“Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes if yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.”” Acts of Peter -The Other Bible-Pg 443, Willis Barnstone
Have you ever considered what is the most sacred of our world? Most believe it to be an object such as a temple, building, monument, church, synagogue or mosque or high-ranking religious leaders. A structure or object is just that and our religious leaders are simple human beings, just like us.
The most sacred is every human being on earth. Within each of us lies a divine light, the essence of Infinite Intelligence, waiting to be awakened . Our bodies are the temple. Every human being is of infinite worth and at some point in time, each will come to that realization.
Sacred ancients texts and mystics called it the divine spark. Christians and Jews call it the soul, Muslims rooh, Hindu atman and there are many other names used through the centuries. Perhaps we are at a place when it is time to realize who we are, why we are here and where we are going.
We live in a material world full of confusion and distortion. It is the world of positive and negative energy, good and evil, continually fighting for the most sacred prize, our essence. It divides us through our beliefs systems by judging, condemning and threats of forever punishment by not following a certain belief system. It divides us when we should be united with love, compassion, wisdom and helping one another.
There is much to learn from each other with an open heart and mind. Instead of listening to what others tell us, perhaps it is time to seek and discover the truth for ourselves. There is much truth in religions but no religion has all the truth. It is why we are here, to learn.
The Law of One in 4.17 says our purpose is to learn. First, the mind must be known to itself. Second, understand the concept of the balance between love and wisdom in the use of the body in its natural functions. And the third is spiritual and contact with Intelligent Infinity.
Buddha taught us meditation, how to silence the mind, to know ourselves. Meditation is God’s gift, our gateway to find our way home. Jesus taught us love, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Both Jesus and Buddha teach us to look within ourselves. Buddha tells us the way is not in the sky but is in the heart. Jesus also says the kingdom is within you and the one who knows himself will find it. Other teachers provide the same message.
There is nothing more sacred on the planet than the divine light within each of us, waiting to be awakened.
Jesus or Yeshua is known throughout the world as a spiritual leader, messiah, divine, prophet, Jewish preacher, religious leader, son of man, son of God and even God. Jesus said in Luke 12:49-53 “I have come to set the world on fire.” Indeed he has; in all facets of our understanding and beliefs.
After Jesus’ crucifixion in 30 AD, Christianity as we know it today, was born , and 600 years later, Islam. The Quran had many references of Jesus, also known as Isa. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet who was given a special message to convey to all people. Muslims accept that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and lover of God’s Word, they do not believe that he was divine or the son of God. The Quran describes the miracles Jesus performed, such as healing the sick and raising the dead, but does not ascribe these miracles to his divinity. Instead, Jesus is a sign to all humankind of God’s endless mercy. Christianity and Islam combined, is more than half the world population, and is more than half of all world religions . There is no doubt, the man called Jesus, Yeshua or Isa has set the world on fire and has a huge impact on the world belief systems today.
Jesus’ life was not easy. The people of that time walked everywhere, some living as nomads in small groups, keeping flocks of sheep and goats, and traveling from place to place in order to feed and protect their animals. Others lived more settled lives, growing crops or providing services to people in towns and urban areas. Communication was word of mouth, very few could read or write. Jesus traveled with his disciples teaching and healing those who requested it. Some claim he traveled to India and many other places. As a child, he was learning that he had a power within and had to learn to control it. In some stories found in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas presents Jesus an amazing divine child: He makes sparrows out of clay and then brings to life. He raises people from the dead and heals his brother James when he is bitten by a snake.
Other stories present young Jesus as something of a holy terror: When a boy uses a tree branch to ruin some pools of water that Jesus has made, Jesus tells him to wither up like a tree and he does. When another boy runs into Jesus’s shoulder, Jesus curses him and the boy dies. At one point, Joseph says, “people who make him angry die”. Scholars have tried to make sense of this text but always don’t agree on how to understand it. More information on the Infancy Gospel of Thomas can be found here and the Origins of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas Tales here.
Jesus studied and understood the Jewish Bible as well as the Rabbi’s and may have been one himself. Some of his saying and teaching were very esoteric. One time he was confronted by a group of Jews who wanted to stone him. They told Jesus “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claiming to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” . Jesus was referring to Psalm 82.6I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ That was one of many esoteric sayings Jesus presents in the new testament. Another one is in Matthew 6:22, when Jesus said “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. Did he mean the third eye, the Sixth Chakra?
He spoke in the language of his time, simple-minded people trying to spread the most important word the world has ever known, the logos. He spoke in metaphors and parables with deep hidden meanings with an esoteric message to humanity.
After his crucifixion, in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Christianity had many different concepts and belief systems. Some Christians maintained there were 2 Gods, or 12 or thirty or more. Some Christians maintained Jesus was not really a human being, or was he divine. Others thought he was two different beings, one human, one divine. Others believed the world was not created by the true God but by a malicious deity as a place for punishment for the human souls which have become entrapped here in human bodies. Some Christians believed that Jesus death and resurrection had no bearing on salvation and some believed that Jesus had never actually died.
