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Monday, April 15, 2024

Those who will be benefited by meditation - Quote


Once I happened to visit Agra and I got one book entitled Prem Bani by the late Hazur Rai Saligram Maharaj. In the book it is written, "Persons with hatred, prejudice and selfishness in their minds can earn nothing but more sufferings, for themselves as well as for others by doing inward practice. But, one, with shortcomings and faults, who cherishes a strong desire to get rid of his shortcomings and faults also, would surely be benefited by simran, dhyan, and bhajan. The reason for this is that by daily practice of simran and regular concentration, the will power of a devotee becomes strong and he becomes capable of overcoming his faults and weaknesses." (a quote from Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram by way of Baba Faqir Chand found in the book, The Unknowing Sage)



Sunday, April 14, 2024

Gospel of Thomas Studies - Message - Key Verses

 

Need For A Living One, Not Just Old Scriptures 





52. His Disciples said to him: Twenty-four prophets preached in Israel, and they all spoke of you. He said to them: "You have ignored the Living One who is in your presence and you have spoken only of the dead."


59. Jesus said: "Look to the Living-One while you are alive, otherwise, you might die and seek to see him and will be unable to find him."


5. Know what is in front of your face and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.


(108) Yeshua said, Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to that one.


What the Living Master Reveals to the Student


17. The Master says: I will give to you what eye has not seen, what ear has not heard, what hand has not touched, and what has not occurred to the mind of man."


Or as Kabir Has Said


“It is the mercy of my true Guru that has made me to know the Unknown;

I have learned from Him how to

walk without feet,

to see without eyes,

to hear without ears,

to drink without mouth,

to fly without wings." 


After the Teacher Dies, All We Have Are Old Scriptures From Now On? Rather, There is Succession and a New Living One Appointed For the Next Generation in the Gospel of Thomas   


12) The students said to Yeshua, We know you will leave us. Who will be our leader?


Yeshua said to them, Wherever you are, seek out Yaakov the Just. For his sake heaven and earth came into being.


12. The Disciples said to Jesus: We know that you will go away from us. Who is it that will be our teacher?

Jesus said to them: Wherever you are, you will go to James the Righteous, for whose sake Heaven and Earth were made (came into being.)


For Whose Sake Heaven and Earth Came Into Being, an Old Hebrew Axiom of Wisdom Explained  


"Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, 'For my sake, the entire world was created.'" (Baal Shem Tov)


The Baal Shem Tov is sort of the "Rumi" or "Kabir" of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), an example of a towering figure and great mystic of one of the great schools of spirituality. The ending part, "For my sake, the entire world was created", is a variation of an ancient axiom of wisdom. A version of it even turns up in saying twelve of the Gospel of THOMAS: "The students said to Yeshua, 'We know you will leave us. Who will be our leader?' Yeshua said to them, 'Wherever you are, seek out Yaakov the Just [James the Just]. For his sake heaven and earth came into being.'"


Martin Buber elaborates and expands on this axiom in a way that includes us all: “Every person should know and consider the fact that you, in the particular way that you are made, are unique in the world, and no one like you has ever been. For if someone like you had already been, there would be no reason for you to be in this world.” (Ten Rings: Hasidic Sayings, Martin Buber)


Here's a big picture view from the Sikh scriptures of India, the Adi Granth, Peace Lagoon translation: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth".