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are people that think that we live in the best imaginable world. They
are convinced that mankind is on the right track. They believe in the
false appearance and see progress everywhere. One day, mankind will
have a theory of everything and all problems will be solved. Although
they know better, they stick to that hope. They feel free but do not
realise how imprisoned they are. They have learned that fright,
troubles, pain and sorrow are a normal part of their lives. They cling
to their apparent certainties. They seclude themselves from what they
do not want to see en do not want to hear and so they are seeing blind
en hearing deaf.
In a country where from
childhood all willows are cut back, no man can form an idea of a willow
as it could have been, if it could had turned freely into the tree is
was intended to be. In a world where all children are polled and
trimmed in their freedom from childhood on because they have to learn
to live in this society, no man can imagine a man as he was intended to
be. Man has no idea of an independent, free man. At one time, man has
been like that, free and only dependent on nature.
Now, people live imprisoned in
their convictions, traditions, believes and habits, dependent on
others, culture and nature. By doing so, they have constructed an
artificial, virtual cage. The bars distort their sight on reality.
Therefore, mankind lives in an unfair, dishonest society in which the
rich become richer, the poor become poorer and where nobody knows the
right direction. Because everybody is convinced of the idea that there
is no way back only progress is an option without anybody knowing where
this progress will lead.
Always, there have been people
that managed to escape from the cage requiring a lot of pain and
struggle, sometimes forced by circumstances, sometimes because they
thought that there should be more than the lives they lived and they
started to search for another world. If you are on the right track,
even without knowing the goal, life should become simpler all the time
and perhaps simplicity is the ultimate aim. If you are on the wrong
track it becomes more complicated continuously until you are strangled
in it. In his Allegory of the Cave Plato describes how people get
disturbed if they leave the world of shadows in the cave and behold the
light. In all cultures, the same metaphor exists and for that reason,
there has to be a nucleus of truth in it. Those that stayed in their
blessed contemplation are called mystics. Others, who returned to the
cave and were indignant with everything they saw, were called prophets.
Humankind has known many prophets. No one of them has been able to show
the way out to the ones in chains. Perhaps, they all lacked an overview
of the consequences of their discovery. Perhaps, they were not able to
show the way out unequivocal. Or, did they always get the worst of the
establishment and is he right when Plato writes: "if anyone would try
to free them and lead them upwards would they not kill him if caught?"
Around 2000 years ago, someone
escaped from the world of shadows and came back to tell those who
stayed behind of the real life and to show them the way out. At that
time, they claimed he had risen from dead, became man or had awoken.
Nowadays, people would claim he had reached enlightenment. He had
experienced that righteousness is the condition to reach simplicity and
blessedness and that it is difficult to live as a righteous in an
unrighteous world, as a living amongst the death. The righteousness and
compassion with the chained ones demands you to go back. He preached a
completely different way of life and not a different way of
thinking.The story is that the establishment killed him, his words are
misunderstood and that they turned his life into a religion. Humankind
took possession of the messenger and did not understand the message. If
somebody has seen a beautiful theatrical performance he can tell about
it enthusiastically, but he would better show people the way to the
theatre. His metaphors of the unspeakable made his message unclear. The
experience is not expressible in words. For that reason, he gave people
the opportunity to take his words figuratively and his life literally.
In fact, he was an ordinary man
who dedicated himself completely to a just world. He was convinced
people would follow him, would become like him and would return to the
simplicity and blessedness in mass. To a world of love and without
power. He had seen through society as being a colossus with feet of
clay and expected to bring down Goliath like David by hitting him
between the eyes where the intellectual capacity is nested. He had
expected that still during his life justice would spread among mankind
like a tidal wave. He realised how threatening his message was to the
power of the men in power, the knowledge of the scholar, the property
of the rich and the fake wisdom of the clergy. And, nothing has changed
since. Still it is true that a camel will pass sooner through the eye
of a needle than a man clung to his properties will become righteous.
The words of the teacher of
righteousness, some people call him "Jesus", are probably best and
least distorted preserved in the gospel of Thomas. The question remains
if "Jesus" is not merely a metaphor of the Logos, the conscience or the
inner voice, and if the personification "Jesus" has been used merely as
a vehicle to carry the message. Ultimately, it does not matter because
it is the message and not the messenger that counts. After having been
passed on orally over time the words have been written down by
disciples, who clearly did not understand the essence, which has lead
to some strange and incomprehensible changes. It must have been a very
simple message and yet scientists have studied the texts for decades
without being able to decode the message.They devote their attention,
so to speak, to the treasuremap, and fail to sett of for the search of
Only someone who has freed
himself of the world of shadows too can understand the message of the
statements. Could it then be that you do not have to be educated but
wise to understand it? Stripped of the mystical and gnostic distortions
and with only the signposts on the road remaining the maxims are indeed
very simple. The words preach a radical and non-violent revolution
through a return to the origin, back to basics, where the end will be
like the beginning again. Did he realise that the effect would be a
collapse of the whole society, of all structures of power and that
eventually no stone would remain on the other? Although the message
uses the terminology of that time indeed, the contents are timeless and
concern mankind. Briefly summarised it comes down to:
"Do NOT do unto others what you do NOT want them to do unto
It is new that the others
include children too because that no longer justifies our way of
educating them. The second elucidation is that creation is put on a par
with the Father who flows through the whole creation. Therefore,
creation includes the other too. That deprives us of the justification
to abuse creation and to destroy it. Spinoza wrote that God and Nature
are one and the same and that it comes to the same thing.
What the teacher envisaged was
for every man to become like him, one world with only enlightened,
blessed people, enjoying themselves, the others and creation. One true
community of whole people. In the world he envisaged happiness, freedom
and the paradise are unconditional and within reach for everybody. In
today’s society all this is conditional and an utopia,
anybody. People still did not dare.
hawk faith as an arcanum against moral evil would look down upon a
simple-minded that ruled his behaviour strictly according to the bible
and at the same time dared to neglect all things the bible does not
speak about. It is the indisputable truth that today Jesus himself
would almost certainly not be welcome in a society of people that name
themselves after him and most likely, his followers would hurry to
procure him a place in a Christian madhouse. "That man is not of our
time" they would claim and immediately the good theologians would come
up with some saying- preferably of himself- to teach Jesus how the
"real Christian" and even more funny, Christ himself, should be of his
Gospel of Thomas
are the secret words, which the living Jesus spoke, and Didymus Judas
Thomas wrote down.
There are two reasons why the teachings were secret.
The most important is that they go against all vested interests, knock
over all holy houses and invalidate all things man consider to be true.
The second might be that the disciples, because they did not really
understand, considered it somewhat secret. They called Jesus "the
living" only meaning he had risen from the dead (or he had freed
himself from the world of shadows)
And he said: He who shall
find the interpretation of these words shall not taste of death.
He who will understand these words and live
accordingly shall awaken and reach enlightenment. It is not being
literally but rather figuratively dead from which man must rise. Then
he will no longer live in time, but in an eternal present, without past
or future. That is the meaning of eternal life. Then, old and full of
years, he will finally return to the place from which he originated..
Jesus said: He who seeks,
let him not cease seeking until he finds; and when he finds he will be
troubled, and if he is troubled, he will be amazed, and he will reign
over the All.