One of those belief systems was Gnosticism. Gnosticism is a term from the Greek word gnosis meaning “knowledge”. Christians of the 2nd and 3rd centuries did not read the New Testament because the New Testament did not yet exist. Gnostics were the early movement of Christianity and lost the early Christian struggle to define orthodoxy.The Gnostics Christians had different views from the early Christianity. Orthodox Christianity created the idea of heresy to condemn the Gnostics quest for higher knowledge because the different belief system. Heresy comes from the Greek word Hairesis, which meant school of thought and did not have negative connotations. Early Christians wanted a single harmonious and considered themselves as a single body of Christ and did not want any division. Overtime, people who followed the Gnostics were considered godless and imperious members of a school of thought and therefore heretics. Some in the Christian religion still believe that today. The destruction of their sacred texts was inevitable, so some hid them in caves and various other places so they could not be found.
In 313 AD, Emperor Constantine converted and established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. The motivations of the Emperor were complex. Christianity had grown too powerful to suppress, and even Roman soldiers secretly converting to Christianity. After Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the official roman religion, and as it is today. All other forms of Christian beliefs were eliminated, by destroying and burning texts, letters and manuscripts. Many early followers of Christ were condemned by other Christians as heretics. Orthodox Christianity prevailed when in 397 C.E., the Council of Carthage established the orthodox New Testament canon with the 27 books. Through the years, the New Testament Canon had scribes copy by hand, word for word, taking or adding a word or even a letter has changed the meaning today. Nearly 2000 years later our understanding of Jesus teachings is from the New Testament Canon but with nearly 2000 years of editing. There are over 40 versions of the New Testament today. The church leaders provide their teachings to an uncertain concept, until now!
Now we have an astonishing variety of early Christian writings survive outside the canon of the New Testament. In many case, these writings expand upon the New Testament writings with a new understanding of Jesus’ message. We know the church version, but now we can know another version and you can seek the truth for yourself.
For the first time we have access to an apocrypha Jesus, hidden or secret teachings. In 1945, original gnostic documents were found and is believed to be one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. Thirteen ancient texts of Gnostic works called “codices” found in caves in Upper Egypt untouched by scribes, can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library . Thirteen ancient texts of Gnostic works called “codices” found in caves in Upper Egypt untouched by scribes. Among the manuscripts was the discovery of a complete copy of 114 secret sayings of Jesus , known as Gospel of Thomas, thought to be constructed in the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Some of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas can be found in the New Testament. The text has very Eastern flavor, being almost Buddhism and Tao Te Ching in some of the sayings.
The discovery in 1945 provides a new and refreshing school of thought about spirituality and Jesus message. The discovery also came at a time when it could be shared with the world and not suppressed as it was for the last twenty centuries.
The untouched scriptures, communicated a different way of life and salvation, Jesus is a teacher of wisdom and understanding, speaking in metaphors and parables of love and enlightenment. Much different from the sin and repentance as the Church teaches. Since the discovery and publications, the Gospel of Thomas has been the most celebrated of the 13 ancient texts discovered in 1945. Jesus confronts his disciples and leaders of the gospel with powerful sayings for all to contemplate the meaning. It starts:
“These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down”.
(1) And he said, he who shall find the interpretation of these words shall not taste of death.
In the Gospel of Thomas, salvation comes to those that learn from Jesus’s sayings the truth about themselves. “When you know come to know yourselves,” Jesus says, “then you will be known, and you will understand that you will understand that you are children of the living father.” If people do not come to know themselves, then they remain mired by spiritual poverty.
Your true self, Thomas teaches, does not belong to this world of change and materiality. Instead, it originated in a realm of permanence and intellect. and it will return to the realm-if you know your true self. Our problem is not sin, but ignorance: We mistakenly think our material bodies are our true selves.
Join me in an esoteric journey to discover the meaning of 114 secret saying of Jesus. Every month we will examine some of the sayings until all 114 saying have been analyzed and interpreted. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.
Our essence, the spirit and soul, is pure energy, a source from Infinite Intelligence that encompasses the universe that forever has been a mystery for the human race. Our essence is much like a baby, trying to learn to see, sit up, crawl, walk, and talk while developing the 6th sense. It is drawn to the beauty of nature, the thriving life of seen and unseen worlds. It looks at others and sees itself with feelings of compassion, love and discernment. It feels sorrow as it sees the world being ravaged, polluted and destroyed; the pain and suffering of the people, plants, animals and mother earth. It understands we are one community with different cultures, ideas, and beliefs, all different, but all spiritually connected.
But our essence is just an infant, beginning to realize the infinite possibilities. Telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, discernment, remote viewing and psychic abilities are just some beginning to be understood and practiced. Mankind even has Global Consciousness project uses binary codes to measure levels of global conscious. Even our thoughts create reality by negative or positive emotions causing action and reaction. Over 7 billion people have unknowingly created our world of today simply by thought.
Our essence has been elusive of our understanding since the beginning of time. Humanity has been fascinated the concept of spirit/soul through religion and belief systems. Our essence , also known as spirit, soul, rul, chi, prana, chakras, divine spark or consciousness is in every culture. Each culture has a belief system, established rituals, rules, explanations and concepts based on their understanding how our essence guides us through this life into the next. We go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other places of worship to understand our spirit. Others do not attend organized religion but practice spirituality daily.
Our essence is communicating with us, all we have to do is pay attention. Daily meditation, contemplation, prayer and thanksgiving brings our essence closer to the source, our Creator.
Call it mystical and elusive; it has been debated, discussed, and revered, by every Religion and belief system in the world. Science cannot explain or prove the energy exist, encourages those to be non-believers. Description of near death experience excites those who believe. It is free-will, all part of this grand game, we call life.