Gospel of Thomas – Logion 71 to 80
Jesus said, “I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it […]”.
I will destroy this divided mind, and no-one will be able to rebuild it as a divided mind again, for where there is light, there can be no darkness.
A man said to him, “Tell my brothers to divide my father’s possessions with me”. He said to him, “O man, who has made me a divider?” He turned to his disciples and said to them, “I am not a divider, am I?”
Jesus was not a divider, it was division that he sought to end, especially the division within the minds of people, because when people’s minds are divided, they are also divided against each other, just as the brothers referred to in this logion are.
Jesus said, “The harvest is great but the labourers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out labourers to the harvest”.
There are many who are ready to enter the Kingdom, but there are so few to show them the Way.
Make an urgent appeal to the Father, for more who are able to teach others, that is pray for more help.
See also in Matthew 9:37: ‘Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest’.
He said, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern”.
There are many who are thirsty for Truth, but the teachers they go to, have none.
Jesus said, “Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber”.
There are many who wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is only those who stand alone, in an undivided mind, that will enter the bridal chamber.
This is the first time that the words, ‘bridal chamber’ have been mentioned, and so the bridal chamber needs explaining.
The bridal chamber is the place of the new virgin mind (Salome), which is also mentioned in Logion 61.
The mind is always referred to as female, and the spiritual Self, is always referred to as male.
The mind therefore, is the companion of the spiritual Self, this is why the mind is referred to as the spiritual Self’s wife. It is also why it was said in Genesis 2:24: ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh, (one soul)’.
The Mother of God’s children is the Kingdom of Heaven, (the Father’s mind). It is called ‘the Mother’, because it is the mind that gives the spiritual being life. What you have to realize is, that without a mind, the Self cannot experience anything, and therefore cannot experience life.
Every spiritual being begins its life in the Kingdom of Heaven, and to bring a spiritual being into life, is to give birth to it, therefore all of God’s children are born in Heaven, and Heaven is their Mother.
The Self’s wife (mind) began as a piece of God’s mind. Before it was given, all knowledge was removed from it, making it virgin. Therefore it became the Self’s personal mind/companion, (the Self’s wife).
When the Self has lost its true identity, it can no longer be called a son of the Father, likewise when the mind has lost its knowledge of Love and Truth, it can no longer be called the Kingdom of Heaven, and instead it is referred to simply as, the Kingdom of the Self.
When the Self has come to know itself, and it has regained the knowledge of Love and Truth, then the mind becomes the bridal chamber, it is there where the Self and the mind make new vows, and are remarried in the presence of God. The Father and Mother’s children are then united in one house.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys”.
When Jesus begins with the words ‘the kingdom of the father is like’, he is alerting those who are listening, that what he is about to talk about, is not related to worldly things.
The word ‘merchant’ is a reference to a spiritual being (the Self).
The ‘consignment of merchandise’ refers to the knowledge gained by all previous reasonings.
To sell this merchandise, means to relinquish all claims upon it, and to exchange it for something of greater value for the Self alone.
The ‘pearl’ is of course a pearl of Truth. In this case, the Truth that is found is knowledge of the True Self.
The ‘unfailing and enduring treasure’ is of course, knowledge of the Self, which once realized, cannot be destroyed by others (moths), or by sub-conscious reasonings (worms), that exist below the surface of the mind.
Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there”.
Interpretation of: ‘Jesus said, ‘It is I who am the light which is above them all’.
If there is even a little darkness in a man, then he is full of darkness. Jesus was the light above all men, because there was no darkness in him. In him there was only Truth.
Interpretation of: ‘It is I who am the all.’
Note: see Logion 2 concerning the All.
Everything that exists is a part of the All, regardless of the form that the All takes.
Interpretation of: ‘From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend.’
What Jesus is saying here is: I am a form of the All that came forth from the All, and it is to me that the rest of the All extends itself, because I rule over the All.
Note: Spiritual beings are parts of the All that became sentient (living, conscious, aware), and it is because of this and their free will, that they rule over the parts of the All which are not sentient or free-willed. Think of the All as the substance from which everything is made. It is an infinite field of indestructible energy.
Interpretation of: ‘Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there’.
Simply put, a piece of wood is a part the All, and that which lies beneath a stone, is also a part of the All. The All is found everywhere, in the various forms that it has taken, be it matter, mind or spiritual being. We are truly all a part of the One, which is the All, for we are the All that came forth from itself.
Jesus said, “Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth”.
Interpretation of: ‘Jesus said, “Why have you come out into the desert?’
The desert is the mind that is empty of Truth, which is the spiritual water that gives Life.
Interpretation of: ‘To see a reed shaken by the wind?’
‘The reed shaken by the wind’ is a reference to the soul whose will is bent to and fro by the world.
Interpretation of: ‘And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth’.
Those referred to as ‘kings and great men’ are the rich and powerful, they are the ones who have everything that is of the world, but they cannot see that which is Truth, because they are spiritually blind and unable to discern Truth.
A woman from the crowd said to him, “Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you”. He said to her, “Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, ‘Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk”.
Interpretation of: ‘A woman from the crowd said to him, “Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you”.
The woman was blessing the womb and breasts of Jesus’ physical mother, believing that it was his physical mother that gave him life.
Interpretation of: ‘He said to her, “Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it’.
Jesus was saying: The ones that are truly blessed are those who have heard the Truth, and because of their faith in it they have lived by it.
Interpretation of: ‘For there will be days when you will say, ‘Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk’.
For there will be days when you will wish that you hadn’t been born and raised as a physical being.
Jesus said, “He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world”. But he who has found the body is superior to the world”.
Those who believe that they are physical beings, see no distinction between the Self and the body, but those who recognize the world, as that which has no life, are then able to recognize the difference in nature between, Self, mind and body, and they realize that they are superior to the world and the body that they now recognize.