Along the Way…

truth (1)I had a rough patch on my desire for answers and Truth the last year or so, crisis of faith so to speak.  I’m not one to mince words about my relationship with “God”; although saturated with Christian ideas, it is hardly your average Christian religious devotion anymore, and if what I suspect I will find along my path in the years to come proves true then the balance I seek will also find my ideas saturated with Buddhist teachings as I incorporate my eclectic studies and various interests into a coherent understanding of what brings me closest to my desire for Truth, Understanding, and most of all, a level of peace between me and the world in which I find myself. Continue reading

The Gospel of Thomas (v.10)

I have cast fire on the world and, look, I am guarding it until it blazes.

 

If any person has had words that have sparked a flame in the heart of people and grew to brilliance, Jesus is definitely one of them.  The wisdom in his teachings are impressive and I love how he teaches with story and parable.  In the very effort of understanding him he weeds out those who desire to know from those who have no passion for Wisdom. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.9)

The sower went out, filled his hand and sowed.  Some seeds fell on the road; birds came and gathered them up.  Others fell on the rock and did not root in the earth and did not produce.  Others fell among thorns; the thorns choked the seeds and worms ate them.  But others fell on good ground and brought forth good fruit.  These yielded sixty per measure and one hundred and twenty measures.

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The Gospel of Thomas (v.8)

Humankind is like a wise fesherman who cast his net into the sea.  He drew it out of the sea full of small fish.  The wise fisherman found among them a large, good fish.  He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without hesitation.  Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.7)

“Blessed is the lion that the man shall eat,

so that the lion will become human.

Cursed is the man whom the lion shall eat,

and the lion will become human.”  (v.7)

When I read this verse, and meditate upon it, I keep revolving around the term “Lion of Judah”, a reference for Jesus in the Christian tradition.  I believe in prophecy, and I believe that because we all are indwelt by the Presence of the Creator then we all have access to knowledge beyond the 5 senses, learning to understand that knowledge and how to use the vision of that knowledge is not something I believe is widely known, nor even accepted.

I believe this verse was spoken in a prophetic since by Jesus in regards to what would become instituted as the Eucharist, or Communion as it is also referred too.  “I am the Bread of Life.” (John 6:48) Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.6)

His Disciples asked Him, “Do you want us to fast?  How shall we pray?  Shall we give alms?  What diet shall we keep?”

Jesus said, “Do not lie and do not do what you hate, because all things are revealed in the sight of heaven.  For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothings is covered that will remain covered.”  (v.6)

I love that the first thing Jesus tells them is don’t offer to take on religious burdens that you hate doing, the very fact that you hate it means your every action and deed in those offerings to God is a lie, you aren’t fooling him nor are you endearing yourself to him. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.5)

Jesus said, “Recognize what is in front of your face, and what is concealed will be revealed to you.  For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed.”  (v.5)

The recognition of what is taking place around us is a depth of understanding that requires the wisdom and development of a contemplative mind.  This type of contemplation was employed by the mystics of their day, not for objective analysis, but rather with an openness to what is beyond the 5 senses.  This is an understanding that this mortal flesh is a wondrous advancement in mortal evolution and a gift to be cherished but that there are things to be experienced beyond what this flesh has yet conceived of even attempting to know.   Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.4)

Jesus said, “The person advanced in days will not hesitate to ask an infant of seven days about the place of life, and that person will live.  For many who are first will be last and they will become a single one.” (v.4)

ανδρόγυνος

Androgynous: referring to an individual with both masculine and feminine characteristics.

There is much to the mystery here, but there are so many stories in common to ancient literature about becoming One.  A common theme in the Gospel of Thomas, and my opinion why the Council of Nicea did not include it in the Christian canon, is Jesus doesn’t teach an end time scenario of wrath and retribution against sinners, but rather a return to the beginning, a return to how things were prior to the division of Man and Woman. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.3) Nosce te ipsum!

If those who lead you say, “Look, the kingdom is in heaven,” then the birds of heaven will precede you.  If they say, “It is in the sea,” then the fish will precede you.  Rather, the kingdom is within you and outside you.  When you know yourselves, you will be known, and you will know you are children of the living father.  But if you do not know yourselves, you live in poverty and you yourselves are the poverty. (v.3)

Nosce te ipsum

No one, no leader, no pastor, no teacher, no friend, no parent is able to tell anyone else who they are, that discovery must be made by each one of us; and it is imperative to understanding that we begin our journey in this life with this venture into our own person.  The more we depend on others to show us who we are the more mountains we will build that will unltimately stand in our way to that discovery later, and the greater the range of mountains the more difficult the task will be. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.2)

Jesus said, “Let whoever seeks not cease from his seeking until he finds.  When he finds, he will be troubled.  When he is troubled, he will marvel and will reign over all.”

A treasure hunt!  When Jesus teaches he isn’t looking to instill his Wisdom into every casual observer, but lets them know if you want to understand, if you want to be wise, you have to be tenacious; a passion for what you seek is a requirement in the realm of spiritual understanding and wisdom of Life. Continue reading

Gospel of Thomas (v.1)

Jesus said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”

This introductory saying to the Gospel of Thomas carries with it a promise; that promise combined with the word taste reminds me of the biblical story of Adam & Eve, another teaching that carried a promise as the result of understanding through taste.  “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  (Genesis 2: 16b-17)  Let us take for granted these sayings are meant for us to ponder and understand Truth…I honestly don’t care if there was an Adam and Eve, if there was so be it, if not, so what!  I’m not looking to build upon the theologies of Judeo/Christian religions nor argue apologetics in this discourse, I’m just mining Truth, and sifting for the precious gems of Wisdom to be found.

First I will delve into the Genesis account and then relate what I find to the teaching of Jesus.  I notice that it is implied that Good & Evil already exist, but perhaps they are not segregated, meaning to begin to label one thing as Good and another thing as Evil is exactly what was forbidden, because the day that is given place in our lives, is the day the fear of being judged as one or the other becomes predominant in our thoughts.  Hence, prior to this, there was no need for religion, because there was no fear of judgment, nor no need for a judge.  The whole concept of God would of been different, perhaps just the way Jesus taught, for an unconditional love doesn’t discriminate between Good & Evil, because there is no condition that can ever be met to prevent that Love.

Since the understanding of Good & Evil, God remained out of reach, so life remained destined to be the product of what was done or not done, but as the absence of that Life came through the understanding of judgment and descrimination, so Life once again may be attained through the understanding that Love does not differentiate.  The beloved disciple is accredited to have written these words:  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears in not perfected in love.”  (John 4:18)  And one more quote from the Garden Story:  “The man and his wife hid themselves [because they were now afraid]….therefore the Lord God sent them out from the garden of Eden” (Genesis 3:8b, 23).

All of this comes to my mind as I ponder what it means to understand what Jesus is teaching, and I just had to share that.  Life is a product of Love!