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Hinduism Philosophy
Introduction to the Gospel of Thomas
Peter Marchand
Aum Gang Ganapataye Namah Aum
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The Illusion of the World


 
 
 

ACCORDING TO THE THOMAS GOSPEL

11. 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. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are 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?"

Interpretation :

The world of forms has no permanent existence of itself. All forms, worlds and heavens must pass away and thus do not truly live. Only the Supreme lives, unchanged, unborn, present in each and every Self (the living will not die). The egos (the dead), who think they are alive, never truly existed (are not alive). The false identity (what is dead), must be eaten by the self (you), merge with the self, to become truly alive (you made it come alive). However, the Supreme alone can do nothing but dwell in its own light, so what will you that are this Supreme do (when you are in the light) but again enter duality (when you were one you became two) ? Thus the one creates the illusion of becoming many - starting with two, the essential duality of consciousness/energy.This only for the many - and essentially the two - to try to become one again (when you become two, what will you do?). What else can they do ? Thus the game goes on.

56. Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not worthy."

Interpretation :

Once you understand this world then you know it as an illusion, dead (a carcass), not living apart from the Supreme. Once you have this understanding about the world (whoever has discovered a carcass), it will no longer be interesting to you (the world will not be worthy of you).

80. Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy."

Interpretation :

The one who understands the universe (the world) as being a dead form (a body), will no longer be interested in the universe (the world is not worthy of that one).

110. Jesus said, "Let one who has found the world, and has become wealthy, renounce the world."

Interpretation :

When we realize the truly illusionary nature of sensory input (found the world) and have attained self-knowledge (become wealthy), it is time to detach from sensory input (renounce the world).

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