The Gospel of Thomas
These are some of the hidden meanings
according to Didymos Judas Thomas:
1. And he said: “Whoever finds the meaning of these words will not taste death.”
2. “The one who seeks should not cease seeking until he finds. And when he finds, he will be dismayed. And when he is troubled, he will be astonished. And he will be king over the All.”
3. “If those who lead you say to you: ‘Look, 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 fishes will precede you.
Rather, the kingdom is inside you and outside you.”
4. “When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realise that you are the children of the living Father.
5. But if you do not come to know yourselves, then you exist in poverty, and you are poverty.”
6. “The person old in his days will not hesitate to ask a child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live.
7. For many who are first will become last, and they will become a single one.”
8. “Come to know what is in front of you, and that which is hidden from you will become clear to you.
9. For there is nothing hidden that will not become manifest.”
My personal view:
The realisation of the meaning of a word is esoteric experience. Our human existence is a cycle of life and death: we seek happiness, and then lose it, and seek happiness again. When we understand the bardo states (the gaps within life where the cycle of existence is not present), we will experience constant peace, which is heaven/nirvana.
Finding or realising our true reality, we become troubled, sad and astonished as we will understand everything.
The kingdom is us, and everything that we seek, as it is reflected within pure consciousness.
Knowing the self, we realise that we are the child and, at the same time, the living supreme consciousness of purity.
If we do not realise our true reality, we will live in poverty of not knowing, having neither knowledge nor wisdom.
Becoming an unfettered child, empty but with pure perception.
Wanting to be first (the best), we separate ourselves from others and therefore lack love.
Whatever appears to us is only known by virtue of the clarity of pure consciousness.
Once realisation has taken place, there are no more mysteries.
If this is true, Thomas had contact with Eastern traditions because his words have nothing to do with an external God (and this is probably the reason why it was left out of the Bible). If Thomas realised this, Jesus must have known it also.
The way teachings are written may be poetic and obscure with the purpose of keeping them safe. This is esoteric teaching as opposed to the exoteric teachings of the New Testament, which were put in the form of stories to be believed. These have thrown us off the scent.
Thomas’s gospel – like the Eastern traditions – reveals how simple realisation and enlightenment are. It also shows that there are those who would deny us salvation and enlightenment; they want us to depend on them as, in this way, they gain power which they do not want to relinquish. This is the same in any religion: a religion is an organisation for the many, whereas true spiritual practice is achieved by personal realisation.
Of course, you have every right to see the meaning of this differently!
Miracles And Words Are Hearsay
Words are exoteric (for those of lesser understanding).
Realisation of those words is esoteric (for those of deeper understanding).
It is personal realisation that counts,
rather than seeing through others’ eyes.