You must first break away from the herd, from all
things you have considered normal, understanding that all you have
learned in your life only served self-interest and group-interest; that
so far your life, driven by vanity and selfishness, has been a mistake,
and that you did not live as you might have. You must see that your
character has been a learned behavior, until you have redeemed your
last penny and stand completely naked. Then you will be granted the
last step, from despair to rest. Then you will be able to see clearly.
It is then that you will understand you are only man. At that moment,
you will see everywhere around you people acting out their play,
adorned with the masks of their character, occupation, religion and
other group masks, and initially you cannot imagine that they cannot
see this. It disturbs you when you realize you know more than all the
great men of earth, because such knowledge is not needed. If you know
yourself, you realize you only need knowledge in order to live in
society, and that you must refute that same knowledge in order to live
free from the world system. But, you understand everything!
said: If those who lead you say unto you: Behold, the Kingdom is in heaven, then the birds
of the heavens will be before you. If they say unto you: It is in the
sea, then the fish will be before you. But the Kingdom is within you,
and it is outside of you. When you know yourselves, then shall you be
known, and you shall know that you are the sons of the living Father.
But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty, and you are
Do not believe the words of your spiritual leaders.
They tell you heaven is the reward and hell is the punishment after
death. The true hell is the world of the dead, the unconscious, the
sleeping here on earth. Heaven is the state of the awakened. When you
know yourself, you feel a part of the entire creation and all people.
When "Jesus" talks of the Kingdom and the Father, he tries to catch the
unspeakable in a metaphor. About that which you cannot speak, you must
pass over in silence. It is useless to talk of the unspeakable goal; it
is enough to show the way. If you do not know yourself, you lead a
miserable life; perhaps rich to the world, but poor for your Self.
Jesus said: The man aged in
his days will not hesitate to ask a little child of seven days about
the place of life, and he shall live. For there are many first who
shall be last, and they shall become a single one.
A small child of 7 days is still open-minded, not yet
saddled with the weight of culture. It does not play a role and is
itself. It has neither fake needs nor property. It does not know past
nor future, frights, problems nor anxieties. It lives in the present
and is neither male nor female in behavior. It does not have the
schizoid character and spuriousness of an adult. Therefore, if you want
to live a real life you must be as a child once again.
Jesus said: Know what is
before thy face, and what is hidden from thee shall be revealed unto
thee; for there is nothing hidden which shall not be made manifest.
You will understand everything when you know yourself.
If you understand your inner world, you understand the outer world. Men
say they know themselves with all their faults and shortcomings. If you
know your faults, why do you continue to commit them, and why do you
accept your shortcomings? When you conform to society, you do an
injustice to yourself and sin against yourself. What is good for nature
is wrong for culture, and what is good for culture is wrong for nature.
His disciples asked him and
said unto him: Wilt thou that we fast? And how shall we pray? Shall we
give alms? And what rules shall we observe in eating? Jesus said: Do
not lie; and that which you hate, do not do. For all things are
revealed before heaven. For there is nothing hidden which shall not be
made manifest, and there is nothing covered which shall remain
By fasting, praying and giving alms, no man has ever
become more human. These things belong to a life in society. By
fasting, you do not do yourself justice. You only pray to a god if you
do not realize that you are god yourself. You can only give alms if you
posses property, and property is theft from community.
Jesus said: Blessed is the
lion, which the man shall eat, and the lion become man; and cursed is
the man whom the lion shall eat, and the lion become man.
Man is the crown of creation. Literally it means that
if a lion devours you it is an upgrade for the lion to be admitted into
man, but is a degradation if man is admitted into the lion.
Figuratively, it means that man should devour culture and leave
nothing. For, if culture devours man, he is not doing well.
And he said: Man is like a
wise fisherman, who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the
sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine
large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea; he chose the
large fish with no trouble. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Of everything man possesses, his true nature is the
only thing of value. The rest is rubbish to be discarded.
Jesus said: Behold, the
sower went forth, he filled his hand with seed, he cast. Some fell upon
the road; the birds came and gathered it. Others fell on rock, and sent
no root down to the earth nor did they sprout an ear up to heaven. And
others fell on thorns; they choked the seed, and the worms ate them.
And others fell on good earth, and brought forth good fruit unto
heaven, some sixty -fold and some an hundred and twenty -fold.
Only when the lessons of the master find a good
breeding ground will they bring forth fruit and plenty. Civilized
people have entrenched themselves in their stubbornness and are deaf to
the voice of their common sense. They have confused their common sense
with their own laws and rules and therefore are always in conflict with themselves.
Jesus said: I have cast
fire upon the world, and behold I guard it until it is ablaze.
"Jesus" was convinced that his message would
eventually be understood and would spread like wildfire across the
world, leaving a track of awakened ones. He understood that the men in
power would resist to the utmost. He envisioned that culture and
falsehood would go up in flames and he expected man to choose en masse
for a simple and righteous life. Unfortunately, power continues to
prevail over love. However, power is never brought to an end by power.
The eternal law is that power is overcome by love.
Jesus said: This heaven
shall pass away, and that which above it shall pass away; and they that
are dead are not alive and they that live shall not die. In the days
when you were eating that which is dead, you were making it 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?
He proclaims the eternal truth that man is man, no
matter what he considers himself to be and no matter what unnatural
behavior he shows. Man is doomed to be happy notwithstanding his
efforts to resist and he can only return to himself. The degenerated
man does not really live and once awakened can never fall asleep again.
What is it you are to do when you have reached enlightenment? As a
small child you were whole; by adapting to society your life has become
split and full of contradictions. Between character and nature, between
your inside and your outside, between your mask and your true face.
What will you choose?
The disciples said to
Jesus: We know that thou wilt go from us. Who is he who shall be great
over us? Jesus said to them: No matter where you are, you shall go to
James the Just for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.
Do not depend on the master. Everybody has his inner
master, the voice of his conscience. The true master is the master that
tells you to listen to yourself. He who will listen to himself
unconditionally will become like the master. Every man can become wise
and you are either wise or foolish, there is nothing between. He who is
at a depth of one yard will drown just as the one who is at a depth of
500 fathoms. He who surpasses it can "walk on water".
Jesus said to his
disciples: Compare me to something, and tell me whom I am like. Simon
Peter said to him: Thou art like a righteous angel. Matthew said to
him: Thou art like a wise man of understanding. Thomas said to him:
Master, my mouth will no wise suffer that I say whom thou art like.
Jesus said: I am not thy master, because thou hast drunk, thou hast
become drunk from the bubbling spring which I have measured out. And he
took him, went aside, and spoke to him three words. Now when Thomas
came to his companions, they asked him: What did Jesus say unto thee?
Thomas said to them: If I tell you one of the words which he said to
me, you will take up stones and throw them at me; and a fire will come
out of the stones and burn you up.
True man appears common just like everybody else.
