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 SchoolÂ and Interfaith Seminary that teaches esoteric mysteries, the above quote really speaks to our mission. Â An ‘eagerness’ for the mysteries and for Oneness should be observed before the mysteries are imparted. Â Staff members take note, please! <laugh>Â
Headed out the door here soon for our weekly Eckhart Tolle teachings gathering. Â Tolle imparts a Zen quality to Christianity too… Â 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. Â See which page in the Look Inside feature comes up for you.