In my morning devotions I came across this gem in one of my favorite little books (with a big title!), Christian Zen, the Essential Teachings of Jesus Christ: The Secret Sayings of Jesus as Related in the Gospel of Thomas:
Jesus said, “I will disclose my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries.” – Gospel of Thomas verse 62
To understand and live in advaita [absolute Oneness] requires a certain ripeness or maturity. Again, Jesus exhorts his followers to keep the teaching esoteric, and to share it only with those who are ready and eager for it.
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The commentary is by the compiler of the book, Robert Powell, a cool Sophianic author whose work I enjoy.
Since we run an online Mystery School and Interfaith Seminary that teaches esoteric mysteries, the above quote really speaks to our mission. An ‘eagerness’ for the mysteries and for Oneness should be observed before the mysteries are imparted. Staff members take note, please! <laugh>
Headed out the door here soon for our weekly Eckhart Tolle teachings gathering. Tolle imparts a Zen quality to Christianity too… Put Jesus, Zen, Gnosticism and Tolle’s teachings all together with Magdalene and the sacred union (Oneness), and wow, what more is there? <grin>
If you click on the little book Christian Zen you can read several pages inside. Each page is a different saying from Gospel of Thomas with the Zen interpretation under it — a complete nugget all on its own. See which page in the Look Inside feature comes up for you.