Although he carries the scars of his former life, he can only be
recognized by his imperturbability. He does not know fears nor sorrow
and he does not worry about tomorrow. He can play the social game
faultlessly, but does not allow it to influence him. He is joyful and
devoid of emotions. He feels safe and realizes he can no longer become
ill or injured. He drifts with the current of life and does not try to
manage it. The sleeping ones do not understand him. His disciples will
only understand him as soon as they have become like their master. For
only being like "Jesus" is understanding him, just as only being like
"god" is understanding "god", but if you tell them that, they will
stone you to death. Although it says: you are gods! Why then not behave
Jesus said to them: If you
fast, you will beget a sin upon yourselves; and if you pray, you will
be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do evil to your spirits.
And if you enter into any land and travel in its regions, if they
receive you, eat what they set before you. Heal the sick among them.
For that which goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which
comes forth from your mouth that is what will defile you.
Fasting is against nature, praying requires a personal
god and giving alms is only possible because of inequality between
people. If you return to the people, participate in their play again
and do not worry about that which you will eat. Whatever you may or may
not eat and what is healthy or not is only determined by people. If you
are a whole man, you can eat everything. You will not get ill from
wrong food but from what you utter. Because what comes from your mouth
comes from your thoughts: dishonesty, annoyance, hatred, greed, egoism,
jealousy, eagerness, viciousness, unrighteousness, ruse and deceit.
This is what makes man ill. If nothing that enters the mouth makes ill,
nothing that enters will cure as well. Medicines, vitamins and healthy
food are for the sleeping ones. Cure the sick by showing them the way
to wholeness and simplicity. The living do not turn ill, because there
is no need for warnings to show them they have left the right track. Do
not cure the body, that is in vain, but cure the soul and the body
follows automatically. After all, a healthy spirit lives in a healthy body.
Jesus said: When you see
him, who was not born of woman, throw yourselves down upon your face
and worship him. He is your Father.
All men are born from a woman, but if you feel "one"
with everything and realize that what gives life to all gives it to you
too, then "you see" as it was once written "god". Then, you know you
have made it.
Jesus said: Perhaps men
think that I am come to bring peace upon earth, but know not that I am
come to cast divisions upon earth, fire, sword, and war. For there
shall be five in a house; there shall be three against two, and two
against three, the father against the son and the son against the
father, and they shall stand alone.
He realized that once his message was understood, it
would result in a separation of minds. The one who is not with him is
against him. The one that does not fight for himself fights against
himself. A grim fight would start between the powerful and their
subjects, between man and woman, between parents and children, between
leaders and followers, between clergy and believers, between the
dependent and the free. The reversal of all values would cause a total
collapse of all structures of power, within families, churches and
states. The biggest threat to a culture is happy, independent,
satisfied and free people. That remains valid.
Jesus said: I will give you
that which eye has not seen, ear has not heard, and hand has not
touched, and which has not entered into the heart of man.
Man, when he has taken the last step and has awakened,
experiences an overwhelming feeling of unity with the entire creation.
To experience it is not seeing, not hearing, not touching.
The disciples said to
Jesus: Tell us how our end shall be. Jesus said: Have you then
discovered the beginning that you seek after the end? For where the
beginning is, there shall the end be. Blessed is he who shall stand in
the beginning, and he shall know the end and shall not taste death.
The end will be like the beginning. The old man will
become like a child. As you were, you will become. If you do not see
through the present, you cannot know the end. If you know yourself, you
know what you were like before and how you became what you were. It is
called returning to the origin, to yourself.
Jesus said: Blessed is he
who is as he was before he came into being. If you become my disciples
and hear my words, these stones shall minister to you. For you have
five trees in which do not move in summer or in winter, and their
leaves do not fall. He who knows them shall not taste death.
Blessed is he who did not change, who remained who he
is and did not turn into someone who is split inside. Blessed is the
child, which has not been expelled from paradise by adapting to an
unrighteous society. Blessed is he who hears clearly, looks clearly,
smells clearly, tastes clearly and feels clearly, and who does not let
experiences from the past distort these things. He has reached
The disciples said to
Jesus: Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like. He said to them: It
is like a grain of mustard seed, smaller than all seeds; but when it
falls on the earth which is tilled, it puts forth a great branch, and
becomes shelter for the birds of heaven.
The righteous world starts from a solitary person, but
if mankind will be open to his message, the movement for the
restoration of the original condition and a righteous world will spread rapidly.
Mary said to Jesus: Whom
are thy disciples like? He said: They are like
little children dwelling in a field which is not theirs. When the
owners of the field come, they will say: Yield up to us our field. They
are naked before them, to yield it up and give them back their field.
Therefore I say: If the master of the house knows that the thief is
coming, he will keep watch before he comes, and will not let him dig
into the house of his kingdom to carry off his vessels. You, then, be
watchful against the world. Gird up your loins with great strength,
that the brigands may not find a way to get to you, for the trouble you
expect will come. May there be among you a man of understanding! When
the fruit was ripe, he came quickly, his sickle in his hand, and
reaped. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear
As long as the disciples are not like the master, they
have not understood the message. Therefore, it says: First seek the
Kingdom of “God” and his righteousness and all these shall
be added unto you. As long as you have not found it, it is better if you keep
silent. But, as soon as you have found it and have risen from the dead,
then you feel like a stranger in society. And, society will make it
clear to you that it has nothing to offer you. Then you will wipe the
dust from your feet and let them do their own thing. As soon as the
establishment feels threatened, it will arm itself against those who
preach the unarmed revolution. Therefore, be on your guard, see through
their arguments and do not let yourself be pulled into their game.
There are so many who hunger and thirst for righteousness; so many
rightless, so many mourning and so many meek. They are ready to receive
the message. Realize that you will not be heard by the successful of
society, the successful by achievement and possession, the men in power
and the defenders of the status quo.
Jesus saw some infants at
the breast. He said to his disciples: These little ones at the breast
are like those who enter into the kingdom. They said to him: If we then
be children, shall we enter the kingdom? Jesus said to them: When you
make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the
outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower; and when you make
the male and the female into a single one, that the male be not male
and the female female; when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a
hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in
place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom].
If you return to being as a child, you will reach
enlightenment. Children are still not split. Therefore, you have to
give up your learned behavior, stop your play-acting and take off your
mask. Your outside must resemble your inside. You must disengage
yourself from all that is considered normal, from all spuriousness and
dishonesty. Because the difference in tension between the inside and
the outside causes your emotions. If the inside and outside coincide,
you have reached apatheia. The feminine woman and the masculine man are
products of culture and their behavior is taught and false. The only
difference between man and woman is gender, the rest is learned frill
and is on the outside. True man is himself. You see, but differently;
you feel, but differently; you walk, but differently; you look the
same, but you are different. Then, your inside equals your outside.
Jesus said: I shall choose
you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall
stand as a single one.
There will be very few who will believe that you can
only be happy if you give up everything. He who loses his social life
will find his true life. He who gives up everything will get
everything. It is therefore that the whores, publicans, and all those
who have little to lose will go first. All those that have tried to
free themselves, found something but searched wrongly and got lost
along the way, will be the last ones. For that reason, it says: the
first ones shall be the last ones.
His disciples said: Teach
us concerning the place where thou art, for it is necessary for us to
seek after it. He said to them: He that hath ears, let him hear. There
is a light within a man of light, and it gives light to the whole
world. If it does not give light, there is darkness.
The master speaks the voice of conscience. He explains
what everybody in fact already knows, but to what they have always been
hearing as though deaf and seeing as though blind. The master has
become master because he has listened to himself. As long as you need a
master, you do not want to listen to yourself. That is indolent.
Jesus said: Love thy
brother as thy soul; keep him as the apple of thine eye.
Love your fellow men as you love yourself. You can
only love someone unconditionally if you love yourself unconditionally.
You can only love yourself if you know yourself and realize that you
are a perfect creature. Consider your blinded fellow men to be deceived
people, who are in fact just like you but are not aware of it. Watch
over them as you watch over yourself.
Jesus said: The mote which
is in thy brother's eye, thou seest; but the beam which is in thine
eye, thou seest not. When thou dost cast out the beam from thine own
eye, then wilt thou see to cast out the mote from thy brother's eye.
In the way you judge another, you judge yourself. The
way you talk about another says more about yourself than about the
other. Free yourself from your own prejudices before you judge someone
else. Only then, when you have no more prejudices, can you see clearly
and not judge any longer. Refute your own ideas first, before you try
to refute the ideas of others. Do not condemn the still-sleeping, but
realize you were also asleep before you awoke.
"Jesus said: If you fast not
from the world, you will not find the kingdom; if you keep not the
Sabbath as Sabbath, you will not see the Father.
As long as you play in an unrighteous world, you are
unrighteous yourself. As long as you bear even a scrap of
unrighteousness in yourself, you are unrighteous. As long as you pursue
power over your fellow men, you dirty your hands. As long as you allow
others to influence you with their opinions, you are not free. As long
as you are not what you are, you do not know yourself. Therefore, you
have to be in this world but not be part of it. You have to act without
ulterior motives, unselfish and respecting yourself and not obeying the
conventions. As long as you serve your self-interest, you do not serve
the interest of mankind. As long as you do not take responsibility for
your actions and thinking, but blame the circumstances, your past or
the other, you run away from your own responsibility. Only when you no
longer do that, will you see the light.
Jesus said: I stood in the
midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found them all
drunk, I found none among them thirsting; and my soul was afflicted for
the sons of men, for they are blind in their heart and they do not see.
For empty came they into the world, seeking also to depart empty from
the world. But now they are drunk. When they have thrown off their
wine, then will they repent.
The enlightened, awakened man finds himself amidst his
fellow men who are under the influence of their vices and whose heads
are filled with their self-conceit and their own truths. They are proud
of their deeds, achievements and vanity and they do not see clearly.
They were born without property, without opinions and without
convictions, and as such, they will finally all leave life. What a
waste to gather all encumbrance if you have to give it up anyway. It
would be better to do it during life and return to simplicity now. And,
do not saddle your children with your own luggage.
Jesus said: If the flesh
has come into being because of the spirit, it is a marvel; but if the
spirit (has come into being) because of the body, it is a marvel of
marvels. But as for me, I marvel at this, how this great wealth has
settled in this poverty.
It is amazing that the spirit has chosen the human
body for accommodation. It is bizarre to believe that the body
generates the spirit as a product. This is seeing the world
upside-down, as people have turned everything upside-down. They feel
that if the body is sane, the spirit will become sane as well. If you
look around at this world, it is pathetic and sad what people do to
their lives and bodies.
Jesus said: Where there are
three gods, they are gods; where there are two or one, I am with him.
This logion is too cryptic for an elucidation.
Jesus said: No prophet is
acceptable in his village; a physician does not heal those who know him.
If someone leaves the world of shadows, finally
learning to see clearly, and returns to break the chains of the
laggers, they will not accept that. When his ideas changed, they told
him to behave normally; that he had to adapt or otherwise everything
would go wrong for him. Then, he returns with what is in their opinion
insane ideas, far beyond their reality. They will tell him he has
changed and that they no longer know him. They will laugh at him and
call him insane. The family and friends of a doctor know his
weaknesses, prejudices and shortcomings, and for them he is not the
authority he is for his patients. For that reason, it says: Doctor cure
yourself, before you try to cure others. For in society there are only
two kinds of doctors: the first prevents you from living, the other
helps you to die.
Jesus said: A city that is
built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it remain
If you have freed yourself of your status, do no
longer hold opinions and stakes, in fact have nothing left to loose,
you are unimpeachable and elusive. Still you will stand out.
Jesus said: What thou shalt
hear in thine ear, proclaim to the other ear on your rooftops. For no
man lights a lamp and sets it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a
hidden place; but he sets it upon the lamp-stand, that all who go in
and come out may see its light.
If you have reached enlightenment, do not keep it to
yourself, but also do not propagate it exuberantly. Be sly as a snake
and innocent as a dove, for the resistance of men is great. People will
prefer fighting to the death rather than to give up their unhappiness.
Jesus said: If a blind man
lead a blind man, both fall into a pit.
If you are led by people who also do not know the way,
by seekers who did not find; if you set out together but do not know
where to go, you will keep on wandering and go to rack and ruin.
Jesus said: It is not
possible for anyone to go into the strong man's house and take it (or
him) by force, unless he binds his hands; then he will plunder his
Only if you first break through your own defenses,
will you then be able to empty your thoughts and get rid of everything
learned which is not truly yours.
Jesus said: Be not anxious
from morning to evening and from evening to morning about what you
shall put on.
Do not worry about your clothes, for that is only on
the outside. As long as you think clothes are important, you do not
realize that it is only to conceal your uncertainty and to distinguish
yourself from other wrappings. With your clothes, you create an
unnatural exterior that conceals the natural beauty of your body. And,
if you do it to hide your malformations, realize what living in a
culture has done to your body, and how you have decayed from a perfect
baby to what you are now.
His disciples said: On what
day wilt thou be revealed us, and on what day shall we see thee? Jesus
said: When you unclothe yourselves and are not ashamed, and take your
garments and lay them beneath your feet like little children, and tread
upon them, then [shall ye see] the Son of the living One, and ye shall
When will you realize you have
succeeded in taking the last step and have awoken? When you are proud
and happy to be what you are and do not have to be more than man; when
you are unaffected by what people think and say about you, then you
will no longer be ashamed of your nakedness. A relationship exists
between nakedness and paradise. Someone who is not ready for one is not
ready for the other, either.
Jesus said: Many times have
you desired to hear these words which I speak unto you, and you have
none other from whom to hear them. The day will come when you will seek
after me, and you will not find me.
So many seekers have wished to reach the final goal,
because otherwise there is no reason to search. The solution is so
obvious, yet so unimaginable and so different from what everybody
thought, that it is hard to believe. It is useful to have a teacher
because he can show you the way, yet it is not necessary. In the end,
he only tells you what you already know. He who does not want to listen
to himself will also not be open to a master who preaches that you have
to listen to yourself.
Jesus said: The Pharisees
and the scribes have received the keys of knowledge; they have hidden
them. They did not go in, and those who wanted to go in they did not
allow. But you be ye wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Your spiritual leaders and theologians do not
understand themselves and yet they call themselves your leaders. They
are stray leaders, who turned the straight and simple path into a
wandering. They think they hold the truth, but it is only their own
truth. They could have known, but they go to rack and ruin because of
their own vanity, and drag you along. They do not live a real life, and
prevent you from living. However, you have to be smarter than they are.
