Nor is the Eastern idea of Karma regarded by Gnostics as an adequate explanation of creations imperfection and suffering.
Karma at best can only explain how the chain of suffering and imperfection works.
In its way, it unites and reconciles the recognitions of Monotheism and Polytheism, as well as of Theism, Deism and Pantheism.
In the Gnostic view, there is a true, ultimate and transcendent God, who is beyond all created universes and who never created anything in the sense in which the word create is ordinarily understood.
While this True God did not fashion or create anything, He (or, It) emanated or brought forth from within Himself the substance of all there is in all the worlds, visible and invisible.
In a certain sense, it may therefore be true to say that all is God, for all consists of the substance of God.
The Fullness stands in contrast to our existential state, which in comparison may be called emptiness.
They, together with the True God, comprise the realm of Fullness (Pleroma) wherein the potency of divinity operates fully.
The term myth should not here be taken to mean stories that are not true, but rather, that the truths embodied in these myths are of a different order from the dogmas of theology or the statements of philosophy.
In the following summary, we will attempt to encapsulate in prose what the Gnostic myths express in their distinctively poetic and imaginative language.
Many religions advocate that humans are to be blamed for the imperfections of the world.
Supporting this view, they interpret the Genesis myth as declaring that transgressions committed by the first human pair brought about a fall of creation resulting in the present corrupt state of the world.Since -- especially in the monotheistic religions -- the creator is God, this Gnostic position appears blasphemous, and is often viewed with dismay even by non-believers.