July 2002

 

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

 

DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING TRUTH?

 

Logia 60. They saw the Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples: why does this man carry the lamb with him? They said to him: In order that he may kill it an eat it. He said to them: As long as it is alive he will not eat it, but only if he has killed it and it has become a corpse. They said: Otherwise he will not be able to do it. He said to them: You yourselves seek a place for yourselves in Repose, lest you become a copse and be eaten.

If we go back to the Lion eating the man and the man eating the lion of Logia 7 Where the Lion symbolizes the material nature - Blessed is the material which the man appropriates, and the material nature will become man, and cursed is the man whom material nature appropriates and the man will become material nature. Man lifts up the material nature and becomes a higher spiritual nature. Check out Abraham in the Hidden Bible Section

Manichean Psalm Book 
Lamb tied to a tree . . . while shepherd looks for it another eats it. We also my beloved - let us separate the word - "Who is this that eats?" and "Who is this that is eaten?" Thou dost not. Who is this that seeks? Who is this that is sought?" The sheep that is bound to the tree for which the shepherd searches.. Thou dost not There is a sheep bound to a tree there is another that ate the sheep. The sheep bound to the tree is the Love that died The Wisdom that reveals is the Shepherd that seeks after it. He that ate the sheep is the devouring fire, the God of this Aeon that led the whole world astray…

Eating is to assimilate something, incorporate it into your being. Taking it into yourself. So the Samaritan is the bad guy who takes man into Judea (Praise of Jehovah, the bumbler) If he succeeds in killing the lamb - ruining man so that he is no longer container of the light then he destroys him. So the true Gnostic is to remain alive to the truth within and not to become as a corpse and therefore be consumed. The letter to the Ephesians is closest to this Gnostic terminology.

Logia 61. Jesus said: Two will rest on a bed, the one will die, the one will live. Salome said: Who art thou, man, and whose (son) thou didst take thy place upon my bench and eat from my table. Jesus said to her: I am He who is from the Same, to Me was given from the things of My Father. Salome said: I am thy disciple. Jesus said to her: Therefore I say, if he is the Same, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness. 

Both of these Logia are troublesome. But once we realise that Jesus is trying to emphasize that the inner and the outer should be together. It begins to make sense. The outer does not mean the body itself but the material aspect o the being. This is what will be as one with the inner. The body may die, but the dual aspect of the being will go on - the soul and the spirit will continue - for if you are a solitaire then you are filled with light. If you are divided there is darkness.

Here is proof that Jesus had women as disciples. Salome appears in Revelation as a teacher so there were also many other women disciples and teachers, which the 'church' wants to forget. This whole section this time seems to do with assimilating wisdom.

Logia 62. Jesus said: there was a rich man who had much money. He said: I will use my money that I may sow and reap and plant and fill my storehouse with fruit, so that I lack nothing. This was what he thought in his heart. And that night he died. Whoever has ears to hear let him hear.

Do you have ears to her - let us look to the inner meaning here. On the surface it says 'You cant take it with you - you cannot store up 'manna'. BUT If as Jesus had been teaching there is eternal life, then the man is going on and discarding the things of the flesh that money can buy - for you are never finished. There is the constant urge within to expand more and more.

Logia 64. Jesus said: A man had a guest-friend, and when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guest-friend. He went to the first, he said to him. "My master invites thee". He said: "I have some claims against some merchants; they will come to me in the evening, I will go and give them orders. I pray to be excused form the dinner. He went to another, he said to him: "My master has invited thee". He said to him: I have bought a house and they request me for a day. I will have no time." He came to another, he said to him "My master invites thee". He said to him: My friend is to be married and I am to arrange a dinner; I shall not be able to come. I pray to be excused from the dinner. He went to another, he said to him; "My master invites thee". He said to him: "I have bought a farm, I go to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I pray to be excused". The servant came, he said to his master: those whom thou invited to the dinner have excused themselves". The master said to his servant: "Go out to the roads, bring those whom thou shalt find, so that they may dine. Tradesmen and merchants shall not enter the places of my father".

Eating - assimilate - to take in. When spirit knocks at the door how many excuses do we have? Do you sit down and meditate or turn on the TV? Emma and her 'chemicalization' says, that when spirit is knocking on the door and it is time to pay attention there is usually resistance. Philo said that the teachings of the Essenes should be taken to the people, and that is just what Jesus did. We become so involved in the process of the world that we ignore the prompting of spirit. But those who lead a more contemplative life are more open. Plus if we follow Meister Eckhart's admonition to 'let God be God in us' - AT ALL TIMES - then we are in deed following the spiritual life.

PJR.

Dec. 2002