Let them talk and play their game for the time being.
Jesus said: A vine was
planted apart from the Father, and since it is not established it will
be pulled up by its roots and destroyed.
If you have lost contact with yourself and your
nature, you have expelled yourself from paradise. At that moment, you
have eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and you
think you know what is good, bad, healthy, and unhealthy for yourself.
As in the myth of Adam and Eve, you do not take responsibility for your
own deeds, but blame it on seduction, circumstances or others.
Jesus said: He who has in
his hand, to him shall be given; and he who has not, from him shall be
taken even the little that he has.
He who is willing to reform his life and look for
himself will be helped. You have to take the first step yourself. That
is why it says: approach "god" and he will approach you. He who remains
where he is and does not set out, will perish in his self-conceit and
Jesus said: Become
Get rid of your ballast and do not stick to anything.
Live like a free man. Freedom can only be defined by what it is not:
not committed to property, opinions, desires, and independent from
other people. What remains is a total dependency on nature, and the
only true freedom man has is to break that bond and restore it.
His disciples said to him:
Who art thou, that thou shouldst say these things to us? Jesus said to
them: From what I say unto you, you do not understand who I am, but you
have become as the Jews; for they love the tree and hate its fruit, and
they love the fruit and hate the tree.
The words of the enlightened man sound terribly
arrogant. It appears that he knows things better than all academics and
all the great men of the world. However, he does not know more. He says
he does not know anything and that all knowledge consists of human
constructs that only damage life. He who increases knowledge increases
sorrow. He who reduces knowledge reduces sorrow. No knowledge, no
sorrow. Men love their wisdom writings, but consider the consequences
too absurd to live accordingly.
Jesus said: He who
blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and he who blasphemes
against the Son will be forgiven but he who blasphemes against the Holy
Spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven.
Everything will be forgiven when no longer practiced.
Ignorance has made you sin. However, he who has the spirit and is
enlightened and should know, but misuses it anyway, cannot be forgiven.
Jesus said: They do not
gather grapes from thorns, no pluck figs from camel thistles; these do
not yield fruit. A good man brings forth a good thing from his good
treasure; a bad man bring forth evil things from his evil treasure in
his heart, and he says evil things; for out of the abundance of his
heart he brings forth evil things.
You know a man by his deeds. By his prejudices you
learn his opinions. You know his dichotomy from his emotions. His
outside shows you his inside. You know his spuriousness from his
illnesses. You know the master by his disciples. You know the parents
by their children.
Jesus said: From Adam to
John the Baptist there is none born of woman who is higher than John
the Baptist, so that his eyes will not be broken (?) But I have said:
He who shall be among you as a little one shall know the kingdom, and
shall be higher than John.
There are many who sought very long, found a lot, but
not everything. He who reaches enlightenment is greater than they.
Jesus said: It is not
possible for a man to ride two horses or draw two bows, and it is not
possible for a servant to serve two masters; or he will honour one and
insult the other. A man does not drink old wine and immediately desire
to drink new wine; and they do not pour new wine into old skins, lest
they burst, nor do they pour old wine into new skins, lest it spoil.
They do not sew an old patch on a new garment, for a rent will occur.
You cannot be faithful to yourself and to society. You
cannot lead a natural life and take part in an unnatural culture. Every
compromise compromises. You cannot be righteous and join an unrighteous
society. You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. It is
not a choice for both, but for one of the two. It is not grey but
black/white. Nature and culture never go together, but one is always at
the expense of the other. If one grows, the other has to shrink. To
reach 100% Culture is a utopia; to reach 100% nature means paradise.
That is how it began and how it will end. You cannot change from one
day to the next. You cannot live a new life next to your old life. You
cannot make old mistakes in a new life.
Jesus said: If two make
peace with one another in this house, they shall say to the mountain:
Be moved, and it shall be moved.
If you live in peace with yourself, you can handle the
whole world. You can only live in peace with another man if you live in
peace with yourself. Happy people need nothing and can achieve everything.
Jesus said: Blessed are the
solitary and the elect, for you shall find the kingdom; for you came
forth thence, and shall go there again.
Blessed is he who was divided but returned to
simplicity. He has found himself. You can become again the child you
Jesus said: If they say to
you: Whence have you come?, tell them: We have come from the light, the
place where the light came into being through itself alone. It [stood],
and it revealed itself in their image. If they say to you: Who are
you?, say: We are his sons, and we are the elect of the living Father.
If they ask you: What is the sign of your Father in you?, tell them: It
is a movement and a rest.
Then, when you have reversed your life and have
awoken, people will tell you that you have changed, that they no longer
know you and that you are no longer the one you used to be. Then, be
careful and play the game for the time being. Do not try to explain to
them what happened to you, for they will not understand.
His disciples said to him:
On what day will the rest of the dead come into being? And on what day
will the new world come? He said to them: That which ye await has come,
but ye know it not.
The dead who think they are alive, or the sleeping who
think they are awake, do not know peace. They are always busy with
their thoughts, with their past and future, with solving problems, with
acquiring and defending their property and opinions, and with giving
sense to their senseless lives. If they stop doing that, the new world
starts. The awakened are already part of this new world, but the other
people do not see it.
His disciples said to him:
Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and they all spoke
concerning (lit. in) thee. He said to them: You have neglected him who
is alive before you, and have spoken about the dead.
All prophets and mystics have seen a glimpse of the
new mankind, but they have been unable to show the way unequivocally.
They always got caught in the elaboration of the message, or they gave
in to their vanity. The true master, the righteous, serves the interest
His disciples said to him:
Is circumcision profitable or not? He said to them: Were it profitable,
their father would beget them from their mother circumcised. But the
true circumcision in spirit has proved entirely profitable (lit.:has
found usefulness altogether).
If the foreskin were harmful, man would have been born
without it. If it made sense for man to fly, he would have been born
with wings, and if it were necessary to dress, man would have been born
with fur. All mutilations and adaptations which man has made to
himself, do not serve life but his way of life only.
Jesus said: Blessed are ye
poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who have little property and have
filled their heads with little knowledge. They are the ones who have
little to lose. They only have to part with little, as opposed to the
rich and the scholars. He who loses his social life will still have
Jesus said: He who shall
not hate his father and his mother cannot be my disciple, and (he who
does not) hate his brethren and his sisters and take up his cross like
me, shall not be worthy of me.
For generations, parents have passed on their luggage
to their children, blended with their own prejudices, fears,
self-conceit, ambitions and other scars they incurred in their lives.
That is why it says that the sins of the fathers will be transferred to
the third and fourth generation. If you want to become whole, you have
to get rid of the luggage of your parents, as do your brothers and
sisters and of course your parents and their parents too. Do love them,
but not their thoughts and deeds. It is a difficult task, but if you do
not want to sacrifice this, you will not awaken.
Jesus said: He who has
known the world has found a corpse, and he who has found a corpse, the
world is not worthy of him.
He who has seen through society with all its
uselessness, unrighteousness and contradictions and has distanced
himself from it and refuses to take part in it any longer, is too good
for that world.
