Samael Aun Weor (Hebrew: סמאל און ואור)(March 6, 1917 – December 24, 1977), born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, Colombian citizen and later Mexican, was an author, lecturer and founder of the 'Universal Christian Gnostic Movement' with his teaching of 'The Doctrine of Synthesis' of all religions in both their esoteric and exoteric aspects. It has been called neo-Gnostic by the historian of esotericism Arthur Versliu and called by the historian Jean-Francois Mayer "a science of consciousness or knowledge that may be attained through certain techniques." In his over sixty books and hundreds of held conferences, he describes a teaching called "Gnosis", the Greek word for "knowledge", from which is derived the name "Gnosticism", which is a term also used to designate various sects such as the Ophites which appeared at the beginning of the Christian Era who were considered heretics by the Catholic Church.
With all things esoteric it is useful to look at the etymology of words. Why does Arthur Versliu call the Gnostic movement (that the Master Samael Aun Weor created) neo-Gnostic? Let us look at the definition of Neo. As Wikipedia defines it:
Are the Gnostic teachings of Master Samael Aun Weor new or young? No, his actual teachings can be traced back through many sacred societies and are in fact the actual underpinnings of most of the world's accepted religions. What is new about his teachings is that he reveals much of the practical application of these teachings and he unveils much of the teachings that up until the mid-twentieth century was hidden in allegory or symbolism at best. What is also new is that for the first time any "intellectual animal" on the planet earth can now embark on a true spiritual initiatic Path without having to join a secret society. This is truly revolutionary!
As an "intellectual animal" I can now choose to do the demanding work necessary to transform myself into a true Human Being and if dilligent enough join the spiritual Hierarchy. Master Samael Aun Weor does not offer a tinture, a pill, a blessing, a wafer, absolution for our sins, a tax break, a magic potion or any other quick fix. He lays out an arduous journey into the depths of psychological hell, true sacrifice and ego destruction that will result in the attainment of the philosopher's stone. The gauntlet has been thrown. How many will pick it up?! And how many who do will actually do the Work necessary to succeed?!!!
I have maybe 25 or more of his books .
He is a very complete study of the divine human in all of us.