The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings

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Of all the "lost" gospels of the early Christian Bible, the Gospel of St. Thomas is the most well known. According to Tau Malachi, each verse of this Holy Scripture is like an "endless well of Wisdom." Drawing upon the Holy Kabbalah, contemporary Christian thought, and wisdom of the gnostic tradition, Malachi guides the reader into a true gnostic experience-a first-hand and completely unique exploration of the sacred secrets and spiritual insights in this important gnostic text.

Both intuitive and interactive, the gnostic approach to faith is a sacred quest for greater knowledge, understanding, and wisdom-a deeper penetration of the Mystery. This path leads to a higher degree of the enlightenment experience or gnosis. The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas reveals how the reader can use each verse in this scripture as a source of daily contemplation and spiritual growth, while exploring the secrets of resurrection and ascension, the true role of St. Mary Magdalene in the early church, and other mystical and magical teachings.

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Tau Malachi's (Malachi eben Ha-Elijah's) spiritual journey began when he met the acquaintance of a Tau of the Sophian Tradition of Gnostic Christianity, Tau Elijah ben Miriam. He received the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism from Tau Elijah, and has been a student and practitioner of Gnostic Christianity for over thirty-five years. In 1983 he founded Sophia Fellowship as an expression of the tradition, and has been teaching and initiating others into Christian Gnosticism, Rosicrucian Philosophy and Christian Kabbalah since that time. He is an initiate of Ordo Sanctus Gnosis and serves as an Elder and Tau within the Sophian lineage.

Tau Malachi is also a Chevalier (a dubbed Knight) in the International Order of Chivalric Companions, a Martinist, and is an ordained and consecrated Independent Bishop. He is co-founder of The Gnostic Apostolic Church of Sophia and is among the leading exponents of Christian Gnosticism and Kabbalah in our times.

Along with his exploration of the Western Mystery Tradition, he has studied extensively in several Eastern Traditions, such as Vajrayana Buddhism and Vedanta, and he also studied within a Middle Eastern Tradition of Sufism, as well as becoming involved in Native American Shamanism. Though Gnostic Christianity has always been his heart's path.

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Verse 1
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These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and
which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these
sayings will not experience death."

The Living Yeshua is speaking in secret, within, behind
your heart. Christ dwells there within you, and when
you go within, Christ will speak the secret teachings to you
and lead you in the path of awakening. To listen and hear,
you must be silent. You must empty yourself of yourself and
let the Christ-Spirit fill you. Dying to yourself, you must be
conceived and reborn of the Holy Spirit as the Living Yeshua.
Indeed, you must experience the same conception, gestation,
and birth as the Living Yeshua so that you also might be his
twin, born of the same birth from the Holy Virgin, Mother
Wisdom. Only in this way can you receive the Light-transmission
from the Master and become a Gnostic yourself.

Everyone is the Living Yeshua. The ordinary person is ignorant
of this, but the apostle of God knows it and lives according
to the Truth and Light revealed through experience.
Likewise, the kingdom of heaven is here and now, within you
and all around you. It is present within everyone. The ordinary
person does not have eyes to see it, but the Gnostic perceives
it and so dwells in the kingdom of God here and now.

Logos (Word) and Sophia (Wisdom) are to be found within
everyone and everything, and so also within you. There, within your
secret center, at the core of your being, is the Holy One of Being.
The Christ-self is your true self, the self of every self and soul of every
soul. All are united with him in the Sacred Unity that is God, the Father-
Mother. Through him, the Holy Spirit indwells the whole of
Creation. Knowing this, you will not experience death.

This is the truth that is contained in these sayings or verses, the essential
reality of which they speak. The secret is openly spoken, but
who can listen and hear and so receive it? Written or spoken, the secret
remains a secret until it is part of your own experience. The
teachings are received only when they are your own experience.
Then they become a living initiation-a Light-transmission. This is
the aim of the mystic, that he or she should directly experience the
Living Yeshua and become as the risen Christ.

What will death mean to that one who experiences Messianic consciousness
and dwells in the kingdom of God while in this life? Indeed,
death will not mean what it means to the ordinary person, for that one
is not so self-identified with mortal name and form, but knows oneself
as an immortal Spirit, a bornless and therefore deathless Spirit. Likewise,
this person knows that the kingdom of heaven is present within
and all around, always-that upon death one's experience of Christ
will continue in a more subtle and sublime form, having shed the physical
body. With this knowledge, death is no longer death and the adversary
has no power over the soul, whether in this world or in the
world to come. Such a person is awakened and therefore free, having a
continuity of awareness throughout all states of existence. Death will
come, as it has for all prophets and saints, but it will just be an appearance
of departure-a transition to another mode of existence, no more
or less real than falling asleep, only to dream and awaken again. Death,
for the Gnostic, is not an end as much as a new beginning. Ultimately,
death has no substantial reality, but is merely a natural moment of transition.
Knowing this changes everything. Meditate upon it and you
will see!

