We have talked again this time in Gospel of Thomas about the word 'know' meaning in some cases, to recognize - to understand. Emma uses these two terms many times as can be seen by the following excerpts. Try substituting known or knowing in the following.!!
When we are happy, through some
accomplishment directly from the hand of our doctrine, we have the
amethyst stone of character. We are in intelligence and peace. They
together make happiness. All despondency, all melancholy, all depression
of feeling, must be met by breathing in and out words of praise of the
great realities of life. The spiritual nature of man is his reality. The
reality is understanding. Understanding is formless, but it formulates.
This very metaphysical. Let me repeat it: "My understanding has no
form, but it formulates me and my affairs. I have no affairs, and no
substance except what my understanding formulates."
High mysticism is not a science of right
thinking, or right conduct; these are strenuous labours. High mysticism
is the call to look up to what the Cabala of Jewry named Ain Soph The
Great Countenance of the Absolute, who ordereth thoughts and speech and
conduct anew. "Behold, I make all thing new," He saith.
"I will return unto that people a new language." "They
shall speak with new tongues."
In the Apocrypha, we read that in the sixth place the Lord imparteth understanding. Understanding imparted from the Lord is the desideratum of man, for having touched this magian flame his life is kindled to glow forever. For "understanding is a wellspring of life." Mystic understanding is strength, identical with divine strength. "I am understanding." saith the Lord. "I have strength", and it is written that He giveth this strength to his people.
High Mysticism Chapter VI, Understanding
I think a little Gnostic reasoning is worth considering at this
In Greek terms Logos "stands for more than spoken words. The extent of the concept was that behind spoken words were thoughts. Thoughts were mind. Mind had affinity with reason. Reason was the structure of orderly actions. That ultimate reality was reasonable was, in fact, reason itself"
Does this sound familiar to students of Emma Curtis Hopkins?
When we look at this definition of the word Logos by the esteemed
Rowan Ayers It makes one wonder just how much of Gnosticism has been a
part of New Thought. I have taught The Gospel of Thomas for many years
as being truer to the teaching of Jesus than the Canonical gospels that
have been so distorted. The Gospel of Thomas, hidden for so many years
was not subject to the ravages of the 'Church' in its effort to control
their people. They are not true Gnostic writings but have that flavor.
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