I'm not very impressed with such "scholarly" speculations.
And here's the source for your quote:
There's really only one Gnostic Tradition, which has appeared as many groups.
Some groups are of the authentic Gnostic Tradition, and some groups are not.
Gnosis, like the genuine White Tantra of India and
Tibet, is the Middle Way.
Sexual activity is certainly not looked down upon; but fornication is.
Gnosis is like Dzogchen in that it, as Keith Dowman said, maneuvers between the "gradual" schools and the "sudden" schools.
Drugs are generally shunned as well.
Master Huiracocha mentions in his “Rosicrucian Novel,” that a prodigious cactus named Peyotl or Jiculi exists in Mexico. He states that
this cactus has the power of awakening Clairvoyance instantaneously to whosoever masticates it. The Peyotl allows the conscious projection of the
This is a sacred plant of the grand White Lodge.
Unfortunately, in the capital of the Mexican Republic, it is absolutely impossible to find the authentic Peyotl.
It can only be found in San Luis Potosi or among the Tarahuamara Indians of La Sierra in Chihuahua.
The Masters of the Temple of Chapultepec use this cactus for their instant and urgent astral journeys (all they need is to chew it).
(Editor’s Note: The following is from Aztec, Christic Magic , by the same author: “The Aztec Masters utilized the Peyote (Peyotl) in order to
teach the neophytes to travel in their Astral Bodies.
However, we do not recommend the use of this marvelous cactus which makes the Astral Body separate itself from the Physical Body and preserves the
lucidity of consciousness while acting in the Astral world.
Indeed, what we recommend is practice, much practice and soon you will act and travel within the Astral Body.”)
If any spiritual type of cult is extremely depraved, then it is not of Gnosis.
If it condemns any form of Sexuality between Opposite Sexes, then it could not be Gnosis either.
If you really want to know about Gnosticism, you can start with the writings of: Goethe, Godfrey Higgins, Kenneth R. H. MacKenzie, C.W. King, Ethan
Allen Hitchcock, Eliphas Levi, Hargrave Jennings, Gerald Massey, John Yarker, H.P. Blavatsky, W. Wynn Westcott, G.R.S. Mead, Dion Fortune, Samael Aun
Weor, Manly P. Hall, and a few others.
[edit on 20-3-2007 by Tamahu]