Fascinating. Researching Hinduism and Christian Gnosticism (especially the kind espoused by Valentinus) is revealing incredible parallels between the two, which in turn suggests some exciting possibilities for Samsara Bastard.

For example. Both Hinduism and Gnosticism preach a universal Godhead, an absolute Divine that is unknowable but toward which we must all strive to rejoin, called Brahman by the Hindu’s and the Pleroma by the Gnostics.

A demiurge created the world we live in which is false, illusory, and this demiurge is the god Maya in Hinduism, which is also the name of the world of illusion in which we live, and Ialdabaoth by the Gnositics, the imperfect God of the First Testament. Brahman/the Pleroma both exist beyond the veils of this false word.

Further, Maya/Ialdabaoth hold us to this world of illusion through our own desires and karma, trapping the specks of that which is divine in us (our Atman) to the world. There is some difference here; the Hindu’s believe that karma dictates our passage through our many lives, a process of reincarnation known as samsara, while the Gnostics believed we had only this one shot, and only some of us would ascend while the vast majority would fall into darkness upon death and disappear. These enlightened beings were called the pneumatikoi, and were destined for salvation (being privy to the secrets of Gnosticism), while a larger group were the unenlightened Christians called the psychikoi who were capable of receiving knowledge. The vast majority of humanity however were the hylikoi and the were destined for oblivion and death.

Fascinating. And I’m only scratching the very tip of the iceberg here. Perhaps I can find connections between the Ogdoad and the principle Hindu devas. Saklas as Hanuman? Either way, it looks like my own personal cosmology is coming together.