Commentary on “The Gospel of Thomas” excerpt 3
(3) Jesus said, “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.”
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
Everything has its roots in heaven Above, so that it can be said that the cause of everything is in heaven and the consequences are played out here on Earth. So if a person wishes to effect any lasting change on his nature it will not be from any changes in this world, but one must journey deep within themselves to find the Kingdom within themselves. This means that acts of fasting, chastity, repression and denial of the evil within a person are ways of trying to deal with the problem from this world. However the solution is not from reforming your outward actions, but from finding the root of the problems. Obviously it is wise to not manifest your dysfunction outwardly into this world, however while you restrict you actions the remedy must be applied on the root of the problem. This is not by reformation of outward actions but from traveling deep within yourself. There you will discover what you are and what you are not. All the suffering and dysfunction that we see in ourselves and others stem from the same root problem, however it just comes out in a myriad of different ways. However no true healing can occur by trying to be a better person by our own will power. We cannot effect change on a level of consciousness with the same level of consciousness that created the problem. We need salvation from a consciousness Above our own. However valiant the effort one makes the evil will at one point resurface with a vengeance. This is because the root of the problem has not been recognized or cured. By fighting the evil directly in this world with our own power we are merely pruning the leaves of this nasty bush, which in the long run makes the bush grow thinker. No the journey within one self-will reveal the true nature that man is born into and the root of all of humanities suffering. From this recognition of true spiritual state that we are in , we can come to a true yearning and need for the Creator to change our nature. We of course must make the effort at following the path set out for us by the prophets and Jesus, however it is actually the yearning and desire for salvation which reforms us. So have faith in the process and go fearlessly deep within yourself. Attract with pure intention the Light unto yourself and see the barrier within yourself that does not allow the Light to enter. See how your egoism is like mud in the pond of your true beingness, which prevents the reflection of the divine to appear through you.
The true disciple of God will make efforts to find the Kingdom within, and with honest effort the Creator will first send help from Above which will show you how opposite you are to your true final and destined nature. This part is very painful to a person…or should I say to the ego which is our false identity. Then you will yearn for correction and thirst for redemption in the wilderness within you. No longer a slave to this world and its kings of deception you will seek the Kingdom of your true Father. You will seek for the Kingdom of God within you, but you will not find it yet. You must walk the lonely journey away from your former self and beliefs, as the great tempter and deceiver within your will torment your thoughts and emotions. You will walk deep into your very fabric of being, towards the unknown…. your inner wilderness…. no longer wanting things of this world, and not yet tasting the cool waters of the Kingdom. Be brave and steadfast!! You will walk away from the ways of this world, however not yet able to find the Kingdom you will yearn more and more…..let that yearning grow. The forces of darkness will push you to and fro and the sparks of Light will flicker like Lightning within the darkness. Then be it 12 months or 12 years, like a blink of the eye you will enter the Kingdom within you. It is the kingdom of God within you NOW.
Then you will feel within that emptiness that made you suffer so much during your spiritual exile the filling of that void with the Light of the Creator. You will be filled with so much love, peace and serenity that you will no longer want anything from anybody, but desire only to express this fulfillment through acts of kindness and true bestowal. From the peace and stillness within you wisdom will appear and understanding will flood your consciousness. You will understand the one true God who controls everything and will flow with the one law of “Love Thy Friend As Thyself”, because behind the ego that pollutes our vessels is the one true nature of man. We are all born into the original sin (EGO), however our true nature is not born from the union of flesh but from the Creator, which comes not from the womb of women but from the Creator which is the soul. A true virgin birth. All sustenance will come from Above and you will live within the desire for the Creator. This small mustard seed of a desire has the potential of reaching the Creator and Governing all our other Earthly desires. Your other desires will fall into balance and you will view your physical body as a vehicle which you will care for and respect. However you will not prostitute it and defile it to unclean desires in an attempt to fill a spiritual void. You will find what you thirst for with the desire for the Creator, let it lead you through the desert to the Kingdom within you. Let you drink from the flowing rivers of heaven. Let your spiritual eyes of wisdom and understanding be opened. Let the Creator keep you straight with His left hand of judgement and His right hand of Mercy. Let your faith heal you and walk with the Lord using your left leg of submission to His will, and your right leg of praise and prayer for everlasting adhesion and renewal within HIM.
Do not pray to change anything and anyone except for yourself. The true key to the Kingdom. Everthing is already perfection…. every person, event and obstacle has been put in your way so that you leave the working of this world and attain the true Upper system where all the good and evil fades aways into one perfect singularity. You and me do not direct the flow, we can only chose to go with the flow.
Once a connection with the Upper One is developed a person will begin to know when they are doing something against the Upper One because the connection becomes lost, then a correction in thought, intention, or action occurs and if it is in the flow of the Creator the connection returns. Therefore the moment to moment revelation and concealment becomes like a governing compass to know what the Upper Providence is trying to tell you. You cannot go against it because to one who has connected to the system, disconnection is like a spiritual death. With this method a person become self-governed directly by the Upper One.
by: Jason-John Swartz
So lets do the effort now and together and get back home. The time is drawing near and the Upper providence is putting more and more pressure on all of humanity. If you try and work with the flow you can attain the Kingdom in this lifetime. If you go against the flow it will cause more and more suffering, which will force humanity to conform. It is each of our own decision as to which hand we want to be corrected with. The harsh left hand of judgement, or the merciful right hand which comes as help from Above to those true disciples who are trying