Jesus said: The kingdom of
the Father is like a man who had [good] seed. His enemy came by night,
he sowed a weed among the good seed. The man did not allow them
to pull up the weed. He said to them: Lest perhaps you go to pull up
the weed, and pull up the wheat with it. For on the day of harvest the
weeds will be manifest; they will be pulled up and burned.
In essence, man is perfect. However, he does not
realize it. Self-conceit and pride have landed him with matters that
are contrary to his nature. You have to realize what is improper before
you can get rid of it.
Jesus said: Blessed is the
man who has suffered; he has found true life.
You have to sacrifice a lot and fight a heavy fight
with yourself. However, if you will lose the fight with yourself
anyway, why not surrender now? The reward is blessedness and a life
without sorrow and pain.
Jesus said: Look upon the
living One so long as you live, that you may not die and seek to see
him, and be unable to see.
He who has awoken will never be able to fall asleep
again without deceiving himself. The deceit of the sleeping is a
collective, repressed and unconscious deceit. The self-deceit of the
awoken is conscious and for that he is blameworthy.
They saw a Samaritan
carrying a lamb going into Judaea. He said to his
disciples: Why does he carry the lamb? They said to him: That he may
kill it and eat it. He said to them: So long as it is alive he will not
eat it, but if he kill it, it become a corpse. They said: Otherwise he
will not be able to do it. He said to them: You also, seek for
yourselves a place within for rest, lest you become a corpse and be
As long as you do not lead a true life, you are "dead"
and liable to illnesses and emotions that eat up your mind. Therefore,
look for the true life.
Jesus said: Two shall rest
upon a bed; one shall die, the other live. Salome said: Who art thou; O
man? And whose son? Thou hast mounted my bed, and eaten from my table.
Jesus said to her: I am he who is from that which is equal; to me was
given of the things of my Father. Salome said: I am thy disciple. Jesus
said to her: Therefore I say, when it is equal it will be filled with
light, but when it is divided it will be filled with darkness
The degenerated man has two souls: the wise one and
the opinionated one. The first leads to life, the other to death. The
enlightened soul is the simple one, in whom the opinionated soul has
Jesus said: I tell
my mysteries to those [who are worthy of my] mysteries. What thy right
hand shall do, let not thy left hand know.
Only the one who is open to another life and longs for
righteousness will understand these words of life. Act without meaning.
Jesus said: There was a
rich man who had many possessions. He said: I will use my possessions
that I may sow and reap and plant, and fill my barns with fruit, that I
may have need of nothing. These were his thoughts in his heart. And in
that night he died. He that hath ears, let him hear.
Always busy securing the future, always busy becoming
happy, never having time to live, men miss life. As soon as they have
organized everything, it is too late and they pass away without having
truly lived. Working is for fools.
Jesus said: A man had
guests, and when he had prepared the dinner he sent his servant to
summon the guests. He came to the first; he said to him: My master
summons thee. He said: I have business with some merchants. They are
coming to me in the evening. I will go and give them orders. I pray to
be excused from he dinner. He went to another; he said to him: My
master has summoned thee. He said to him: I have bought a house, and
they ask me for a day. I shall not have time. He came to another; he
aid to him: My master summons thee. He said to him: My friend is about
to be married, and I am to hold a dinner. I shall not be able to come.
I pray to be excused from the dinner. He went to another; he said to
him: My master summons thee. He said him: I have bought a village; I go
to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I pray to be excused.
The servant came, he said to his master: Those whom thou didst summon
to the dinner have excused themselves. The master said to his servant:
Go out into the roads. Bring those whom thou shalt find, that they may
dine. The buyers and the merchants [shall] not [enter] the places of my
He who thinks his occupations in society are more
important than life, he who is attached to his properties and is not
willing to detach himself, he who is attached to his cage and does not
dare leave it, he who is addicted to his pleasures and is not willing
to give them up, he who swills in his power and does not see the
unrighteousness of doing so, will never join the feast of true life.
He said: A good man had a
vineyard. He gave it to husbandmen that they might work it, and he
should receive its fruit from their hand. He sent his servant that the
husbandmen might give him the fruit of the vineyard. They seized his
servant, they beat him, and all but killed him. The servant came (and)
told his master. His master said: Perhaps they did not know him. He
sent another servant; the husbandmen beat the other also. Then the
master sent his son. He said: Perhaps they will reverence my son. Those
husbandmen, since they knew that he was the heir of the vineyard,
seized him (and) killed him. He that hath ears, let him hear.
Men who have been given the earth to live on to
inhabit and enjoy its overwhelming nature, have destroyed nature in
their foolishness, greed and vanity, and still they continue. Only men
who, in their haughtiness, place themselves outside of and above nature
can do such things. All those who raise their voices against this are
scoffed at and declared unpractical fools or are killed as heretics.
Jesus said: Teach me
concerning this stone which the builders rejected; it is the corner
The entire societal building, the entire culture, the
entire tower of Babel is built on degenerated men. If humankind would
return to its roots, the whole building would collapse. A man who is
real only needs himself.
Jesus said: He who knows
the All but fails (to know) him-self lacks everything
He who believes nature is imperfect thinks he is
imperfect as well. He who believes nature is to be improved believes he
can improve himself.
Jesus said: Blessed are you
when they hate you, and persecute you, and do not find a place in the
spot where they persecuted you.
If people hate and pursue you, then you know you are
on the right path. Honesty and righteousness are punished mercilessly
in a dishonest and unrighteous society.
Jesus said: Blessed are
they who have been persecuted in their heart; these are they who have
known the Father in truth. Blessed are they that hunger, that they may
fill the belly him who desires.
Men who do well in society, who receive esteem from
others and those who have reached success in the world have no
motivation to change their lives. Only those people who stand with
their backs to the wall: the losers, the deprived, they who hunger for
righteousness, will be ready to accept a change in their lives.
Jesus said: When you bring
forth that in yourselves, that which you have will save you. If you do
not have that in yourselves, that which you do not have in you will
Your conscience will save you if you obey it. Honesty
will finally win. If you do not listen to your conscience, you will
perish without having lived.
Jesus said: I will des[troy
this] house, and none shall able to build it [again].
"Jesus" was convinced his message would end culture
and the untrue life. He foresaw men returning to simplicity 'en masse'
during his lifetime, and that men would destroy all products of this
society so that none of it would remain
[Aman said] to him: Speak to
my brethren, that they may divide my father's possessions with me. He
said to him: O man, who made me a divider? He turned to his disciples
(and) said to them: I am not a divider, am I?
The message of "Jesus" is meant to restore the lost
unity of humankind, not to distribute property in a fair way, since in
a righteous society there is no property, but all belongs to everybody.
Jesus said: The harvest
indeed is great, but the labourers are few; but pray the Lord, that he
send forth labourers into the harvest.
Notwithstanding the enormous misery in this world and
how many there are who can no longer cope with life in this society,
there are only a few who understand. They are the voices of one crying
in the wilderness.
He said: Lord, there are
many about the well, but no one in the well.
Many long for the full life, but the words of their
leaders are empty.
Jesus said: There are many
standing at the door, but the solitary are they who shall enter the
Many want a happy life, but are not willing to give up
their inner division. Only the simple ones, those who will not run with
the hare and [also] hunt with the dogs will reach blessedness.
