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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Egyptian Coptic Gospel of Thomas and Coptic Chant

Egyptian Coptic Gospel of Thomas and Coptic Chant

Egyptian Coptic Gospel of Thomas and Coptic Chant


These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.

1 And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."

2 Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"

3 Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) 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 within you and it is outside you.

When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

4 Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live.

For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."

5 Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you.

For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised."]

(There are 114 sayings in all. See the link to Gospel of Thomas online below.)

Book Review: The Gospel of Thomas - The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus

by James Bean
Copyright June 2005

The Gospel of Thomas - The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus
By Jean-Yves Leloup, Forward by Jacob Needleman
Genres: Gnosticism, Gnostic Christianity, Meditation, Sacred Texts, Lost Scriptures, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Philosophy

I'm very impressed with this new book on the Gospel of Thomas, and even the Forward offers much insight and depth. In his Forward, Jacob Needleman suggests that the proper work of the mind is to function at two levels: the level of silence and the level of expression, with the former being superior to the latter, and that the wisdom borne out of the depths of contemplative silence is what's dangerously lacking in the world today, what he calls "the tragedy of our modern era." "What our modern world has suffered from most of all is runaway ideology, the agitated attachment to ideas that thereby become the playthings of infrahuman energies. This is the great danger of all ideologies, whether political, religious, or academic." He observes that the energy that must guide us can only come from another, higher level within the human psyche, "a level that is experienced as silence."

The Format: The first section of Jean-Yves Leloup's latest book presents the text of the Gospel of Thomas in the Coptic language on the left-hand pages, and the English translations on the pages to the right. Even if you have other versions of Thomas, it would be quite useful to also have this one, as there are some important differences. The rest of the book consists of the commentary on each of the one hundred fourteen proverbs and parables of "Yeshua the Living One", many of which seem as terse and enigmatic as Zen koans, the mystic-wisdom of an Eastern Sage. The collection begins with this mysterious statement: "Whoever lives the interpretation of these words will no longer taste death."

At last! someone who is a contemplative soul has published some valuable reflections on this Gnostic Gospel found at Nag Hammadi in Egypt. In The Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup presents not so much a commentary on these ancient sayings of Yeshua, but a meditation "that arises from the tilled earth of our silence." He says that "it is from this ground of inner silence, rather than from mental agitation, that these words of Yeshua can bear their fruit of Light." He writes, "Pope Gregory I said that only a prophet could understand the prophets. And it is said that only a poet can understand a poet. Who, then, must we be in order to understand Yeshua?" Perhaps only a lover of Gnosis can truly appreciate the wisdom of a Gnostic Gospel. Leloup is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip - Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Gnosis of Sacred Union. He lives in France.

ISBN: 159477046-8
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Website: http://www.innertraditions.com

READ THE "Scholars Version" of the GOSPEL OF THOMAS ONLINE:

For more information on Gnostic gospels, see the Gnostic section of my online library at my Spiritual Awakening Radio website: