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Give Not…

Chapter 93 of the Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

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[Jesus said,] Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they […] it […]. (93)

Nancy Johnson: Do not give the sacred to dogs, lest it be cast on the dung-heap. Do not cast pearls before swine, lest they destroy them.

Brill: Give not that which is holy to the dogs, lest they cast them on the dung-heap; cast not the pearls to the swine lest they grind them [to bits].

It is always a bit of a jolt to read of Jesus calling certain people dogs and pigs, but it is a worse jolt to see how many people merit those epithets!

A friend of mine told me of a great saint in Kashmir with whom he was acquainted. This saint would stand at the top of a small hill and large crowds would stand further down absorbing his holy vibrations in silence. One of the saint’s devotees was the brother of Prime Minister Shastri. He was often disturbed by the saint’s references to those who came to see him as “animals.” Finally during one darshan session he worked up the courage to express his discomfort to the saint.

“Come here close to me,” the saint ordered. He did so, and the saint touched him at the third eye, then told him to turn and look at the assembly. He did, and to his horror saw that nearly all of them had the heads of animals, including reptiles. As he stood there aghast, the saint quietly said to him: “This is how I always see them. According to their character so do I see them with different kind of animal heads. How many humans do you see here?” “Hardly any,” replied Mr. Shastri. “That is because only a few out of all these people are really human in their hearts and minds. The rest are still subhuman.”

From then on, the devotee felt sympathy for the saint who was trying to turn beasts into men.

Certainly we must respect all sentient beings, especially human beings because they bear the image of God–at least potentially. But we must respect holy things as well and not degrade them by giving them into the hands of those incapable of either understanding or valuing them. For if we do they shall incur the negative karma of disrespecting or even despising that which is holy and rejecting or even destroying the holy gifts. And in so doing they will harm themselves, not that which is holy. The ignorant often have to be protected from themselves. We, too, must be cautious lest we handle sacred things carelessly by giving them into the hands of the uncomprehending and thereby create negative karma for ourselves as well.

Read the next article in the Gospel of Thomas for Yogis: Seeking and Knocking

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Chapters in The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

  1. The Open Secrets
  2. Seeking Is More Than Just Finding
  3. Seeking the Kingdom Realistically
  4. The One Goal
  5. From the Seen to the Unseen
  6. What Jesus Wants Us To Do
  7. Eat Or Be Eaten
  8. Fishing Wisely
  9. The Inner Field
  10. Guarding the Flame
  11. What Will You Do?
  12. Who Shall Lead?
  13. The Unspeakable
  14. When Virtue is Vice
  15. Father in Heaven; Father on Earth
  16. Divine Discord
  17. The Divine Gift
  18. The Origin is the End
  19. Original Being
  20. A Mustard Seed
  21. Disciples of Jesus
  22. How to Enter the Kingdom
  23. Unity of Vision
  24. Where is Christ?
  25. Love and Protect
  26. Seeing
  27. The Fasting and Sabbath of the Spirit
  28. How Jesus Saw the World
  29. Hidden Treasure
  30. One
  31. The Power of Unbelief
  32. Spiritual Strength
  33. Speak It Out
  34. The Blind
  35. The Secret of Spiritual Security
  36. Live Carefree
  37. Unashamed Before God
  38. At the Source
  39. The Religion of Ignorance
  40. Within God
  41. Spiritual Gain and Loss
  42. Move On
  43. Challenging the Master
  44. The Source of Good and Evil
  45. Great in the Kingdom
  46. Impossible Duality
  47. Peace That Moves Mountains
  48. Back to the Source
  49. Children of the Light
  50. Here and Now
  51. Seeing Yet Blind
  52. Outer Ritual or Inner Growth?
  53. Infinite Transcendence
  54. “Hate”
  55. True Understanding
  56. Wheat and Weeds
  57. Finding Life
  58. Live and Die Not
  59. “Lest Thou Also…”
  60. Who Will Die; Who Will Live
  61. The Path of Unknowing
  62. Awakened by Death
  63. Turning Ourselves Away
  64. Gullibility
  65. The Rejected is Truly Accepted
  66. All–and Nothing
  67. The Blessings of Persecution
  68. Life or Death Lie Within
  69. Admission
  70. Not a Divider
  71. Seeking the Harvest
  72. Thirsting in Vain
  73. Who Shall Enter?
  74. Unfailing Treasure
  75. The All Speaks
  76. Well-dressed Ignoramuses
  77. True Blessedness
  78. A Duplication
  79. Balancing the Inner and the Outer
  80. Near and Far
  81. Seeing the Unseeable
  82. Seeing Your Unknown Side
  83. Our Forefather Adam
  84. Blessed Homelessness
  85. Doubly Wretched
  86. Onward and Upward
  87. Twofold Life
  88. The Yoke of Christ
  89. Knowing the Unknown
  90. Asking and Hearing
  91. Give Not…
  92. Seeking and Knocking
  93. Right Generosity
  94. The Expanding Kingdom
  95. The Fulfilled Universe
  96. Taking Stock
  97. The Spiritual Family
  98. Three Debts
  99. Father and Mother
  100. Exoteric Religion
  101. Ready for Invasion
  102. Penitential Discipline, Anyone?
  103. Daring to Know
  104. Ending Duality
  105. “I Love You More…”
  106. At the Source
  107. Finding the Hidden Treasure
  108. Having Come to the End
  109. Immortal and Above the World
  110. Body and Soul
  111. Where is the Kingdom?
  112. Male and Female?
  113. In Conclusion
  114. Glossary
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