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Hinduism Philosophy
Introduction to the Gospel of Thomas
Peter Marchand
Aum Gang Ganapataye Namah Aum
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Energy and Consciousness as the Supreme


 
 
 

ACCORDING TO THE THOMAS GOSPEL

30. Jesus said, "Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one."

Interpretation :

Jesus accepts (they are divine) the divine existence of many (three) deities, yet points out that his preference lies even closer to the Supreme. When the many are reduced to two (where there are two), then only primordial consciousness and primordial energy remain, purusha and prakriti. Together they are the supreme One (or one), beyond all duality. The supreme one is the perfect unmanifested, the two are the perfect manifested, because for manifestation this minimal but essential duality is needed. The two are one, thus when one is in balance with the two (where there are two), one is with the one (or one), like Jesus (I am with that one).

50. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.' If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you?' say to them, 'It is motion and rest.'"

Interpretation :

We originate from the Supreme (the light), from the beginning of the manifestation of the Supreme (the place where the light came into being), which developed into the creation as we experience it through the senses (appeared in their image). As such we are manifestations (children) of the Supreme (the living Father), always chosen to be brought into the light if we want it. The evidence of the Supreme (the Father) in us is the always changing energy and the never changing consciousness (motion and rest), the two basic qualities of the Supreme, which itself is beyond qualities that mind or intellect can grasp or describe.

105. Jesus said, "Whoever knows the father and the mother will be called the child of a whore."

Interpretation :

We are all children of the same cosmic consciousness (the father) and the same cosmic energy/nature (the mother). Thus it may be somewhat wrongly said (be called) that our mother is a whore who is uniting with every man. As children of whores do not usually know who their father is, neither does the one who knows the Father really know who the father is, as he is without name or form.

114. Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life." Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven ."

Interpretation :

Consciousness is often named male, and nature/energy female. This is a symbolism that has some grounds in male/female differences, such as women being generally more intuitive than men and as a result may be somewhat less rational. Being a man I have to chose my words carefully not to offend the ladies, as Jezus had to be careful when confronted with the male chauvinism of those times (females don't deserve life). To find the self & enlightenment (enter the kingdom) first of all means to merge with pure consciousness (make herself male, become a living spirit resembling you males), which is true for every female and for every male also of course. What Jesus does not mention here is that part of this process is to realize through the seeing with pure consciousness (the male) that the pure energy (the female) is just the other side of the same coin, just as divine.

 
 
 
 
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