Christians and Buddhists Do Not Understand
that they tread the same path of confusion,
following religious translations rather than direct experience.
A Buddhist cannot disagree with the Gospel of Thomas:
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which
Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
Jesus said, “The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
This is still happening today, with the dumbing-down of society through a multitude of distractions.
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 will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid.”
When we admit that we are enslaved by emotions and confusion, we will find confidence.
Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him.”
When we are acquainted with someone, we only see their faults.
“If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father.”
If we don’t find the time to practice regularly and abstain from obsessive worldly activities, we will never recognise emptiness.
His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.”
He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.”
Clarity is the light that is passed on. If we have no clarity, we have no light.
His disciples questioned him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?”
Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered. Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”
Everything arises within emptiness.
“If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
We will recognise our true nature by realising its relative and ultimate aspects.
This is our wealth.
And he said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”
Turning words into experience and experience into wisdom, there is no such thing as death.
“Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
Once we realise our true nature, sadness arises and that is compassion. In that realisation, nothing can control us.