Samael Aun Weor (1917-1977), born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez in Colombia, was a spiritual teacher and author of over sixty books, and gave thousands of lectures in Latin America. He taught and formed groups under the banner of "Universal Gnosticism", or simply gnosis. Samael Aun Weor referred to his teachings as "The Doctrine of Synthesis", which not only emphasizes the existence of the perennial philosophy, but that its highest teleological function is the accomplishment of "Christification" and "Final Liberation".
All his efforts led to the worldwide Gnostic Movement, whose members today are claimed to number in the millions. And yet, in spite of his wisdom and generosity towards mankind, he said: "Do not follow me. I am just a signpost. Reach your own Self-realization".