GNOSIS Volume 1 

                              Table of Contents 

1) Acknowledgements                                                       p. 4                                       

2) Index                                                                            p. 7                                                

3) Warning to the Reader                                                  p. 15                                   

4) Author's Foreword                                                        p. 21

5) Introduction                                                                   p. 25



                        First Part:  MAN


CHAPTER I ‑                                                                    p. 33

      Interior  life of man.  Instability of the  I.

      Introspection as a method of work. What we can

      gather by introspection. The three currents of

      psychic life. Particles of iron powder. Rubbing,

      heat & fixing. The Law of Hazard or of Accident.

      Plurality of the I. What is man ? The body & the

      Soul. The Personality. The three psychic centers.


CHAPTER II ‑                                                                            p. 43

      Knowledge (savoir) & understanding. Consciousness

      & its functions. Four levels of Consciousness: Sub‑

      consciousness, waking consciousness, Real I consci‑

      ousness & Consciousness. The problem of being. Four

      levels of being. Containing & contents.  Knowledge,

      understanding & know‑how (savoir‑faire).


CHAPTER III ‑                                                                           p. 51                                                

      The Personality enjoying a certain autonomy. The

      intimate link with the body. Mastering the latter.

      Pose of the Sage. Study of the structure of the

      Personality. The three psychic centers: intellectual,

      emotive & motor; their structure. The three fundam‑

      ental types of exterior man: men 1, 2 or 3. their



CHAPTER IV ‑                                                                            p. 60

      The three I's of man: the I of the body (physical),

      the I of the Personality (psychic), the real I

      (spiritual). Their relation in theory & practice. The

      987 little I's & the results of the possible comb‑

      inations of the three centers & their sectors.


CHAPTER V ‑                                                                              p. 67

      The physical I as the consciousness of the body: its

      field of action ‑ The psychic I as the consciousness

      of the Personality. Illogicality of the psychic life

      of man.  Explanation  of  his  apparent  continuity. 

      Interior & exterior conflicts.  Buffers.  The  auto‑

      tranquilising mechanism. Various cases of juncture.

      Lumps. Pathological cases. Division & dissolution of

      the Personality. The constant number of elements com‑

      posing the  Personality.  Personality of the  child.

      Formation of the Character.


CHAPTER VI ‑                                                                            p. 78

      The Personality of the adult man. His components. The

      active  &  dominant  position in the  Exterior  man.

      Manifestations of the real I. Man taken no more as a

      fact but as a  possibility.  Aptitude of  evolution.

      Resistance  of the  Personality.  General  notion of

      esoterism & its three degrees.  "A" & "B" influences

      Formation of a fourth center i.e. the magnetic center.


CHAPTER VII ‑                                                                         p. 92

      The superior centers & their structure. Conditions of

      their connection with the Personality.  The ties bet‑

      ween the inferior centers & the growth of the magnetic

      center. Repercussion of its development on the Person‑

      ality of the Exterior man. Instrument of morality in

      the Exterior man. Junction with the superior centers.

      Man 5, 6 & 7.


                   SECOND PART: THE UNIVERSE


CHAPTER VIII ‑                                                                          p. 105

      Man in so much as being an integral part of the Uni‑

      verse. Conception of the Universe as a living organ‑

      ism. The double meaning of man's existence. The Gen‑

      eral Law & the Law of Exception.  The Absolute.  His

      non‑manifested state & manifestation. The three fund‑

      amental conditions of creation: Space, Time & Equili‑

      brium. Three basic principles of life: static dynamic

      &  neutralising.  Eternity.  Accomplishment.  General

      notion of the structure of the Universe.


CHAPTER IX ‑                                                                            p. 116

      The first  fundamental law of the  created  Universe.

      The Law of Three.  Discernment  between the "A" & the

      "B" influences.  Structure of the  Ray  of  Creation.

      Rectifying laws  corresponding to each echelon of the

      Ray of Creation.


CHAPTER X ‑                                                                              p. 127

      Functioning of the created Universe: the second fund‑

      amental  law  of the  created  Universe.  The  Law of

      Seven or the Law of the Octave.  Principle of Equili‑

      brium. Problem of material‑energy.


CHAPTER XI ‑                                                                           p. 142                                             

      Plan of Creation & its application. The Cosmic Octave.

      The Lateral Octave, its functioning & its significance

      in connection with the Cosmic Octave.


CHAPTER XII ‑                                                                            p. 154

      Life of the Universe along the Ray of Creation. System

      of the Cosmos. Significance of the names attributed to

      the  various  echelons of  the  System of the  Cosmos.

      Ascending & descending Octaves.


CHAPTER XIII ‑                                                                           p. 169

      Principle of Relativity. Objective & subjective notion

      of Time. The units of Time. Table of equivalence.  The

      constant correspondence between the different units of

      Time: impression, respiration,  waking & sleep,  life.

      Table of evolution. Dimensions of Space & Time.  Their



CHAPTER XIV ‑                                                                           p. 183

      Principle of Equilibrium.  Principle of  Imperfection. 

      Life ‑ Love ‑ Death ‑ Individuality.   Perfect  couple

      formed by two polar beings.  Karma.   Influence of the

      principle of Equilibrium on the Law of Seven, allowing

      among others,  the explanation of the nutrition of the

      Universe.  Organic correspondence existing between the

      form & the contents.