Jesus said: The kingdom of
the Father is like a merchant was who had a load (of goods) and found a
pearl. That merchant was wise. He sold the load, and bought for himself
the pearl alone. You also, seek after his treasure, which does not
perish but endures, where moth does not enter to devour, nor does worm
Get rid of all things that are not typical of man,
such as your false needs, and be yourself. That is the only thing that
cannot be taken from you.
Jesus said: I am the light
that is over them all. I am the All; the All has come forth from me,
and the All has attained unto me. Cleave a (piece of) wood: I am there.
Raise up the stone, an ye shall find me there.
He who has found himself feels unity with the entire
creation and all creatures. The mystical experience gives that feeling
momentarily. Enlightenment is a lasting mystical experience. It is an
everlasting pantheistic experiencing.
Jesus said: Why came ye
forth into the field? To see reed shaken by the wind? And to
see a man clothed in soft raiment? [Behold, your] kings and your great
men are they who are clothed in soft [raiment], and they [shall] not be
able to know the truth.
Why do you enter society? To gaze in admiration at the
false appearance of it? At the lovely outside that hides rotting and
decay? At the great men on earth who are only as small as man? At their
erudition and knowledge that conceals their ignorance? At the ingenious
buildings that are insignificant compared to the wonderful majesty of
Awoman in the crowd said to
him: Blessed is the womb which bore thee, and the breasts which
nourished thee. He said to her: Blessed are they who have heard the
word of the Father and have kept it in truth. For there shall be days
when you will say: Blessed is that womb which has not conceived, and
those breasts which have not given suck.
It is of no merit to parents if somebody, forced by
circumstances, leaves the world of shadows and comes to rest in the
true world, neither is it a merit to himself. He did not know what he
was looking for when he started his search and found what he had never
expected. Nowadays, one should not be envious of people who have
brought children into this world, for they have to educate them and
split them until they fit into this split society. They have to teach
them that sorrow, pain and unrighteousness belong to life. That is why
it says: it would be better for them if a millstone were put around
their necks and they were thrown into the sea than to seduce any of
these little ones into sin.
Jesus said: He who has
known the world has found the body, and he who has found the body, the
world is not worthy of him.
He who has seen through society, with all its
contradictions and false appearances, understands himself. He has found
himself. He has reached the ultimate wisdom and is greater than all
great men of the world. And, he realizes that it is achievable for
Jesus said: He who has
become rich, let him become king, and he who has power let him
He who has found true life sees through society and
his fellow men. This enables him to use his knowledge for his own sake,
for it gives the master power over his disciples and society. Resist
the temptation to misuse it, however.
Jesus said: He who is near
to me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the
He who sticks close to himself is close to
enlightenment. The bigger the gap between the inside and the outside,
the more untrue you are and the more darkness there is.
Jesus said: The images are
revealed to man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image
of the light of the Father. He shall be revealed, and his image is
hidden by his light.
If man feels one with creation, he will experience
that whatever inspires himself, inspires creation. He will experience
it, but will not see what inspires everything. He will see "god"
without seeing him.
Jesus said: When you see
your likeness, you rejoice; but when you see your images which came
into being before you -- they neither die nor are made manifest -- how
much will you bear?
Rejoice if you see who you really are. However, if you
experience the uncreated that penetrates everything, can you cope with
Jesus said: Adam came into
being out of a great power and a great wealth, and yet he was not
worthy of you. For if he had been worthy, he would not have tasted
The original man was a beautiful and perfect man, but
he has spoiled it for himself and his descendants by not listening to
his conscience and by ignoring his nature, as well as nature as a
whole. Therefore, he has "died". Still, small children are the true
men, though their parents lead them into the underworld without knowing
what they do.
Jesus said: [The foxes
have] the[ir holes] and the birds have [their] nest, but the Son of Man
has no place to lay his head and rest.
Every creature has its place in the world, which it
has been assigned. Where every animal obeys his nature, man has
deviated from his because of his stubbornness. He no longer listens to
his nature but fights it. His conscience is never leaves him in peace.
Jesus said: is the soul
which depends on these two.
It is a curious spectacle for somebody that has awoken
to watch one who is sleeping be guided by another who is sleeping or to
hear a conversation between two sleeping ones. It resembles a
discussion between two masked people or two exterior bodies. Miserable
is the conscience that dwells in both and that is overruled by the
Jesus said: The angels come
to you, and the prophets, and they shall give you what belongs
to you; and you also, give them what is in your hands, and say to
yourselves: On what day do they come and take what is theirs?s
As soon as you have awoken, false messengers and
prophets who do not exactly understand you, try to give you what you
already have and try to make clear to you what you already know. Be
strong and do not listen to them, but know that you must listen to
yourself unconditionally. Try to make that clear to them and wonder
when they will understand.
Jesus said: Why do you wash
the outside of the cup? Do you not understand that he who made the
inside is also he who made the outside?
Why do you pay attention to your exterior and why do
you clean and beautify your bodies? He who is perfect on the inside is
also perfect on the outside. He who is mutilated inside is mutilated on
the outside also, for the body is the mirror of the soul. Nobody gets
more beautiful by decorating the outside of his body. What poverty does
today’s man show with his mutilated body, as wrinkled on the
it is on the inside? Ill on the outside and ill on the inside. The more
ill outside, the more ill inside. The more dolled up, the more to hide.
Jesus said: Come unto me,
for easy is my yoke and my lordship is gentle, and you shall find rest
Get yourself together and do not fight yourself any
longer, because in the end you will lose anyway. It is so exhausting to
pretend you are different from who you truly are and to constantly
reconcile your inner conflicts.
They said to him: Tell us
who thou art, that we may believe in thee. He said to them: You test
the face of heaven and earth, and him who is before you you do not
know, and you know not to test this moment.
Imagine somebody standing up and claiming he was
enlightened, how can he explain that? How will people recognize him?
How can the disciples know they have to believe his words and how do
they know what he says is true?
Jesus said: Seek, and ye
shall find; but those things concerning which ye asked me in those
days, I did not tell you then. Now I wish to tell them, and ye seek not
The master acts carefully, for you will recognize the
truth by not liking the message. It is a painful discovery to find out
you have slept your whole life, and imagine how it would feel if you
have to explain this to someone else. Men are not willing to listen to
the truth unless they are with their backs against the wall. For that
reason, they insist on playing their game and not asking themselves
whether they should play the game or not.
Jesus said: Give not that
which is holy to the dogs, lest they cast them on the dung- heap; cast
not the pearls before swine lest they grind them [to bits].
Try to tell these words to the opinionated cautiously,
but if they persevere in their untrue life, do not insist that they
hear you. They will misuse the words and twist them for their own use.
Jesus [said]: He who seeks
shall find, and he who knocks to him it shall be opened.
Only when you have searched to the end and have gotten
rid of all your luggage will you pass through the narrow gate. You do
not need to knock, for the door is open.
[Jesus said]: If you have
money, do not lend at interest, but give [it] to him from whom you will
not receive it back.
If you do have property, abandon it unconditionally
and definitely. It is not wise to burden somebody else with it.
