I am picking up where I left off the other day on this post based on the Coptic Gospel of Thomas in which he writes solely about these 114 sayings. For ease of reference this is the part that I am referring to as I set out for you sayings 11, 22, 29, 37 and 80 in this blog.
It says that some sayings presuppose a Gnostic point of view in which:
“people are understood to be spirits who have fallen from the divine realm and become entrapped in matter (i.e. in the prisons of their material bodies). Salvation, according to this perspective, comes to those who learn the truth of their plight and so are enabled to escape this impoverished material existence by acquiring the knowledge necessary for salvation (e.g. sayings 11, 22, 29, 37 and 80). Jesus is the one who conveys this knowledge.”
Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
Now, my read of that with where I am in this moment, when he says “on the day when you were one you became two,” might refer to when we are born on this earth, once we were singular, Spirit, and then upon entry we became two; split between Spirit and human. When he asks when you become two, what will you do, I think speaks to the human journey itself. I am two this moment, and I am seeking to go back to where I was one. So what will you do is the question that all humans must be asked, or at least must come to the point where they realize that the question even exists.
How many of us will even reach the point of realization of the duality of our nature? Those who are afraid to be alone, who continually seek the companionship of another because they are afraid to be alone, to perhaps have to hear themselves, to figure out their own thoughts and face their fears, will likely never find the question. They are seeking to remain a duality, but only see it as a duality as one half of a partnership with another.
How many will come to know that they themselves are a duality. Once discovering this duality, then the question is what will I do? Will I want to do anything? And the next question is what can I do?
I have found that not only do I find answers when I go within during meditation and prayer. Even greater, I find questions like that being asked in Saying 11. Seeking answers and finding questions is equally as valuable.
Jesus say infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.” They said to him, “Shall we then, as children enter the kingdom?”
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the kingdom].”
Well, all I can say is wow! A quick summation of what Yeshua is saying for me would be to say that all separation disappears. We get rid of defining labels that separate one from the other. It’s like the neither male nor female, YHWH fashioned He them (my paraphrase of the creation story of man). When it comes to the eye in place of eye, hand in place of hand, etc., I am wondering if it becomes that point when I can create as I see, as I desire. It is quite puzzling for me at this time.
Or, could it be that when I have entered the kingdom my physical self meets my Spiritual self and the two are one?
Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”
Another wow, but this time because I realize I hear and know what he is saying. I also like his tongue-in-cheek response that if the body was what produced the Spirit it is a “wonder of wonders.”
I smiled when he describes the body as being ‘poverty’ and that great wealth has made its home in this poverty. As the world is, and I’ve been no different, look at how much money and time we spend on cosmetic fixes for the body, including makeup, surgeries, exercises, training, etc., and in comparison how little time is spent on the true treasure that poverty houses. The world is about the world, and when we are operating from the level of the house of poverty, we do not see anything other than what the world offers.
When we finally take time to visit the King who resides in this house of poverty, we are welcomed like the prodigal child and we are not admonished or chastised. We are not hounded and told we should have come sooner. We are welcomed, and the King is like the father of the prodigal son who throws a great feast and will give you your heart’s desire.
His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?” Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then [you will see] the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid.”
The disrobing is the antithesis of Adam and Eve robing; putting on their human form when banished from the garden, no longer able to look upon the brilliance of Light with whom they once had fellowship in the cool of the evenings of each new day. Until that moment of disobedience they knew not shame, for they were as pure as created, in His image.
Will see the son of the living one and not be afraid? That rather puzzles me, the “afraid” aspect of what Yeshua says. I have no thoughts on this at this time. All I am thinking is that Yeshua has been my best friend, my barometer and the only fear I have would be to lose that friendship, that companionship. Perhaps “be afraid” is not in the sense of how the human (or at least I) understands?
Jesus said, “He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world.”
I think what I am hearing here is that I have recognized the body, that it is not me. I am the one doing the recognizing; seeing it as something temporary and not me.
Well, that’s it for this post. Those are the sayings that were specifically referenced in the quote above (which was in the first post on the sayings).
Love some feedback from some of you metaphysically, spiritually and amazingly ascending and evolving souls.