                       THIRD PART: THE WAY


CHAPTER XV ‑                                                                              p. 203

      Definition of the Way. Illusion.  The Way & the Brush.

      The Route &  Path of  Access  to the  Way.  Return  is

      prohibited for him who engages on the Way:  the Way is

      in a one way direction.  Resistence of the General Law 

      to the seeking of the Way.Evolution of the Personality

      & birth of the Individuality.  The real I  & the  real



CHAPTER XVI ‑                                                                             p. 217

      Moral  bankruptcy to which  exterior  life  is  drawn.

      Exterior man experiences the  need to  search for  the

      Way when he  ascertains  &  recognises his  own  moral

      bankruptcy.  Arrangement  of  his  interior  "cage"  &

      sheltered  from  the  "A"  influences.  Discrimination

      between the "A" & the "B" influences. Exterior consid‑

      eration.  The leven of the  Pharisees.  The  invisible

      conflict. The Mystery of Accomplishment.


CHAPTER XVII ‑                                                                             p. 233

      Lying  & stealing are the dominant  characteristics of 

      exterior man.  Different  categories of lies.  Ceasing

      to lie to oneself:  first condition of  success in the

      search for the Way.  Access to Love  suppressing lies.

      Access to the Truth frees from  slavery.  Independance

      Salvation.  Success is obtained by  conscious  efforts

      joined with divine  grace.  Four  elements  are at the

      base of progress in the search for the Way. Negative &

      positive methods.


CHAPTER XVIII ‑                                                                       p. 248

      Relations between man & woman viewed from the esoteric

      angle.  Role of the woman in the fall & in redemption.

      The  inspiring woman.  The three  routes of  Access to

      the Way.The possible targets to be reached.The problem

      of the  new  man.  Representative  types of the  elite

      taken in historical evolution.  Four modes of  percep‑

      tion, of study & of influence over the exterior world:

      Philosophy, Religion,  Science &  Art.  Alternation of

      types 2 & 3 in the  past.  The actual  epoch  tends to

      favour the apparition of men 4, agents of a  synthesis 

      where the  goal to be  solved is the  dilemma  between

      cataclysm & the  apparition of a New Earth  (according

      to the prophecy of St. Peter).  The magnetic center of

      humanity, actually in formation in its ensemble.


CHAPTER XIX ‑                                                                          p. 269

      Being & seeming to be.  Confusion  between  these  two

      notions in Exterior man. The Principle of Imperfection

      as a  first  condition of  Creation.  The  meaning  of

      Creation resides in the realisation starting from  the

      Zero of a unity similar to the  Infinite,  composed of

      an infinity of  unities  issued from  imperfect  zeros

      representing the Souls after the fall. The doctrine of

      the Present. The Present is situated outside Time. The

      Present of Exterior man. The ga The three dimensions

      of the Present.


CHAPTER XX ‑                                                                                 p. 283

      Esoteric exercises are  aimed at  acquiring  the  real

      Present. Mastering of the body, of the  Personality  &

      getting into contact with the higher levels of Consci‑

      ousness. Eight groups of exercises physical &  psychic

      between which the technique of respiration constitutes

      a bridge.  Passive ascertainment.  Superior  group  of

      exercises:   concentration,  contemplation  &  extacy.

      Schematic drawing of the Way.  The seven  sections  of

      the three thresholds: the crossing of the first  leads

      from the brush to the Steps which, in its turn,  leads

      to the  second  Threshold.  The  latter  crossed,  the

      disciple enters the Way, properly speaking,which leads

      towards  the  third  Threshold.  The  final  limit  of

      possible evolution in the terrestial conditions. Desc‑

      ription of the stages of the Way.


CHAPTER XXI ‑                                                                            p. 312

      The trench between the  wanting  & the  capability  in

      modern man.  Evolution allows the  surmounting of this

      trench. Knowledge ‑ Understanding &  Know‑how (savoir‑

      faire). The Androgyne.  Return of the pre‑adamic unity  

      by the fusion of two polar  Individualities.  Stopping

      of the growth & the development of the Personality  as

      an obstacle for such a fusion. The Personality must be

      developed  alongside the  stairs  up to  its  integral

      expression.  Desire, faith, force, discernment.  Love.

      The plan of eternity as the  domain  of the  possible.

      Realisation in Time. Pseudo‑reincarnation. True reinc‑

      arnation: conscious, volontary,  individual,  situated

      in Time.  The original film such as it is conceived in

      eternity.  Its introduction inside time.  The  eternal

      return in a reincarnation so to say, unconscious,  in‑

      volontary & non‑individual. The teams.  Free movements

      of the Exterior man charge the  original film.  Karma.

      Conscious efforts can transform the film,  which revo‑

      lves in a  spiral  approximately.  Collective  pseudo‑

      reincarnation, conscious work on the film, neutralisa‑

      tion of the Karma & the return to the  original  film.

      The esoteric  short cut by  the  joint  work & by  the

      conscious efforts of the two polar beings, forming one

      Microcosmos for both of them.The primordial importance

      to find & to recognise the  polar  being.  Preliminary

      condition: renouncing the free movements.  Criteria of

      polarity. The crossing of the first threshold  needs a

      renunciatiation; the second threshold needs a positive




Postscript                                                                                               p. 349


Biblography                                                                                            p. 351