Q. What is Gnosis in simple terms?
A. The world and the Universe that we know is flawed and it is flawed because its creator is flawed (called the Demiurge) not because of some Original Sin. Therefore the creator isn’t the ultimate God. The ultimate God (Monad) wants to know us and unite with us because It is the source of everything, and we come from It. We are unable to know our own source (ignorance) because the flawed world has us deluded (like in a type of matrix). Ritual, prayer and meditation (depending on the sect) can bring us into awareness of and connection with our source (gnosis).The ultimate goal is to have the fractured and dispersed fragments of our source reunited and whole.