Grace accomplishes this awakening and the transformation that
follows it. Nothing one does accomplishes this self-realization. Yet
spiritual practice and spiritual living are the conditions that allow
Grace to act, without which it is unlikely that the Holy Spirit can
work within and through oneself to accomplish the great work. More
profoundly, spiritual practice and spiritual living are, themselves, the
goal or attainment sought; so that in practicing and living according
to the Truth and Light, one naturally awakens and receives the Light-transmission.
It is not so much a matter of receiving something that
one does not already have as much as it is creating the conditions
necessary for the Word (Logos) and Wisdom (Sophia) to pour forth
from within oneself. Hence, it is letting the Christ-self that is already
present deep within come forward and live this life. Spiritual practice
and spiritual living do just that. Practice living as Christ and you will
see!

Verse 2
_
Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.
When he finds he will become troubled. When he becomes
troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the all."
You must seek in order to discover the Spirit and Truth
and must continue seeking until you realize the Spirit indwelling
you and know the Truth in your own experience. It
is not enough that another person has discovered the Truth.
Each individual must seek and strive to discover it and so engage
in the Divine labor of salvation of one's soul, that is to
say, the awakening and liberation of one's soul in conscious
union with God.

This seeking is the sacred quest for the Holy Grail, which
is not a physical relic or holy cup outside of oneself.
Rather, the Holy Grail is a purified and consecrated heart,
soul, mind, and life; it is oneself open and sensitive to the
Christ-Spirit so that one lives the life of Christ. The Grail is
the heart in which the Lord dwells, the person who has discovered
an innate Spirit-connection and who lives within. It
is the Christ-self, the Logos and Sophia of God, the inner or
higher self that is one's secret center and holy root.
Now these are just words, concepts in the mind. The nature
of this sacred quest is such that you may have a word,
name, or concept of what it is you are looking for, some idea
of what it is, how and where it may be found. Yet, in fact, you
do not know what it is you are looking for, how, where, or when it
may be found. Whatever idea you may have of it is more likely a hindrance
or obstruction to finding what you seek, misleading rather
than helpful.

When seeking is based upon preconception, precondition, and expectations,
upon who and what you think you are and who and what
you believe reality or God to be, then seeking itself becomes an obstruction
and what is sought cannot be discovered. If you go looking
for something that does not exist or go seeking in a way or in a place
it cannot be found, then, indeed, you will not find it.
At the outset, you must understand that the very nature of God is
different than anything you might conceive and that you yourself are
not who or what you might think you are. Whatever your preconceptions,
preconditions, or expectations, the reality-truth-continuum is
yet more and cannot be contained or comprehended by the linear
reasoning mind or dualistic consciousness. God will forever be a mystery,
the nameless and unknown. God is completely other than what
we might think. Discovering this is a troubling thing, shaking one to
the core!

To draw near to the Lord is a deeply troubling thing, for I must become
no-thing, empty of myself, that the Lord might enter and the
Holy Spirit fill me. God is No-thing (Ain) and I must become nothing
to enter into union with the Holy One of Being
If you think you are something, if you think you are a substantial
and independent self-existence, a solid or fixed entity, it is greatly
troubling to discover that your secret center is no-thing, that you are
empty of any substantial or independent self-existence. Discovering
this, however, you then realize that this is the very nature of everything
in existence. You discover that everything is impermanent, that
everything changes. Reality is empty of any substantial and independent
self-existence. There is only the Holy One of Being, the One-
Without-End (Ain Sof). Yet in this gnosis, the prophet or apostle of
God attains dominion over the all, for everything is the magic-display
of the Divine mind, the mind of Christ.

There is another sort of troubling that may come with the dawn of
higher awareness and drawing near to the Lord. In the Sacred Unity
that God is, you encounter absolute and ultimate perfection, the primordial
emptiness that is at one and the same time Divine fullness.
Before the perfection of the Lord, your own imperfection is glaring
and stark in contrast, a profoundly troubling thing to discover and,
indeed, painful. Drawing nearer to the Lord, you discover how very
far away from God you are. This is the cause of the dark night of the
soul of which the mystics speak in their journey.