Jesus [said]: The kingdom
of the Father is like a woman who took a little leaven and [hid] it in
meal; she made large loaves of it. He that hath ears, let him hear.
As the leaven penetrates the whole loaf and makes it
rise, the uncreated penetrates the entire creation and lets it be.
Jesus said: The kingdom of
the [Father] is like a woman; carrying a jar full of meal and walking a
long way. The handle the jar broke; the meal poured out behind her on
the road. She was unaware, she knew not her loss. When she came into
her house, she put down the jar (and) found it empty.
Man has to free himself of all that is not his. Only
then, when you have emptied your head of all thoughts and emotions that
stem from the difference between your inside and outside, will you awaken.
Jesus said: The kingdom of
the Father is like a man who wanted to kill a great man. He drew a
sword in his house and drove it into the wall, that he might know that
his hand would be strong. Then he slew the great man.
If you have awoken, first let it rest. Realize how
threatening it is for the sleeping, for it is very difficult to explain
his mistake to who sleeps but thinks he is awake. Train, train, train;
make the most of your talents, and if you see through the play
completely, then speak out, but remain cautious.
The disciples said to him:
Thy brethren and thy mother are standing outside. He said to them:
Those here who do the will of my Father, these are my brethren and my
mother; these are they who shall enter into the kingdom of my Father.
Your true relatives are your congenial spirits. For
the righteous one, true brothers and sisters are also righteous ones.
They showed Jesus a gold
piece and said to him: They who belong to Caesar demand tribute from
us. He said to them: What belongs to Caesar give to Caesar, what
belongs to God give to God, and what is mine give unto me.
As long as you live in this unrighteous world, play
the game. Do not play the martyr, but realize your freedom is fenced in
by the intolerance of your sleeping fellow men. Do not fight them with
their own weapons and never fight back in defense. Let your honesty
disarm them. Do what they want you to do and realize they do not know
better. However, stay firm and honest with yourself.
Jesus said He who shall not
hate his father and mother like me cannot be my [disciple], and he who
shall [not] love [his father] and his mother like me cannot be my
[disciple]; for my mother [. ..] but my true [mother] gave me life.
Distance yourself from the ideas of your parents, and
that they taught you to become a small cog in a big wheel in society.
They tried to do well, but did not know what they were doing. Love them
as you love your fellow man. In their role as parents, they have
wrinkled you and led you out of paradise, because they thought you had
to make something of yourself. They taught you right and wrong and how
to live, because they never reflected on this for themselves, but
rather believed the words of the people they had estimated to be better
and more clever than themselves.
And Jesus said: Woe to
them, the Pharisees! For they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of
the cattle; for he neither eats, nor does he let the cattle eat.
Woe to the spiritual leaders. They are not happy and
go astray, although they think they own the truth. They have
complicated the straight and simple road and now guide their church
people. They themselves are unrighteous and hinder their followers in
becoming righteous. Continuously, they try to justify the
contradictions between their doctrine and their lives and adapt them to
Jesus said: Blessed is the
man who knows in what part the robbers are coming, that he may rise and
gather his [domain] and gird up his loins before they come in.
As soon as you have become man again, you are elusive
and inviolable, because you see clearly through the weaknesses and
contradictions in the arguments and reasoning of your opponents.
Therefore, they can no longer upset you. You do not need to arm
yourself, but can disarm them by your disarming simplicity. There is no
need to refer to the theories or ideas of others, because you have
certainty in yourself.
They said [to him]: Come,
let us pray today and fast. Jesus said: What then is the sin that I
have done, or wherein have I been vanquished? But when the bridegroom
comes forth from the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray.
To fast and pray is something the sleeping do. As soon
as you have left simplicity and live a split life, you have to fast and
pray, although it will not help.
Jesus said: He who shall
know father and mother shall be called the son of a harlot.
He who relies on all he learned from his parents, and
he who tries to blame his deeds and unhappiness on an unhappy
childhood, does not take responsibility for his own life..
Jesus said: When you make
the two one, you shall become sons of man, and when you say: Mountain,
be moved, it shall be moved.
If you dissolve the contradictions in yourself and
overcome your schizoid existence, you will be man again. Then you can
cope with the whole world.
Jesus said: The kingdom is
like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the biggest, went
astray. He left the ninety-nine and sought after the one till he found
it. When he had laboured, he said to the sheep: I love thee more than
This logion is analogous to logion 8.
Jesus said: He who shall
drink from my mouth shall become like me; I myself will become he, and
the hidden thing shall be revealed to him.
He who lives unconditionally in accordance with his
conscience, will become a whole man and will live. The disciple will
become as the master. He will understand himself and all will become
clear to him.
Jesus said: The kingdom is
like a man who had in his field a [hidden] treasure about which he did
not know; and [after] he died he left it to his [son. The] son also did
not know; he took (possession of) that field and sold it. The man who
bought it came to plough, and [found] the treasure. He began to lend
money at interest to whomsoever he chose.
Men could have always known that their laws for life
were not right. Generation after generation has lived and died without
having truly lived. Men have always lived according to laws invented by
other men and have remained deaf to what they already knew to be right.
Men have always stood up to men who tried to voice the voice of
conscience. No one has ever listened to them. Do not let yet another
generation remain asleep, but wake up. You owe it to yourself and to
your children. And, when you have woke up, pass it on and see the
righteous world grow.
Jesus said: He who has
found the world and become rich, let him deny the world.
He who has understood himself and society, should not
attempt to use such knowledge for his own good. Do not give in to
vanity. Let him realize that it is not his own merit, but that it was
given to him.
Jesus said: The heavens
shall be rolled up and the earth before your face, and he who lives in
the living One shall neither see death nor (fear); because Jesus says:
He who shall find himself, of him the world is not worthy.
When righteousness spreads over the earth, the
appearance of heaven and earth will change. Man and nature will return
to their original pureness. The original harmony will be restored
everywhere. God’s water will flow onto god’s fields. Man
will no longer
interfere with nature and the end will be like the beginning.
Jesus said: Woe to the
flesh which depends upon the soul; woe to the soul which depends upon
Pitiful is he who is attached to his character, for he
cannot change. Character is just a product of your adaptation to
His disciples said to him:
On what day will the kingdom come? Jesus said: It cometh not with
observation. They will not say: Lo, here! or: Lo, there! But the
kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see
Man will not awaken suddenly one day. He will have to
fight for it himself and will have to make a choice between society and
himself, including the fact that he will have to conquer all
resistance. He has strayed from his nature and nature as a whole and
has to return to it himself. He has to re-graft himself to the
Simon Peter said to them:
Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of the life.
Jesus said: Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male, in
order that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For
every woman who makes herself male shall enter into the kingdom of
Men and women are man, but have assigned themselves a
different role with a different way of thinking, dressing, doing their
hair and decorating themselves, all of which is dependant on the
culture in which they live. The masculine man and the feminine woman
are caricatures of man. They not only distinguish themselves by their
inside but by their culturally-defined outside, too. Both women and men
can become man again.
The Logia are from a translation, made from the Coptic
text published by Messrs. Brill of Leiden. English by W. R.
Schoedel, The numbering of the sayings is that of the Brill edition.
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