and the physical world.
They believed that their body was a temple, and I suspect very much that they taught tantric sexuality, the duality of male and female, and how the sharing of male and female energies created the soul.
Here are a few things we do know they believed in. They practiced fasting, celebrating and dancing. They were also called Messalians. That’s the name of a group that went way back to first century Christianity.
At the end of the 12th century the Bogomil’s settled in Bosnia and Dalmatia. Bogomilism was eradicated in Bulgaria and Byzantium in the 13th century. They were exterminated there, but they survived in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the 15th century. Both the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox church persecuted them as heretics.
They were first condemned as heretics in the Synod of 383 A.D. So they had been around a long time. They taught a variant of Christianity that was considered heretical but here is an interesting point. It was considered mystical materialism! That sounds a lot like Organic Gnosticism! So I think that I’m on the right track.
One of their beliefs was that the essence of the Trinity could be perceived through the carnal senses. In other words, sexuality played a part in the creation of the soul.
The threefold God transformed into a single substance, where the essence of the soul itself is balanced, with male and female male energy joining to create a third energy that creates the soul of the Perfecti. This sounds very tantric to me.
They also taught that God took different forms to reveal himself to the physical senses. So this was a religion that taught the full spectrum of human perception. It wasn’t just in the head. It wasn’t a head trippy thing or a spiritual thing. It involved the emotions and all the senses.
It was the communion of souls in a religious embrace of everything that existed. They also maintained that those revelations of God that could be perceived through the senses conferred perfection upon the Christian. In other words, you couldn’t just be in your head. It had to be the whole thing. It had to include the emotions. It had to include sexuality. It had to include everything for a person to attain the state of perfection.
All that was required was worship and prayer. The Church didn’t have anything to do with it. The sacraments didn’t have anything to do with it.
This also sounds very much like tantra because tantra is the practice of doing. They did not believe in ritual. They did not believe in Church. They did not believe in government. They believed that the original teachings of Jesus taught that salvation was attained through prayer and worship. Once a person experienced the essence of God, they became free from moral obligations. They became free from karma.
The last thing that identifies these people as the carriers of Organic Gnosticism is that they had both male and female teachers. That is very profound and places this type of dualism as both the blending and the embrace of male and female. It recognized the equality of men and women.
The other variants of Christianity that were forming or had formed did not have this equality and balance between males and females.
One last note on this. The Bogomil’s or the Messalians were accused of incest, cannibalism and debauchery. Think about the Church’s views on women and sexuality.
It really seems to me that this is the missing link for Organic Gnosticism that comes in from the east through the 12th-century and 13th-century into those critical areas.
By this time they’ve already been eradicated in southern France along with the Cathars.
But these beliefs are still deeply hidden in their hearts and what this is doing is setting up the stage for alchemy and the alchemists.