Anyone who seeks must be willing to endure the trouble that
comes with finding, willing to endure the dark nights of the soul and
the ordeals of initiation. A mystical death precedes a resurrection; a
descent into the depths precedes every ascension. The Living Yeshua
has opened the way before us and revealed the path to us. We also
must die and be reborn, descend into the depths and ascend; we must
be willing to take up our cross daily and follow the Christ-self within
us. Only in this way is salvation attained.

This is not something new. Life teaches this very lesson. Birth itself
is a troubling and painful thing, yet the great joy of life comes from it.
So it is with everything in this life. The pain is part of the pleasure,
the sorrow part of the joy. Dying is part of living. You cannot have
one without the other. Everything is interconnected and interdependent;
it is the nature of things ever-becoming. You must learn to accept
and embrace the whole of life and the whole of yourself if you would
discover the Spirit and Truth. The Light and the Darkness must be
joined and you must realize the Sacred Unity.

Now I tell you this, when you seek, what you find will be disturbing,
for you will discover that all the ways of mortals and their pomp
is vain and futile, mere vanity under the sun. Virtually everything unenlightened
human society values so dearly is ultimately meaningless,
and what we ourselves value and believe so important is not important
at all. It is all arbitrary. Everything is dust in the wind with the
passage of time. In the hour of reckoning, the moment of death, what
will it all mean? The world will be nothing and you will be nothing. If
you do not know the Christ-self as your very own self in that hour,
where will you be? What will become of you?

I will tell you plainly, the outer person I am is nothing. This name
and form is a transitional state that in and of itself means nothing.
Save that I know the inner person, the soul-being and Christ-self
within, this outer person and life are but vanity under the sun. To
love, to gain knowledge, to uplift humanity Godward, is the purpose
and meaning of this life. This name and form have meaning to the extent
that Messianic consciousness is embodied. That is why the soul
enters into this life, so that the being of the becoming that is within
you might incarnate and the world to come might manifest. If you accomplish
something of this great work, then all that you do in this life
will be filled with meaning. Yet if you accomplish many things and,
by the judgment of mortals, are considered great in this world, but
you do not accomplish anything of this great work, all that you might
do will be meaningless, pure vanity. It is a simple truth.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock,
and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks receives, and
everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door
will be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

Asking is receiving, seeking is finding, knocking is the opening of
the door that you might enter. It is not you who is asking or seeking or
knocking but the Christ-Spirit in you, and it is Grace that answers,
Grace that finds, the Holy Spirit that knocks and enters and accomplishes
everything. Therefore, this promise is certain-the one anointed
in the Supernal Light attains dominion over the all. Of myself, I can
accomplish nothing; Christ in me accomplishes everything. This is an
astonishing discovery and it comes with holy awe and wonder!
"Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice
and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you
with me. To anyone who conquers I will give a place with me on my
throne, just as I have conquered and sat down with my Father on his
throne" (Revelations 3:20-21).

Verse 3
_
Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom
is in the sky,' then the birds of the air will precede you. If
they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede
you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of
you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become
known, and you will realize that it is you who are the
sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves,
you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."

Malkut, the kingdom of heaven, is within you and all
around you-yet, if you do not know that the kingdom
is within you, then you will not see the kingdom outside
of you. Such is the nature of reality, this magical display of
consciousness. The inside and the outside are not separate
but are intimately connected. The reality of your experience
is the magical display of your own consciousness. A change
in consciousness brings about a corresponding change in the
reality you encounter. A change in the reality you encounter
is an expression of a change in consciousness.

In the world and waking consciousness there are many cocreators
of the magical display. There is the individual and the
collective creation of this magical display-and the individual,
the collective, and the universal consciousness are completely
interconnected and interdependent. You alone are not the creator
of the reality you experience. Every living being is a
unique individual expression of the Life-power, the Holy One
of Being, and a co-creator with God of the reality you experience.
Nevertheless, when there is a transformation in your own consciousness,
there is a proportional and corresponding transformation in the
world, in the reality of your experience. In transforming yourself, you
transform the world in which you exist. Do you want to change the
world? You are the world and the world is you. If you want to change
the world, make a change in your own consciousness.

Whether heaven or hell or a world of admixture, it is all a state of
mind, a condition of consciousness-being. The kingdom of heaven is
not a place, but a spaciousness in consciousness, just as hell is a severe
confinement and limitation upon consciousness. There are worlds
within worlds and worlds beyond, heavens and hells and spaces in between.
All are an expression of consciousness-being, which is the radiant
nature of consciousness, and all exist within cons...

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