January 2002

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Logia 50. Jesus said: If they say to you: "From where have you originated?", say to them: "We have come from the Light, where the Light originated through itself. It [stood] and it revealed itself in their image". If they say to you: "(Who) are you?, say: "We are His sons and we are the elect of the Living Father". If they ask you; "What is the sign of your Father in you?, say to them : "It is a movement and a rest".

"We have come from the Light and put on a coat of skins and we shall return to the Light." Says The Book of the Dead out of Egypt. Also The Kabalion says that everything is a vibration - or a movement and a rest.

Where did this Logia come from but the ancient Hermetic teachings out of Egypt. A Study of The Kybalion' would be a good adjunct to your New Thought studies, for it contains the foundation principles on which much of New Thought has been based. 

Do remember though that the term 'occult' in 'The Kabalion' is its ancient meaning of 'hidden' not our present day definition, which like so many of the semantics of the past that have been degraded..

"The Apocryphon of John "Where the light being of light is the Father, he who is 'pure light' and is surrounded by the 'pure water of light'."

The Father reveals his image to "the reflection in the water" the image after which the Creator god and his powers then create Adam ... after the "image of God". 

We are in fact composed of light packets as energy.

The Manichaean Psalm Book
{also a vibration} shall go to the fragrance, the image of the living man shall go to the living land from which it came. The Light shall return to its place. The darkness shall fall and not rise again."

 

Logia 51. His disciples said to him : when will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come? He said to them: What you expect has come, but you know it not.

There is no repose, there is only eternal life and you are in it right now. So make the most of your opportunities here and now. ( the word Know here is to recognize or to understand) 

Logia 52. His disciples said to Him : Twenty four prophets spoke in Israel and they all spoke about Thee. He said to them: You have dismissed the Living One who is before you and you have spoken about the dead.

Again as in Logia 50, there are those who always want to know, "Where did you get this, or read this, or who from. Thinking that the days of revelation are over instead of its continuity through all times.

Theology refers to the Ezra-Apocalypse 
"Where five men are said to have been given the task of copying out the holy traditions. So in forty days were written ninety-four books. And it came to pass when the forty-days were fulfilled, that the Most High spoke unto me, saying: "The twenty-four books that thou hast written publish, that the worthy and unworthy may read therein. But the seventy last thou shalt keep, to deliver them to the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge."

The twenty-four books are those which were read in the synagogue and which were accessible to all. In the Talmud and the Midrash, twenty-four is the normal total of the books of the Old Testament. 

There are many who have accepted intuitively from the Universal Mind. And there are those who will continue to do so - but the truths always remains the same, no matter what context, which is how you can recognize their validity. 

PJR.

April 2002